Rated 1 out of 5Â by DanPCexpert Not what I expected at all
The touch screen makes this laptop heavy and fragile. The processor is much slower than my 3 year old laptop. The battery life on this unit is awful...even in sleep mode I lose 20% overnight and told that is normal for an Ultrabook! On a brighter note, I love the backlit keyboard. I would give a better review and say that the wake time from sleep mode is great too, yet it's at the expense of quick battery drain....so the charger is needed on the go.
February 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Sardinian Fast and Efficient
The HP TouchSmart Envy 14t-k100 is a great product. The touch screen is almost necessary with Windows 8, as it seems to have been designed or one. The only down side is that Windows 8 takes a little getting used to. If you have several windows open, it seems they switch out on their own, and it is not intuitive on how to get back the one you want. I imagine after a while you get used to the interface. The back-lit keys are also a plus when using the laptop in a dark room. The lack of an optical drive is a worthwhile trade-off for the light weight.
February 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 Overall a decent laptop
Easy to setup. Connection to the wifi and wireless printers was easy. The thing I don' t like about is the horrible touch pad. May have to use a wireless mouse to work efficiently.
January 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Engineer2002 Well Designed and Fast
A well designed laptop and fast too. Quick startup and seems to run everything well. Very quiet running and runs amazingly cool, some heat buildup underneath but pretty nice considering the laptop body size with an i7 processor.
Backlit keyboard is very nice although there is some flex on upper corner. It's minor but a little noticeable when you watch for it.
Overall the style, size and speed are great.
January 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Will7777 Great computer, but a few hardware annoyances
To start, the computer I had before this was the HP Envy 14 (2010 version). That computer served me very well for 4 years, but a recent drop warranted an upgrade. I'm a student at a prominent engineering school near Boston, so I'd call myself an advanced user.
The insides of the computer are great so far - I've had the computer about a week. Super fast, easy to use/search, currently running an HDMI monitor with no increase in fan speed (I have the upgraded graphics card), and it recognizes and installs hardware instantly. I have run programming software very quickly as well, it compiles code extremely fast. The speakers are actually on the keyboard, pointed at the user instead of stupidly pointed under the computer in my old HP computer. The integration in the sound buttons (mute, pause/play, vol up/down) is really awesome. The pause/play buttons on the keyboard easily work with iTunes and Metroradio (an "app" for Windows 8).
Now for the hardware: super-solid keyboard, which is actually quiet without feeling touchpad-y. It's actually very quiet, you barely hear it when you type quickly. One issue I have is with the touchpad - for some reason, the left and right click "buttons," which are really just areas on the touchpad, depress quite a lot - so much so that it almost feels like the touchpad is broken or is about to break. Just not as solid at all as my previous touchpad. The same issue is present in the power button as well, it just doesn't feel like a well-crafted button.
One thing I really like but didn't think I even wanted was the touch-screen - why would you want a touch screen on a normal laptop? I thought it was stupid, but actually it's kind of cool to be able to quickly swipe around the interface and click on a few buttons here or there. The settings on Windows 8 are almost inconvenient to access without using the touchscreen (swipe in from right).
Another issue I have is with the number of ports. I chose this laptop specifically because it had 3 USB's (a rarity when things are only getting thinner and lighter), but it only has one HDMI output. My old Envy at least had a miniDisplayPort output, so it was easier to output to VGA which I need to do all the time. Basically I won't be able to give presentations in classrooms without a complicated USB-VGA adapter or a powered HDMI-VGA adapter, which will prove very annoying. Battery life is about the same as my old computer, maybe a little longer at between 3.5-4 hours; it's enough for a day of class usually.
January 12, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by DeborahG Features don't work well
The touch feature went off within 2 days can't get anyone in tech support, sit on the phone for hours, really dissapointed with computer , ease of use and the customer service is abyssmal. Even the extended service people couldn't get the features to work. Paid a lot of a lot of nothing in my opinion.When you spend a lot of money for something that disappoints this much and fails by so many metrics what can you recommend? The color?
January 11, 2014