Rated 4 out of 5Â by DenbyM Excellent laptop hampered by bad touchpad
I ordered the 15t-j100 to replace my venerable and battle-worn 3.5-year-old Pavilion dv8t-1200, which was, hands down, the best laptop I've ever owned.
After only a couple weeks, here's my experience with the Envy 15t-j100.
- Excellent features for the price
- Comes with Windows 7 (a HUGE selling point for me)
- It's a beautiful, sleek, lightweight machine
- Love the keyboard (and I didn't even purchase the backlit option)
- The touchpad. My god, the touchpad. I'm not the only one complaining about it--you'll find nearly every consumer review of this laptop calls out the touchpad as its major weakness, and they're not lying. The entire touchpad is mounted on a very stiff hinge, meaning that you can click the bottom edges--with sometimes Herculean effort, which is bad enough.
But far worse than this is the fact that the entire touchpad is touch-sensitive, including the space where my thumb is naturally inclined to rest on the left click button. This means that the cursor has a tendency to jump around during precision clicking, since it senses both my thumb and index finger on the pad.
There is, conceivably, a way to fix this. The Synaptics suite that comes with the touch pad allows you to define live areas of the touch pad with what it calls "Smart Sense." Theoretically, this means you can deaden the lower centimeter or so where your thumb would rest.
Unfortunately, when you have "Smart Sense" enabled, you cannot both move the mouse and type at the same time. This is a critical failing for gamers, and one I feel acutely, as one of my main activities on this laptop is playing Guild Wars 2. Given that, "Smart Sense" must be disabled on my machine. I've read a forum suggestion to fix sticky felt or fabric to the bottom edge of the touchpad to physically and forcibly deaden it. Who knows--I might try that out, though it angers me to be forced to those extremes.
The other major problem with the touch pad is that there is a slight tooth to the surface of it. My finger frequently fails to "glide" across it as it did on the slick and glossy Pavilion touchpad, making tracking and clicking even more imprecise.
I have customized the Synaptics settings and rendered this touchpad as comfortable as possible, at least for my own preferences, but I'm still not happy.
To critics who would ask me to change my touchpad behaviors, after years of excellent Pavilion touchpads, I would say: If the intent in this design is to force the user to tap-click (a habit I have never gotten into because it handicaps my precision), why provide clicking buttons at all? I'd also say that avoiding this entire problem by using a USB mouse takes the "lap" out of "laptop."
Since the touchpad is such a huge part of human interaction with this laptop, I'm very honestly on the fence about whether or not I could personally recommend the Envy 15t-j100. I chose "yes" because, again, the features are excellent for this price point. Whether the touchpad problems will bother you depends very much on your experience and preferences.
June 24, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by chesterc925 As Advertised
Product arrived about a week late. Setup was easy and ready to use. Five days later a bunch of HP updates were automatically installed. Thence, the wireless connection was lost. I found that the wireless adapter file was missing after the update and unable to download the file.
June 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Che1991 Problem with USB power
When I connect my mobile hard drive (Hitachi, old model), one single USB port can not provide enough power to let the drive run. I have to use a kind of special wire connected to two USB ports. Just double the power.
This problem doesn't exist on my previous laptop.
June 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Paul2101 Great Product But....
Honestly i like this laptop a lot i have the hp envy 15t-j100 quad edition which is no linger on the websit i got it a couple weeks ago and it is well performing except for a few complaints
1. The laptop is powerful with an i7 but I wish there was an Nvidia 850m graphics option
2. The laptop gets really really really hot like hot to the touch on the bottom
3. The charging port is a bit loose and the screen flexes a decent amount
Overall it is a fine laptop wish it would be better for paying over $800 the laptop is scare close to overheating when playing games
June 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JEFTC Great overall except the mouse pad
This laptop has been great so far with the exception of the mouse pad. There are no separate buttons for right or left click, and the areas that you push to click are touch sensitive, so the pointer moves if your fingers move at all, making the mouse pad difficult to use. Otherwise, it's hard to beat the features for the price.
June 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Keepit88 The Envy 15t-j100 Quad is very quiet.
My previous notebook was a Pavilion dv-7 17" screen. It was a boat anchor that produced a lot of heat and fan noise. This notebook is very quiet and light.
The system came with Win 7 Professional installed with an i7-4700 processor, USB Recovery 64 bit recovery stick, NVidia graphics, 12GB memory, a 1TB hard drive, an external DVD, 10/100/1000 GB Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN, no mSSD hard drive accelerator, 1366x768 display, std keyboard, web cam and Beats audio. McAfee LiveSafe, 7-Zip, HP SimlePass Identity protection and a HP Connected Suite. I purchased a spare battery, also.
Everything worked directly out of the box. The setup was easy and everything seemed to work well. Start-up was fast, but didn't time it. The RJ-45 connector has slipped out on occasion with little effort.
However, there are way too many pre-installed applications on this computer. The "SWSetup" directory has cryptic names that make no sense unless one clicks on the .ini files (i.e.; sp64996) to find their use. One then must go to Control Panel''s "Programs & Features" to find which are installed. This was the same on my Pavilion dv-7 and I commented about that, too. HP seems to ignore feedback asking for less installed apps. There are enough installed games (17 in all) to tempt me from doing real work. Most will be removed.
The keyboard has a very good feel. The touch pad is not a problem as other reviews intimated. Having most external connectors on the right is a bit distracting for right handed people. I use a mouse primarily. The screen is bright and readable without any adjusting. The webcam works well with Skype.
Battery life has not been tested as yet, but will do so soon.
I have used this notebook for 18 days after receipt, installing my AV suite, Thunderbird, Firefox, Secunia PSI, WinPatrol, LibreOffice, RoboForm and a couple other apps. Installation was easy. My U-Verse connection was almost automatic with little input from me. I partitioned my 1TB hard drive to keep the OS, apps and data out of the way. There's a lot of space for data.
The look and feel of this notebook is crisp and clean. I have no problem with the weight at 4.8lbs. I never had issues with my dv-7 and expect none with the 15t-j100.
June 14, 2014