Back when we first unveiled the ENVY 4 and ENVY 6, I took a stab at answering the question: “What, exactly, is a Sleekbook?” I tried to break it down for you in simple fashion. Bottom-lining it, a Sleekbook is a superthin laptop that features other processors or components that go outside the Ultrabook spec. As I was doing my usual perusal of the Internet, though, I spotted this story from Joel Santo Domingo over at PC Magazine.
In it, he says that “The two announced Sleekbooks, the HP Envy Sleekbook 14-inch [the ENVY 4] and the HP Envy Sleekbook 15.6-inch [ENVY 6] look identical to their HP Envy Ultrabook counterparts, but as they say it is what is inside that counts. The Envy Sleekbook 14-inch eschews the Ultrabook's 32GB mSATA SSD cache drive…”
Let me 100-percent clear about something: With the ENVY 4 and 6 you can choose between whether you want to buy an Ultrabook or Sleekbook version. Need proof? Look no further than here.
There are obviously a number of other factors – as Joel mentions in the story – then, of course, there are things unique to the Ultrabook (besides an SSD). A couple examples: Intel Smart Connect Technology (keeps you connected, even when your PC is asleep), Intel Anti-Theft Technology (security for your hardware), and Intel Identity Protection Technology (it keeps your digital identity and content safe).
Whether we’re talking Ultrabook – or Sleekbook – what I can tell you is that the ENVY 6 performed really well in a live demo I had to give recently during E3. My test unit with discrete graphics was able to play a game like DiRT 3 at a reasonably smooth 30-35 frames per second at the screen’s native resolution (1366 by 768). I mean, I know that these machines are meant to pack a punch within a slim profile – and at an affordable price. Seeing it live, though, is believing.
In short, it’s a thin, light, affordable portable.
At least that’s my two cents on the matter. All right Joel, take us out… “Needless to say, both Sleekbooks and Ultrabooks are aimed at providing the majority of users a computing experience ‘without compromise’ in a highly portable package.”