Last week, we unveiled our latest value-proposition performance laptops – The ENVY m4 and a couple new Sleekbooks (the 14- and 15-inch flavors). Of course, I’ve got my HP-centric viewpoint on the matter. So rather than hear it from my mouth, I wanted to get the general vibe of what the press thought about the ENVY m4. Me? I was happy to see good performance options at a reasonable price (making something like this good for the returning college student).
So, without further ado, here’s a small sampling what they thought so far from the preview:
From PCmag.com: “You may not believe this, but not every new PC notebook has to be an Ultrabook, as HP is proving with its latest Windows 8 laptop announcements…[The Envy] m4 will offer Intel Core i3 and i5 processor choices, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 1TB of hard drive capacity and an SSD option.
The notebook also includes technology like HP ProtectSmart to protect your data if the m4 is dropped, HP CoolSense to adjust fan settings automatically to keep the system at an optimal temperature, and HP SimplePass, which uses finger-swiping recognition to secure the laptop. It also comes with Beats Audio to enhance musical output from the included speakers and subwoofer.
[…but] at $900, the m4 is priced like an Ultrabook.”
From CNET: “Like all of the Envy laptops, and a growing number of Pavilion models, there's a Beats Audio system, which in this case includes two stereo speakers and a separate subwoofer. Keeping with the premium feel of the Envy line….”
From CNET UK: “Want to get your hands on Windows 8 and don't want to spend a small fortune? Great news -- HP has taken the covers off a trio of new laptops. The Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15 and the Envy M4 are all budget-conscious machines packing Windows 8 and slim designs.”
From Mashable: “HP’s ENVY m4 Laptop is light and stylish….It’s not quite as thin as your regular Ultrabook, but the ENVY m4 makes up for that with a relatively low price, which starts at $899.”
From TheVerge: “HP's new Windows 8 notebooks are geared towards the budget-conscious, but they've picked up a few fashion tips from the company's pricier Ultrabook lines. Up first is the Envy m4, a 14-inch notebook with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution display. Its brushed-aluminum chassis borrows heavily from the premium Spectre XT's design book, albeit adding a bit of girth by way of an optical drive.”
From Laptop Magazine: “Unlike most ultrabooks, the m4 will have a full-power processor, as well as an AMD graphics option for those who want to get in a little gaming, too. This system also has room for an optical drive, and can be outfitted with a fingerprint reader and a backlit keyboard–a worthy option.”
From pocket-lint.com: Sporting a 14-inch HD display, HP has fitted the Envy m4 with a third-generation Intel Core processor all in a “thin and light package”. The build quality looks top notch with an aluminum design and backlit keyboard.
....when I get my hands on one of these laptops, no doubt I'll have my own two cents to share as well....stay tuned!