If you are looking for a Windows 8 laptop which has a good balance of price and performance, with a simple yet premium design and touch screen, the HP Envy Touchsmart 14-k013TX is a good way to go. The laptop with its latest 4th generation i5 processor, dedicated graphics card and 8GB RAM is a powerful yet highly portable multimedia laptop. Although it might not be able to play the latest games but it has enough processing power to handle all other types of multimedia content with relative ease.
Display and Design
The HP Envy Touchsmart 14-k013TX looks quite simple with its aluminum brushed finish lid and the bottom half of the laptop covered in soft touch rubbery paint. The laptop is quite thin at just 2.13 cm thick and weighs in at just 2.02 kg. The 14-inch HD LED-Backlit display comes with a very accurate touch support, rendering easier navigation with the Windows 8 OS. The Backlit Island-style Keyboard is quite useful when typing in low light conditions and has good tactile feedback.
Processor and OS
The HP Envy 14 comes with the latest energy efficient 4th generation i5 processor which has a clock speed of 1.6GHz with turbo boost technology up to 2.6GHz to give you get that extra bump when needed. The latest Windows 8 operating system is easy to use specially combined with the touch screen.
Camera, Storage, Multimedia
The integrated 1MP TrueVision webcam has sharp video shooting capabilities and capturing HD images, perfect for video chatting. The storage system on this laptop is a hybrid of 1TB hard drive, to store all your massive data, and a 24GB SSD, which gives a lightning fast boot up and wake up time. The dedicated 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M coupled with the integrated Beats speakers make a good combination for smooth video playback or gaming and clear sound.
Connectivity and Battery
The HP Envy 14 supports various connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1xUSB (2.0), 2x USB (3.0), Multi card slot and HDMI port. A 3 cell Li-ion battery powers this laptop up to 4 hours.