The HP Envy m4-1115dx is a 14-inch entertainment laptop with great specs. It comes with the Intel Core i7-3632QM CPU with four cores, 8GB of RAM, a spacious 1 Terabyte hard drive, built-in DVD burner, and Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. This is a powerful laptop in terms of performance, except in the graphics field due to the usual Intel’s on-CPU graphics processor. HP has managed to squeeze these components into the 1.1-inch aluminum chassis, so the m4-1115dx is a good choice for those who want a full-blown standard voltage processor and a thin laptop at the same time. It’s thicker than ultrabooks usually measuring around 0.7 inches, but the i7-3632QM with 7,561 PassMark CPU points easily outperforms the top-of-the-line ultrabook classs i7-3667U with a score of 4,093.
If audio is important too you, the m4 is probably the best choice in the 14″ and thin form factor, not only because of included Beats Audio technology, but also a built-in subwoofer besides two standard stereo speakers.
Other nice touches are keyboard backlight and a fingerprint reader.
Overall, the m4-1115dx is a good ultrabook alternative without speed compromise and without a too expensive price. It costs $780.
HP Envy m4-1115dx Specifications:
- Display: 14″ LED-backlit high-definition display, BrightView technology (1366 x 768 resolution)
- Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3632QM quad-core processor, 2.2GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz)
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated
- Memory: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory
- Storage: 1TB hard drive (5400 rpm)
- Optical drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: yes, HD
- Audio: Internal Stereo speakers + subwoofer Beats Audio
- Network: Wireless-N, Gigabit LAN, no Bluetooth
- Input: Backlit island-style keyboard, touchpad with multitouch gesture support, fingerprint reader
- Ports and Slots: 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0, HDMI and VGA video ports, multi-in-one media card reader
- Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion battery
- Dimensions: 1.1 x 13.5 x 9.2 inches
- Weight: 4.4 pounds
- OS: Windows 8
- Warranty: 1-year