HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j052nr Touchscreen Laptop

HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j052nr is a premium Touch screen laptop which offers solid performance and attractive features like Beats Audio with quad speakers, wo subwoofers, metallic chassis, 4 USB 3.0 ports etc. This 15.6” laptop looks like Apple’s MacBook Air, having same tapered profile. Encased in brushed-metal finish cover, it houses a large touchpad. Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 8GB memory and 750GB hard drive make Envy 15-j052nr an affordable entertainment hub. Users can play current games or work with photo and video editing applications on this laptop. However, if you are going to edit large High definition videos or 3D designing, a faster hard drive or SSD would boost its performance.  Unfortunately, HP 15-j052nr doesn’t come with SSD and the display doesn’t support full high definition playback either. Still the price of the laptop looks reasonable, considering its specifications and features. Currently HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j052nr is listed with $900 (approx.) at Microsoft stores but you may get it around $700(on sale) at some online stores. Here are more details about specifications and performance of the laptop :

HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j052nr specification and expected performance 

HP 15-j052nr Envy Touchsmart Laptop is a well-built laptop and is powered by Intel’s fourth generation core i7-4700MQ processor which is a quad core processor. It operates with 2.4 GHz frequency and the frequency can boost up to 3.4 GHz due to the presence of Turboboost Technology. Hyperthreading technology is also enabled in this processor, thus 4 cores can handle 8 threads at a time. 6GB smart cache is available with this laptop. When it comes to graphics, HP Envy 15-j052nr comes with Integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics. The performance of the graphics is comparable with any entry level AMD or NVIDIA dedicated graphics card. The graphics is DirectX11.1 capable and is much faster than earlier generation Intel HD 4000 graphics. Users can play all power hungry games like Battlefield 3, call of Duty Black ops 2, Dishonored, Borderlands 2, Guild Wars 2, sleeping dog, Legends of Pegasus etc.  in this machine, but all games are not playable at high details and settings. You can watch high definition movies ( 720p on laptop display), edit photos and videos smoothly on this machine.

HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j052nr offers 8GB memory and supports a maximum of 16GB memory. 750GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed and comes preloaded with 64 bit Windows 8 operating system. As the laptop is specially designed for Microsoft Stores (both US and Canada) it is devoid of any trial softwares. It also lacks optical drive, thus if you need to install software through CD/DVD then you need to buy an external DVD drive.

The 15.6” HD BrightView LED-backlit touchscreen display offers 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which means it can’t support 1080p playback. To get full high definition playback you need to connect laptop to FHD compatible HDTV.

HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j052nr offers 4 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo  RJ-45 jack. There is no VGA port but it comes with a HD webcam.

As mentioned in the Microsoft store’s website, the 6-cell 47WHr 2.2 Ah lithium-ion battery offers up to 7 hrs of battery life

Pros of HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j052nr

Affordable powerful laptop with touch screen feature

4 USB 3.0 ports

Beats audio and quad speakers for quality sound

Cons of HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j052nr

No full high definition display

No SSD

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