HP Envy 4-1000SGSlim, high-end ultrabooks are now in vogue and many manufacturers add only the best processor to these high-end ultra-slim laptops. However, HP uses only the slower Intel Core i3-2367M processor, which contributes to the low price tag. The 320GB of hard drive and 4GB of RAM are today’s standards for budget laptops. Weighing at only 1.8kg, the Envy 4-1000SG feels reasonably lightweight although the case is somewhat susceptible to fingerprints.

The ultrabook shares the same chiclets tablet of the more expensive Envy 6-1000SG. The 14” reflective display has 1366 x 768 pixels resolution with a maximum brightness of 168 cd/m. Powered by a Sandy Bridge processor, the Envy 4-1000SG comes with Intel HD Graphic 3000 GPU, which lack DirectX 11 support.  Gaming performance is generally poor due to bottleneck in 3D processing, with games like Starcraft 2 (2010) is barely playable in medium setting.

Unfortunately, the Envy 4-1000SG is rather noisy for an ultrabook, which measures between 30 and 40 dB under normal loads. It doesn’t have user-controllable fan settings and the Envy 4-1000SG occasionally buzzes like a cheap device.

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