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HP Envy 15.6" 1080p HD Touchsmart Laptop (Manufacturer Refurbished)
The HP Envy's 15.6" full HD display begs to be used for more than just word processing and email—and the laptop has the chops to make it happen. Intel HD graphics 4600 work with the clear, colorful display to render video game graphics in stunning clarity. Beats Audio quad speakers, plus two subwoofers and an optional four-foot Tibetan gong, help immerse the senses in movies and sound effects. Working invisibly behind the scenes, the 2.4GHz processor and a whopping 12GB of system memory help keep apps and graphics moving smoothly.
The hardware is good, but Windows 8 is rife with annoyances & quirks that undermine the usability of the computer. Also, the brightness of the monitor cannot be adjusted; this is a common problem with the HP Envy, & HP is unable to provide drivers that correct the problem.
Everything about the laptop was great except for the screen. Combine a low brightness with the glossiest screen I have ever seen, and you have a laptop screen you can use as a mirror even at full brightness.
This is a super powerful desktop replacement that handles my 3D design software with ease. And the windows 8 can easily be made to the classic windows shell we're all used to. Don't let windows 8 deter you!
Thank goodness it was under warranty. I did an HP update, the computer went black, and I could not get it recovered. Since it was under warranty, I shipped it off to HP and they fixed it within a week! Now, it's back to normal! I love the computer - we use the multi-user function so that my husband and I can keep our things separate. We like the touch screen and Windows 8 very much. It is very user friendly, and we love it!