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HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Touchscreen Ultrabook Laptop Review - Accessory Port Layout and Performance

HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Touchscreen Ultrabook Laptop Review
HP's Envy TouchSmart 4 is put through its paces. Is it something worth our Envy? Let's find out. (NYSE:HPQ)
| Standard Laptops in Laptops | Posted: May 21, 2013 5:34 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: HP

Accessory Port Layout and Performance

 

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The left side, from back to front, features the Ethernet port, HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports and the SD card reader.

 

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The right side, from back to front, features the power port, one USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, microphone jack and Kensington lock.

 

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The HP Envy TouchSmart 4 had the lowest performing USB 2.0 implementation as far as read speeds are concerned. It managed just 27.7MB/s. It appears that HP's implementation is always a problem as the HP Folio 13 we reviewed last year is the second slowest system in our chart.

 

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The TouchSmart 4 redeems itself a bit when it comes to USB 2.0 write speed. It manages to beat out the older Folio 13 as well as the GIGABYTE U2442F with an average of 21MB/s.

 

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As far as USB 3.0 performance goes, the TouchSmart 4 is roughly in the middle of the pack. USB 3.0 read speeds are a close spread.

 

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The trend continues with USB 3.0 write speeds. The TouchSmart 4 hangs with the faster machines, but does start to fall behind the majority of the pack.

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