Envy 8 Noteby HP

  • Envy 8 Note
  • Envy 8 Note
  • Envy 8 Note
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Don't buy. Few products get rated this low.
50%
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PROS

  • The proprietary HP note-taking software is a big plus.
  • The optional keyboard has a premium feel.
  • The price is good for a Windows 10 tablet with 4G LTE capability.

CONS

  • The processor and 2GB of RAM are underwhelming.
  • Aesthetically, the keyboard and tablet combo look out of proportion.
  • The digital pen doesn't function as well as those of some competitiors.
With the Envy 8 Note, HP seeks to combine tablet portability with laptop productivity. The tablet features an 8-inch, 1920 x 1200 display layered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 to give it durability. It runs on Windows 10, includes 4G LTE capability and is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor. HP Instant Note, note-taking software that complements the stylus, is included. The tablet has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing one. The optional keyboard is made of aluminum and has 1.5 millimeters of key travel--the same as HP’s premium notebooks. Battery life is just over 6 hours.
NameEnvy 8 NoteiPad Air 2Galaxy Tab S 10.5Nexus 9Venue 10 7000
ManufacturerHPAppleSamsungGoogleDell
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HP Envy 8 Note tried to hit all the right notes with its included Wacom Pen, Verizon LTE, 1080p display in a thin and light 8-inch form-fact…

HP Envy 8 Note tried to hit all the right notes with its included Wacom Pen, Verizon LTE, 1080p display in a thin and light 8-inch form-factor. Unfortunately, it is hampered by a dim display, lackluster processor and limited amount of RAM and storage options.

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The keyboard folio doesn’t add much, aside from a degree of frustration and some funny looks, and performance-wise, the tablet just isn't fa…

The keyboard folio doesn’t add much, aside from a degree of frustration and some funny looks, and performance-wise, the tablet just isn't fast enough for you to justify trying to convert it into a productivity laptop, making its purpose rather questionable.

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It feels solid and well made, with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen, and its design is less sleek than, say, an iPad mini, but you'd feel sa…

It feels solid and well made, with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen, and its design is less sleek than, say, an iPad mini, but you'd feel safer dropping it.

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The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, clocking from 1.44 GHz up to 1.84 GHz in turbo mode, with over 6 hours of battery…

The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, clocking from 1.44 GHz up to 1.84 GHz in turbo mode, with over 6 hours of battery life.

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The HP Envy Note 8 (starting at $329) tablet may look peculiar standing upright in its 10-inch keyboard (an extra $100), but this combo coul…

The HP Envy Note 8 (starting at $329) tablet may look peculiar standing upright in its 10-inch keyboard (an extra $100), but this combo could pinch hit for a laptop.

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The keyboard feels pretty good and has 1.5mm key travel distance. There’s a touchpad below the spacebar that’s wide but not very deep.

The keyboard feels pretty good and has 1.5mm key travel distance. There’s a touchpad below the spacebar that’s wide but not very deep.

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Despite a bizarre keyboard and middling specs, HP's latest tablet might be the coolest device ever made for taking notes.

Despite a bizarre keyboard and middling specs, HP's latest tablet might be the coolest device ever made for taking notes.

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While an 8-inch tablet might look a little silly paired with a much bigger keyboard, it's necessary to ensure an acceptable typing experienc…

While an 8-inch tablet might look a little silly paired with a much bigger keyboard, it's necessary to ensure an acceptable typing experience.

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HP's latest tablet is an oddball, but according to the company it makes a lot of sense for travelers and frequent note-takers.

HP's latest tablet is an oddball, but according to the company it makes a lot of sense for travelers and frequent note-takers.

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The tablet screen is a middling 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, which should look sharp but won’t give the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 a run for its money.

The tablet screen is a middling 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, which should look sharp but won’t give the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 a run for its money.

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The ability to run full Windows 10, a Wacom enabled pen (included for free) and the above average Envy folio keyboard make it a compelling p…

The ability to run full Windows 10, a Wacom enabled pen (included for free) and the above average Envy folio keyboard make it a compelling product for anyone desiring a portable tablet with a versatile edge.

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