HP Envy 8 Note - One Month Review

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  1. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Desktop office please. Is there really no 4GB option? My GN5 has 4GB.
     
  2. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    OK - will load desktop office for my buddies

    Besides, its all I have this morning as my SB has shut down (AGAIN) as it has for the last four days - bad dock?
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    ok - installed and running - OneNote is as responsive as Mobile version, bur more cluttered screen on smaller form factor. Outlook running well; Word as well; not as snappy as mobile versions, but not draggy.
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Its still all i have at moment as MS has been in remote control of my SB for an hour now - ARGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!
     
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    soh5 Wait and Hope (Bronsky et al.) Senior Member

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    Good to know you have a "reliable" backup note taking solution for onenote :)
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Yes, it is actually nice to have a "spare tire" so to speak (even if it is a compact spare)...
     
  7. soh5

    soh5 Wait and Hope (Bronsky et al.) Senior Member

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    So as of right now dale... Is it a keep or return for you?
     
  8. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Too early to tell. It went into sleep this afternoon, and only about 4% drain - but it was as slow as molasses in January after coming out of sleep, requiring a reset. Unfortunately, my limited spare time is being eaten alive by the big iron (SB disconnecting from dock routinely).
     
  9. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    A few more questions to answer:
    • 2gb RAM and 32gb eMMC is the only SKU - I've got Office 2016 loaded and have 13.6gb left on C
    • Have installed a 128gb mSDXC card and pointed all files to it - so far so good, and not a significant speed drop to the eMMC (that is very user subjective, however)
    • At 82% when I put it to sleep at 9:30p, and at 7:45a it is at 75% - and that was "sleep" - hibernation disabled
    • Screen is very responsive to both touch and pen - but pen is slippery on the screen. My gut tells me a screen protector might resolve this, but I just love the clear bright screen
    • To me it IS a bright screen - some have claimed it is dim, and it won't burn your eyeballs out, but it is very good (usually use it at 50% but prefer 75%)
    • I've only been taking notes in OneNote (no fancy clipping or annotating yet) but for that it is every bit as responsive as my SB Clipboard
    • Pen - I am very impressed how precise and no lag - except for needing a "softer" nib, it is an excellent pen - far better than any of those Atmel etc. types typically used on 8", I'd say as good as the SP3 N-Trig
    • This is nearly the perfect size - enough room to write and a screen large enough to not need a microscope to read your emails.
    • I have not done Netflix or other media as of yet - not sure I want to tax it in any way
    • I have used it with Texture to read latest NatGeo issue - small text but very readable thanks to the high resolution screen
    • ABOVE ALL - this is a companion device - no way it would ever be a primary device, but you could get a lot done in a pinch - for me it is a moleskin replacement on steroids - it truly is a Windows iPad Mini
    A few minor irritants:
    • Pen - it is same color as SB, just smaller, so easy to mix them up on your desk when in a hurry - then you wonder why your pen quit working on your HP or SB - because you grabbed the wrong one
    • Pen - no place to park it - have ordered an AVN8 case with loop to see if that works, if not may attach loop directly to tablet
    • mUSB - I know it is ubiquitous, but this design screams for a USB-C port
    • Plastic back really needs protection - at least a good skin (Skinomi brushed aluminum - the Surface touch)
    • VERIZON ONLY - well, actually that's not just a minor irritant - IT IS FREAKIN INSANE
    I'm still holding my breath and praying that Panos can sway Satya to a n 8" Surface Mini. It really needs the following to be a must have:
    • 4gb RAM and 128gb eMMC (see, I didn't even demand SSD)
    • USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 would be overkill)
    • SMALLER BEZELS (or better still more screen; 3:2 screen (or even 4:3 - 16:9 sucks)
    • iPad Mini-like smart cover - for protection and simple stand
    • Siloed pen preferred, but how about just a physical clip to attach pen - MAGNETS are not the answer
    • GSM LTE
     
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    FYI - although not a perfect fit, pretty good (you'll need to cut little hole for charger port) - Amazon Moko Asus VivoTab Note 8 Slim Folding Cover
     

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