Excerpt: Today we review the HP ENVY 17 3D Beats Audio Edition 17in Laptop. The ENVY has long been marketed as HP's highest end line of laptops. They feature superior build quality, powerful hardware, and a very unique aesthetic that is quite unlike the glossy offerings of HP's other models.
Summary: The Envy 17 can double as both a capable gaming and entertainment machine or a serious performance workstation. The is a stylish, 17.3” screen desktop replacement model that features an aluminum case design and Beats Audio.
Pros: Performance is good, Dual hard drive capabilities, Keyboard ergonomics and feel, Design is professional and clean
Cons: Touchpad is finicky and needs a lot of settings tweaks, Keyboard backlighting suffers light bleed, Touchpad is finicky and needs a lot of settings tweaks, Keyboard backlighting suffers light bleed
Summary: Verdict: Given its positioning its disappointing that the Envy lacks gaming grunt. If gaming isn’t a concern however, you’ll find the Envy 17 a capable app machine and an immersive 3D entertainer.
Pros: Application workhorse, manages to create immersive 3D experiences, comfortable to work on.
Cons: Extremely large and heavy, not a gaming machine.
Conclusion: From movies to gaming, the HP Envy 17 3D should please 3D enthusiasts with its polished integration of 3D technology into an already impressive media center laptop. Those content with two dimensions may want to hold off, but for those who want more depth to their entertainment, the HP Envy 17 3D has...
Pros: A gorgeous high-definition 3D display. Blu-ray. Beats Audio provides good bass. Bundled 3D glasses fit over prescription glasses.
Cons: Pricey compared to its 2D peers. Limited 3D content. Still requires special glasses.
Excerpt: First they came for our 2-D televisions. Now they want our laptops. If you thought 3-D was a tough sell for the living room, now imagine if you had to lug the technology around with you.
Pros: Three dimensions, people! Can you dig it? Backlit keyboard. Impressive “Beats” audio system. Dazzling, super-bright display. Includes Adobe Photoshop and Elements combo.
Cons: 3-D experience is gimmicky, weak and already boring. Loud, grinding fan drowns out those awesome speakers when laptop heats up. There’s just no excuse for a computer this big to have arrow keys this pathetically small.
Excerpt: I took a close look at HP's Envy 17 last September and found a lot to like, plus a few issues that bugged me. So it goes with most products--there's no perfect laptop. Now HP's refreshing the Envy 17, adding a new display and stereoscopic 3D capability.
Conclusion: The display is bright, the display is sharp, and the display is HUGE. This is a desktop replacement without a doubt, and you'll never go back to a tower again if this monster is slid under your nose (that's a bit presumptuous, I know you love building your own machines and enclosures and all that,...
Summary: The Envy 17 3D is not cheap, but for $1,649 you get a premium design, quad-core power, solid gaming performance, Blu-ray, and a bright 1080p display. The 3D experience isn't as robust or as seamless as laptops powered by Nvidia's 3D Vision technology, but we like that the TriDef 3D software can...