Summary: Elegant entertainment machine. HP has just updated its premium notebook lineup by reintroducing the 15.6-inch Envy 15 in an all-new design, and the 17.3-inch Envy 17 has been given the same makeover. The latter is also available in a 3D edition, which is the model that we will be taking a close look at today.
Pros: Attractive design, High overall performance, Good display, Excellent sound quality, Comparatively thin and lightweight, Good selection of ports, The new design is very appealing. A combination of good overall performance and excellent workmanship makes the Envy 17 3D a great entertainment machine.
Cons: Practically never silent, GPU barely sufficient for stereoscopic 3D gaming, Lid prone to smudges, Although the Radeon HD 7690M does a good job within the temperature constraints of this comparatively slim notebook, a speedier GPU would have been preferable for stereoscopic 3D gaming.
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.
Summary: With the original price of Rs. 89,990, HP are now offering the Envy 17 for a reduced price of Rs. 69,990 throughout India. This offer started recently and will be applicable for the next couple of months. This is good pricing for a 17.3-inch multimedia notebook that’s capable of playing 3D Blu-rays. If those are your requirements then it’s certainly a good option.
Summary: High-end gaming notebooks are a rare breed with few takers. If you are one such person, the HP Envy 3D 17 is a good package - strong graphics, Blu-ray playback and a stereoscopic 3D display with bundled glasses. It's expensive, but a good buy for the discerning gamer who needs a notebook. Of course, you could buy a similar performing desktop for half, if that's your game...
Pros: Well built and looks good despite its bulk, Good components, and a fast graphic solution in the Radeon HD 5850, 3D display, with bundled glasses, Good value for money if you're up to spending close to a lakh on a laptop
Cons: Not for everyone with its high-spec components, Heavy and bulky - not exactly something you want to lug around, The HD 5850 can get very hot
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, but this is a really really tasty alternative to DIY.
Conclusion: The HP Envy 17 3D is a premium machine, with flaws. There are notebooks with slightly better 3D that can't match it for style or build quality. Apart from potential heat issues and a laughable battery life there's little to complain about apart from the price, and there are few alternatives that have this spec at lower cost - and even fewer that are this desirable.
Pros: For a 17-inch monster laptop, the Envy 17 3D manages to look sleek and slim; it's packed with performance plus great sound and vision.
Cons: The battery life is exceptionally low and while the 3D works well for movies the support for 3D gaming is less impressive (it looks good but slows the frame rate)
Summary: As a high-end gaming laptop, it's hard to fault HP's 17inch En. Not only does it have one of the fastest mobile quad-core processors underneath its sleek aluminium skin, it's thinner than competitively powered 15in machines like the Asus G53 3D. By comparison to a similarly sized MacBook Pro, it's a half a centimetre thicker and the plastic underside makes it less attractive, but it absolutely overpowers it in terms of raw computing speeds for three quarters of the cost.