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: 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 convert 2D content on the fl, and supports many of the latest games.
Pros: Bright, crisp screen, Good 3D performance, Stylish design, Comfortable, backlit keyboard, Strong graphics performance, Great sound quality
Cons: Very short battery life, Parts of notebook get quite hot, Too many steps to start 3D games, Can't play 3D content on TVs
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)
Conclusion: Ideal para los que quieren más que una simple computadora para realizar archivos o navegar por Internet. Por sus características, puede ser utilizada por un diseñador profesional o gamer.
Pros: Cuenta con bocinas Beats Audio que reproducen sonido de calidad. El teclado y el trackpad son muy cómodos; las teclas se iluminan y el touchpad admite gestos. Además, la pantalla reproduce contenido 3D.
Conclusion: Dans la belle famille Envy d'HP ce modèle 17 3D semble avoir (presque) tout pour lui. Un grand écran non seulement Full HD mais 3D de surcroit. Avec processeur et capacités mémoires de haut niveau.
Pros: écran Full HD et 3D, puissance de la machine, design et qualité de fabrication, qualité du son, richesse de la connectique (dont une prise USB3 et un port Mini Display), lecteur Blu-Ray.