Summary: Full marks to HP for attempting to do something different with the new Envy 17. However, gesture-recognition is still in its infancy and there are few apps that currently use that technology in a way that grabs the imagination. The Envy 17 Leap Motion SE might appeal to a few niche markets at the moment, but at well over Â£1000 it will probably seem like an expensive luxury for ordinary home and business users.
Summary: The HP ENVY 17 is an extremely powerful laptop, with top of the line specs with a massive 17.3-inch and brilliant Full HD screen. The motion sensor feature is something that is gives us a glimpse of the future, but at the moment, it has better show off value than practical purpose. Buy this, because the performance is undeniable.
Pros: Brilliant performance, Very good display, Well built, Leap Motion feature has a lot of potential
Cons: Too heavy to carry around daily, Disappointing battery life
Summary: New ground. HP is the first manufacturer to equip its media-focused flagship with Leap Motion capability and a touchscreen, but is this worth the extra cost of 60 Euros (~$82)? Additionally, the internals of the laptop have been refreshed, including a Full HD touchscreen, an Nvidia GT 750M GPU and an i7-4702MQ CPU.
Pros: TouchDisplay, Leap Motion, Good CPU performance, More than enough RAM, Battery life during light work, Speakers, The always-cool chassis thanks to a constantly rotating fan. The TN panel comes with great horizontal viewing angles.
Cons: Noisy fan, Battery life under load, Too hot, TFT with a blue tint, A combination of an SSD in slot no. 1 and an HDD in slot no. 2 would be perfect for both performance and mass storage. Also, such a premium laptop with a GT 750 should be equipped with GDDR5 memory.
Summary: Processor-blowhard with flaws. The Envy 17 scores in CPU matters owing to Intel's i7-4700QM quad-core, and it also displays pictures on a matte Full HD screen. But just how well does the laptop fare in our in-depth test report?
Pros: Good and matte screen, Decent processor performance, A lot of RAM, Battery runtime in low load, The quad-core processor supplies high computing power. Working with the Envy 17 is really fun. The decent screen is also compelling after it has been calibrated.
Cons: Loud fan, Battery soon drained in load, Keyboard yields extremely, Too high temperatures, No SSD, TFT exhibits bluish cast (uncalibrated), A more sensible interface positioning and a higher quality casing are at the top of our wish list. That's followed by an SSD.
Excerpt: THe HP Envy 17 series Laptop is a high-end desktop replacement Laptop starting at $1,299.99 on the HP Store . HP highlights that the HP Envy 17 features DDR5 VRAM plus Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs, all housed in a stunning, laser -etched aluminum body. And this is our only consumer laptop that supports up to three external displays.
Excerpt: When it comes to reviewing laptops I prefer to stay away because they’re basically all the same, with a few exceptions. So when it came time to replace my ageing Acer Aspire with Core i5, I had a long hard look at the options. I wanted Full HD display, the latest Quad Core processor, good graphics, Blu-ray and no plastic in sight. Then HP updated its Envy range and, since I work with these things, I had a few happy clients praising the notebook. So I jumped.
Conclusion: The Envy 17-3000 is a well thought out and designed laptop and credit goes to the engineers and designers at HP. It’s a lucky thing HP didn’t dump their PC business as they do a good job of being very competitive on features, design and price on the premium end. For those that don’t want the Mac OS or have $2,499 for a 17” MacBook Pro, the Envy 17 might be thought of as an alternative, and for many it might be a better option regardless of price.
Pros: Pleasing design, Well built with durable all metal case and chassis, Best audio we’ve ever seen from a laptop, Nice bright and vibrant screen, Excellent performance with Intel Core i7 and AMD 7690M graphics
Cons: Touchpad could be improved, right mouse button not responsive, Top of the lid shows fingerprints easily, RAID setup not supported, despite dual hard drives
Summary: The $1,484 HP Envy 17 deserves a standing ovation. In addition to a vibrant 17.3-inch 1080p display and superb audio, the notebook delivers a heady one-two punch in terms of performance and design. And just when you think it couldn't get any sweeter, HP throws in an Adobe software package and a Blu-ray DVD burner. While it won't satisfy hardcore gamers, the HP Envy 17 is a great choice for shoppers looking for a big-screen multimedia machine.
Pros: Good performance and graphics, Excellent Beats Audio with dedicated volume button, Bright full 1080p display, Zippy boot time, Comfortable keyboard with bright backlighting, Long battery life, Bundled Adobe software
Cons: Design a little chunky, Lid smudges easily, No automatic graphics switching
Conclusion: Overall I love this laptop, with the 3rd generation Envy 17-3000 being just released you may be able to find some great prices on this 2nd generation Envy 17 2290NR . I bought this laptop because I needed a machine that looks professional and that I can break out at meetings and conferences, but still be able to go home and enjoy a game or 3D movie.
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