Summary: - The HP ENVY 17 has been updated for 2011 to include 2nd Generation Intel Core i processors and a new AMD Radeon HD 6850M graphics card. Starting at $1,250, the base configuration offers a Core i5 processor and 6GB of memory for decent performance in a variety of scenarios. The graphics card performs well especially for the base price, and overall the HP ENVY 17 is a solid buy. HP, well known for business and consumer laptops, has updated the ENVY 17 for 2011.
Summary: - The wait is finally over. While many hardware manufacturers chose to partner with NVIDIA for 3D technology, HP has waited for AMD's solution. The HP Envy 17 3D utilizes an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and HP Active Shutter Glasses in a stylish aluminum chassis that is appealing inside and out. The HP Envy 17 3D offers smooth gameplay and a pleasant multimedia experience thanks to the 17.3-inch HD display.
Excerpt: For raw performance and power, this ultrabook is pretty hard to beat thanks to a 4th generation i7 Intel processor and 8GB of memory. While that's a decent amount of RAM on its own, this ultrabook also has an Nvidia GeForce GT 750M chip with another 4GB of dedicated video memory. This gives you tremendous graphics performance and it features a big 17 inch HD display to see it on. You also get a 2TB hard drive, which gives you tons of storage, and a Blu-ray player.
Excerpt: There's definitely a lot to like about this laptop, though it comes in right around the $999 price tag, so keep this in mind if you need to stay a few hundred dollars under $1,000. If you find this laptop on sale it becomes an incredible value because it has an Intel i7 quad-core processor and 12GB of memory which is incredible at this price.
Summary: Working class hero? HP advertises its new Envy as the epitome of efficiency. Is this because of the SSD-HDD combination? Because of the GTX GeForce? Or the good sound? We check if work and gaming harmonize well.
Pros: Solid base unit, Constant fan control, Matte and bright TN panel, Good sound, Application performance, The sophisticated and sturdy work environment. The matte panel with reasonable viewing angles.
Cons: Keyboard with short travel but usable, Bad webcam, Very loud under maximum load, Weak color presentation, No maintainability, A keyboard with good feedback, preferably a mechanical one. This would result in a good DTR for work. Why is there no maintenance cover?
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.
Summary: The latest HP Envy 17, the 17-1195ea, adds some cool new features, including 3D support. This 17.3-inch laptop is a top performer and looks great, but there's no denying that it's eye-wateringly expensive.
Pros: High-resolution display; great 3D implementation; luxurious design.
Cons: Shockingly expensive; often frustrating trackpad; rubbish battery life.
Summary: On specifications alone, the HP Envy series has few serious competitors. While its display and battery life are less than stellar, the Envy's ability to marry the potential for high-end performance to an accessible form factor place the series among the best mainstream laptops.
Pros: The HP Envy series features a varied catalog of high-performance upgrade options.
Cons: It is hindered by lackluster battery life and inconsistent build quality.