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.
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.
Summary: - The HP ENVY 17t-j100 Leap Motion has a unique feature that sets it apart from other 17-inch laptops by including the 3D gesture interface controller. The problem is that this is still very gimmicky and should only attract those that really want or will use a software package compatible with it.
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?
Excerpt: 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.
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...
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.
Conclusion: As we mentioned before, HP's Envy line of notebooks are often touted in the comments on our reviews as being alternatives to Apple's MacBook Pro series. In reviewing the Envy 17 at least, we find that's not entirely a fair comparison.
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.
Summary: HP has done upgrades of the HP Envy 17-K104ng Notebook to a low-voltage processor SSD-HDD combination and the graphic card of GeForce GTX 850M takes care the good gaming performance of the laptop. The frugal hardware is an advantage and the performance is at its peak.