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 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.
Cons: Shockingly expensive; often frustrating trackpad; rubbish battery life.
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.
Excerpt: It’s been less than a decade since consumers started getting used to interacting with their computers and mobile devices with touch, yet now physical contact seems so old-fashioned. Now it’s all about touchless control and the ability to navigate your laptop with just your eyes or your hands. (Next up: mind control.
Pros: Sensor fully integrated into laptop, Can turn sensor on and off
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.