A powerful desktop replacement that costs less than most ultrabooks
6 days ago
Excerpt: If there's one thing you need to understand about laptops, it's this: Portability will cost you. Want proof? Look no further than the HP Envy TouchSmart 17 (MSRP $999.99), a fully-loaded desktop replacement that costs less than an entry level MacBook Air .
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
Excerpt: . 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.
Excerpt: HP is one of the largest computer manufacturers in the world, and its Envy line of computers are designed to be high-performing PCs for video editing and high-demand gaming. The HP Envy 700 sits on the low-end of this series and serves as a very good home computer option.
Pros: The base configuration includes a 4th generation Intel i7 processor and 12GB of RAM.
Cons: The computer comes loaded with a large amount of bloatware, most of which you’re not likely to need.
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. The excellent...
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. In other words, the Envy 17 can double as both a capable gaming and entertainment machine or a serious performance...
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
Excerpt: In an era where truly upscale laptops seem like an endangered species, it’s always nice to run across a well-built system with few compromises, such as the HP Envy 17. We’ve always liked the Envy line in general, and the two most-recent models, the 14-inch Envy 14 and this 17-inch Envy 17, manage to surpass last year’s original 13- and 15-inch versions by coming in at much more reasonable prices.
Summary: It should also be noted that in both games and movie playback, the notebook gets pretty hot. But even with its few shortcomings, there’s an awful lot to like about the Envy 17. It’s good-looking, well built, and capable of performing the gamut of desktop functions to varying degrees of satisfaction, while remaining reasonably portable.
Pros: Handsome and well-built; good performance/portability ratio; Eyefinity.
Cons: Somewhat limited for games; weak battery life; gets hot under graphics load.