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
Excerpt: The Envy 17 is the biggest and most powerful model in HP’s top-end line of laptops, which are known for their sex appeal and solid build quality. The Envy 17’s 11x16.5x1.5-inch chassis is constructed of magnesium alloy with an aluminum wrapping that’s decoratively etched on the lid and palm rest. The chiclet keyboard is large, with a dedicated number pad, and the keys feel pleasant to type on. The keyboard’s backlight can be turned on and off with a key press.
Pros: Handsome and well-built; good performance/portability ratio; Eyefinity.
Cons: Somewhat limited for games; weak battery life; gets hot under graphics load.
Excerpt: The best under-$2,000 entertainment desktop replacement to date, the Envy 17 comes packed with extras that should drive the price up—but somehow don’t. Its performance and portability were also big surprises.
Pros: Startling performance for the price, Full-HD resolution, Enormous touch pad, Above-average audio, Gorgeous LCD, Slot-loading Blu-ray drive
Cons: Brief battery life, Finicky multifinger input on touch pad