The beauty of the HP Envy 17 rests on its attempt to be the perfect laptop for everyday consumers. Indeed, it ticks all the boxes for various types of users who are in the market with different computing priorities. Outstanding performance? Check. Crisp touch screen HD display? Check. Excellent battery performance? Check. This premium HP flagship covers all the proverbial bases while looking fly at the same time.
As with any laptop with metal chassis, this HP Envy is accused of deriving inspiration from the MacBook industrial design philosophy. But who cares if this indeed the case? It will mean that its looks is not too shabby and its sturdy build makes it resistant to daily abuse. To be fair, HP had brought some design innovations to the table. For example, the Envy sports the so-called drop-hinge design that raises the laptop ever so slightly everytime you open it, allowing for better cooling due to increased airflow. For us, this subtle tweak also made the keyboard even better due to the unique angle that makes typing more comfortable.
Aside from the metal finish, which gives the HP Envy an unmistakable premium look and feel, there are specific details that enhance the user’s confidence in the design credentials of this product. We can direct your attention to the striking presentation of the speaker grille, which is situated at the top of the backlit keyboard. It has a unique triangular pattern that will not fail to highlight the fact that the Envy is also rocking a Bang & Olufsen sound system, which came with a dedicated audio software where you can tweak effects and presets to your heart’s content. We kid you not when we say that in our test, the sound is astoundingly clear and very defined.
Given its ambition, the HP Envy ships with pretty impressive hardware. Under the hood, there’s an Intel Core i7-7500U Processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 16GB Memory, 512GB SSD, DVDRW, and Bluetooth. You can, therefore, throw almost everything at it and expect the Envy to get to work without any hiccup whatsoever. This laptop is, of course, not designed with gaming in mind although it can run those with intensive graphics without issues below 17 FPS. However, it will perform admirably well if you are into photo editing.
The touchscreen display is in full HD. Indeed, you will not be disappointed with how the colors are rendered since they simply pop courtesy of the 209 percent of the sRGB color gamut. Note that the HP Envy trounces most of the competition in this area, most of these could only boast of 100 percent or so sRGB color gamut. This alone made us feel really good about this laptop’s price tag. It now retails for as low as $1,169.99.
Finally, HP Envy’s dimensions allow it enough space for a number of welcome add-ons such as the four USB ports (1 USB 3.1 Type-C and 3 USB 3.1 Type-A), an SD media card reader, ethernet, audio, and HDMI ports. The laptop is also able to accommodate a huge touchpad, which is significantly larger than rival laptops’ even those within the same size category. For more detailed specs, check below:
Dimension & Weight:16.38 x 11.16 x 1 in, & 6.6 lbs
Screen Size: 17.3 inches
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Processor: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7
RAM: 16 GB SDRAM
Storage: 512 GB SSD
Wireless: Type 802.11bgn, Bluetooth
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Weight: 6.6 pounds
Battery: 3-cell 41 WHr Lithium-ion Battery, up to 7 hours and 30 minutes
Camera: HP TrueVision HD IR Camera with Dual Digital Microphone
Network Interface:Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Expansion Slot:1 multi-format SD media card reader
External I/O Ports:1 USB 3.1 (Type-C); 3 USB 3.1 (Type-A); 1 HDMI; 1 RJ-45; 1 headphone/microphone combo