HP Envy 17 notebook

HP's Envy 17 is a desktop replacement with plenty of speed under the hood, uses fourth-gen Core i7

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  • Expert Rating

    3.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.00 / 5 (of 3 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 1,999.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

Brocky

4.5

1

Pros
I have only had it a week. I would love to have had the SSID drive but apart from that so far I'm happy
Cons
I notice no one else has complained about the DVD drive. Very flimsy id gets caught on the frame of the computer base ejects on its own rattles like it's unbalanced and will not load or eject sometimes.
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As I said only had it a week I do like it i have upgraded it's software and windows 8.1, one annoying thing i find in windows is your on a page or program and it closes you have to go over to the left of screen and open the page again. Battery has short life span. will update in a few weeks. I do like the fingerprint security so no one can open your computer unless the happen to cut off the right one.....LOL Hoping that I can play some games on it as I am partially disabled I have desktop playstation and Ipad.

Rich

2.5

2

Pros
startup speed, back-lit keyboard
Cons
full SSD main drive not available, very poor WIFI card (reception), occasional video glitches with HDMI output.
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When ordering this laptop, I was disappointed that HP didn't offer a SSD as a main drive, had to settle for their "hybrid" 1 TB drive (small SSD cache and a 5500 rpm mechanical drive). Odd combination (why not use a faster 7200 rpm drive). Salesman said the hybrid drive performs like a SSD.

When I got the unit, I was initially impressed. I liked the style. Nice size screen (17" as opposed to my older 15" laptop) text was easy to read, graphics looked good. Startup speed was good. I like the back-lit keyboard, especially useful in dark rooms. Built in sound was good as well (Beats system).

Then started the disappointments. I checked the Windows experience rating & saw the lowest performing component was the drive. This is after I told the salesman I wanted an SSD, This "hydrid" drive unit obviously DOESN'T perform like a SSD drive.

Then when hooked up the laptop to a large flat screen TV via HDMI the video occasionally flickered (a ghostlike image of the taskbar would appear in the middle of the screen for an instant every few seconds). My previous laptop never did that using the same HDMI cable & input on the TV. It would go away after robooting, then come back randomly.

The final straw that made me decide to return the unit was WIFI reception. This laptop could not connect to my WIFI unless it was in the same or next room of the router. When I'm upstairs or in the basement, I am able to connect with my smartphone, iPad, and older Dell laptop without any problems. In some cases, it would not even see the SSID even tough I could connect with my other devices. The WIFI card this laptop comes with seems to be a cheap/low-end version. I tried updating the driver & resetting the wireless router & still could not get it to connect in certain areas that the other devices could.

I contacted the salesman and asked if they made a unit with a better WIFI card & faster hard drive. He said the unit I got was their best.

robert

5.0

3

Pros
cpu speed, keyboard
Cons
screen
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I bought it for 755 euro and put ssd, all i can say it is an amazing fast, reliable machine. I have replaced this one with 6 months old Asus n56vz i7 ssd, my java server was starting for 30-40 seconds now it starts in 14s stable (i just swapped ssd to envy and updated drivers so system is exactly the same). and the whole experience feels much smoother and faster, though all reviews says it should be only 10% faster, in real life - its almost twice.
Keyboard is superb, games running fluent on high settings.
17" screen i got is crap and glare, but you can customize it before buy. The only thing is this machine does not like windows 7 for gaming. Games are stuttering on w7 but windows 8 - no problem. I play 1900x1200 24" screen, high settings ang got 28-40 fps depending on game, with smaller resolutions no less than 50fps. Most people complain about this laptop because it comes with 2x1TB 5200rpm hilariously slow hdd's but replacing one with ssd this machine becomes alive and performing at the bottleneck that core 4700QM can provide.

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