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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mine is bigger than yours….

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    banjo
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    Mine is bigger than yours…. Other than the super-sized gaming laptops that push 10 pounds, this laptop is “King of the Hill” (or “Queen of the Castle” if you prefer). Other reviews from more educated folks go into the technical details, which are interesting to some but mostly I was interested in whether this laptop looks good, performs well, and is reasonably light enough to carry around from home to office and go on the road for visits and vacation traveling. Looks good? This machine shows well with a very nice brushed aluminum body and smooth lines. There is an accent trim at the back hinge, which adds to the sleek appearance. Overall a very nice look without a lot of billboard logos and brand-name engraving. You want a different look? Lots of inexpensive skins are available online so google a few and customize to your heart’s content. Me, I put my college logo on and that’s all I need to satisfy. Performs Well? Newest Intel laptop processor, plenty of RAM, large hard drive, and probably the best feature is the “Optane” system to boost the 7200-rpm hard drive performance. Originally, I was wondering why HP would put a spinning platter hard drive in a new model machine when solid state drives have dropped in price, but after using this laptop for a few days and running some performance benchmarks, I have to say the new “Optane” card that goes in the M.2 slot is an excellent design decision that keeps the cost down for the laptop while providing speedy performance and large storage capacity. Running a CrystalDiskMark benchmark and comparing this laptop to my desktop, which has a Samsung 840 PRO SSD, the laptop’s read speed surprisingly OUTPERFORMED the 840 PRO by a wide margin! (see attached results). The write speed of the laptop was lower, but that’s not an issue as the read speed is what opens programs and keeps the computer running smoothly. In real-world terms: Is the laptop “snappy” when starting up and opening programs? YEP! Boot time is 14 seconds from power-on to the welcome screen and then maybe 30 more seconds for the system to fully boot and "settle down" after swiping the fingerprint scanner... I have a buncha little desktop gadgets (Addgadgets & Rainmeter) and 5 cloud drives + MS OneNote and MS Teams that start up with the system boot, so that prolongs the startup time for all the gadgets and gizmos and drives to start up. A “clean” boot without all the additional stuff would be 30 seconds, tops. Side-by-side the Envy’s “Optane” system is pretty much the same snappiness when opening programs and browsing as my i5/SSD desktop system, so what's not to like about that? Reasonable Portability? How heavy is too heavy? Along with a large hunk of laptop real estate like this one, there is weight to consider. Compared to my little 2.45 lb. Pixelbook, this laptop is considerably heavier at 6.41 lbs. Compared to a bowling ball, this laptop is considerably lighter. Is this something you want to carry around with you all day while hiking or climbing stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower? Probably not – maybe take your phone instead? Is this something you can carry out to the car, carry in to work, or take along when traveling or visiting friends? Absolutely no problem! If I want portability, there are phones and tablets and Chromebooks and small 2-in-1 laptops. If I want to sit down for a while and do some serious work, nothing is nicer (to me) than a full-sized keyboard with a nice big readable screen. Just my opinion and your mileage may vary, but I’m tired of hunching over a mini-machine and squinting at a mini-screen when I’m not around my home desktop – this honkin’ big laptop is well worth the few extra pounds in transit and gives me plenty of room to pitch a tent and spread out comfortably. Bonus features! *Quarter acre touchpad - Wow the touchpad is just shy of 2.5 x 4.5 inches (smallish 3x5 card) plenty roomy and not the squeezed down little post-it note size that cramps your fingers when using for extended periods. *Fingerprint reader – First one of those I have had and don’t know about the other ones, but one touch of the fingertip and I’m logged in… excuse me but that’s just too cool! *CD/DVD player (and burner) – What to do with all those CDs & DVDs you have bought over the years? Quit fighting with the kids and let them have the TV for gaming while you use those sound-isolating Bluetooth earbuds and watch your favorite movies (or catch a few tunes) that have been collecting dust in the cabinet drawers. Audio jack also available for that nice headset you haven’t used in a while. *Bang & Olufsen Audio speakers – In case the dog ate your Bluetooth earbuds (that’s another story), you can fire up a nice set of built-in speakers. I’m no audiophile, but the better half stuck her head in the office door and asked me to turn them down as she could hear it in the kitchen… what does that tell you? *Plugs and connections galore! Hook up an external monitor, a TV, a set of speakers, a USB thingamajig, charge your phone, whaddever you got there is a plug for it and another plug to spare when you get done. *SD Card Slot – been a while for me but the photo buffs might like having one of these handy. Standard sized SD Card so you can write the programs for your Raspberry Pi or Arduino or pull the videos off your GoPro or Drone without have to plug in an adapter. *Doubles as a nifty serving tray! Seriously, I was carrying this through the house and got this sudden image of a waiter carrying a serving tray. No kidding, this thing can be used to serve breakfast in bed! *Future Proof – Hey if you want to go crazy a year or two down the road and put in a honkin’ big SSD and toss in a super-speed M.2 PCIe NVMe drive when the prices come down, you are good to go. The CPU, motherboard, and up-to-date connections are there if you get the itch and want to spend the money. Look, you are either tired of being a hipster trying to look cool using a squeezed-down super-mini micro-machine with all the bells and whistles but a screen and keyboard that give you eye strain, finger cramps, and a sore back from hunching over, or you are not. If you are ready to “go retro” and enjoy a nice big laptop with plenty of room for your fingers to stretch out and a nice big screen for your viewing pleasure – here you go! As a teacher, I look forward to my first faculty meeting in a few weeks when I sit next to my buddies with their little postage-stamp sized Surface Pros and casually plunk down this dominating chunk of hardware. Full sized keyboard, nice big screen for tired old eyes, and plenty of horsepower to get the job done and then some. I will watch those next to me hunched down over their little 2-in-1 devices and be able to give a little smile and modestly observe that “Mine is bigger than yours!” … Bada Boom & LOL.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Home & Office Laptop - Portable Desktop

    Posted
    pauldar
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    As I removed this laptop from its box, I knew this was something extraordinary. Its sleek, thin, aluminum body on top, matching lightweight, hard, plastic bottom, and wide frame both looked and felt special in my hands. I couldn't wait to open this baby up, charge it, and explore all of its features. So, I set it down on my bedroom desk and plugged the power supply into my surge protected electrical strip for approximately two hours. As I opened up the laptop to check the amount of battery charge I noticed that the back of the screen frame had two hinges, which actually elevates the keyboard as it is opened. How cool is that? So, no more flat keyboard stressing my hands and wrists. The keyboard front face with track pad is also made of aluminum. I didn't use a protractor, so I am guessing the increase in keyboard angle is approximately 15 degrees. After two weeks of typing and editing my field, construction inspections and other documents, I absolutely love this elevated keyboard feature. WooHoo! I need a computer for my Home-Office use. Because of its sheer size, features, and power, this generously sized laptop makes a fantastic replacement for my home desktop system, which is not portable. Although the weight of this HP Envy laptop is just under 6.5 pounds, which is really lightweight, it is so wide that it gave me the impression it was much heavier. Not so. However, I must mention that the size and weight make it more of a portable 'desk-laptop' unit then traditional laptop. I can't take my desktop with me to an overnight motel stay when my job calls for inspections out of town. However, this baby can go where ever I need to go, and allows me to work on my reports that very same day, saving me valuable time to spend with my family instead. YooHoo! After several weeks of use these are the OUTSTANDING FEATURES I appreciate: * Tilted, angled keyboard for more comfortable typing. Reduces stress on my wrists and hands. * Numeric keypad for office spreadsheet and math calculations usage. * Sound – Most of the laptops I've ever listened too were infamous for 'tinny' sounding speakers. Here is where HP Envy is 'over-the-top' with Bang and Olufsen speakers. With the Bang and Olufsen Audio Control, you can adjust the level of treble along with bass and dialog clarity. Customize your speakers to be ALIVE! * Wide IPS, HD, Touch Screen, which allows me to open two pages of any of my documents on this generously-sized screen to work on, and, edit with Windows Ink (see attached pic.) I love it! * Outstanding Webcam with Microphone, which allows me to video conference with my family when I am out-of-town. I do not normally use the hotel / motel's Internet connection. Most of the time their bandwidth is too narrow, so I use my mobile smart phone as a router and Bluetooth my HP Envy Laptop to say hello and keep in touch on family news. * Entertainment – I enjoy the DVD/CD/RW player. It allows me to play purchased videos and CDs for home and away-from-home, road entertainment. Additionally, there is an HMDI connection, which allows me to connect to my home TV or most TVs on the road. Love it! * Generous Battery Power – HP says you can get 9.25 hours of use. The best I ever got was 7 hours of continued use, but I use lots of MS applications, plus DVD Vids, CD Sound, and Video Conferencing as a routine. * Fast processing of all my MS Office software applications. They load quickly and accurately. * Multitasking – Because of the 12 GB upper memory and 16 GB SSD, lower cache memory I can access any of my opened programs, documents, or data in expedited speeds compared to my older desktop. I can open all of the MS Office programs, E-mail, while browsing topics on the Internet with amazing speed. * Dedicated Video Memory – NVIDIA GeForce M150, 2GB, which gives me all the quality resolution I need for a home-office set-up. Pics and videos of the Grand Kids are fantastic. * Headphone / Microphone Combo Jack – One of the ports is a 3.5mm RCA Jack, which you can use to attach a headphone, mic, or auxiliary speaker(s). This is great if you want to expand and compliment the outstanding sound from your HP Envy Laptop' Bang and Olufsen speakers. * Memory – Intel Optane – Almost like AI ( Artificial Intelligence) It 's intuitive intelligence understands your daily computing routine and increases the performance to match. WoW! * Auxiliary Ports – There is a generous number of ports, 3 USB Type 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 Type 'C', 3.1 port, 3.5mm RCA Jack, and SD Card Reader. * MU-MIMO – This HP Envy laptop uses the latest Wi-Fi technology, 802.11ac protocol, which is dedicated to fast, Wi-Fi response for your devices. This laptop screams speeds to my router! * HP Envy's Keyboard – It is lighted, and, you can turn the lighting 'OFF' if desired. My issue with the silver keyboard and silver keys is that they are difficult to recognize with the muted lettering on the keys, especially in low level lighting. However, you can adjust the level of back lighting of the keys to compensate for lower light levels. * Security – You can use the proprietary facial or fingerprint reader as the access point to your HP Envy. And, or, you can still use a password or PIN number if you wish. I am super-impressed with this laptop-portable-desktop-replacement, HP Envy Laptop. If your needs are a home / office set-up, this is the one for you. It is fast and powerful, packed with productivity and entertainment features too. I highly recommend this HP - Envy 17.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 12GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 1TB Hard Drive - HP Finish In Natural Silver, Model 17M-BW0013DX. I am happy that this is an excellent replacement for my bulky desktop unit with many more features, processor power, and speed to do all the things I want. I can use this laptop for my home-office-entertainment while at home, or, on the go away from home too. Outstanding!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Full featured, speedy with great graphics laptop

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    redderr
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    This is a full mobile desktop replacement is the best I can say. A laptop with a decent graphics engine; of all things an actual DVD-RW Drive; 7200 RPM 1TB HD; 16GB optane chip that improves OS startup speeds and read speeds to seconds; a beautiful almost all Aluminum body with fantastic etching; fairly lightweight given the specs and screen size; super efficient and speedy CPU; relatively comfortable external temperatures even after light gaming and video editing; numerous inputs and output connections; speedy WiFi card; outrageous room filling speakers; a great hinged screen design to allow for better laptop cooling and better keyboard angle and wow a fingerprint reader. The Envy uses a drop-hinge design that raises the back end of the laptop when the display is open, promoting better airflow for cooling and raising the keyboard to a comfortable angle for typing.The drop hinge makes the Envy a bit uncomfortable to use on your lap. But because of their size, 17-inch systems tend to be used on tables and desks more frequently, so it shouldn't be much of an issue. The 2GB graphics card is plenty fast enough for most games at lower frame rate settings, excellent for all other graphics needs including video editing. The laptop runs relatively cool and while not very comfortable on one’s bare lap or leather cover furniture due to the sharp edges of the hinge. I personally do not think this should be an issue as these laptops are designed to be used mostly on solid surfaces or if on laps then I would assume they should be used with a portable laptop desk. The battery life given the size of the screen, cpu and standalone graphics card is off the chart. I easily got in excess of 7 plus hours consisting of light gaming, heavy basic computer web browsing, reading and writing emails, video editing and video chats. The fingerprint reader works very well once you take the time to setup the initial scan and you might need to have to do this several times but once done properly, it is pretty flawless. The loading time with the 16GB optane memory chip makes for significantly faster times and better read performance. The WiFi chip is speedy and has great pickup range in my house. Everything about this laptop from quality of the build and the materials, the subtle etchings, weight, speed, graphics, speakers, coolness of the running temperatures, the backlight keyboard, the touchscreen responsiveness, and the overall layout is TOP NOTCH. LASTLY THE PRICE IS FANTASTIC I have included a screen shot of the hinges design and the box specs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great package of features and speed

    Posted
    Mahtin
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    If you are looking for a laptop with a large screen, good battery life, multiple connectivity options and a fast performance, this laptop might be the one for you. Here is the review of key areas based on my personal observations. Storage. This laptop features the Intel Optane drive which here comes with the combination of the 1 TB 7,200 rpm disk (HD) mounted as SATA and the 16 GB SSD mounted as PCIe. I was initially concerned about the speed of this arrangement. I have another laptop from a different manufacturer which happens to have the same chip and the same amount of RAM memory (12 GB with 2,400 speed), where I replaced the original 1 TB SATA HD with a 1 TB SSD also SATA. I wanted to see how both compare, my older laptop with the SSD and this HP with the Optane drive. I started up each laptop and compared the boot times, doing this several times. The HP was only slightly behind my other laptop by maybe a second or two. Quite impressive in my book. I also launched the same applications on both and did not notice any noticeable difference in speed. My conclusion is that the Optane drive does really work as advertised, it is fast and can save you money by not requiring the SSD drive. Power and battery life. The battery is a 3-cell 52.5-WHr Li-ion unit. Laptop comes with the 65 Watts charger but it also is compatible with the 90 Watts HP Smart Adapter charger if you want to get it separately for even faster charging. The 65 Watts charger takes less than 2 hours to get the HP fully charged with about 30 to 40 minutes to get it charged to 50%. That assumes the unit is on and is being used while charging. I do believe they advertise it as having up to 9 hours of battery life but in my testing using continuously either web browsing or YouTube videos the average duration was about 6 to 7 hours. The power setting was set to 70% towards max performance with the screen brightness set to full. I do like the fact that the power button is above the keyboard, not on the side of the laptop like many other units as if I grab my laptop to move with the power button on the top I will not accidently shut if off like it did happen with my other laptop. Keyboard. Everyone has a different preference if it comes to the key travel depth, this keyboard has a decent amount of travel, feels comfortable to me. The keyboard can be lit, with only two positions, on or off. What I do like about the function keys is that in order to use any of the features (say for example to lower the sound, mute it or change the brightness of the screen) I do not have to simultaneously hit the FN key. Just hitting the specific function key will do. The touchpad works very well, responds well to gestures. Ports. On the left you get the following: the internet cable connector RJ45 if you cannot connect (or prefer not to) to the wireless network. Two USB 3.1 Generation 1 (which is a new term for USB 3.0 and offers speed up to 5Gbps). Neither one of these two is a charging type. Next you have the HDMI. Then the USB 3.1 Type C, which is the charging type. Next comes the headphone jack followed by the Kensington security slot and ending up with the SD card reader. On the right you get the power cable connector, another USB 3.1 Generation 1, though this one is charging. Next the DVD drive and the fingerprint reader, which due to its location is a sliding type, you need to slide your finger. Personally I would prefer a full fingerprint reader located somewhere next to the keyboard, but I found this side fingerprint reader working relatively well for me. Other components. The sound quality is quite decent for a laptop in this price range. I tried to listen using the full volume and did not have any concerns about how it sounded. Screen is very responsive to the touch, the screen brightness (which can be adjusted either by Windows settings or directly via the function keys on the keyboard) is great comparing to other laptops in our household. Camera is capable of taking pictures up to 1,280x720 and shooting 720p 30 fps video. The quality is decent, might get somewhat grainy in a darker room, works well in full light. When the camera is on, the light appears next to the actual camera so you know when it is on. Laptop is Windows Ink friendly but does not come with the stylus included. Finally the wireless connection does work very well for me, no issues with getting disconnected at all, getting the ping value and the download and upload connection speeds comparable with my iPad Pro, well above 150 Mbps (while being good 30 feet from the router). Overall conclusion. In my opinion this HP 17M-BW0013DX offers a great value for someone looking a fully featured laptop with a large screen (without the need for the 2 in 1 feature), offering a great multitude of access ports (more than many other competitors), very strong battery life for its size, quick charging, speedy system due to the Optane drive and the 8th generation I7-8550U chip with 12 GB RAM memory. It can be secured on location by the Kensington security cable preventing theft if you need to leave it in the office. The DVD drive offers extra flexibility if it comes to moving files. Well built, sturdy, with modern components, it looks like a safe bet if you in the market for a 17 inch laptop. I am happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exquisitely crafted machine

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    Johnnyboy84
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    I have recently acquired this new HP 17 inch laptop and boy does it leave quite the impression. I have spent a few days with it and overall I must say this is one heck of a device. This HP Envy laptop has everything one could want. I will list the pros and cons and then give my impressions and thoughts. Pros: - Full HD Screen (Touchscreen) - Full sized backlit keyboard - Built in finger print reader - Premium speakers (Bang & Olufsen) - Generous amount of USB ports (4 ports, 3 USB 3.0, 1 USB 3.1) - 2GB Nvidia MX 150 graphics card - 1TB HDD 7200 RPM not ssd fast but sufficient - 12GB DDR4 RAM - 8th gen Intel i7 Coffee Lake Quad Core (8 thread CPU) - Optical drive - Dual Band Wireless AC (2.4 & 5GHZ wifi) - Solid hinge (it is sturdy and elevates when opened to improve thermal performance) Cons: - Battery life is average (6.5 hrs - 7 hrs mixed usage) - Windows Ink - No easy access to upgrade HDD This laptop is nothing short of amazing, it has so much to offer. The fingerprint reader is on the right side near the DVD drive in a great location and works fast every time without fail (you can register multiple fingerprints). The speakers are great and I don't put it above 50% even while my air conditioner is on I can hear the speakers. The specs alone are more than most would consumers would need. It has the latest Intel i7 8th gen cpu which can handle anything you throw at it with ease as long as you change your power settings to "best performance" and you will want to be connected to the ac adapter. 12GB of DDR4 ram is great, Nvidia MX 150 is great and I can play Left 4 Dead 2 in high settings over wifi thanks to the wireless ac card built in. The keyboard keys have a good feel to it and do not stick, they have great travel for speed and accuracy. It may take a little getting used to if you are coming from a 13 in laptop because devices like that don't always offer full sized keyboards. The only issue I have had so far is that I am unable to find a supported active stylus for this device. I have tried two styluses but they did not work. I really want to test out windows ink on this device but could not . I did use the passive styluses with the rubber tip but it will not provide the kind of experience you will want while taking notes or drawing. Overall this is a phenomenal full sized device with all the bells and whistles. I just can't get over how amazing this laptop really is. This laptop may not be for everyone due to its size but for those who have vision problems like myself I can appreciate the screen real estate. The sheer power this machine offers is well worth the price of admission. This device is deserving of the Envy moniker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Posted
    MnstrMike
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    Rarely do I review on design when it comes to laptops. However, in this instance, HP should have stuck to the standard formula. The intended use for this is to replace an aging but still useful ASUS Laptop that I have frakensteined along. However, my excitement for this HP was quickly stymied as soon as it booted up to the setup screen. Two biggest CONS are the screen and design in relation to accessing the ports. The screen: The 2 Star rating is for the screen alone. It is is FULL HD, however, whatever glass HP chose creates an old Tube TV effect, which is quite bad. It makes Netflix movies look really dated and is hard to see using this laptop for any kind of photo or video editing. General use of typing, like for this review, and other document editing most background is white, and it is very easily noticeable of the "graininess" the glass creates. Also, before performing some of the many updates out of the box, YouTube videos were out of sync with audio. After updates everything seems to be fine after rewatching the videos I had issue with. Windows 10 has the Night Light feature which I use on my travel laptop and an office desktop. Like it a lot. However, using it on this HP it pumps up the graininess factor even more. Ports, the amount of ports are great, but when coupled with the design, again not sure what HP's thought process was? Given the hardware configuration its possible they were thinking of gaming and thus gave it more flair in the design department, but in doing so it creates an awkward situation for using the ports. Looking at the photo is easiest, but because HP chose to bevel the sides of the casing, when using a port or event the power port, it gives the impression that the direction of insertion should be at an angle, but that is not true. Insertion is a standard right angle to the side. In doing so no input will seat fully against the top portion of the port. I didn't find any issue with using the ports, but it is awkward nonetheless. Performance department, the laptop does well. With the amount of RAM and added standalone graphics power shouldn't balk at much and for casual gaming it should be just fine. That is outside of my uses, but do plan on doing desktop publishing and limited video editing. However, considering the section about the screen, not sure it really matters. Battery life cannot say, its a desktop replacement. It is an i7-U series which is meant for laptop applications, at the expense of top performance, so I'd assume the "6 hours" claimed will be close too that. In my experience, go with 75% of manufacturers claim. With a desktop replacement go with 50% of light use and base your purchasing decision off of that; and again, not until after you see the screen for yourself. It's real downer for me. Keyboard is great. Key's have great feedback and depth, not loud. However, they all look like they are tilted in different directions ever so slightly. Some look higher than others. Maybe its just an optical illusion from the casing around the keys and extra spacing to allow the keyboard lights to come through? The keyboard lights are great and it doesn't just light up around the keys, but the letters as well, so probably just answered my own question about why the keys look to be uneven. The lights are just on/off, no different lighting level, which is unfortunate. Would like to see the ability to also change the lighting color as well. The F5 Key is the On/off button F5 is secondary and on/off is primary, so that is at least a plus. Fingerprint Reader: It is located on the right side of the laptop on the edge. And now thinking about its location, I can only assume that this is why HP designed the bevels on each side as they did. I found it awkward to try and use my index finger, but using the middle or "tall man" and ring finger on the right hand was easy enough. But the point finger could be used just have to setup the print with the finger resting at angle to the reader. It unlocked the PC quick enough from sleep. I don't have a lot of use with it only set it up for this review to comment. I typically just a PIN to unlock, but can definitely see the benefits of having a reader once I retrained myself to use it. Do it on my phone, why not on my laptop? Sound: Bang and Olufsen by name badge only. It is a laptop, but putting that name badge on the laptop gave me higher expectations for loudness. It is definitely clear and full, but it varies greatly by source. Youtube and Netflix left me wanting it louder. Streaming Music via Google Music in Chrome was just enough. Lastly, build quality seems nice. Everything is plastic painted to look like aluminum. As desktop replacement, shouldn't matter. And hookup wireless mouse and keyboard and you really won't be wearing anything out. So that is my two cents even after inflation, which means its really not worth much! I've tried to hit on the highest highs and lowest lows. The biggest question, would I recommend? No...at least not at MSRP. Cut that in half and it could be considered given the hardware configuration. And lets just say the price I paid is considerably less than what MSRP is and I'm seriously considering sending it back. I would never even consider a laptop in this price range for my intended uses, but this "deal" just fell in my lap...no pun intended.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rough start, but great ever since!

    Posted
    Bricketh
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    I bought this several days ago as an Open Box item from the local Best Buy store, and got a great deal $200 cheaper than new, and in excellent condition). It was stated to be Geek Squad tested and certified, so I had a bit more comfort level with buying it than I normally would have with an open box computer. When I got it home, I immediately started setup, but the first load of the Windows setup program hung, the dot circle stopped spinning, and it just sat there saying “just a few more minutes” for about 30 minutes, at which point I powered it off. Upon powering it back on, it went right through that point, and went through the Cortana setup, which went fairly quickly. I created my account, logged in, and started removing bloatware (McAfee was the first thing to go). It worked, but was a bit sluggish, so I rebooted, and that’s when the problems started... it kept hanging when loading Windows (black screen with my cursor the only thing available). I finally got into Task Manager and saw that the HDD was at 100%, and it took a long time to get Windows to load, but it didn’t work right. While waiting, I contacted HP support, and was surprised to get someone fairly quickly (i.e., within 20 minutes) By the time I started talking to her, Windows started to operate at a more normalized level, but I continued with support, who remoted in, kicked off several Windows Updates and HP Driver updates, and then ran optimization after the subsequent reboots. All told, I spent about an hour and a half on the phone, and I was ready to return this laptop, believing it to be faulty. As soon as she was done, the laptop ran perfectly! I was skeptical, so I worked with it for about another hour and a half, including installing software, rebooting, creating accounts for my family, etc, but never again experienced an issue. The next day, I ran the full suite of diagnostics (motherboard, hard drive, memory, etc), which took about 4 hours to complete, but it passed everything completely. It has now been about 4 days of pretty heavy usage, and it is fast in every way, never has even a slight stutter, and works better than I could have ever dreamed! It was enough to turn what would have been a 1 Star review into a 5 Star review, but I am docking a star for all of the headaches I had to work through to get to this point. I have heard a lot about new laptops having a lot of issues with Windows 10 until everything is updated, which baffles me, but I saw it first hand. I mentioned this to a coworker, and they said that they are having the same issues with a new HP laptop he had bought, and he was going to try to do the same thing (update everything, and see if it improves). This is something that can really affect sales and reviews of a laptop like this, and something that I feel Geek Squad should have gone through during their testing/certification. Had Best Buy been open still when these issues began, I’m sure I would have taken it right back, but I’m glad I stuck with it, and now I have exactly what I wanted in a laptop! It’s a beautiful screen, high-quality feel, and excellent performance! If you get one, and have issues, work through them before tossing it back in the box to take it back, as I can only praise the laptop at this point!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic desktop replacement

    Posted
    EnglishD
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    HP and the ENVY line are known for great build quality, and good looks. This 17.3" desktop replacement is no different. So upon opening the box you will be greeted by a rather thick piece of protective foam, under this you will find the Laptop and to the right you will have a smaller black box which contains the power cables. Its a pretty basic unboxing. The laptop is made from aluminum and looks really nice. Along the back edge of the laptop screen it has a pattern that looks like oil slick.It looks really neat and give the laptop a break from the basic silver looks. On the front of the laptop you dont have anything when the lid is closed, on the right side you have the fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello, you also get something you dont find often any more and thats a DVDRW drive, shame it not Blu-ray as DVD is becoming yesteryear. On the left side you get your lock, Thunderbolt port, HDMI port, combo headphone and mic port, 2 USB ports and the LAN connector. the rear of the until has nothing other than the design. Functionality wise i love this laptop. As you open the lid the base of the laptop will elevate slightly from the back to give you a much more comfortable typing experience than just laying flat. The keyboard has a nice amount of travel with its keys and its also backlit. The mouse pointer is fast and precise and also a good size which makes it a breeze to use multi gestures. Form is also impressive as this is a large laptop but its manageable. Weighing in at a hair under 6.5lbs while its heavy its not too heavy to use daily and move around. Whats also nice is even though it does come equipped with a DVD drive the laptop is still less than 1" thick with the lid closed, its very sleek. The screen is nice. It's 1080P and looks really good. the screen is a glossy IPS panel and has some great viewing angles. Its also pretty bright. Performance on this is superb. As this is the new 8th generations of the Intel Core i7 you get true quad core processing which is a big boost over the older 7th gen which were dual core still. Performance of the new quad setup is evident when using in different applications. With 12gb of DDR4 ram it helps with multi tasking and such and doesnt get bogged down at all. last night i was editing video while exporting i was also watching YouTube and clicking through 8 Chrome tabs with no issues. It will also play games on lower settings so you can play Fortnite on this system as it has the NVIDIA GeForce MX150, though it is the 2gb version and not the 4gb. The sound from the Laptop is surprisingly good, while lacking some depth it is loud and clear, it still has some depth, just not a lot. The system is quiet and doesnt seem to get hot at all, battery is ok, not going to blow you away by any means but is adequate. If you are looking for a portable desktop solution that you can do some light gaming on, maybe some video and photo editing and otherwise just media consumption with daily tasks then this will be perfect for you and i do highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Full Featured Productivity Laptop

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    lambda100
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    The HP Envy (17m-bw0013dx) is a wonderful full size, full featured touchscreen laptop that fits well as both a professional office workhorse and as an entertainment laptop. Equipped with the 8th generation Intel i7 chip, 12 gb of RAM, a 7200 rpm hybrid drive, a beautiful 17.3” FHD multitouch touch sreen, and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card, this laptop handles the needs of the professional office user who also engages in video and graphics design. Here's what I liked about this laptop: (1) Fast. Phenomenally short boot times – you're up and running in like 15 seconds. The hybrid drive has a 16gb SSD which is used for booting. The i7 processor and 12gb RAM also handles applications running simultaneously with no issues. I opened over twenty browser tabs, had photoshop and CAD software running, and this laptop never once broke a sweat. Also, thanks to a 7,200 rpm drive, things are done in a snap. (2) Gorgeous 17.3” full hd screen with very wide viewing angles. Colors are rendered vividly and with great contrast. (3) Backlit keyboard. It's cool that the keys light up. (4) Very good internal speakers. You can only get so much output and audio quality from internal laptop speakers, but the Bang & Olufsen speakers that are built in to this laptop does a decent job. At maximum volume it can get very loud. It also sounded very good, not tinny at all. (5) Excellent Trackpad. Over the years, I've owned numerous laptops and hated the trackpads for various reasons such as being too stiff or not responsive, and always ended up using a wireless mouse. However, I'm happy to report that the trackpad on this HP Envy is very responsive, light to the touch, and clicks well. As I have been using the laptop for the past few days, I never had the urge to use a mouse. (6) Comfortable full size keyboard. Great to have a dedicated number pad as I use it a lot at work. Also I do a ton of typing, and the keyboard was very responsive. The keys had the right travel and soft click to them, and the keys on the keyboard were well spaced to accommodate even larger hand sizes. Typing for several hours, I never once felt any fatigue. (7) Nice Design. It's got a smooth metallic aluminum looking finish with well defined angles and edges. I also like that it is not a finger print magnet. (8) Plenty of modern day ports and connections: 3 usb3 ports, 1 usb-c, 1 HDMI, 1 Ethernet port, headphone/mic jack, full size sd card reader. (9) DVD drive. Well, we all know the CD/DVD is approaching extinction, but nevertheless, it is still welcoming to see this in a full featured laptop. There isn't anything I disliked about the HP Envy, other than the weight, but you would have to accept this going in to the purchase. I find the environment for this laptop to either be a desktop replacement in a home or office setting where it is going sit on top of a table most of the time. Although it is portable, the weight and size of it makes it too cumbersome to carry around for work or school. If you're a student or professional who travels a lot, I would not recommend this laptop as there are ligher, smaller, and more portable alternatives. In conclusion, equipped with excellent hardware under the hood, a beautiful 17.3” vibrant touchscreen, and a professional stylish look and finish, the HP Envy delivers as an all around full size performance laptop that will help you get the job done with lightning speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Laptop

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    grimmace
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    Overall this laptop should do everything you need it too. It looks nice and is fast for a laptop once setup. Only one small accessory is needed, the included dedicated charger. For a bigger laptop it’s not heavy for it’s class. The processor is fast and has hyper-threading turning the 4 physical cores into 8 logical processes. 12GB of memory is plenty for most applications. The screen is a standard 1080p and looks nice. The finger print reader makes it easy and quick to log on. Boot up time to Windows 10 is decent. Removing bloatware was not hard (and nothing reinstalled itself), and there was not a lot of it. The installed HP programs are not intrusive and worked well. Battery life is pretty long, with movies or games it lasts for hours. It states up to 9 hours and depending on what you’re doing it seems it could do it. Being a full-sized laptop and not a 2-in-1 or tablet has advantages. A much larger screen, a CD/DVD drive if you need one, a built in ethernet port, multiple USB connections and better sound. The microphone system does well too. Note, the USB C can only charge other devices and not charge the laptops battery per the manual. A nice full-size backlit keyboard and a large touchpad. The camera on top of the screen was average, good for Skype etc. Like many smaller devices the screen is touch and works great. When you open the screen, it pushes up the back slightly to angle the keyboard a bit and lets air circulate under the laptop. The laptop got warm, but never hot, even under full loads. Make sure to set the computer to use the Nvidia card when it can. I played some less demanding games and they looked great and played smoothly. I was able to connect another 1080p monitor by HDMI with no issues. In terms of speed, the Optane 16GB drive can help. Loading programs and updating the laptop was painfully slow with a spinning HDD when SSD’s or M.2 are showing up in many devices. The HDD was usually the bottleneck whenever the laptop bogged down. A 1GB download and install from the internet or local server would wait for the HDD to catch up. The Windows 1803 update really made the HDD work; the update took almost 2 hours to complete with the HDD working at 100% most of the time while the CPU was not working hard. Upgrading to Windows 10 Pro was also heavy on the HDD. However, once software is downloaded or installed, the Optane memory can really shine. As the Optane cache figures out what you use most and caches it, the loading becomes lighting fast. After loading some large Excel/word/adobe files I kept opening and closing them. Each time the load times got faster, it was the same as an SSD in the end. But, you only have 13.4 GB or Optane memory to play with (16GB before formatting). It should be more than enough for most uses, it’s way more than HDD caches. The Optane is a separate drive in the laptop that can be turn off if wanted. But, if you exceed it or have new programs or files, you're stuck with slow HDD load times. Overall, it’s a good laptop and for most uses should load up your programs and surf the web with no problems. Most people will probably never worry about the HDD speed, and the Optane drive helps speed up programs. You’ll notice processes speed up the more you use them. This will be great for taking places when a tablet isn’t up to the job. Would I replace my desktop with it? No. Laptops have a place and this one fills the role well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Performance with Full Keyboard

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    cinsteadofak
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    It is tough to find a top-performing laptop with a touch screen for less than $1200. I was surprised that HP introduced a higher-end laptop that could purportedly meet these needs for most users. However, after comparing this model to past models, I am a little perplexed. Normally in reviews I list different categories I like to discuss, such as performance, build quality, etc; but in this case, my review of this laptop is more illustrative if I compare it to previous models. The only differences I could see between this laptop and last year’s versions was an added hard drive accelerator, 4 GB less of RAM (previously was 16 GB) and 2 GB of graphics card RAM (was 4 GB). There may be more differences, but I found it hard to accurately compare the 4 very similar laptop models on the website since the key specifications were inconsistently filled in. I did have two issues with the design. First, since the bottom body panels are not one piece and the design angles inward, a noticeable ridge is formed, creating a rough edge. At this price point, I would expect HP to hide this edge and make it feel smoother and thus more luxurious. Second, since the bottom panel angles inward, the USB peripherals do not sit flush and instead protrude outward (see photo). Pros Huge 17.3-inch touch screen with great resolution High-end processor with 12 GB of memory Good graphics card with 2 GB of memory Long battery life for the size Cons Gap in bottom panel Backlit keyboard is on/off only (no dimming option) Extra gap with external peripherals due to design No SSD drive (but 16 GB of SSD cache really helps the hard drive work faster) Heavy at 6.4 pounds Even though this is a great computer, I believe a couple of the other similar HP computers are a better value, and therefore I find it hard to recommend this laptop. I would be more willing to recommend this version with the decreased RAM if HP offered a SSD drive instead of a hybrid SATA (1TB) paired with a 16 GB SSD.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Your potential desktop replacement!

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    PhilGA
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    When it comes to vendors asking me to write a review -- especially for laptops that boast the kind of specifications such as what the HP Envy 17 provides -- one of the first questions I ask is whether it could conceivably be a desktop replacement. In this case, that answer is a resounding "yes!" Let me define what I mean by a "desktop-replacement." If I were to attach a monitor to it, would I get the same performance from the device as I would a full-fledged desktop computer? Once again, the answer is "yes." What makes the HP Envy 17 desktop-worthy? Besides the fact that it has an actual DVD drive integrated (something that's been slimmed out of most laptops lately), it also carries both USB and USB Type-C ports, an HDMI port, a full RJ-45 port (it expands upon plugging an Ethernet cable into it), integrated gigabit Ethernet, a multi-format SD card reader, and 802.11ac (2x2) /Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and dedicated NVIDIA GeForce graphics. But this is only the half of it. While I could go on about the screen (it's certainly crisp, clear and wide), the test unit I received came with a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. Since size almost never equates to speed, and I downright despise those laptops that give me plenty of hard drive space but take five minutes to fully boot up, something that I didn't know that came with the HP Envy 17 was a component that Intel calls Optane memory. While I always encourage folks to go find things out on their own, the long story short is that Intel has finally beaten the "slowness" gap for conventional (non-SSD) hard drives by solving a fundamental problem. With exceedingly fast processors and RAM in abundance, it has always been the case that hard drives were the slow spot. After all, data has to get from hard drive to CPU and then to memory, and the "highways" that provide the access sometimes slow down more than a major-city Interstate at the height of rush hour. Intel has decided to take some SSD RAM (essentially) and put 16GB (for one solution) between the hard drive and the CPU. Then, these components are tuned such that maybe 25% of the operating system's most-used activities "act" like an SSD. Again, it's a perception issue and may not work for every situation, but so far, on this test unit, I can see almost no difference between 1 TB/16GB Optane and a purely SSD-based system operating on its own. This feature alone not only makes me say this is a "desktop replacement" laptop, but I'll definitely be looking for this singular feature in future laptops. HP continues to ramp their game with sleek, modern and incredibly capable laptops. You will not go wrong with the HP Envy 17.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this laptop - so many features

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    MarilynB
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    The laptop arrived well packaged in a sturdy box surrounded by foam. In the box were: the laptop, cord, and instructions for set up. Set up was quick and easy making it ready to use within minutes. The display is large making it great for gaming, photo editing, or split screen work. SPECS: Hard Drive: 1TB 7200 rpm SATA External Ports: 1 HDMI 2.0; 1 headphone/microphone combo; 1 RJ-45; 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 3 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 HP Sleep and Charge). Also an SD card media reader Expansion Slot. Size: 17.3” display. Dimensions are 41.6 x 27.8 x 2.31 cm (16.37 x 10.94 x 0.9 inches) Memory: 12 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (1 x 4 GB, 1 x 8 GB) Microprocessor: Intel® Core™ i7-8550U (1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores) Video Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated) Display: 17.3" diagonal FHD IPS WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (1920 x 1080) Keyboard: Full-size island-style backlit keyboard with numeric keypad Audio: Bang & Olufsen, dual speakers Webcam: HP TrueVision HD Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone Sofware: Comes loaded with Windows 10 Home 64 and the usual HP software, most of which I don’t need or want (except the HP ePrint and perhaps the recovery manager), so I would prefer if most of that extra HP software were to be provided via free download on the HP site. It also comes with Netflix and Cyberlink Power Media Player preloaded. It includes a 12 month trial version of McAfee LiveSafe. Pros: Excellent screen resolution and sound. The backlit keyboard is a feature that I liked more than I realized I would because I hadn’t realized how often I used to lower my screen enough to shine a light on the keyboard until I didn’t have to do it anymore. I also love having the multiple ports because I like to keep an external mouse plugged in and can easily plug in my external backup drive and my phone and Fitbit charger cords without having to unplug other devices. I do a lot of photography work so I appreciate the 1TB hard drive but may need to replace it with a 2TB before long. However, for now I’ve got the bulk of my work backed up safely on 2 separate backup devices. I’ve used other processors and prefer Intel over the others. This laptop comes with their latest version. I really appreciate the long battery life (the specs say up to 9 hrs.) I can take it anywhere and work without plugs for a long time before worrying about low battery life. The size is both a pro and a con. I've used it for photo editing, movies and gaming and the larger size is a huge plus for those uses. However, it is a bit larger for travel so I may end up sticking with my smaller laptop when I go on trips. Cons: None I could find Overall, I would give this laptop my highest recommendation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Near perfection with a couple glitches

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    BeeCeeESs
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    I would have given this laptop a 4-1/2 star rating but that was not an option. I didn't want to give it a 4-star rating because it really is an exquisite laptop. It is sleek, beautifully styled, powerful and fast as can be. It has a gorgeous, clear screen with vibrant colors. I like the feel of the keyboard with a soft little bump of tactile feedback from the keys. I don't really care about the touch screen since I'd rather not get a bunch of smeary finger smudges all over it. I use a wireless mouse and that's my preferred set up. The Bang & Olufsen speakers are surprisingly powerful and rich sounding. Now to my cons: ONE - The built-in optical drive is glitchy. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I went through a fix-it procedure with the HP Support Assistant. It improved it a bit but it's still not reliable. Since I already had my software loaded onto this beauty I didn't really feel like packing it up to ship it off to HP for repair. I almost never use the built-in optical drive and I have a portable one that works just perfectly. I have this feature covered to my satisfaction. SECOND PROBLEM: There are nifty features easily accessible on the row of function keys. One I like is located on F6 to toggle the speakers off and on. There is a little indicator light on this key to let you know when you have the speakers turned off. This light stopped working this past week. Not a biggie in the grand scheme of things. It still works to toggle the speakers on or off. But after spending over a thousand dollars for a premium laptop from HP I really expect features like this to function flawlessly. Again, I don't feel it's worth packing up the laptop and shipping it back to HP, but now I'm growing anxious about what else will fail next. One last comment, this laptop has a backlit keyboard which is a nice feature if you are in a low light situation. There is no adjustability on the level of light on these keys. It's just on or off (function key 5) and not especially bright. The brushed silver-colored surface of this laptop is a big selling feature in the looks department, but it doesn't work so well with these dimly lit keys. Depending on the angle of light when the keyboard is lit up, you will find it difficult to see the letters, numbers and symbols. I find I like working with the backlighting turned OFF because the lettering, etc. is very readable that way. If having backlit keys is a major decision factor for you, consider this carefully. I don't miss it at all because of the finish on this laptop. It was not a deal-breaker for me. All-in-all, I would heartily recommend this beautiful, fast, powerful laptop. It's sturdy, heavy, and well-made. With its large, beautiful 17-inch display and impressive speed and power, what's not to love? Try one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and Powerful Laptop

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    RalphHenry
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    I’ll mention that this review is for the HP - Envy 17.3" Touch-Screen Laptop model 17M-BW0013DX which is very similar to another HP laptop. But a big difference is that this item has Optane Memory and a faster HDD. So with the Optane and a 7200 rpm 1TB drive, you have speed and quite a bit of storage. The use of Optane memory gives this laptop speeds that are more like an SSD and you do get an 8th generation Core i7 processor. So it is fast with great performance and with the gen 8 Intel Core-i7 with 4 cores and eight-way processing, you can run many programs at the same time without too much loss of performance. I had no trouble running some apps like Photoshop Elements, Thunderbird (email) and LibreOffice and browsed the web at the same time. Optane memory is actually physical hardware like an SSD but using Optane memory you can get a better price point with very nice performance. (If you are interested look up Rapid Storage Technology). The physical design of this laptop is big and bold. You have a very bright 17 inch display and the entire unit has a sleek design with beveled sides. One thing to be cautious of is that even though the sides are beveled, when you insert a cable or USB key for example, you insert parallel to your desk surface. The keyboard is backlit and a must have if you travel on a plane or work in a room that is not well lit or you have older person tired eyes like me. A wonderful feature is that when you open the unit up, the design causes the back of the unit to raise up so that your typing angle is on a slant (front lower than back); it’s like the unit has the feet you see on a standalone keyboard. I think this design will become standard since it is so comfortable to type on this keyboard due to this slant. It is also a touchscreen and automatically adjusts for available light. I did check the HDMI port and the resulting display on a smart TV was brilliant. Also the music playing ability of this laptop is outstanding due to the Bang & Olufsen Audio speakers – really nice. You get three standard USB ports and you also get one C USB port. Also a unit this thin with an optical drive is a pretty nice design feat. Another audio point is the dual array mikes. A dual array uses digital signal processing (DSP) to isolate audio sources. This microphone can follow a speaker while she/he moves around a room. A great feature if you use this laptop in business meetings for presentations etc. The fingerprint reader on the right side of the unit is simply a small slot, but it works really well. I like the design of putting it on the side not the top of the unit which is more user friendly as far as I found. You will need to update the OS to the latest Windows 10 as it comes a bit down level, but the update was easy. Also it has McAfee installed so if you want a different security software, you will need to uninstall it. Turns out that removing McAfee is easier now (at one time you had to use a special uninstaller). With the Optane memory latest dual band wireless, the DDR4 memory, the huge touchscreen and the nice price point; this is certainly a recommended choice if you like the larger 17 inch laptops, excellent speed and quite robust functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Choice for a Work Computer Upgrade

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    NBCTeach05
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    This is my second HP laptop, and I am still very satisfied with the brand. I was looking for a laptop that was powerful, yet portable. The 17-inch screen makes it easy on the aging eyes and great for viewing multiple documents and windows simultaneously. It is simple to connect additional monitors with the HDMI output. Weighing less than 6.5 pounds, it’s easy to transport between work and home and when traveling via plane or train. While at the office, the Gigabit Ethernet LAN port allows it to plug into the wired network and while on the road, the Wireless-AC router bumps up speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N. The setup was effortless with the assistance of Cortana. The most challenging part was finding the fingerprint reader on the setup instructions sheet. The little blue circles with the numbers were next to impossible to read. But what a great feature! Plus, there is the PIN option for extra security. The computer automatically connected to my Bluetooth HP printer and other computers on my network to move over files. In less than 30 minutes, I was able to get working and be productive. What I thought interesting was the wording “get near SSD performance”, which means this laptop is not SSD. It still performs fast though. The drop-hinge design is bizarre at first glance, but you quickly understand the advantage with the improved keyboard angle for typing while keeping the fan unblocked and allowing for better air circulation. If you decide to replace your outdated laptop, the HP Envy 17.3 will be a great workhorse. Reasons to upgrade: Touchscreen (once you get used to it, it’s hard to go back) Great resolution (1920x1080) 8th Gen Intel core i7-855OU mobile processor 16GB of RAM 12GB system memory for multitasking 1TB hard drive for file storage space Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer Tons of ports (Headphone/microphone combo jack, 3 USB, 3 USB 3.0 Type A, 2 USB Type A Charging, 1 USB 3.1 Type C, 1 USB Type C Charging Ports, 1 HDMI Outputs A full size, backlit keyboard DVD writer (perfect for watching movies when traveling on the HD Widescreen LED while listening to the Bang & Olufsen Audio speakers for awesome sound) The opportunity to get some deals on software, printers, accessories for your brand-new laptop

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not Quite Perfect, But Beautiful

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    BostonBru
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    I've spent my time playing with the HP ENVY 17" laptop and I can say that its a beautiful product. HP likes to present the Envy-line as top of the line competitors to Apple and is putting the effort in to design them in a way that feels premium and it shows. When it comes time to actually do something on this laptop though there are a few issues that come out, especially compared to the current offerings from the competition (Dell, Lenovo, Asus). Word of warning, and no judgement against this particular laptop but in general -- if you're going to get a 17" laptop be aware you're not really getting a go anywhere productivity machine but more of a desktop that can be picked up and brought to any room in your house that you want to work in. Its big, too big for most shoulder bags backpacks or hand bags and its heavy, like as much as a couple thick textbooks and I wouldn't want to block any more than a couple blocks with it on my back. What you get for that size and weight is an epic viewing experience on the FHD screen that, when put up to your face like a laptop does, feels massive. Its unfortunate that they didn't cram a UHD screen into the same spot given that 4k has become my default resolution for monitors in the last 18 months and is even present on my other personal laptop. The graphics card is OK, its going to struggle with some of the latest games, as I saw screen hiccups and rendering issues when playing a couple new titles on it that I didn't on my Radeon-driven desktop. Probably the biggest sin of this laptop is only equiping 12GB of RAM, sodlered (according to datasheet, I didn't look) in. Every other machine I have for work or play has at least 16GB, and if your running Windows 10 with any multi-tasking you really need it all. I tried to screencast Forza and the HP just couldn't take it which is a shame, because as I said -- it looks beautiful, and having that screen real-estate in your lap is such a big oppurtunity. The last point that I'd like to make is I'm not sure why companies continue to put DVD drives in laptops -- I haven't put a DVD in a laptop for at least 4 years. I'd love to be able to watch a blu-ray on my laptop but haven't found the right computer for it. Ultimately, this looks great and has some pretty sweet specs (besides the RAM) and will be a great laptop for use around the house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and very well design Powerhouse

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    Wishkid
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    HP- Envy 17M, Great Built, & Beautiful Design is like having a portable desktop. This machine is a power house, it has all type of ports; HDMI, 3xUSB3, 1xUSBC, Ethernet, SD Card slot, and it also has a DVD-RW Drive. Not only has all the ports you ever wanted but the sound system is made by Bang & Olufsen. Graphics is powered by Nvidia GeForce which is good but not the best for hard core gamers. Wireless connectivity it has Bluetooth and wireless Lan which support (b/g /n/AC). The heart of this machine is an Intel 8thGen i7 processor with 1TB of hard drive, and 12GB DDR4 SDRAM. The screen is massive 17inch 1080p LED touch screen, which is great for media playback, the only bad thing is the glare. I was surprise how slim this thing was with all the stuff that carries inside including that DVD-RW drive. This machine was meant for media and productivity specially because it has a full size backlit keyboard with numeric pad. I am not the writer type person I used 3 to 4 fingers to type, I assume a lot of you will love the keys feedback as they are soft and well-spaced. That being said this is not for everyone as of course is 17 inch, not as easy to carry around, and is also weight about 5lbs. One thing you have to take into account is that, once this is on your lap it will feel very light for a 17 inch and it also very quiet. The battery life is really impressive, after installing software and playing media it lasted little over 7hrs. The built in HD camera, and the fast and responsive finger print reader makes a good option to use the Windows Hello. I was not impressed with the sound despite it has a Bang & Olufsen speakers, also the track pad had few missed here and there. Another thing I was disappointed was, if adding a disc drive to the unit why not a Blu-ray drive instead, DVD is almost obsolete. Overall If you like big screen laptop with touch screen, use physical media and don’t want to break the bank don’t look any further, this machine for the price it has plenty to offer. Pros: • Great built beautiful design. • Touch Screen • Connectivity Ports • Full Backlit keyboard with numeric pad. • Quiet fans. • Fast processing. • Battery life. Cons: • Display glare. • No Blu-Ray instead of DVD • Sound system

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Laptop

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    Ropix2
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