HP Envy 17 Full HD IPS Touch Screen Laptop

December 22, 2017
About laptop HP Envy 17 is a 17.3-inch all-rounder. The HP Envy 17-k203ng is the Broadwell upgrade of the previously tested Envy 17-k104ng. In our review we will find out what advantages the new generation of CPUs brings over the Haswell predecessors.

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HP Envy 17 Full HD IPS Touchscreen (localhp.com)
Front End View HP Envy 17 Touch Screen

Exceed current standards on a premium notebook that combines the outstanding performance you need with the high-end design you desire. Get everything you're looking for, confident with next generation processors, an immersive 8 million pixel display and bold aluminum design.

Enormous Power. Reliable Performance - With Fast Boot and unbelievable speeds, you'll stay energized all day long. Equipped with up to 16 GB RAM and Intel Core i processors - everything is possible. 

From any Location in the First Row - Whether you're watching a movie or editing a video, with an 8 million-pixel display, an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card, and Bang and Olufsen audio components, you can turn everything on the screen into a visual spectacle. 

A Design that Attracts Attention  - The design convinces with high quality style features and features a beautifully crafted aluminum housing. Combine elegance and efficiency with a massive 43.9 cm (17.3-inch) diagonal display, full-size keyboard and all the ports you need.

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Dual-Core Processor (2.7GHz, turbo boost to 3.5GHz, 4M Cache), 
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics 2 GB video memory, Backlit Keyboard,
  • 17.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) WLED-Backlit multi-touch edge-to-edge glass display with Wide Viewing Angle (IPS), 
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR3L delicated) Video graphics
  • 16GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (2x 8GB, expandable to 32GB), 
  • 1TB 7200rpm Serial ATA Hard Drive; B&O Audio + Stereo Speaker
  • 802.11A/C Wireless, Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, SD Media Card Reader, 1x USB Type C, 3 x USB 3.1, 1 x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1 x Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, Built-in Webcam, SuperMulti DVD burner
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit) Pre-installed, 3-cell Battery, up to 7 hours.

Specifications ENVY 17 HD Touchscreen

HP Envy 17 Full HD IPS Touch Screen Laptop


Technical Details

Most People Say About HP ENVY

I have used HP laptops for the past six or so years, this is my third laptop from the company and I have never really experienced any issues with the HP Envy series. I have high expectations for the reliability this series has to offer and that is something that has been drawn to question with this computer.

To start, we should note that the content within this computer, based on specifications and hardware is a great deal with its sleek appearance. This professional look, strong processor and dedicated graphics card were the reasons I opted toward this computer more than other brands (a Windows OS can answer just about any work demand too). This laptop was meant to replace my previous HP Envy 15t.

Another thing to note, that struck me about the process of obtaining this laptop was that I waited almost two weeks to receive my package. This is to be expected with shipments from China, so plan in advance if you are planning to get this computer. The real thing though that I found odd was that "the original date of arrival" kept fluctuating and changing to meet the demand of the approximate one; this was rather distasteful as it presents an alteration of data and false punctuality. 

Regardless, another thing to note, that may be subject to just my own computer, is the packaging of the box was torn upon arrival. I could see the computer through the holes of the box which raised many concerns. I quickly opened it up to investigate for any damage. Luckily, the computer had no scratches and seemed to be just fine. There may be internal damage and that could be a reason why my computer receiving performance issues.

I have yet to have time to open the laptop (once again there is no access panel so fan replacement and upgrades must be done with care). but when I do I will see if that's the case. I will explain in a bit, as to why there may be performance issues and what those issues are. Check Reviews HP Envy 17 Full HD IPS On Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=HP+Envy+17t

Understand that the overall performance of this system is fast, the SSD enables efficient use of the system. Once it gets started (larger laptops take a bit to get warmed up and going- bare that in mind) this computer can do just about anything related to processing. The 8th generation i7 is a real bargain for laptops with more cores. The graphics card too, the NVIDIA mx150 I believe is a mid-range graphics card. Benchmarks display a capability to run modern game titles on low to medium settings just fine.

This is where my performance issues have occurred though, with the graphics card. Sometimes full-screen causes the computer to crash when running certain games however, other games run just fine. It's an odd balance, and a bit inconvenient, though this laptop is not really intended for gaming purposes. I found that a good solution is to either change the settings to a windowed or borderless one to prevent the crash.

HP Envy 17 Full HD IPS Touch Screen Laptop
Side View HP Envy 17  Touch Screen

This may have to do with how new the graphics card is being just released this year (2017). Systems and other programs that demand dedicated graphics have yet to register or optimize this card. REVIEW ON AMAZON - http://amzn.to/2DwSy8K

Other than the graphics card, this computer feels great and the display is quite lovely. Dimmer than a macbook, but brighter than my previous HP laptop. The backlit keyboard is also quite stunning and adds a very premium feel to the experience you would have when using this computer. 

All of the keys react just fine, it's a larger keyboard given it's 17 inch size, though there is an ease of flow when writing. The weight in relation to the size is also surprisingly light and comfortable. These computers are meant to be dekstop replacements though portability is definitely an option. The elevated surface feature is a bit odd to have on your lap at first, but it fills out just fine. Another thing I noticed is that the clickpad is on point. It feels as smooth as the keyboard, and flows with ease.

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