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prozac
Overall I am happy with this product with the exception of how freaking hot...read more
90
danielearrighi
- I needed a PC with a good CPU and a big RAM to sustain my need to run SQLserver...read more
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itchyeyes
After several shipping delays I finally received my HP Envy 17 a last Friday....read more
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70
prozac
03.27.12
Overall I am happy with this product with the exception of how freaking hot and loud it is even under small to no load enough to burn your lap. It will also overheat sometimes when rendering or working in Adobe Creative Suite apps even when resting flat on a table (have to prop it up). There may be something wrong with my particular laptop. I knew what I was getting into when I ordered a souped up 17 inch laptop but there is definitely room for improvement in heat dissipation, battery life, and build quality.
 
90
danielearrighi
11.22.11
- I needed a PC with a good CPU and a big RAM to sustain my need to run SQLserver and SQLSMS, ASP.NET server (Cassini), FTP server, music while working, mail, office, firefox/chrome, photoshop, Visual studio 2008, skype and virtual machine. (This is, actually, a list of opened application at this very time) and I still have 2GB ram and the CPU right now is like 10%). - I also needed a good monitor to work with graphic and website (instead of 2 monitor). This has a Full HD 1920x1080 display so I have plenty of space to see all the windows I need (and colors are pretty good to, but it needs to be calibrated if you asking to).- But it's not just working, so.... I wanted to play with this too.. this notebook has a respectable ATI HD5850 so I can play League of Legend (Ok ok don't need all this power for this), WOW, Assassins Creed, Bioshock, Oblivion, Fallout 3 all with 1920x1080 with some AA & AF on and still > 30FPS.Hard disk, Card reader, Wifi, BT, eSata, Sata port, firewire and HDMI. You wont need anything else.Perfect PC IMHO. I dare you to find me an alternative with the same price (1100€ the time I've bought it).Cons:- Whit the list of opened program that you can read here above, the fan is going fast and hot. So... it's noisy and right now, the fan-out temp is (55°C) that goes to 90° when playing. But I've never had BSOD.- Battery: About 45/1Hour of life. So when you have to show your work to your clients, remember to pick up your 100W Adapter.
 
60
itchyeyes
07.23.10
After several shipping delays I finally received my HP Envy 17 a last Friday. Now, after spending several days with it, I feel like I can say that it's a rather capable, and well built, desktop replacement. For a little perspective on what I'm comparing the Envy 17 to, I bought a custom configured Envy 17 with a Core i5-520M as a replacement for my desktop which holds a C2Q Q6600 and a Radeon 4870. In terms of power, I think that the two machines are roughly similar. I ran some benchmarks while playing Dragon Age Origins. On the Envy 17 I managed around 37fps average with all settings maxed out, compared to around 40fps on my desktop machine. The Envy 17's screen is absolutely gorgeous. I paid an extra $100 for the full 1920x1080 resolution, and I feel like it was well worth it. That's the same horizontal resolution as I get with my 24" desktop monitor (a Samsung 245BW), and 90% of the vertical resolution. The Envy 17 bests my desktop monitor in both pixel density and brightness, and the result is very impressive. Overall, the Envy 17 is very well constructed. The aluminum finish is very clean and feels very sturdy, with little to no flex or bending in the body of the machine. The touchpad is large, and the multi-touch gestures work well, something I understand was a problem with previous Envy models. Double-tapping the top corner of the toouchpad will turn it off so that you don't accidentally brush it while typing. The keyboard is sturdy as well. There's only the smallest amount of flex in the very center, you almost wouldn't notice it if you were't looking for it, and it's likely one of the sturdiest laptop keyboards I've used aside from the newer Macbook Pros. The HP logo on the back of the screen is a nice tough as well. It's mirrored when the machine is off, but glows blue when it's turned on. Though I think the machine is well built overall, there are a few niggling problems that I've noticed. The machine emits a small, high-pitched whine sometimes. It seems to be associated with the microphone, as members of the [...] forums have discovered that turning on the internal microphone, then muting it gets rid of the noise. The down arrow key on my machine also sticks sometimes, though this problem may be specific to mine. The biggest issue is probably the heat, though. RealTemp shows the CPU at 55C idle and 82C while gaming. Thankfully, the majority of the exterior stays cool. The right 2/3rds or so of the machine hardly increase in temperature at all, and while the left palm rest heats up slightly I wouldn't say uncomfortably so. However, the top left corner of the machine gets very hot. I imagine that this is where the GPU is located as most of the vents are placed there as well. Also, the heat seems to impact the construction a bit. The heat seems to cause the keyboard tray to expand a bit and flex ever-so-slightly upwards. You wouldn't be able to notice it visually, but if you press down on the top left corner, you can feel it flex a bit, which it does not do when the machine is off. My last complaint is that HP has loaded the Envy 17 with loads of junk software. I understand that this is pretty much par for the coarse with Windows machines, but the Envy line is supposed to be HP's premium line. And I would hope that with such products they wouldn't subject their customers to the tedious process of removing all the half-baked software that does nothing but eat up system resources. In conclusion, I think the Envy 17 is a solid machine. With few small exceptions, it's well built and quite capable as a desktop replacement, even for gaming purposes. The only major complaints that I have are the excess heat on the top left corner of the machine and the HP software that it comes loaded with. Update: pdate (6/22/2010): In my initial review I mentioned that the notebook had heat issues but they did not make it uncomfortable to use. Now, after spending some more time with the machine I think the heat issues are more serious than I initially thought. If you plan on doing any sort of intense gaming on this machine, they should be a concern. I spent about 15min playing Crysis Warhead the other day and had to turn it off because the right side of the machine was getting too hot for me to comfortably keep my hand on the WASD keys. It's a shame. There's so much about this notebook that I really like, but due to the heat issue I think I'm going to end up returning it to HP.

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