There are plenty of exciting laptops coming out in 2022 with new Intel and AMD processors. Still, some really great options are already available for purchase. When I consider all-around functionality for home use with the whole family, school, and working from home or office, the HP Envy line of laptops offers a good balance between price and performance. In this article, I review and tell all about the HP Envy 17.
HP Envy 17 Specs
|Screen Size||17.3 Inches|
|Hard Disk Size||512 GB|
|CPU Model||Core i7 Family|
|Ram Memory Installed Size||16 GB|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Pro|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Nvidia Geforce MX450 2GB|
My review unit runs the 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 with the Nvidia MX450 GPU. The laptop has 16 GBs of DDR4 RAM, a 512 GB NVME SSD, and 32 GBs of Intel Optane Memory. If you compare the Envy 15 and Envy 17, wondering if this is just a bigger version of the laptop…it is not. One key difference is that the Envy 15 has a much more powerful dedicated graphics card.
Suppose you plan to do more than just a little occasional gaming. In that case, you will definitely appreciate the Envy 15, which has RTX 2060 Max-Q in that laptop.
The Envy 17 only gets the MX450 and talks about performance, including gaming. It is good for casual gaming, web browsing, and other day-to-day tasks. Rounding out the specs, it does have WIFI 6 and Bluetooth 5 onboard, so connectivity is fast, and file transfer speeds are great.
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If the laptop isn’t performing well, it’s not worth anything. In terms of performance, the HP Envy 17 with the 11th Generation Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia MX450 GPU is impressive.
I added the benchmark number of this laptop, but in the real world, the laptop performance is good for every task.
While this is not a video editing or gaming laptop, it’s a capable and affordable machine that can handle everyday tasks like the virtual academy, Microsoft Suite of applications, and editing photos. You can still play games on the Envy 17 even though there is no RTX graphics card.
I got average FPS during gaming on low settings in 1080p.
You can use this laptop as a mobile office machine if you don’t mind the weight, and I found it to be pretty versatile.
It looks and feels high-end with a modern premium design. You can get the laptop in natural silver. It looks stunning. It’s an all-metal chassis with this authentic palm rest. Although you might expect it to feel rough, it’s quite comfortable. It feels smooth and really refined.
The 17.3-inch size of this laptop makes it obvious that it is not lightweight and weighs around 6.02 pounds. Most people buy this laptop to use in family or office setting placed on a desk or table. It feels like it’ll hold up to day-to-day long-term use. The hinge isn’t a 360-degree version but feels rigid and sturdy with no creaks.
The Hp Envy 17 display has a 17.3 inch, FHD OLED touchscreen with 1920 by 1080 resolution. It produces vibrant colors, high contrast, deep blacks, and great display quality. Using my portable light meter, I determined the brightness of this Envy 17 to be 400 nits. While this is not exceptionally bright, it’s bright enough to use comfortably in well-lit environments. For example, I used it inside my workplace without issue. Reflective finishes will decrease the light output even more, so be mindful when using this product outside.
At 100% sRGB, it’s not just pretty but also accurate. Suppose you’re a content creator working in Photoshop, Lightroom, or even Premiere Pro. In that case, you should be happy with the image results here. With a large screen, I think entertainment will be a big part of the daily use of this laptop. Everything looks good on this Envy 17. If I had to fuss and find something to complain about, I would like even slimmer bezels to get that immersive viewing experience. Some people only want OLED, but I’m not one of those.
What ports do the laptop have? The laptop has a power port, two USB 3.2 Type-A ports, and a full-size SD card reader on the right. I always prefer an SD card reader over the microSD card slot.
The left side includes another USB 3.2 Type-A port that can charge other devices while the laptop is asleep, an HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone microphone combo jack, and a USB 3.2 Type-C port, which is capable of charging, data transfer, and display out. Also, the USB C port is not Thunderbolt 3 or 4.
In my opinion, the port selection is more than adequate for most consumers. Besides the lack of Thunderbolt support for my workflow, I have no complaints about this machine.
Battery and Thermal
The weight and size of this laptop make it impractical to use for long periods. However, I have 4-hour battery life on most occasions. Switching to the HD display instead of the Full HD screen improves my battery life to 5 hours. My laptop battery is 55 watts hours and can be charged up to 65 watts with an external adapter. The charging process takes about 45 minutes, from zero to 50%. This battery has been a stationary device, so it’s a long enough runtime for my needs.
The Tiger Lake thermal performance has been excellent, with minimal airflow restriction from its dual fan compartments. This high-efficiency desktop has a comfortable temperature range that I found easy to hold or sit on.
Keyboard and TouchPad
The image displayed on this white 17-inch keyboard is impressively vibrant under different lighting conditions. It has a full-size layout with a number pad- another big advantage over smaller laptops. The keyboard has easy-to-discern keys and longer key turnover than usual. It provides good feedback for the keys with a familiar tactile vibe. I like this keyboard better than the Macbook Pro one. It’s spacious, comfortable to type on, and not cramped. Plus, it’s great big.
The trackpad is big and smooth to use. It has precision drivers and has functioned without issue. No problems were reported, and gestures on the trackpad were easy to perform.
Camera and Fingerprint
The webcam is located above the display and has a 720P resolution. It features a built-in dual array microphone and camera shutter for privacy. Additionally, it’s capable of Zoom video calls, Google Meets, and other functions that require using a webcam. The quality of this webcam is on par with other laptops. It doesn’t use Windows Hello technology, which is considered a low-quality webcam. However, it’s not of potato quality. Using the keyboard’s fingerprint reader to log in securely is a positive aspect of this laptop. During my testing, it performed well.
The contained Bang and Olufsen speakers on this device are impressive. Each one sounds clear and has a good bass response. Accentuating the music, videos and DVDs played on this device is a rewarding experience. Making it easy to enjoy media while using this portable device is a good idea.