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HP Envy 17 3D Review

By on June 10, 2011
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HP’s flagship notebook brings power in style.

Good: Simple and pleasant design, Powerful in both computing and games, 1080p 3D LED screen, Full sized backlit keyboard, Beats audio speakers are great
Bad: Mouse pad doesn't register all gestures, Supplied GPU is a bit weak for games in 3D at 1080p
Price: AED 8,499
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Moving onto the benchmarks, I’ve compared the HP Envy 17 3D to the ASUS G53SW and HP’s own DV6 laptops. Both are very high-end machines with the same Sandy Bridge processors. The ASUS laptop costs almost AED 1k less than the Envy, and the DV6 costs over AED 3.5K less. However, at the price point of the Envy 17, components aren’t the only thing you’re looking at, proper craftsmanship enters the scene. Anyways, let’s get on with the tests.

From a strictly computing point of view, the Envy 17 performs as well as its competitors with similarly specced CPU and ram. The picture starts to change with the introduction of games. Keep in mind that the ASUS has an Nvidia GTX 460M GPU while the DV6 has a AMD HD 6770M GPU which are comparable to the HD 6850M in the Envy 17. However, both of them are powering screens with a resolution of 1366×768 compared to the Envy which is pushing 1920×1080. As you can see, even with the “disadvantage” of a higher resolution, the power of the Envy 17 is undeniable.

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