"Envy owner"on by Baller0116
Pros Fantastic large, bright, and sharp display. Audio is outstanding with headphones, above average through built in speakers. Great build quality. This laptop can handle most any task. 3D works well.
Cons It runs HOT!!!! Temperature on the left side can get extremely warm to the touch if you are running resource intensive apps. Not enough 3D content to take advantage of the capability. Poor battery life.
Summary If you want a 3D laptop, this is the one to get, but I'd wait for when they start using the new Sandybridge processors. The unit as is, runs very hot when performing resource intensive tasks. For general task, it's fine, but if you play a resource hogging game, it will get very hot, especially on the left half of the laptop. If you get it now, be sure to get a laptop cooler as well.
I don't know why the CNET staff couldn't get a 3D bluray to play, mine worked right out of the box. Put in a 3D Bluray, and it autostarts the media player and you're off and running. That being said, the PowerDVD option works well too, plus you get the added benefit of being able to play 3D files, which the built in player cannot do (or at least I haven't figured out how to do it).
3D gaming is fun, but probably not for the casual gamer. Tridef has a website with compatible games, so if you want to enjoy 3D, you'll have to purchase one on the list.
WARNING: The tridef software works with the games exe file, you actually launch the game with the tridef launcher. Therefore, you MUST have the game software and installed locally and NOT through an online game service like Steam.
If you are an upgrader, this laptop has room for two hard drives. You'll need to buy a hard drive caddy online to install a 2nd hard drive. The weakest component on the laptop is the hard drive. My Windows Experience number is 5.9 because of the hard drive. Everything else was above 7. for the biggest performance boost, I'd recommend getting an SSD for the OS and programs, and having a second regular hard drive for data.
The laptop retails for around $1500, but HP often has online discounts and coupons that can drop the price by $300 to $400.
Overall great laptop, probably overkill for a regular daily use laptop. Good for watching 3D movies and game. Will perform any task without a problem. No regrets with it yet, have owned it for about 2 months.
Pros Sleek. Nice box.
Cons The Envy I got didn't even start correctly once the battery was fully charged after delivery. It died within two hours of operation! Well, it's made in China!
Summary Once the battery was charged up, I turned the on/off switch: a black screen and a couple of red leds on 2 keys appeared. And nothing. Pushed the switch one more time, the laptop turned off. Then back on and the windows logo showed up. The screen looked good, I had time to connect to the internet and then I tested the 3D effect with the 3D glasses. It was with one of the 3 examples (the Kung Fu Panda). Then, the Envy shut off on its own. That was it. We tried to lit it up again: nothing! I had to push the on/off switch one more time, the Windows logo came and then crashed again right away. Black screen.
I called the HP customer service, got someone in the Philippines! Incredible, don't we have jobs to create in the US?. To add insult to injury,the laptop came from Shangai via Fedex! Well 2 days into the Envy, it took 50 minutes to order a replacement from that lady at the other end of the world, and I am sitting in NJ!. We will get a replacement in ONE month!. I think its an abuse of customers kindness. They would not even acknowledge the HUGE quality issue and RUSH a replacement with a few days. If HP doesn't handle the quality of these top of the line laptops better: they'll fail.
I have been 10 years with Dell and their Inspiron line, that went OK, no major issues. My 17 year old son wanted me to get him the HP Envy for College: a REAL FIASCO! A real shame; I am giving HP 1 week to turn around the replacement instead of a month, otherwise I will request a full refund. And it's still pretty sweet to be that patient.
Pros Bright screen, fingerprint resistant textured surfaces, aluminium on top and surrounding keyboard, USB 3.0.
Cons Battery life, glossy screen
Summary I've owned the HP Envy 17 3D for a week and so far I am pleased and impressed. My prerequisites for a laptop included a large full HD display, USB 3.0, ability to have two hard drives and an i7 processor. I got all that with the HP Envy 17 as well as a few extras I did not require, but are nice nonetheless.
I am not a gamer, but rather a video editor. I need as many pixels as possible and this 1920x1080 monitor looks great. The 3D was an option I did not need, but buying the 3D model (which comes with the full HD display, 1GB video and Blu-ray drive standard) was less expensive than buying the non-3D model with the upgrades. I'll probably use it to watch a couple 3D movies just for kicks.
The touchpad is a little "stiff" and is not the best I've ever used, but after a couple days, I was accustomed to the feel of it. I wish the USB ports were moved toward the back of the computer rather than in front on the sides. I find the two USB ports on the right are poorly placed as they get in my "mouse space" when something is plugged into them. The keyboard does have some flex in the center, but that appears to be purposefully designed that way, perhaps to make long typing sessions more comfortable. As a video editor, firewire will be missed on the rare occasions I need to transfer footage from a firewire-equipped camera and the lack of an ExpressCard slot means I can't even add a firewire port later.
The laptop runs much cooler than my previous laptop (a Dell Studio XPS 16) although it does generate some heat. I attribute the difference to the CoolSense technology used in the laptop. Basically, it detects when the laptop is on a flat stationary surface, or being handled (as on your lap) and adjusts the speed of the fan and processor to balance speed and comfort. An interesting idea, and I think it works.
There was very little bloat-ware on the laptop when delivered. I uninstalled a couple - Office 2010 Trial and Bing Bar, but left the HP Support software and the 3D demos. It also comes with Microsoft Security Essentials preinstalled, which is good (and free) virus and spyware protection.
There is one issue that I believe requires HP's immediate attention (or the attention of new owners until HP fixes it): The laptop will probably lock up if you try to transfer a large file over a wireless connection. This happened to me every time I'd try to copy files from my old laptop. The solution was found on several message boards: simply roll back to a previous version of the Intel Wi-Fi adapter (version 184.108.40.206 corrects the problem.)
Pros Pretty to look at.
Cons Everything, without exception.
Summary So i got the HP ENVY 17inch 3D last week, boy was i excited. I couldn't wait to lay my hands on that $1600 monster, but what i got was way far less than excepted. I am disa...no let me rephrase, DISGUSTED at the laptop that i got. The wireless is messed up beyond repair and can only connect for 5 minutes then stop for 12 hours before reconnecting (it keeps telling me window couldn't connect, adapter not found, check your router) it has nothing to do with my router cose i've been using 5 other laptops and 4 phones and they all connect without one single issue on the router. Other than the wireless disaster, the local disk C and D and mixed up and in the wrong places. C is barely 100GB and is already filled up with 60BG, i can't install or put any data on the laptop cose i have barely 40BG left and the laptop is totally ignoring the D which is 600BG big. If i install anything on D it keeps crashing and freezing. I clicked on the 3D demo on the desktop, turns out the 3D is f*cked up too (at this point i wasn't surprised) and kept telling me that it could not display 3D check blablabla, i check everything and tried all the other 3D formats (the other formats don't work on the laptop unless u connect it to a 3D tv so i won't be needing them) and they worked, the only format that i need is messed up. I tried to play music and guess what ? i got one f*cked up speaker (the upper left one near the power button) and the sound in general is horrendous, i tried to play with the options but the sound just got worst and worst. The laptop gets very hot and noisy when i watch Blu-rays on it. It makes a scary, airplane landing sound and you feel like it's gonna explode in your face. This is revolting, I feel like throwing this piece of sh*t from the window, this is daylight robbery, i just paid 1600 dollars on this abomination. Oh did i mentioned that the earphone plugs stop working randomly ? and that i formatted it 2 times and nothing got fixed ? I'm returning this to HP and they better gimme a real laptop or my damn money back.
Pros Beautiful & powerful system.
Cons Heats up and also freezes up.
Summary I dislike complaining but I have to be honest and let others know what I've been through.First one I purchased got so hot that after troubelshooting with HP tech support they determined that there was a motherboard issue as well as a heat sync issue. They offered to fix at no cost. I returned it instead to Best Buy (where it was purchased) & since I was still under the 2 week return policy, and ordered another one just like it. I was hoping that it would solve the problem. Well guess what, the new one froze on me 4 times. Again, after troubleshooting with HP tech support, they told me that it may be a manufacturer defect. I've had it. I paid so much for this system and now I'm going to return it for the 2nd time. Now I'm going to purchase a Dell XPS instead. Maybe I'll have better luck.