HP Envy 17 3D review: HP Envy 17 3D

Upgrades to the 2010-generation Core i7-740QM and Core i7-840QM are available for $100 and $400, respectively. It may be possible to find or configure a faster laptop, but for practical purposes, it's hard to imagine any multitasking situation in which the Envy 17 would run into much slowdown or stuttering.

The included GPU, AMD's Radeon HD5850, is more than fine for mid-to-high-end gaming, even with resolution cranked up to 1,920x1,080 pixels. Playing Unreal Tournament III at the full 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution, we got 88.9fps without using the 3D hardware or software. As previously noted, in Street Fighter IV, using the 3D system gave us about 30fps, while not using it nearly doubled the frame rate to 59fps. The Envy 17 is a fine gaming rig, but we'd probably skip the 3D most of the time in return for better performance.

Juice box
HP Envy 17 3D (Avg watts/hour)
Off (60%) 0.52
Sleep (10%) 0.95
Idle (25%) 35.66
Load (05%) 90.39
Raw kWh number 169.19
Annual power consumption cost $19.20

Annual power consumption cost

It wasn't totally surprising that this is not a laptop with fantastic battery life. In our video playback battery drain test, the earlier Envy 17 ran for 1 hour and 20 minutes. This new 3D version ran for only 1 hour and 1 minute, even with the 3D features turned off. Clearly, this is a laptop that will have to stay tethered to a wall outlet nearly all the time.

HP includes an industry-standard, one-year parts and labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan starts at $209, but includes accidental damage protection and onsite service. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, a well-maintained online knowledge base, and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Unreal Tournament 3 (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x800, 0X AA, 0X AF  
1,440x900, 4X AA, 8X AF  
1,920x1,200, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Asus G73Jh-A1
205.4 
141.3 
107.2 
Alienware M15x
165.7 
128.9 
99.4 
HP Envy 17 3D
159.1 
97.7 
88.9 
Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV
109.1 
102.9 
N/A
Lenovo IdeaPad Y560D 3D
105.5 
89.4 
N/A

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)

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System configurations:

HP Envy 17 3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 6GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850; 640GB Samsung 7,200rpm

Asus G73Jh-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm (x2)

Alienware M15x
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-920XM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560D 3D
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730; 500GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Toshiba Satellite A665-3DV
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.73GHz Intel Core i7-740QM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTS 350M; 640GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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HP Envy 17 3D

Part Number: XG554AV_1543260 Released: Jan 12, 2010

MSRP: $1,599.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan 12, 2010
  • Weight 7.37 lbs
  • Installed Size 6 GB
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