HP Envy 17 review: HP Envy 17

Unfortunately, all this power doesn't come without cost. In our video playback battery drain test, the HP Envy 17 ran for just 1 hour and 20 minutes with the included six-cell battery, well short of our preference for 2 to 3 hours for a desktop replacement laptop. With a fairly slim body, there isn't as much room for a gigantic battery as on other 17-inch laptops, although a larger nine-cell option is available for an extra $75.

HP includes an industry-standard, one-year, parts and labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan starts at $399, but includes accidental damage protection and onsite service. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a well-maintained online knowledge base and driver downloads.

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 17-1003
80 

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Origin EON18
489 
HP Envy 17-1003
691 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 17-1003
114 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Origin EON18
128 
HP Envy 17-1003
147 

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*  
Origin EON18 @ 16x9 / @19x10
285.6 
249.6 
193.8 
HP Envy 17-1003 @ 1,280x768 / 16x9 / @19x10
166.3 
96.6 
86.2 

Find out more about how we test laptops.

System configurations:

HP Envy 17-1003
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850; 500GB Hitachi 7,200rpm

Asus G73jh-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i7 720QM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 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 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Origin EON18
Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core i7-920XM; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; (x2)1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 285M; 80GB Intel SSD + 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

What you'll pay

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