X

This HP laptop has a built-in Leap Motion sensor (pictures)

HP's Envy 17 TouchSmart laptop has Leap Motion technology baked in so you can control it by waving your hand.

sarahmitroff.jpg
sarahmitroff.jpg

Sarah Mitroff

See full bio

HP_Envy_17_Leap_Motion_Special_Edition_TouchSmart_35827865-8934.jpg
1 of 6 Josh Miller/CNET

A special laptop

This HP laptop has a name that's a total mouthful: the Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition TouchSmart. What you really need to remember is that it's a 17-inch laptop that includes a Leap Motion sensor.
HP_Envy_17_Leap_Motion_Special_Edition_TouchSmart_35827865-8933.jpg
2 of 6 Josh Miller/CNET

Leap Motion sensor

For those unfamiliar, the Leap Motion is a Kinect-like input device that works with laptops and desktops. It has impressive 3D spatial tracking that lets you move your hand around in the air to control apps.
HP_Envy_17_Leap_Motion_Special_Edition_TouchSmart_35827865-8931.jpg
3 of 6 Josh Miller/CNET

Leap Motion in action

With the Leap Motion on, you can move your hands around to play games and interact with the operating systems. Unfortunately, because the sensor is constantly checking the space around it for movement, it's a major battery drain, so much so that HP says you'll likely have to keep the laptop plugged in most of the time.
HP_Envy_17_Leap_Motion_Special_Edition_TouchSmart_35827865-8940.jpg
4 of 6 Josh Miller/CNET

Aluminum case

The Envy has a sleek aluminum build. However, at 7 pounds, it's a hefty laptop.
HP_Envy_17_Leap_Motion_Special_Edition_TouchSmart_35827865-8937.jpg
5 of 6 Josh Miller/CNET

Standard ports

Like most laptops, the Envy 17 has USB ports, a headphone jack, SD card slot, and HDMI port. It also features an Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection.
HP_Envy_17_Leap_Motion_Special_Edition_TouchSmart_35827865-8948.jpg
6 of 6 Josh Miller/CNET

Disk drive

An increasingly rare feature on laptops these days, the Envy 17 has a disk drive, in case you still have CD-ROMs, CDs, and DVDs lying around.

More Galleries

'Stranger Things' Stars Now and Then: Wow, They've Really Grown Up

More Galleries

'Stranger Things' Stars Now and Then: Wow, They've Really Grown Up

40 Photos
2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

93 Photos
The 40 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

More Galleries

The 40 Best Games on Nintendo Switch

41 Photos
2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Futuristic EV

More Galleries

2023 Genesis GV60 Is a Futuristic EV

53 Photos
2023 Nissan Z Gains Sharp Looks and a Turbocharged Personality

More Galleries

2023 Nissan Z Gains Sharp Looks and a Turbocharged Personality

47 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

More Galleries

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

80 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games

More Galleries

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos