CNET First Look
HP Envy 17The desktop-replacement version of HP's upscale Envy line features high-end components and design, but keeps the price reasonable.
I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here with the HP Envy 17. Now, this is the laptop we've all been waiting for. It is the big screen desktop replacement version of HP's Envy line. We've already seen the 13-, 14-, and 15-inch versions. Here's the 17-inch version. Makes for a really great home theater kind of laptop. It's got a huge 1920 X 1080 resolution that's full HD and, of course, you get a Blu-ray drive to go along with that. High-end Core i7 processors, couple options there. A high-end ATI graphics and, of course, the super solid metal construction that we're used to from the Envy line. It's a very big, very heavy laptop. It's got the same backlit flattop keyboard that we're used to from the other Envy models and, of course, backlit keyboards, once you get used to those, there's really no going back, and it's got the same large touchpad. They call this more of a click pad than a touchpad because instead of individual left and right mouse buttons, the mouse buttons are actually built into the bottom of the pad, the entire thing, it's on a little bit of a hinge. When you click down on it, it kinda goes like that a little bit like Apple's current MacBook laptops do and you're gonna see a lot more "click pad" touchpads in laptops going forward, replacing the traditional touchpad and then separate mouse buttons. One of the big selling points for the Envy series of laptops has been the collaboration with Beats Audio, the guys who make those Beats by Dre headphones, and like the other Envy models, the Envy 17 has a Beats Audio hardware and software built-in. You actually get a Beats control panel that you can use to adjust the sound settings, you know, theater settings, headphone settings, gaming settings, and of course they claim, you know, it sounds a lot better if you're using those expensive Beats headphones along with it, but, you know, it gives you really nice for a laptop, at least, sound even when you're using the built-in speakers or your regular headphones. You might think that a laptop like this would really break the bank. In years past, we could see paying $2000 and more for something like this, but fortunately, lower laptop prices across the board means that the high-end bar is really lowered. The Envy 17 goes for $1500 or less, depending on how you configure it. I think this particular review model was about $1399 which, compared to the price of the 13- or 15-inch MacBook Pro, it's really kind of a bargain. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the HP Envy 17.