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HP ENVY TouchSmart 17

alaTest has collected and analyzed 168 reviews of HP ENVY TouchSmart 17. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the sound and price. The screen and usability also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the touchpad and energy efficiency, and many are critical about the keyboard.

performance, usability, screen, price, sound

keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP ENVY TouchSmart 17 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP ENVY TouchSmart 17

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of HP ENVY TouchSmart 17 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Opinions about the design and size are overall positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the portability. Views about the keyboard and reliability are mixed.

performance, usability, price, size, design

portability

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP ENVY 17-j020us Quad Edition Notebook PCHP ENVY 17-j020us Quad Edition Notebook PC

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

HP Envy 17 review

 

When it comes to selecting our favorite mainstream Windows laptops these days the HP Envy 14 is pretty much at the tippy top of the list. (Hey, we don't just...

Beautiful, well-built chassis Stunning 17.3-inch HD display Seriously speedy performance / graphics

Touchpad is still annoying Palmrest can get quite toasty Heavier than other desktop replacements

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: Dreyer Smit (gearburn.com)

HP Envy 17: defying the skeptics

 

When it comes to reviewing laptops I prefer to stay away because they're basically all the same, with a few exceptions. So when it came time to replace my

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

HP Envy 17 notebook

 

HP's Envy 17 is a desktop replacement with plenty of speed under the hood, uses fourth-gen Core i7

Fast CPU ; Lots of RAM ; Plenty of internal storage

Bouncy keyboard ; Only single-band Wi-Fi ; No touchscreen

HP's Envy 17 is a big notebook that's suitable as a desktop replacement computer. It has a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, discrete NVIDIA graphics, and it can be used for almost any mainstream computing task. For the asking price, though, it...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Chris Holmes (pocket-lint.com)

HP Envy 17 3D - Pocket-lint

 

You might not know it from the range of notebooks on the market but Nvidia isn't the only graphics company with 3D technology. The HP Envy 17 3D pairs

For a 17-inch monster laptop, the Envy 17 3D manages to look sleek and slim; it's packed with performance plus great sound and vision.

The battery life is exceptionally low and while the 3D works well for movies the support for 3D gaming is less impressive (it looks good but slows the frame rate)

The HP Envy 17 3D is a premium machine, with flaws. There are notebooks with slightly better 3D that can't match it for style or build quality. Apart from potential heat issues and a laughable battery life there's little to complain about apart from...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Elias Plastiras (pcworld.co.nz)

HP Envy 17 notebook

 

Our first glimpse of a fourth-generation Intel Core i7-equipped notebook comes in the form of HP's very large Envy 17. It's designed to be a stay-at-home computer, and it's powerful enough to replace a desktop for most tasks. You can perform typical...

Fast CPU ; Lots of RAM ; Plenty of internal storage

Bouncy keyboard ; Only single-band Wi-Fi ; No touchscreen

HP's Envy 17 is a big notebook that's suitable as a desktop replacement computer. It has a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, discrete NVIDIA graphics, and it can be used for almost any mainstream computing task. For the asking price, though, it...

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

No Sound/CCC Issues

 

I am commenting on an envy 15 from 2012, but When on forums, these issues have not been addressed on the newer models either.

good price, works well when working

The HP Envys have catalyst Control Center issues where the computer struggles to switch between graphics cards. The sound also cuts out for weeks at a time. HP support is beyond awful and will not fix this ; Beware

Nov, 2013

Consumer review by: DrTune (newegg.com)

Very happy

 

If you need conversion to DVI use "Sapphire Active Displayport->DVI adapter" ; a passive cable does not work properly for me, this one works fine. * mSATA port is SATA III 6gbps speedy niceness; I got 500MB/sec off my replacement SSD. Not confirmed...

Roaringly fast CPU (for today..) ; Gorgeous LCD; crisp+bright, good color reproduction, 0 bad pix for me ; Quiet fan (compared to many; not annoying) ; Three simultaneously usable digital monitor outs (2 Displayport + HDMI ) - analog VGA sucks. This...

Very happy but... minor things ; 3D is a bit of a gimmick although quite nice on Google Earth. I see noticable flickering when it's on. I didn't buy this for the 3D and will rarely use it. It's not awe-inspiring ; 80gb SSD is not big enough for a...

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: Anonymous (walmart.com)

Didn't Fit!

 

I bought this as a replacement battery for my HP Envy 17 laptop, but it didn't fit! There are pins that need to line up and the placement on this battery was to the right of where they needed to be for those pins. I am disappointed that I will now have...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: Nevadacoder (officedepot.com)

Great product

 

Great computer, a little larger than I need and might have a little difficulty when traveling with the laptop. Anxious to see if I have room to work on the plane in those smaller-sized seats. Up overall, very happy with the speed, appearance and...

Easy to Use, Battery Life

Heavy/Bulky

Dec, 2013

Consumer review by: Jake (officedepot.com)

nice computer

 

The laptop set up easily and is easy to use. I had to play around a bit with Windows 8.0. The keyboard feels positive and I've had no instances of cursor dislocation due to palms on pad. My recent laptop is a Vaio XP. The new HP is faster and brighter....

Easy to Use, Display Screen, Easy to Set Up

Dec, 2013

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Display

Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 0x416
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.7
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 37

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Processor package size:31 / 37.5

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes