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Envy 17 3D Laptop Review and Specs


With the ENVY17, we’re redefining what a laptop can be. The ENVY 17 brings some of the most advanced technologies together in a design that satisfies the most demanding users.

Every inch of this expansive laptop is optimized for powerful performance, including the choice of the Intel® Core™ i7 processor or the Intel® Core™ i5 processor2, to satisfy the most demanding tech-enthusiasts. A 17.3″ diagonal Ultra Brightview Infinity widescreen display and ATI Mobility Radeon™ discrete graphics, coupled with up to an incredible 2TB of storage8, make the ENVY17 ideal for creative projects, games, and media.


1. Review – HP Envy 17 3D Gaming Laptop PC by

The HP Envy 17 3D is one of the first gaming laptops to hit the market with AMD’s new 3D technology. Similar to NVIDIA 3D Vision, AMD HD3D Technology utilizes active shutter glasses to display 3D content. Currently, the top games supported by AMD HD3D include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age, Mass Effect 2, and Wolfenstein.

The standard HP Envy 17 3D is equipped with an Intel Core i7-720QM processor that runs at 1.6GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz. Although many gaming laptops now include the Intel Core i7-740QM, the $1,599 price tag on the Envy 17 3D makes up for the minimal difference in speed.

2. HP Envy 17 3D by

Go big or go home. That’s the mantra of the HP Envy 17 3D. This large but stylish desktop replacement features an Intel Core i7 processor, powerful ATI graphics, a 3D-capable, full HD display, and a Blu-ray player. Starting at $1,599 ($1,649 as configured), the 3D version of the notebook costs the same as a similarly equipped non-3D version we reviewed just three months ago. Sounds like a sweet deal. But how does this machine stack up to laptops powered by Nvidia’s 3D Vision technology? And is there enough 3D content to make donning those glasses worth the trouble? Our in-depth review reveals all.

3.  HP Envy 17 3D by

HP’s second-generation Envy laptops have been favorites of ours, combining sleek design, solid construction, and high-end components, all for a reasonable price (at least compared with the first generation of Envy laptops). The latest version of the Envy 17, one might call it generation 2.5, adds 3D capabilities.

While the feature-packed Envy 17 includes a Blu-ray drive, both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, and a USB 3.0 port, the addition of 3D hardware and active-shutter glasses isn’t as much fun as it could be. Instead of using Nvidia’s well-established 3D Vision platform,


  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Part Number:XG554AV


  • Weight 7.37 lbs
  • Notebook type Desktop replacement (7+ lbs.)


  • Processor Intel Core i7


  • Installed Size 6 GB


  • Hard Drive 640 GB – 7200 rpm


  • Display Type 17.3


  • Graphics Processor / Vendor 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5850 Graphics [HDMI]

Operating System / Software

  • OS Provided Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


  • Greenpeace policy rating (Oct 2010) 5.5
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