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As desktop replacements are becoming more the purview of gamers and creative professionals, it’s getting harder to find a 17-inch laptop for mainstream consumers. The HP Envy 17 is one of the few desktop replacements on the market with the everyday user in mind.

Equipped with a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, discrete Nvidia graphics and a 4K panel, the Envy 17 can handle all your productivity and light editing needs, and look good doing it.

Design

The 17-inch Envy is an elegant desktop replacement with an aluminum chassis that ma Apple popularized several years back. Updated for 2017, the laptop chassis has seen some minor changes since we reviewed the previous version, including a slimmer, lighter chassis. The laptop isn’t made entirely of aluminum, but the silver finish on the plastic underside matches the bare-metal look of the lid and palm rest so well that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was.

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The laptop isn’t small by any stretch of the imagination, measuring 16.4 x 11.1 x 0.92 inches and weighing 6.4 pounds. But it is thinner and lighter than the previous version of the Envy 17 (1.0 inch thick, 6.6 pounds) and closer in weight to the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (16.2 x 10.9 x 0.9 inches, 6.2 pounds), albeit without the convertible design. The less expensive Dell Inspiron 17 5000 measures 16.7 x 11 x 1 inches and weighs 6 pounds, largely due to its all-plastic construction.

The Estic construction.

The Envy uses a drop-hinge design that raises the back end of the laptop when the display is open, promoting better airflow for cooling and raising the keyboard to a comfortable angle for typing. Instead of an attached foot running along the back of the lid, the updated design incorporates the drop hinge into the lid, as a single piece.

The hinge is highlighted with a polished-metal stripe that looks quite nice against the brushed finish of the rest of the lid. The drop hinge makes the Envy a bit uncomfortable to use on your lap. But because of their size, 17-inch systems tend to be used on tables and desks more frequently, so it shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Performance

Our review configuration of the Envy 17 came with a 2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 16GB of RAM, with a 256GB solid-state drive for the operating system and a 1TB, 7,200-rpm hard-disk drive for mass storage. While running 20 browser tabs, I was still able to stream video and audio, with no slowdown.

On Geekbench 4, our general performance test, it scored 8,175, which puts it right alongside its similarly equipped predecessor (8,367; Intel Core i7-7500U) and ahead of the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (7,610; Intel Core i7-7500). It also outperformed the less-expensive Dell Inspiron 17 5000 (6,825; Intel Core i5-7200U), but that’s no surprise, given the Dell’s Core i5 processor and smaller allotment of RAM.

Hp Envy 17 is available in Nigeria, the price is N325,000. Buy now on Jumia.

Key Features
  • Windows 10 Home 64
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX (4 GB DDR3 dedicated)
  • Intel® Core™ i7-7500U (2.7 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
  • 17.3″ diagonal FHD IPS UWVA WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass (1920 x 1080)
  • 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)
  • 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA

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