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HP ENVY 17 17-3070NR Notebook Intel Core i7 2670QM (2.20GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

  • Intel Core i7 2670QM (2.20GHz)
  • 8GB Memory 750GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • Slot-loading Blu-ray player and SuperMulti DVD burner
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  • Patrick K.
  • 5/21/2012 5:03:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsalmost what I wanted

Pros: 1. 32gb RAM limit: (although the literature says 8gb (I successfully installed 16gb), check the Intel specs for this cpu, i7-2670QM, at http://ark.intel.com/products/53469. Note: you are limited to DDR3-1066/1333).
2. mSATA slot: I must have overlooked this feature, but I installed my OS on a mSATA SSD and used two SATA drives for mirrored data.
3. slot-loading optical drive: I'm not a Mac-fanboy, but I do like this type of drive instead of the typical pop-out drives found in PC-based laptops.
4. easy upgrades: slide the latch, pop the case and voila HDD upgrade... unscrew 6 screws and voila, mSATA drive install as well as RAM upgrade. I haven't tried to upgrade the other components... yet!
5. slim profile: another Mac-type feature that I like, it's only 1.5-inches tall.

Cons: 1. pricey: Newegg is the least expensive option I could find but the price is what I would expect for a custom-built machine. I would expect to pay less for a retail machine than I would pay for a custom-built laptop. IMHO
2. literature specs inaccurate: see Pro's 1 and maybe 2 above.
3. missing hdd caddy: to install a second hdd, you need to buy the additional caddy. It's not easy to find and HP charges $60 for it!
4. no Linux drivers: what is HP thinking? as the world continues to drift away from Windows (albeit slowly) they don't offer drivers for any of the Linux distros (see other thoughts below). I had to travel the globe (via Google of course!) to find drivers for the basics (USB, network, wireless, etc). You could of course make your own drivers but how many people are qualified / want to do that?

Other Thoughts: I'm a software developer / independent contractor. I use virtual machines to keep my client work separate as well as run different tools (db servers, subversion tools, development clients, etc).

My previous laptop was the Dell Studio 15z (8gb RAM, single 750gb HDD). I was looking for a laptop that was upgradeable to 32gb RAM (so that I could run multiple virtual machines simultaneously) and had two hdd so I could fake-RAID. Also, because of my travel schedule, I wanted something with a low-profile and weighing less than 10 pounds.

My laptop runs a minimum Debian Linux install as the host O/S, and Oracle Virtualbox as the virtualization tool. The guest O/S-es range from WinXP and Win7 to 5 different linux distros. Bottom line: I am currently running about 20 different virtual machines.

Overall this machine was one of the closest matches to my needs / wants on the market. With some additional upgrades, I got close to my ideal machine.

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  • Nicholas S.
  • 5/4/2012 7:13:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot Everything I Had Hoped For, But Certainly Not Hopeless

Pros: sleek, streamlined design, quick start up, backlit and well spaced keyboard, came stock with photoshop, sound output is powerful, resolution is crystal clear and deeply detailed, plenty of USB ports, in fact a ton of other ports with which I'm scarcely familiar,

Cons: Beats by Dre volume knob works only half the time, scroll pad action is jerky/unsmooth (big source of frustration for me), despite memory speed and HP's cool Sense technology, I find the notebook heats up pretty quickly when watching a DVD and gets pretty noisy. I'm an ipod user, and itunes with windows 7 is just buggy and obnoxious. inserting CD's into the driver feels a little off, as if you have to give it just a little too much push and in the future may have to worry about CD's getting stuck (hasn't happened...yet)key action is something to get used to, I still find myself thinking I typed a letter that otherwise didn't register, but that's something to get used to. Norton Anti Virus is more of a pest than it is a shield, and as all computers are susceptible to foul play, why not just make anti-virus software an integral component of the machine rather than this third party incessant pop-up business?

Other Thoughts: Overall a fine computer, just not jiving quite well for me. Had been a Mac devotee for a number of years and finally decided to swallow the apple of my pride and purchase something seemingly more cost effective outside of the technology orchard. My research wasn't extensive, maybe a few nights of comparing specs/prices and reading reviews. This computer seemed like the best bang for the buck in terms of screen size, HD space, and processing speed/memory.

What I want to use my notebook for:
word processing, listening to/recording/editing music, listening to/recording/editing video, editing/viewing/organizing photos, extremely varied/multi-tasking web surfing.

Switching back to Mac, there's something about their OS I like better, they don't need much extra software for virus protection, they come stock with decent software for music/video/photo editing, and you get to fit in with the crowd. Score one for conformity, I'm getting an apple tattooed on my chest.

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  • Daniel J.
  • 5/3/2012 8:13:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate.. Sound sucks.

Pros: .

Cons: After two months of usage....
I'm just updating so that people may know how external speaker of this device is overly praised.

BEWARE!
You'll hear extreme white noise, sound distortion, unibody's sound resonance.
OFTEN.
The sound will be intolerable..
You have to use earphones or just not listen.
Its amazing
HOW DR DRE ONCE AGAIN TRICK US WITH FLAMBOYANT DESIGN WITH EXAGGERATED AND LOW QUALITY SOUND SYSTEM

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  • Rebecca T.
  • 4/27/2012 6:50:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsReally Impressed

Pros: Worked great right out of the box excellent quality and build. This laptop has done everything I've needed it to do. I mostly game on it and its ran everything so fare while keeping the temps cool. I run Skyrim at high and WOW on Ultra with the GPU temp never going over 70c. I also run RIFT and Rage on high settings with the same results. My thoughts are that some non computer savvy people are running games with the Intel GPU instead of the ATI card. This laptop is big but not even close to as bulky or heavy as ASUS or Alienware. The 1080P Screen looks awesome, the keyboard has a great feel and looks great with the lit keys and as fare as the touchpad I don't use it anyway (double tap the upper left corner and it turns on or off) I'm very please with everything about this laptop and would definitely recommend it to buy for portable gaming or for any other use.

Cons: None

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  • steven a.
  • 4/24/2012 10:28:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfantastic laptop

Pros: they keyboard is great-the screen is beautiful-the cpu is beefy-the gpu is good consindering how thin the laptop is and coming from an asus g73 it pretty thin and also the weight is not an issue i take to work everyday without a prob.the beats audio is great and its not a gimmick like alot of people say i listen to hiphop and it sounds great.hardly any bloatware and fast boot time i can keep going on but to sum it up this is one of the best looking and performing latops out there

Cons: NOOOONE!!!!

Other Thoughts: i realy wanted a macbook pro but couldnt convince myself to join the apple cult this looks just as good and 1ups macbooks in every department......and FYI i installed kingston hyper x 1866 ram and runs like a dream and even improves graphics performance my windows index for the gpu went from 6.9 to 7.1

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  • Katherine N.
  • 4/17/2012 5:48:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot as good as it looks

Pros: The screen is nice and bright, and they keyboard is springy and spacious, but the directional keys are very awkwardly placed. It's also very fast, as to be expected.

Cons: As soon as I turned it on, the 8 key on the numeric keypad didn't light up. Then it eventually turned on but it is very dim. Also the touch pad is terrible. If you leave one finger on the button to try to click while you scroll, you can't. It has a really hard time picking up a two finger scroll and if another finger is on the button it won't pick it up. The scroll and zoom options are not smooth at all, and don't really pick up speed when you move your fingers quickly.

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  • kenneth g.
  • 4/15/2012 8:30:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnot good quality

Pros: Nice layout, good screen and speakers.

Cons: Went into blue screen mode after trying to update windows. None of the repair modes available worked. After spending 10 hours loading in software and Rift with patches I had to do the only repair the worked,back to default settings. It isn't stable for whatever reason,after spending over 1300 for a new supposed top line laptop I'm bummed out. I've had Dell xps and Apple before and only had this happen on my dell after 2 years,not 24 hours.
I hope i can get a refund as I wouldn't get another HP,the finish on the front aluminum has a couple of holes,not finished well at all. the ATI card made Rift barely playable,low fps.

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't recommend this to Anyone.I had heard the quality of HP had gone down hill but thought maybe a new one with top quality hardware would work,but to crash(spent 4 hours trying to repair) on the first 24 hours just isn't acceptable.

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  • John R.
  • 4/9/2012 7:57:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat desktop replacement

Pros: Very fast. Nice design for usability. Lots of digital inputs and outputs, including plenty of usb ports, and excellent video output. Great screen. Reasonably quiet, given the size. Good heat management.

Cons: Very heavy. The keyboard is only okay. the keys are well spaced but they have no contours, and very little travel.

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  • Daniel J.
  • 4/7/2012 1:38:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Decent laptop

Pros: 1. Nice design (almost like a mac with exceptions to volume control, speakers, image pad, etc)
2. Good quality sound system for a laptop (I guess it's quantity over quality just like other beat products. The volume can be LOUD)
3. Powerful ( i7, AMD 7690 and so on..)
4. 1080p, 17 inch - useful for designing or gaming

Cons: Everything satisfies me except its fan system and touch pad.
I'll skip the touch pad as you can find various reviews why it isn't as good as that of mac's.

When I started this machine for the first time,
I realized that the fan is loud.
It has been two days using this laptop.
I'm still feeling same.
I tried to solve this problem by updating BIOS and modifying fan setting.
No change (BIOS setting: fan constantly on - disabled, but apparently not disabled as it keep spinning eagerly.)
It's not extremely loud, but enough to distract you and possibly annoys you (in my case, frustrated).

Keep in mind that I use this laptop in silent environment.
Also, this has powerful hardwares inside, so it might be natural.
However, it's true that this fan is more than three times louder than 15 inch mac playing spore for 4 hours without any external fan or anything. (I interrupted and checked my brother's laptop)

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  • Jason S.
  • 2/19/2012 8:45:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbeautiful, simple

Pros: beautiful graphics
fast next gen i7
plenty of ram and room to upgrade later
design, while looking very similar to the macbook (which i actually like), is very simple and much less messy as compared other windows based laptop models.
roomy full breathable keyboard with full numpad is a dream to use.
the beats audio integration is actually more than just a gimmick, the volume knob has a nice weight and feels like an analog knob on a really nice old reciever... and the beats audio software actually provides really nice sound output. I usually use bose around ear headphones and the beats software does a great job of boosting and equalizing audio to the phones. I notice a HUGE difference between the sound in my headphones from my desktop machine and this new envy.
laptop speakers include 6 speakers and one subwoofer, honestly it still sounds like a laptop, but it IS the best sounding laptop i have ever heard.
with a SSD boot drive it boots in under 10 seconds :

Cons: honestly I haven't run across too many cons, I mean it has two HDD bays and connections, can hold up to 16gb of ram.
I guess it's a little heavy but i actually think it's pretty light for a 17 inch laptop with this much power.

Other Thoughts: I got a samsung series 830 SSD and installed it in the primary slot of this laptop as my boot drive and it now boots in 8 seconds flat and resumes from hibernation in no time.
Great purchase

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