Pros

  • Audio quality among the best in laptops
  • Superb LCD display; excellent 3D Blu-ray visuals

Cons

  • 3D gaming is frustrating and often doesn't work
  • Short battery life

At A Glance

HP's Envy 17 3D offers robust 3D Blu-ray, but limited 3D gaming. While it's a solid addition to HP's line, problems with 3D gaming and battery life are a concern.

Manufacturer’s Description

The next dimension in digital entertainment, 3D technology in a laptop with a premium 17.3-inch screen. ENVY 17 3D series features Blu-ray and lets you do things that would bring other PCs to their knees analyze data sets, render images, professionally edit videos, and enjoy serious gaming. Features Intel Core i7 720QM, 6GB DDR3, 640GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium operating system includes Shutter glasses for 3D viewing.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.hp.com

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number XG554AV
Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 1.6 MHz
Cache size 6.0 KB
Processor count 4
Display
Display size 17.3 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 640.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
Ports and Connections
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • eSATA
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • VGA
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Memory
Memory size 6000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Memory max 8.0 GB
Dimensions
Width 16.4 inches
Depth 10.9 inches
Height 1.6 inches
Weight 7.3 pounds
Weight with Accessories 9.0 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
XD picture card 1
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 and Premiere Elements 8.0; CyberLink DVD Suite; Roxio CinemaNow
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard (backlit)
  • Touchpad

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 95.0
Battery
Battery Life 1:27   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 382.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 387.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 229.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 420.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 358.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 372.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 247.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 415.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 213.0   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 133.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 133.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 94.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 82.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 80.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 76.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 61.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 50.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 28.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 83.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 77.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 55.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 64.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 55.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 34.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 90.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 90.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 69.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 34.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 1920x1080 25.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 41.2   Watts
Sleep power usage 1.3   Watt hours
Off power usage 0.9   Watt hours
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 428.0