These speakers are easily good enough for music, movies and games. Above the keyboard sits a slick speaker grille and the recognisable Beats branding. Connectivity around the edges is standard: four USB 3 ports, an HDMI output, an SD card reader, one audio jack and a DVD writer.Its designed to control apps and games through mid-air gestures, and the cameras can track both hands and all ten fingers simultaneously.In every other department the Envy 17 fits the bill.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
The chunky Envy has great build quality.SEE ALSO: 2014’s Finest Windows 8 Laptops, Tablets, Hybrids and PCsHP Envy 17 Leap Motion SE: The Future of ControlThe Leap Motion sensor in this system is smaller than the standalone unit released in the summer of 2013. One is a 3D Breakout clone, and another mimics Fruit Ninja.3in screen is bright, and its insides are crammed with high-end components.
The HP Envy 17 is a high-class desktop replacement with a trick up its sleeve or, more accurately, in its wrist-rest. It also costs 1,199 enough to put all but the most luxurious of rivals in the shade.HP has deployed four Beats-branded speakers and two subwoofers. Anyone looking to do serious photo editing and other graphical tasks should look elsewhere, though, as the colour temperature of 7,558K is far too cool and the Delta E of 7.
5in bay – that’s the luxury of a 17-inch laptop. And, while its easier to handle non-game apps, theres little reason to put up with motion control here either, as the Envy has a competent touchscreen of its own.0. Sugar Rush Speedway, the kart racer, looks impressive, but it often lost our hands so wed lose the race.
Gesture control is exciting, but Leap Motions execution is disappointing. Games from the store werent much more complex: theres a kart racer based on Wreck-it Ralph, painting tools, platformers and more. Its the first laptop weve seen with Leap Motion, which means games and apps can be controlled with mid-air gestures.4kg body thats a kilo heavier than the Toshiba Satellite P50t, and not far behind the 3.
The wrist-rest barely budged despite hard presses, and the screen is thick enough to withstand knocks.9kg MSI GT70, which is a specialist gaming machine.The Envys resolution is designed for primarily for play, rather than work, and the screens benchmark results back this up.
HP Envy 17 Leap Motion SE: Screen & Sound Quality Were pleased by the 1,920 x 1,080 touchscreen after weeks of Ultrabooks and hybrids with ultra-high resolution panels, it makes a pleasant change to test a system that doesnt suffer from irritating resolution-scaling issues.The dual-band 802. Another game, Jungle Jumper, asked us to move a hand backwards even though this movement caused the Leap Motion camera to lose track or our palms, and it then required extreme precision to guide its character through the air. Theres also another simple issue holding your arms in the air makes them ache and arguably makes you look a little silly.
Its wide chassis is dominated by aluminium, its 17. The controller lacks the precision and consistency to make games satisfying, and we cant see children or adults having the patience to put up with the limited number of titles and their awkward controls.8 is excellent, especially for a consumer machine.5 is inaccurate.
The base feels strong, and the underside offers versatility: a large panel can be pulled away by removing just one screw, and it gives access to two memory sockets, the Wi-Fi card, and hard disk. The 236 nit and 0. A third uses both hands to create dance tunes in real-time. The sides taper to a neat front edge, and the Envy and Leap Motion logos look good thanks to thin, dark lettering.
11n Wi-Fi is a single-aerial card that will restrict speeds compared to multi-aerial models, but theres Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 4.SEE ALSO: Our Pick of the Best TabletsHP Envy 17 Leap Motion SE: Design & Build QualityAs with many other high-end laptops, much of this machine is made from aluminium and anything that doesnt look metallic is a smartly contrasting black plastic.32 nit brightness and black levels are good, which means that colourful games and dark, brooding movie scenes look equally impressive.Leap Motion is easier to use with sedate apps like Google Earth, the New York Times and Allthecooks.
The substantial audio gear pumped out huge noise more than enough for a living room, for instance and quality was good, too.This is no small machine, so youll notice its 3. Theres depth throughout the range, and bass is present without proving overwhelming. Hi-hats are snappy without slipping into the tinny territory of most laptops, and guitars in the mid-range are chunky.
But, while thats true, it also renders the Leap Motion pointless: its even easier to navigate using the touchscreen or the trackpad. Its installed into the wrist-rest, and the two cameras and three LEDs inside the glossy black bar are activated with a keyboard shortcut. The HPs 28mm depth is better one millimetre slimmer than the Toshiba. The lack of accuracy available put paid to all the games we tried and, even when Leap Motion worked as intended, keyboards and gamepads are still far more reliable and satisfying.
Even after calibration we had numerous problems playing games: the cameras often lost our hands when playing that Breakout clone, so wed lose the round, and the music game relies on accuracy that this device doesnt provide.Theyre not exactly complicated. Theres even a spare 2.The contrast ratio of 737:1 is reasonable, and the HPs screen displays plenty of colours its sRGB coverage level of 93.
Those apps and games come from Leap Motions store, and there is plenty of free software if you dont want to spend cash and three games are included free with the Envy. If you have any suggestion, just let me know.