HP launches a new $1,250 Envy 17, reviving the glory days of 17-inch laptops

HP’s new Envy 17 laptop will be available for sale at Best Buy starting at $1,250 “in the coming days.” With a spacious 17-inch display, fresh Intel processors, and a new Nvidia GPU under the hood, the newly updated laptop seems to have everything it takes to improve its position as one of the best 17-inch laptops you can buy.

The highlight of the new Envy 17 compared to its predecessor is a new design that enables an 86% screen-to-body ratio, leaving more room on the spacious 17-inch display. It also sports improved performance under the hood, thanks to Intel’s latest 10th-generation Intel processors. For content creation, the Envy 17 also has improved graphics options, as it moves up from the Nvidia MX250 to the new MX330.

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In terms of specifications, HP is going with Intel’s 10th-generation Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake processor. RAM options, meanwhile, come in at 12GB. As for storage, HP has everything you might need. There are options for a 512GB solid-state drive, with 32GB of Intel Optane memory. Other storage options include a 1 TB traditional HDD with a 16 GB NVMe Intel Optane memory or up to 1TB PCI SSD. For dual storage, HP is allowing up to a 256 GB SSD and 1TB HDD.

Elsewhere, the new Envy 17 offers up some extra personalized privacy experiences, too. In addition to a number pad, it now has an all-in-one keyboard with options to mute the microphone or camera shutter. There’s even a fingerprint reader for added security and typo-free, password-free access to the device.

Battery life is promised to come in at 11 hours with mixed usage, 11 hours and 45 minutes with video playback, and 8 hours and 45 minutes with wireless streaming. The numbers will vary of course, but the device supports fast charge for a 0 to 50% charge in 45 minutes.

Other notable features on the HP Envy 17 include Alexa and Cortana voice service. Speakers are tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and the Wi-Fi has been upgraded to support the new Wi-Fi 6 standard.

HP is also planning on selling the new Envy 17 though its own website at a later date, allowing for you to purchase some of the more custom configurations.

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