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HP ENVY 17-2090NR review - one of the best gaming laptops out there

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By Edited Feb 4, 2015 0 0

HP is one of the most important players in the computers and notebooks market today, and that, we think, goes without saying.

Their number one competitor in one of the most competitive sectors, that of 17-inch laptops or the desktop replacements, is the ENVY 17-2090NR, an impressive high-tech piece of equipment. We're going to talk about this one in our post here.


Design, ports and features

HP laptops have always impressed with sturdy and elegant designs, and the ENVY 17 is not an exception from that rule. Strength and power are the attributes that are transmitted through by this laptop’s design, using materials like aluminum and magnesium for the casing and an interesting and aggressive body.

The exterior looks robust, but elegant at the same time, the angular indentations on the display's lid being one of this laptop's most attractive design aspects. As far as color schemes go, the 17 inch Envy is available in silver or in a black and white combination, both of these looking extremely classy.

The ENVY 17-2090NR offers everything you might need in terms of connectivity also, including 5-in-1 Digital Media Reader and USB 3.0 ports, but the feature that mostly attracts attention is by far the 3D ready display.

Design, ports and features

HP laptops have always impressed with sturdy and elegant designs, and the ENVY 17-2090NR is not an exception from that rule. Strength and power are the attributes that are transmitted through this laptop’s design, with the aid of materials like aluminum and magnesium.

 The exterior looks robust, but elegant at the same time, the angular indentations on the display lid being one of the most attractive aspects in this laptop’s overall design. As far as color scheme goes, the laptop is available in silver or in a black and white combination, both of these looking extremely classy.

The ENVY 17-2090NR offers everything you might need in terms of connectivity also, including 5-in-1 Digital Media Reader and USB 3.0 ports, but the feature that attracts the attention the most is by far the 3D content compatibility.


HP Envy(56169)

Keyboard, touchpad and screen

The full-size chiclet keyboard offers vast amount of space, comfort and a high response speed. Also, the keyboard is backlit, which makes it a perfect gaming accessory. The touchpad is also very large( not that we are complaining), and it is accurate and comfortable. In addition to that, it has multi-touch functions, like pinch to zoom, which makes it perfect for long gaming sessions.

The 17.3-inch Full High-Definition 3D UltraBrightView Infinity LED Display is splendid, offering clarity, brightness and high details level in normal viewing, as well as in high-definition or 3D.


Performance, graphics and battery life

You might think that a visually-impressive device such as the ENVY 17-2090NR that offers also 3D images will not be extremely competitive in terms of performance… Well, guess again!

The second generation Intel Core i7-2630QM 2 GHz processor with Turbo Boost Technology is one of the fastest processors on the market today and the Radeon HD 6850M graphics card with 1 GB GDDR5 and up to 4 GB of total graphics memory is almost unbeatable. And both are inside this laptop.

The battery life, however, is far from impressive, with a top of up to 2 hours. But we weren't actually expecting that much here anyway.


All in all, the HP ENVY 17-2090NR is clearly one of the strongest laptops on the market today, offering features and performance that is almost impossible to get at another notebook.

However, the price tag of the HP 17-inch laptop is quite prohibitive, making it one of the most, if not the most expensive desktop replacements you can buy today.


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