While this past week's wave of new laptop announcements was focused squarely around the launch of Intel's 10th gen Comet Lake-H mobile processors, a couple of vendors have also been using the occasion to update their 15 Watt U-series laptops as well. Among these was HP, who has updated its Envy 17 family of notebooks. Joining the existing Comet Lake models, the HP Envy 17 series now also features models with Intel's Ice Lake-U processors, with various configurations available up to Intel's Core i7-1065G7 CPU.

Designed for professional users looking for a sleek and stylish design, the updated HP Envy 17s include multiple models across its range, with a customizable touch screen model in its arsenal. (17t-cg000 Touch). The new HP Envy 17 can be fully configured to a suitable specification dependent on the user's requirements, with multiple memory, CPU, graphics, and storage options available. Users can also equip it with a standard Intel AC9560 Gigabit Wi-Fi wireless adapter, or with an Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 adapter. A larger 55 Wh Li-ion Polymer battery is included, with its weight starting at 6.02 lb, dependent on the chosen configuration. 

Starting off with displays, the latest-generation Envy 17 features a 17.3" IPS backlit WLED display, with options for either a 1080p or 4K display. Both displays are rated for similar performance, with a screen brightness of around 300 nits. HP is also offering optional touchscreen functionality on some models, though only with the 1080p display. Overall, the HP Envy 17 weighs around 6 lb and has dimensions of 15.71 (W) x 10.20 (D) 0.76 (H) inches. 

Under the hood, the HP Envy 17 is powered by a Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 Ice Lake processors. Curiously, HP is taking a very binary route here: the only CPU options are the slowest Core i5, the i5-1035G1, or the fastest i7, the i7-1065G7. Both processor options offer 4 CPU cores, but along with clockspeed differences, the i5's integrated GPU is only half as powerful as the i7's. Perhaps that's why HP is also including a discrete GPU with all of the Envy 17s, using NVIDIA's GeForce MX330, which comes with either 2GB or 4GB of GDDR5 memory.


The HP Envy 17 17M-CG0013DX Notebook

Meanwhile storage options inside  the silver sandblasted anodized aluminum frame run the full gamut, from Optane-cached rotating rust all the way up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. All models come with some form of solid state storage, starting with a 1TB HDD and 16GB of Optane Memory at the low end, as well as other combinations of HDDs, SSDs, and Optane Memory including a 512GB PCIe SSD with a 32GB Optane cache. As for the memory, HP offers between 8GB and 32GB of DDR4-3200 SDRAM, including a curious 12 GB configuration with one 8 GB stick and one 4 GB stick in an unbalanced dual-channel mode.

Also included in the HP Envy 17 is either an Intel AC9560 Wi-Fi 5 adapter, or one of Intel's newer AX201 Wi-Fi 6 wireless adapter. For connectivity, the laptop offers a USB 3.2 G2 10 Gbps Type-C port, with support for DisplayPort 1.4, as well as three USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports, an AC Smart pin, and a headphone and microphone combo port. For users with HDMI, the HP Envy 17 also has a single HDMI 2.0 video output. Meanwhile, along the top of the bezel is a wide vision HD webcam with a built-in microphone, with the Envy 17's sound coming from a pair of integrated Bang & Olufsen speakers.

HP Envy 17 Intel 10th Gen Refresh Specifications
  17t-cg000/Touch 17M-cg0013dx 17-ce1030nr 17-ce1031nr
CPU Intel i5-1035G1
Intel i7-1065G7
Intel i7-1065G7 Intel i5-10210U Intel i7-10510U
GPU GeForce MX330 (2 GB)
GeForce MX330 (4 GB)
GeForce MX330 (2 GB) GeForce MX250 (2 GB) GeForce MX250 (2 GB)
Display 17.3" FHD IPS
17.3" FHD IPS Touch
17.3" 4K UHD IPS
17.3" FHD IPS 17.3" FHD IPS 17.3" FHD IPS
Memory 8 GB DDR4-3200 (2 x 4 GB)
12 GB DDR4-3200 (1 x 4 GB, 1 x 8 GB)
16 GB DDR4-3200 (1 x 16 GB
32 GB DDR4-3200 (2 x 16 GB)
12 GB DDR4-3200 (1 x 4GB, 1 x 8GB) 8 GB DDR4-2666 (2 x 4 GB) 16 GB DDR4-2666 (1 x 16 GB)
Storage 1 TB HDD + 16 GB Optane
1 TB HDD + 128 GB M.2
1 TB HDD + 256 GB NVme M.2
512 GB NVMe M.2
512 GB NVMe M.2 + 32 GB Optane
1 TB NVMe M.2
512 GB M.2
32 GB Intel Optane
512 GB M.2
16 GB Intel Optane
512 GB M.2
32 GB Intel Optane
Networking Intel AC9560 Wi-Fi 5
Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6
Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 Gigabit LAN
Intel AC9560 Wi-Fi
Gigabit LAN
Intel AC9560 Wi-Fi
Power 65 W AC Adaptor
Battery 55 Wh Li-on 52 Wh Li-ion
Ports 1 x SD Card Reader
1 x USB 3.2 G2 Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 G2 Type-A
1 x 3.5 mm Phono/Mic
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x SD Card Reader
1 x USB 3.1 G2 Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 G1 Type-A
1 x 3.5 mm Phono/Mic
1 x Gigabit RJ45
1 x HDMI 2.0
Dimensions (WxDxH) 15.71 x 10.20 x 0.76 inches 15.94 x 10.47 x 0.88 inches
Weight 6.02 lb   6.22 lb
Price (USD) Starts at $950 $1250 Starts at $730 Starts at $950

Every model in the new HP Envy 17 Intel 10th Generation refresh comes equipped with a 65 W AC adaptor, a multi-media SD Card Reader. The price of each model varies, with prices for the BTO models starting at $950 and ranging up to $2070 for the top-spec model, while the pre-configured 17-cg0013dx SKU for Best Buy is available for pre-order at $1250.

Gallery: HP Envy 17

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  • Flunk - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    This looks like a value play more than anything, HP seems to have decided that the battery is were they can skimp to keep it in budget. It's not like they're running low on space. I have a XPS 15 and that has a 84Wh battery, which isn't exactly a thick notebook. There is no way HP couldn't fit a larger battery in this, this has to be intentional. Reply
  • Retycint - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    The XPS 15 manages to cram a 97Wh battery in a much slimmer and lighter chassis. So this is really just an artificial means of product differentiation from HP. If you want better battery life, you have to shell out big bucks for the top models. Same reason why budget laptops are stuck with a crappy 768p TN screen, even though decent 1080p IPS screens are commonplace and probably only cost marginally more Reply
  • p1esk - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    I have LG Gram 17: weight 2.98 lb, battery 80 Whr (battery weight 282g). Also it has a nice 16:10 resolution screen (2560x1600) and a Thunderbolt port, as well as the same processor ( i7-1065G7) and wifi (AX201). A 16GB RAM 512GB NVMe model is on sale at Costco for $1,200.

    Not sure why would anyone buy this one at the same price. Double the weight for MX330 graphics and a smaller battery? No thanks.
    Reply
  • deil - Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - link

    Problem is voltage. 72Wh batter from yoga 920 is ~12V. my laptop needs ~19V. I think high cap high voltage batteries are either price or some other issue with it exists. Reply
  • 0x1874DE4C - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    Sigh. Another laptop stuck at 16:9. Reply
  • Dolda2000 - Monday, April 6, 2020 - link

    I couldn't agree more. I do wonder who really asked for widescreen laptops to begin with. Reply
  • damianrobertjones - Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - link

    Is there really any point in the GeForce MX330? Surely, at this point in time, the iGPU in the intel chips is just as fast? Reply
  • p1esk - Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - link

    Nvidia claims its twice as fast as the cpu in this laptop. Reply
  • Santoval - Sunday, April 12, 2020 - link

    Unless battery life is a concern for you, and unless you play no games at all, it is potentially useful to have a distinct GPU with its own dedicated graphics RAM, even if it is not much faster than the iGPU of the SoC. On the other hand the Xe iGPUs of Tiger Lake will lower the value of distinct GPUs (particularly if Tiger Lake switches to LPDDR5, though I doubt that). Nvidia will need to step up their game for those who still need one. It also makes no sense to pair AMD's APU 4000 series with a weak mobile GPU like MX330. Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - link

    IceLake + low-end dGPU is pointless.

    Renoir can cover both, and offer more CPU on top.
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