HP launches the first laptop with integrated Leap Motion
The idea of controlling a computer with a wave of the hand is something we've seen in a number of science fiction movies. HP and Leap Motion are trying to make that dream a reality with the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Edition – the first laptop to have a Leap Motion controller integrated into the palm rest.
The new Envy 17 features a 17.3-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen, an Intel Haswell Core i7 processor, optional NVIDIA graphics, 8 GB RAM, and 1 TB of internal memory (HDD). As with most HP laptops, a long list of upgrades are available including more RAM, a faster hard drive, or a second HDD.
There was a lot of excitement about Leap Motion modules when they were first announced. Unfortunately the actual user experience didn't live up to the hype and most reviewers were disappointed. It is possible that this integrated version has been improved from the base model, or that software upgrades have smoothed out some of the bugs. Either way the Envy 17 is certainly a powerful laptop with top-tier components and it still has a touchscreen to fall back on.
The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Edition is expected to launch on October 16th with prices starting at US$1049.99.