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HP Envy 17: Comet Lake performs no better than Whiskey Lake does

Do not upgrade to the HP Envy 17 for its Comet Lake-U CPU. (Image source: HP)
Do not upgrade to the HP Envy 17 for its Comet Lake-U CPU. (Image source: HP)
We often complain about smaller laptops failing to keep their processors cool enough to maintain peak clock speeds, so a 17-inch laptop should have a large enough footprint to do so, right? Well, the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng may be a 17-inch machine, but it cannot make use of the full potential of its Comet Lake processor, although it does a better job with its NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card. What is the fuss about Comet Lake, then?

Laptops beyond 15-inches tend to offer superior cooling than their smaller counterparts in part because of their larger footprints. So, we expected the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng to demonstrate the best that Comet Lake-U, and specifically the Intel Core i7-10510U, had to offer. However, the device not only falls short of the multicore performance of what we have come to expect from the Core i7-10510U but also even its Whiskey Lake-U predecessors.

Oddly, our review unit exceeding our expectations of its GPU, the NVIDIA GeForce MX250. The device consistently achieved above-average results in gaming and synthetic benchmarks, although it cannot get close to the performance that the GeForce GTX 1650 offers, as the Acer Aspire 7 A715 demonstrates.

Moreover, we are fans of the keyboard and trackpad that HP has also included in this year's Envy 17, as we are with Wi-Fi 6 being onboard. The device offers a good selection of ports too, which HP has housed in a sturdy and stylish chassis. The device could be easier to open too, a recurring issue among modern HP laptops.

In short, the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng is a mixed bag. While the device has the makings of a compelling desktop replacement, it suffers from too many shortcomings for us to recommend it in good conscience. Please see our HP Envy 17-ce1002ng review for our full thoughts and test results.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-11-10 (Update: 2019-11- 7)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.