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HP Envy 17-ce1002ng Laptop Review: A slim 17-inch machine with mixed performance

Mike Wobker, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Andrea Grüblinger (translated by Alex Alderson), 11/08/2019

A Comet Lake laptop with Whiskey Lake performance. The new HP Envy 17 is big, slim and features a powerful combination of dedicated graphics and a Comet Lake-U processor. While its footprint may make it slightly too large for use on the move, it should fit the bill as a multimedia desktop replacement. It is not all good news though, as our review will reveal.

HP Envy 17-ce1002ng

We rarely deal with laptops of this size, so the comparisons that we can draw between the Envy 17 and other laptops are comparatively slim. Moreover, we have few devices against which to compare the performance of the new Envy 17, but we have an idea of how the series should perform from the latest Envy 13 that we recently tested. We can also compare the Envy 17-ce10002ng with one of its predecessors, the Envy 17-ae143ng. Please keep in mind that we reviewed this device well over a year ago.

So, now is a good time to see what HP's latest 17-inch device has to offer. Our review unit comes with an Intel Core i7-10510U processor, an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD. The combination of a Comet Lake-U processor and an entry-level NVIDIA GPU, along with plenty of dual-channel RAM and a fast SSD should make for an impressive multimedia laptop. Likewise, the large chassis should provide better airflow than 13-inch and 15-inch laptops, while the 17-inch display should be ideal for streaming or light gaming.

We have included an overview below of our review unit and the comparison devices against which we will be comparing it. You can add additional laptops to our comparison tables too.

HP Envy 17-ce1004ng (Envy 17 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX250 - 2048 MB, Core: 1519 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, NVIDIA 430.86, Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666, Dual-Channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, BOE0825, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, 512 GB 
, 360 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-LP - cAVS
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combined headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: SD, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Optical drive
HP DVD-RW DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 405 x 266 ( = 0.91 x 15.94 x 10.47 in)
Battery
52 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 0.9 MP, 16:9 (1,280 x 720)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Bang & Olufsen, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.78 kg ( = 98.06 oz / 6.13 pounds), Power Supply: 210 g ( = 7.41 oz / 0.46 pounds)
Price
1000 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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RatingDateModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionBest Price
79%11/2019HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250
2.8 kg23 mm17.3"1920x1080
84%04/2019LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
8565U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg17.8 mm17"2560x1600
84%09/2019Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
9300H, GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
2.4 kg20.85 mm15.6"1920x1080
80%08/2019Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
3700U, Vega 10
1.8 kg19.5 mm15.6"1920x1080
85%10/2019Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
8565U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
1.9 kg19.1 mm15.6"1920x1080

Case - Sturdy, heavy and slim

The Envy 17 sports the same design as its 13-inch sibling, a silver aluminium chassis that is simultaneously slim and sturdy. Our review unit looks just as premium as its smaller sibling too, with there being no uneven gaps between materials. The Envy 17 is noticeably thicker than its 13-inch equivalent, but this has allowed HP to include a DVD drive, which is a rarity these days.

The display also raises the base unit slightly when opened, just as the one in the Envy 13 does. This not only allows air to pass under the device for improved airflow but also should improve the typing experience somewhat.

However, while HP executed this well on the Envy 13, there are shortcomings with implementing it on a 17-inch device. Having only the front edge and hinge of the device making contact with your thighs forces all the weight through those areas, rather than it being evenly distributed as it would if the laptop lay flat. This is not as noticeable on a 13-inch compact laptop, but we quickly started feeling it with the Envy 17 on our lap.

HP Envy 17-ce1002ng Laptop
HP Envy 17-ce1002ng Laptop
HP Envy 17-ce1002ng Laptop
HP Envy 17-ce1002ng Laptop

The Envy 17 is not only a huge device, but it is hefty too. Our review unit weighs 2.8 kg, which is a touch too heavy for it to be a laptop that most people would want to carry with them on the go.

Size Comparison

405 mm / 15.9 inch 266 mm / 10.5 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.8 kg6.13 lbs381 mm / 15 inch 266.7 mm / 10.5 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 1.3 kg2.95 lbs363.4 mm / 14.3 inch 254.5 mm / 10 inch 20.85 mm / 0.821 inch 2.4 kg5.18 lbs359.1 mm / 14.1 inch 249 mm / 9.8 inch 19.5 mm / 0.768 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 245 mm / 9.65 inch 19.1 mm / 0.752 inch 1.9 kg4.14 lbs

Connectivity - A plentiful supply of ports and a DVD drive

The Envy 17 has a decent set of ports, including a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port. Having a DVD drive and webcam kill switch on board is handy too.

Left-hand side: Gigabit LAN, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, HDMI, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 3.5 mm jack, SD card reader
Left-hand side: Gigabit LAN, 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, HDMI, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 3.5 mm jack, SD card reader
Right-hand side: webcam switch, DVD-RW drive, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1, power connector
Right-hand side: webcam switch, DVD-RW drive, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1, power connector

SD Card Reader

The integrated card reader impressed us during our tests. Our review unit managed above-average transfer speeds with our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II reference card in both tests that we performed, although this was only good enough for third place in our comparison tables.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78.6 MB/s ∼100% +9%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
74.4 MB/s ∼95% +3%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72 MB/s ∼92%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 190, n=177)
57.9 MB/s ∼74% -20%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
37.7 MB/s ∼48% -48%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86.3 MB/s ∼100% +7%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
84.7 MB/s ∼98% +5%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.4 MB/s ∼93%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=174)
74 MB/s ∼86% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
37.6 MB/s ∼44% -53%

Communication

The Envy 17 supports Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6, new standards that have yet to proliferate to all new laptops. Incidentally, you may see Wi-Fi 6 referred to elsewhere as 802.11ax, but they are the same standards.

We did not have a Wi-Fi 6 compatible router to hand during our tests, but our review unit averaged a commendable 704 Mb/s download speeds on an 802.11ac connection. Likewise, it averaged 640 Mb/s when transmitting data, putting it on par with the best of our comparison devices.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 i5 4TB3
Broadcom 802.11ac
730 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
704 (min: 563, max: 724) MBit/s ∼96%
Average of class Multimedia
  (44 - 949, n=141)
502 MBit/s ∼69% -29%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2019 i5 4TB3
Broadcom 802.11ac
710 MBit/s ∼100% +11%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
640 (min: 628, max: 650) MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Multimedia
  (46.1 - 949, n=140)
483 MBit/s ∼68% -25%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø703 (563-724)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø640 (628-650)

Security

The Envy 17 has plenty of security features and more than most other consumer laptops. HP has included not only a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication but also a webcam kill switch, which cuts the webcam with a flick of a switch. Both worked well during our tests, so you need not put a cover over your webcam when you are not using it. There is a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM 2.0) on board too, but Microsoft requires all OEMs to include this on laptops that they sell with Windows 10 preinstalled.

Accessories

The Envy 17 arrived with only a 65 W power supply and some documentation. HP sells other accessories like mice and bags on its website.

Maintenance

We expected more from the Envy 17 here, principally because larger laptops are generally easier to open than their 13-inch or smaller counterparts. Sadly, HP has continued with its trend of making its more premium devices devilishly hard to open. While the photo below suggests that only a few Torx screws secure the bottom plate to the chassis, HP hides a few more screws under the long rubber strip spanning the breadth of the laptop. While the strip is easy to peel away from the chassis, it is flimsy and fragile.

Not only does HP make disassembling the device a pain in that sense, but it also secures the bottom panel to the chassis with plastic clips. These are even easier to break than the rubber strip and require more patience to ease away from the chassis.

As you may be able to tell, we gave up trying to disassemble our review unit at risk of damaging it. In short, the Envy 17 is needlessly hard to disassemble.

Warranty

The Envy 17 comes with a two-year manufacturer's warranty. HP offers warranty extensions too, which it calls Care Packs. These run to around 100 Euros (~$112) for an additional year's coverage.

Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices - A backlit keyboard and a wide trackpad

Keyboard

HP has equipped the Envy 17 with a quiet keyboard that still delivers a noticeable pressure point when typing. The keys are easy to reach, so you should need little to no acclimatisation. While the function and special keys are a bit narrower than the main ones, they are still easy to reach in our opinion. There is a two-stage backlight too for when you are working at night or in a poorly lit room. The backlight in our review unit does not evenly illuminate the keys in the lower corners of the keyboard, but it does its job well overall.

A look at the keyboard on the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng
A look at the keyboard on the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng
and with backlighting enabled
and with backlighting enabled

Trackpad

The trackpad is also a pleasure to use, with its smooth finish allowing us to use the onscreen mouse precisely. The integrated mouse buttons emit a dull clicking sound when pressed though, which is rather disconcerting.

A closer look at the trackpad on the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng
A closer look at the trackpad on the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng

Display - A dim, low-contrast 1080p panel with an anti-glare finish

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array
Our review unit suffers from backlight bleeding
Our review unit suffers from backlight bleeding

HP has equipped the Envy 17 with a 17-inch IPS panel that resolves natively at 1920x1080. While the company promises that the display can reach 300 cd/m², the one in our review unit cannot do so evenly. On the contrary, X-Rite i1Pro 2 claims that it can only average 280 cd/m² at maximum brightness, which puts it behind many of our comparison devices. Likewise, its brightness distribution is a touch disappointing at 83%, putting the Envy 17 bottom of our comparison table in this respect.

Thankfully, the Envy 17 does not use pulse-width modulation (PWM) for controlling luminosity. Hence, you should not experience headaches or eyestrain when looking at the display for prolonged periods.

293
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
297
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE0825
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 309 cd/m² Average: 279.7 cd/m² Minimum: 16.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 280 cd/m²
Contrast: 875:1 (Black: 0.335 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.79 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.76
ΔE Greyscale 6.32 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
91% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.49
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
BOE0825, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
LG Philips LP170WQ1-SPA1, IPS, 2560x1600, 17
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
AU Optronics B156HAN02.1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
LG Philips 156WFC, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
CMN N156HCE-EN1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-57%
-47%
-23%
-48%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
30 (15, 15)
42 (20.4, 21.6)
-40%
41 (20, 21)
-37%
28.4 (10.4, 18)
5%
39.2 (21.2, 18)
-31%
Response Time Black / White *
18 (10, 8)
31.2 (18, 13.2)
-73%
28 (16, 12)
-56%
27.2 (16.4, 10.8)
-51%
29.6 (16.4, 13.2)
-64%
PWM Frequency
25510 (20)
Screen
25%
-7%
-24%
15%
Brightness middle
293
370.6
26%
271
-8%
253.6
-13%
330
13%
Brightness
280
356
27%
256
-9%
227
-19%
315
13%
Brightness Distribution
83
89
7%
91
10%
84
1%
88
6%
Black Level *
0.335
0.28
16%
0.26
22%
0.27
19%
0.2
40%
Contrast
875
1324
51%
1042
19%
939
7%
1650
89%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.79
3.28
32%
3.63
24%
6.05
-26%
4.4
8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.42
5.85
49%
7.13
38%
14.03
-23%
7.4
35%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.76
1.03
41%
4.62
-163%
4.97
-182%
2.7
-53%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.32
4.9
22%
2.21
65%
3.2
49%
4.8
24%
Gamma
2.49 88%
2.19 100%
2.5 88%
2 110%
2.24 98%
CCT
8002 81%
6376 102%
6383 102%
6820 95%
6760 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
60.8
3%
36
-39%
35.5
-40%
57.8
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91
96.6
6%
57
-37%
55.6
-39%
88.5
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / 13%
-27% / -13%
-24% / -24%
-17% / 6%

* ... smaller is better

91% sRGB colour-space coverage
91% sRGB colour-space coverage
59% AdobeRGB colour-space coverage
59% AdobeRGB colour-space coverage

Our tests confirm that the Envy 17 has a below-average contrast ratio of 875:1, along with a relatively high black value, which we measured at 0.3 cd/m². Correspondingly, blacks and colours look washed-out, while the display struggles to delineate between colours.

CalMAN also shows that the display suffers from a blue tint, although we remedied this by calibrating it. You can find our calibrated ICC profile in the box above our comparison table should you wish to use it.

CalMAN: Colour accuracy
CalMAN: Colour accuracy
CalMAN: Colour accuracy - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour accuracy - calibrated
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale - calibrated
CalMAN: Grayscale - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour saturation
CalMAN: Colour saturation
CalMAN: Colour saturation - calibrated
CalMAN: Colour saturation - calibrated

The Envy 17 remains usable outdoors thanks to the anti-reflective coating that HP has applied to the display. We would still recommend finding a shady spot in which to work on a sunny day though, as the display can look washed-out even under bright interior lighting.

Using the HP Envy 17 outside
Using the HP Envy 17 outside
Using the HP Envy 17 outside
Using the HP Envy 17 outside

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
18 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 19 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

While the IPS panel has stable viewing angles, it suffers from backlight bleeding as our photo above demonstrates. This should not impact on readability, though.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - Competent, but not at the level we expected

HP has upgraded the Envy 17 to Intel Comet Lake-U processors, specifically the Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U. The device comes with up to 16 GB of RAM, while HP offers various SSD and HDD configurations. The Envy 17 has an NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with up to 4 GB of VRAM too, making it a decent option for some simple image and video-editing, or perhaps even some light gaming.

 

Processor

The Core i7-10510U can clock between 1.8 and 4.8 GHz, although the time that it can spend at its highest clock speeds varies according to the TDP limits that the OEM has set and what cooling system it has included. The quad-core chip can also only reach 4.8 GHz in single-core tasks and 4.3 GHz in multi-core work.

While the Comet Lake-U processor should offer better multi-core performance than its Whiskey Lake predecessors, the one in our review unit can only reach Core i7-8565U levels in the Cinebench R15 Multi 64Bit benchmark. The same applies to single-core benchmarks, but that is not as surprising. The Core i7-10510U also throttles quickly, with its performance dropping by about 10% in a CB R15 Multi 64bit endurance test. While other devices behave similarly, the Envy 17 delivers rather underwhelming CPU performance.

Please see our CPU benchmarks comparison page for more information about the Core i7-10510U and how it compares against other processors.

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HP Envy 17-ce1004ng Intel Core i7-10510U, Intel Core i7-10510U: Ø496 (486.1-549.01)
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø508 (504.9-529.32)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5 Intel Core i5-9300H, Intel Core i5-9300H: Ø752 (744.8-791.06)
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585 AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø654 (639.01-676.19)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø624 (617.82-662.76)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
189 Points ∼100% +1%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U
188 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (178 - 191, n=5)
186 Points ∼98% -1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H
170 Points ∼90% -10%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
Intel Core i7-8565U
165 Points ∼87% -12%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
135 Points ∼71% -28%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 201, n=369)
128 Points ∼68% -32%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H
791 Points ∼100% +36%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U
  (562 - 796, n=7)
707 Points ∼89% +22%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
672 Points ∼85% +16%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U
622 (min: 617.82, max: 662.76) Points ∼79% +7%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U
580 Points ∼73%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
Intel Core i7-8565U
507 Points ∼64% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (73 - 1550, n=385)
488 Points ∼62% -16%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
188 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
580 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
114.81 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

The device shines in daily use though, with our review unit always running smoothly. Programs and the OS load promptly, for example, while the system can access files quickly too. PCMark confirms this impression, with the Envy 17 finishing in the upper midfield of our comparison tables.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5128 Points ∼100% +46%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 8565U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4947 Points ∼96% +40%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1001 - 7161, n=100)
3748 Points ∼73% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
Vega 10, 3700U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3581 Points ∼70% +2%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3524 Points ∼69%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
3524 Points ∼69% 0%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
2967 Points ∼58% -16%
Productivity
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7247 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
7247 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7202 Points ∼99% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 8565U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
7175 Points ∼99% -1%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
6948 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1407 - 8020, n=101)
6186 Points ∼85% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
Vega 10, 3700U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5859 Points ∼81% -19%
Essentials
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
9316 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
9316 Points ∼100% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 8565U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8709 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8666 Points ∼93% -7%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
8430 Points ∼90% -10%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
Vega 10, 3700U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
7692 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2891 - 9829, n=101)
7530 Points ∼81% -19%
Score
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4904 Points ∼100% +10%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 8565U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
4847 Points ∼99% +9%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4442 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
4442 Points ∼91% 0%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
4000 Points ∼82% -10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1144 - 5469, n=101)
3968 Points ∼81% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
Vega 10, 3700U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3903 Points ∼80% -12%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 8565U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
5145 Points ∼100% 0%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5138 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
5138 Points ∼100% 0%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
5094 Points ∼99% -1%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
4642 Points ∼90% -10%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
Vega 10, 3700U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4429 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2213 - 5651, n=283)
4304 Points ∼84% -16%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3848 Points ∼100% +10%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 8565U, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
3758 Points ∼98% +7%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
Vega 10, 3700U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3504 Points ∼91% 0%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3502 Points ∼91%
Average Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
3502 Points ∼91% 0%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1371 - 4693, n=304)
3383 Points ∼88% -3%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
3363 Points ∼87% -4%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3502 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5138 points
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Storage Devices

The 512 GB Intel SSD that HP has included in the Envy 17 delivered acceptable read and write speeds in the benchmarks that we conducted, the results of which you can view below. Some of our comparison devices fare better here, but the Envy 17 is no slouch. In short, you should never notice any delays when opening folders and files.

Please see our HDD/SSD benchmarks page for more information and benchmarks.

HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
Average Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-39%
11%
-19%
54%
-1%
Write 4K
134.8
89.73
-33%
113.3
-16%
105.9
-21%
173.02
28%
122 (93.1 - 156, n=13)
-9%
Read 4K
54.69
36.59
-33%
42.7
-22%
36.56
-33%
51.88
-5%
53.1 (44.3 - 60.7, n=13)
-3%
Write Seq
872
422.4
-52%
1457
67%
1165
34%
1066.91
22%
960 (872 - 986, n=13)
10%
Read Seq
1447
454.9
-69%
1432
-1%
423.2
-71%
1023.91
-29%
1478 (1318 - 1634, n=13)
2%
Write 4K Q32T1
392.2
321.1
-18%
347.5
-11%
332.1
-15%
462.04
18%
346 (220 - 485, n=13)
-12%
Read 4K Q32T1
331.6
340.1
3%
382.6
15%
229.3
-31%
548.72
65%
322 (212 - 343, n=13)
-3%
Write Seq Q32T1
919.7
509.1
-45%
1454
58%
1460
59%
3010.8
227%
970 (920 - 987, n=13)
5%
Read Seq Q32T1
1723
545.2
-68%
1726
0%
472.5
-73%
3520.3
104%
1699 (1416 - 1858, n=13)
-1%
AS SSD
-28%
77%
20%
167%
1%
Copy Game MB/s
414.87
650.04
901.9
828 (463 - 971, n=11)
Copy Program MB/s
613.93
406.35
457.04
514 (237 - 852, n=11)
Copy ISO MB/s
816.25
939.1
861.55
1252 (905 - 1707, n=11)
Score Total
1693
1106
-35%
3381
100%
2279
35%
5123
203%
1668 (1332 - 1863, n=13)
-1%
Score Write
923
423
-54%
1527
65%
1155
25%
2161
134%
916 (586 - 1056, n=13)
-1%
Score Read
537
445
-17%
1229
129%
721
34%
1947
263%
499 (459 - 543, n=13)
-7%
Access Time Write *
0.046
0.05
-9%
0.037
20%
0.047
-2%
0.027
41%
0.0601 (0.045 - 0.139, n=13)
-31%
Access Time Read *
0.081
0.084
-4%
0.058
28%
0.072
11%
0.032
60%
0.0959 (0.055 - 0.24, n=13)
-18%
4K-64 Write
715.09
305.46
-57%
1278.13
79%
984.63
38%
1781.54
149%
716 (404 - 814, n=13)
0%
4K-64 Read
321.49
369.65
15%
1030.35
220%
646.86
101%
1671.3
420%
322 (320 - 326, n=13)
0%
4K Write
170.34
71.04
-58%
109.42
-36%
82.07
-52%
138.24
-19%
115 (90.1 - 170, n=13)
-32%
4K Read
53.81
30.18
-44%
40.5
-25%
34.54
-36%
58.5
9%
49.5 (45.7 - 56.6, n=13)
-8%
Seq Write
373.73
460.96
23%
1391.17
272%
884.4
137%
2411
545%
850 (374 - 930, n=13)
127%
Seq Read
1620.13
454.47
-72%
1580.53
-2%
398.93
-75%
2170
34%
1267 (907 - 1633, n=13)
-22%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-34% / -33%
44% / 49%
1% / 3%
111% / 119%
0% / -0%

* ... smaller is better

Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Sequential Read: 1504 MB/s
Sequential Write: 899.6 MB/s
512K Read: 949.8 MB/s
512K Write: 904.3 MB/s
4K Read: 57.72 MB/s
4K Write: 145.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 325.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 394.1 MB/s

Graphics Card

The GeForce MX250 in our review unit has 2 GB of VRAM, but HP also sells a 4 GB version should you need better graphics performance. Our review unit performed surprisingly well in 3DMark, with it consistently achieving 10% higher scores than the average of GeForce MX250-powered devices that we have tested.

Please see our GPU benchmarks page for more information about the GeForce MX250 and how it compares against other graphics cards.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-9300H
13138 Points ∼100% +172%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
11764 Points ∼90% +144%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
4822 Points ∼37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3593 - 4942, n=12)
4449 Points ∼34% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
4165 Points ∼32% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 20837, n=637)
2992 Points ∼23% -38%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1813 Points ∼14% -62%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-9300H
3510 Points ∼100%
Average of class Multimedia
  (142 - 4734, n=60)
1564 Points ∼45%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (899 - 1134, n=7)
1059 Points ∼30%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
852 Points ∼24%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-9300H
9423 Points ∼100% +143%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
8128 Points ∼86% +109%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
3885 Points ∼41%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2977 - 3885, n=12)
3565 Points ∼38% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2999 Points ∼32% -23%
Average of class Multimedia
  (337 - 16100, n=411)
2885 Points ∼31% -26%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-9300H
61286 Points ∼100% +157%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8565U
49016 Points ∼80% +105%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, Intel Core i7-10510U
23863 Points ∼39%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (20283 - 23863, n=12)
22141 Points ∼36% -7%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
20784 Points ∼34% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2468 - 77755, n=416)
16975 Points ∼28% -29%
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
9844 Points ∼16% -59%
3DMark 11 Performance
5183 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
14417 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3567 points
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Gaming Performance

Our review unit also performed slightly better than our equally equipped comparison devices in our gaming tests. The new Envy 17 should have no issues with running older titles like BioShock Infinite at 1080p and the high graphics preset, as our graphs below demonstrate. However, you may need to switch to a lower resolution or graphics preset to play newer and more complex triple-A titles, though.

Please see our gaming benchmarks page for more examples of what games the GeForce MX250 can run and how it compares against other graphics cards.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
88.1 fps ∼100% +138%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
37.08 fps ∼42%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (32.3 - 38.1, n=10)
35.4 fps ∼40% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.62 - 149, n=222)
28.2 fps ∼32% -24%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
21.3 fps ∼24% -43%
1366x768 High Preset
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
203.4 fps ∼100% +111%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
96.29 fps ∼47%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (84 - 99.7, n=10)
92.3 fps ∼45% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9.3 - 277, n=253)
64.1 fps ∼32% -33%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
224.2 fps ∼100% +93%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
116.45 fps ∼52%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (98.4 - 116, n=10)
107 fps ∼48% -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.7 - 292, n=243)
71.8 fps ∼32% -38%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
261.4 fps ∼100% +58%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (134 - 208, n=10)
182 fps ∼70% +10%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
165.96 fps ∼63%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
123.7 fps ∼47% -25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (19.5 - 370, n=241)
110 fps ∼42% -34%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
38.1 fps ∼100% +204%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
30.4 (min: 29, max: 33, 99th percentile: 29) fps ∼80% +143%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2.9 - 80.8, n=98)
19.6 fps ∼51% +57%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
12.52 fps ∼33%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (10.6 - 16, n=9)
12 fps ∼31% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
11.5 fps ∼30% -8%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
65.3 fps ∼100% +191%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
50 fps ∼77% +123%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.8 - 117, n=109)
29.6 fps ∼45% +32%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
22.42 fps ∼34%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (18 - 22.4, n=11)
20.2 fps ∼31% -10%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
18.8 fps ∼29% -16%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
123.3 fps ∼100% +219%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
92 fps ∼75% +138%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5.2 - 206, n=106)
45.5 fps ∼37% +18%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
38.63 fps ∼31%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (32.9 - 38.6, n=11)
35.8 fps ∼29% -7%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
188.1 fps ∼100% +178%
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
147 fps ∼78% +118%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
67.57 fps ∼36%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8.9 - 296, n=112)
66.1 fps ∼35% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (47.4 - 67.6, n=11)
60.7 fps ∼32% -10%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
53.8 fps ∼29% -20%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark
1920x1080 High Quality
Average of class Multimedia
  (3.7 - 37.2, n=19)
14 fps ∼100% +15%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
12.2 fps ∼87%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.9 - 12.2, n=2)
11.1 fps ∼79% -9%
1920x1080 Standard Quality
Average of class Multimedia
  (6.6 - 41.7, n=19)
20.7 fps ∼100% +13%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
18.3 fps ∼88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.6 - 18.3, n=2)
17.5 fps ∼85% -4%
1280x720 Lite Quality
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
37.7 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (36.7 - 37.7, n=2)
37.2 fps ∼99% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9 - 63.6, n=21)
31.8 fps ∼84% -16%
Dota 2 Reborn
1920x1080 ultra (3/3) best looking
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
88 (min: 77.8) fps ∼100% +39%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
63.1 (min: 54.9) fps ∼72%
Average of class Multimedia
  (13.9 - 117, n=35)
54 fps ∼61% -14%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (7.8 - 66, n=10)
53.1 fps ∼60% -16%
1920x1080 high (2/3)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
94 (min: 82.5) fps ∼100% +21%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
77.4 (min: 66) fps ∼82%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (8.6 - 77.4, n=10)
61.1 fps ∼65% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (16 - 123, n=36)
54 fps ∼57% -30%
1366x768 med (1/3)
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
105 (min: 91.8) fps ∼100% +2%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
102.9 (min: 90.8) fps ∼98%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (21.8 - 103, n=10)
81.1 fps ∼77% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (17.3 - 134, n=36)
76.9 fps ∼73% -25%
1280x720 min (0/3) fastest
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q
120 (min: 105.6) fps ∼100% +7%
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
Intel Core i7-10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
112.3 (min: 98.5) fps ∼94%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (71 - 131, n=10)
107 fps ∼89% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (28.2 - 150, n=40)
88.5 fps ∼74% -21%

We also subjected our review unit to a The Witcher 3 endurance test, which we left running for an hour on the ultra preset at 1080p. The Envy 17 maintained consistent frame rates during this time, so you should not experience reduced performance when gaming for prolonged periods.

05101520Tooltip
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8: Ø10.7 (8-12)
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 165.96 116.45 96.29 37.08 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 67.57 38.63 22.42 12.52 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 112.3 102.9 77.4 63.1 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 37.7 18.3 12.2 fps

Emissions - Quiet and relatively cool under load

Fan Noise

Fan noise characteristics
Fan noise characteristics

The Envy 17 runs quietly even under load, to the extent that we can hardly hear it unless we are in a quiet room. We would recommend against pushing the device to its limits in noise-sensitive environments, though.

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 30 / 30 dB(A)
Load
36.4 / 36.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.632.332.834.330.62533.630.834.836.833.63137.336.438.739.937.3403432.234.235.8345035.528.836.735.135.56329.128.830.53229.18026.327.825.526.626.310027.824.824.925.727.812525.62523.725.225.616023.724.323.423.823.72002222.622.521.62225022.322.121.521.622.3315222120.721.12240024.32519.919.524.350023.222.819.11923.263024.724.719.218.124.780024.624.818.117.924.610002727.417.817.427125029.829.917.217.429.8160028.527.1171728.5200023.824.117.317.123.8250023.223.917.417.123.2315021.42217.417.321.440001919.917.717.419500018.62017.717.518.6630018.219.117.917.718.2800017.718.517.917.717.71000017.818.817.917.717.81250017.618.517.817.617.61600017.719.117.817.717.7SPL36.436.430.129.936.4N2.32.41.41.32.3median 23.2median 22.8median 17.9median 17.7median 23.2Delta2.621.41.62.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP Envy 17-ce1004ng

Temperature

System information during a combined FurMark & Prime95 stress test
System information during a combined FurMark & Prime95 stress test

Our tests certify that the new Envy 17 runs relatively coolly too. Surface temperatures on our review unit reach only 27.4 °C at idle and 42.6 °C under load, which are both tolerable. We noticed the back left of the device getting hotter than other areas, but never uncomfortably so. The palm rest always remains cool to the touch too.

We also subjected our review unit to a stress test to see how well it fared under extreme conditions. We conducted this test by leaving FurMark and Prime95 to run for an hour, during which CPU core temperatures briefly reach 90 °C. However, the device could not maintain the CPU at this level, so it reduced clock speeds below their base clock to prevent the chip from overheating.

Please note that running FurMark and Prime95 simultaneously pushes systems to their limits. Hence, you should not experience this in daily use or even when gaming, though. 

Max. Load
 42.6 °C
109 F
42.6 °C
109 F
33.9 °C
93 F
 
 36 °C
97 F
37 °C
99 F
28 °C
82 F
 
 31.1 °C
88 F
26.7 °C
80 F
27 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 42.6 °C = 109 F
Average: 33.9 °C = 93 F
30.2 °C
86 F
38.4 °C
101 F
39.3 °C
103 F
26.6 °C
80 F
37 °C
99 F
37 °C
99 F
24.6 °C
76 F
26.5 °C
80 F
29.8 °C
86 F
Maximum: 39.3 °C = 103 F
Average: 32.2 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  50.1 °C = 122 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.6 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.3 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.4 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 31.1 °C / 88 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-2 °C / -3.6 F).
Heat map of the top of the device at idle
Heat map of the top of the device at idle
Heat map of the bottom of the device at idle
Heat map of the bottom of the device at idle
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the top of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load
Heat map of the bottom of the device under load

Speakers

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics

HP equips the Envy 17 with Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers, which get pleasantly loud. While they struggle to reproduce bass frequencies, they generally reproduce audio in a balanced manner. Overall, the speakers are good enough for occasionally listening to music or watching videos, but we would recommend using external speakers or headphones where possible.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.432.837.42539.234.839.23144.638.744.64038.434.238.45035.836.735.86334.530.534.58027.725.527.710028.324.928.312537.123.737.116045.723.445.720049.422.549.425047.921.547.93155420.75440068.419.968.450069.219.169.263072.219.272.28006518.165100063.117.863.1125069.117.269.1160062.21762.2200067.417.367.4250067.917.467.9315066.617.466.6400067.117.767.1500065.517.765.5630063.817.963.8800063.717.963.7100006317.9631250056.717.856.71600056.517.856.5SPL78.630.178.6N45.31.445.3median 63.7median 17.9median 63.7Delta7.11.47.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Envy 17-ce1004ngApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (72.19 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (1.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 30% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 57% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 23% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 70% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management - Relatively efficient, but expect only four hours battery life

Power Consumption

Our review unit consumes between 3.6 and 61 W, making it more power-efficient than most laptops with dedicated graphics, especially GeForce MX250-equipped ones. Naturally, laptops with only integrated GPUs fare a little better here, but they have one fewer chip to power.

HP includes a 65 W power supply in the box, the wattage of which should never be exceeded, according to our tests. Hence, the Envy 17 should always remain charging even if you are pushing it to its limits.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.6 / 8.5 / 10.4 Watt
Load midlight 52.6 / 61 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM871b MZNLN256HAJQ, IPS, 2560x1600, 17
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
9300H, GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
3700U, Vega 10, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
8565U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
Power Consumption
23%
-23%
19%
-20%
-8%
-88%
Idle Minimum *
3.6
2.7
25%
2.9
19%
4.2
-17%
4.2
-17%
4.25 (2.16 - 7.4, n=12)
-18%
11.5 (2.1 - 101, n=935)
-219%
Idle Average *
8.5
8.1
5%
5.3
38%
6.8
20%
7.8
8%
8.46 (5.04 - 12.4, n=12)
-0%
16.1 (4.2 - 122, n=935)
-89%
Idle Maximum *
10.4
10.2
2%
10.7
-3%
7
33%
10.2
2%
11.2 (8.4 - 16.2, n=12)
-8%
19.6 (4.7 - 181, n=935)
-88%
Load Average *
52.6
32.7
38%
78
-48%
36.5
31%
73.6
-40%
56.9 (29 - 69.1, n=12)
-8%
59.9 (18.5 - 164, n=914)
-14%
Load Maximum *
61
34.8
43%
135
-121%
44
28%
92.7
-52%
64.4 (38 - 88, n=12)
-6%
78.1 (20.1 - 329, n=919)
-28%
Witcher 3 ultra *
87
37.9
75

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Envy 17 only lasted around four hours in our practical Wi-Fi battery life test. This is a woeful runtime compared to most multimedia laptops and puts it bottom of our comparison table.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
17h 00min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 51min
HP Envy 17-ce1004ng
i7-10510U, GeForce MX250, 52 Wh
LG Gram 17Z990-R.AAS7U1
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 72 Wh
Acer Aspire 7 A715-74G-50U5
9300H, GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 58.7 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
3700U, Vega 10, 42 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad S540-15IWL 81SW0015GE
8565U, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 70 Wh
Average of class Multimedia
 
Battery Runtime
101%
129%
11%
62%
-11%
Reader / Idle
1020
2085
104%
856
-16%
408 (73 - 2085, n=891)
-60%
WiFi v1.3
241
713
196%
553
129%
421
75%
526
118%
361 (96 - 942, n=251)
50%
Load
111
113
2%
81
-27%
117
5%
85.6 (32 - 238, n=893)
-23%
Witcher 3 ultra
63
74.6 (62 - 94, n=10)

Pros

+ good input devices
+ above-average GPU performance
+ Wi-Fi 6 on board
+ sturdy design

Cons

- frustrating disassembly
- low contrast display
- noticeable backlight bleeding
- underwhelming CPU performance
- short battery life

Verdict - A good multimedia laptop that could have offered more

The HP Envy 17-ce1002ng laptop review. Test device courtesy of HP Germany.
The HP Envy 17-ce1002ng laptop review. Test device courtesy of HP Germany.

The Envy 17-ce1002ng proved to be a solid multimedia laptop during our tests. The device has a sturdy yet slim aluminium design that is surprisingly stylish for a 17-inch machine too. HP has also equipped it with satisfactory input devices, while the device can make full use of its dedicated graphics chip.

However, performance is not all rosy. We expected a lot more from the Core i7-10510U here, as the Envy 17 should have a large enough chassis to cool it properly. The Comet Lake-U processor offers no advantages over its Whiskey Lake predecessors though, which is a shame. Likewise, while we are fans of the anti-glare finish that HP has applied to the glossy IPS display, it is too dark and washed-out. Worse still, our review unit suffers from noticeable backlight bleeding.

The HP Envy 17 is a good desktop replacement, but it only offers negligibly better performance than many 13-inch laptops do.

The limited maintenance options also disappointed us, with HP continuing to make it hard to remove the bottom cover. Those who know what they are doing should have no problem doing so, but hiding screws beneath a thin rubber strip seems excessive. Lastly, the new Envy 17 has dreadful battery life, another shortcoming that left us reeling. Overall, the HP Envy 17-ce1002ng is a good candidate if you are looking for a desktop replacement, but there are better options out there that offer a lot more than the HP laptop does.

HP Envy 17-ce1004ng - 11/05/2019 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
80 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
54 / 80 → 67%
Weight
58 / 20-72 → 73%
Battery
58 / 95 → 61%
Display
79%
Games Performance
63 / 90 → 70%
Application Performance
82 / 90 → 92%
Temperature
92%
Noise
96 / 95 → 100%
Audio
64%
Camera
28 / 85 → 33%
Average
71%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2019-11- 8 (Update: 2019-11- 9)
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