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HP Envy 17 (i5-8250U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Martin Jungowski), 03/25/2018

Well-done all-rounder. Hewlett Packard's multimedia all-rounder features decent hardware, a fancy case, and long battery life.

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HP’s Envy 17 is a 17.3-inch multimedia notebook equipped with a ULV quad-core processor. It is somewhat gaming-capable thanks to its dedicated GeForce GPU. Its competitors are devices such as the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G and the Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76.

HP Envy 17-ae143ng (Envy 17 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 2048 MB, Core: 1469-1532 MHz, Memory: 1502 MHz, 64-bit GDDR5, ForceWare 391.01, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, dual-channel, two slots (both occupied)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HW01 V0, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Liteonit CV3-8D128, 128 GB 
, + HGST HT721010A9E630 (1 TB, 7.200 RPM)
Soundcard
Realtek High Definition Audio
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo jack, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.3 x 416 x 283 ( = 0.92 x 16.38 x 11.14 in)
Battery
55.8 Wh, 4835 mAh Lithium-Ion, 11.55 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD
Primary Camera: 2.1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe (trial), MS Office 365 (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.04 kg ( = 107.23 oz / 6.7 pounds), Power Supply: 449 g ( = 15.84 oz / 0.99 pounds)
Price
999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

The Envy 17’s case is made of aluminum. The device is clad entirely in silver save for the black display bezels. It is well made with narrow and consistent gaps and no overhangs to be found anywhere. That being said, the base unit’s rigidity leaves a lot to be desired as it is fairly bendy. The battery is not user-replaceable and the notebook lacks a dedicated maintenance flap.

Consequently, the device has to be taken apart in order to get to the internal hardware. First, the DVD drive needs to be opened to expose a tiny screw that needs to be removed. Afterwards, all other screws on the bottom have to be undone, including the three screws hidden behind the rear rubber strip. Once all the screws are removed, the bottom cover can be carefully popped open with a spudger tool or a spatula.

Connectivity and port availability were at the lower end of what we would have expected of a 17.3-inch notebook, and quite frankly we would have preferred at least one USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB Type-C port or even a Thunderbolt 3.0 port instead of four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (3x Type-A, 1x Type-C), especially when taking the notebook’s price into the equation. A single HDMI port for external displays is available.

The card reader is one of the faster candidates we have ever seen, and it managed transfer speeds of 82.9 MB/s when copying large chunks of data and 72.2 MB/s in our JPEG copy test (250 JPEG files at around 5 MB each) when benchmarked with our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC UHS-II reference card.

HP opted for an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 Wi-Fi chip with support for 802.11 a/b/g/n and, as the name suggests, ac. Transfer rates under ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices nearby, close distance between notebook and server) were decent.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

Right-hand side: DVD burner, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), power
Right-hand side: DVD burner, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), power
Left-hand side: cable lock, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (2x Type-A, 1x Type-C), audio combo jack, SD card reader
Left-hand side: cable lock, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (2x Type-A, 1x Type-C), audio combo jack, SD card reader
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.9 MB/s ∼100% +4%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72.2 MB/s ∼96%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11.2 - 190, n=155)
57.1 MB/s ∼76% -21%
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32 MB/s ∼43% -56%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84 MB/s ∼100% +1%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
82.9 MB/s ∼99%
Average of class Multimedia
  (10.2 - 253, n=152)
74.3 MB/s ∼88% -10%
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35.92 MB/s ∼43% -57%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
627 MBit/s ∼100% +33%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
473 MBit/s ∼75%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
347 MBit/s ∼55% -27%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
671 MBit/s ∼100%
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
552 MBit/s ∼82% -18%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
310 MBit/s ∼46% -54%

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Input Devices

The Envy 17 is equipped with a backlit chiclet-style keyboard. The key caps are flat and smooth, and the keys offer a decent amount of travel, a very firm actuation point, and well-defined feedback. The keyboard flexed a little bit while typing, but this effect was mostly negligible. All things considered, the keyboard is pretty decent and has the potential to make prolific writers very happy.

The 12 x 6 cm multitouch-capable ClickPad is large enough for gesture input, and its smooth surface allowed for very accurate and comfortable input. The buttons’ travel is short but their feedback and actuation point are well-defined.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Subpixel geometry
Subpixel geometry

The Envy’s reflective 17.3-inch display runs at FHD resolution (1920x1080). Its maximum brightness (329.6 nits) and contrast ratio (1,135:1) were very decent, and on an even more positive side note we found absolutely no evidence of PWM flickering.

308
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
311
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 352 cd/m² Average: 329.6 cd/m² Minimum: 19.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 326 cd/m²
Contrast: 1135:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.34 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 5.66 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
88% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 57% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.29
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
aSi TFT, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
-2%
-36%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
33 (15, 18)
30.8 (15.6, 15.2)
7%
41 (19, 22)
-24%
Response Time Black / White *
21 (11, 10)
23.2 (13.2, 10)
-10%
31 (17, 4)
-48%
PWM Frequency
119000 (99)
122000 (90)
Screen
-3%
10%
Brightness middle
352
376.2
7%
397
13%
Brightness
330
355
8%
364
10%
Brightness Distribution
88
89
1%
84
-5%
Black Level *
0.31
0.42
-35%
0.29
6%
Contrast
1135
896
-21%
1369
21%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.34
4.21
3%
3.88
11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.69
8.31
4%
8.22
5%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.66
5.5
3%
3.1
45%
Gamma
2.29 96%
2.335 94%
2.59 85%
CCT
6326 103%
7056 92%
6570 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
57
0%
55
-4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88
87
-1%
84
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.95
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -3%
-13% / 2%

* ... smaller is better

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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9152 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Color representation out of the box was okay but not ideal, with a DeltaE 2000 deviation of 4.34 for colors. The display did not show any signs of a blue tint.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation

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
21 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 10 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. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
33 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 18 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. » 20 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The 17.3-inch display features an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, which remains readable from all sides and directions. Brightness and contrast ratio are high enough to allow for outdoor usage. In theory, that is, because maximum brightness is reduced on battery and the reflective panel does everything in its power to add insult to injury.

HP Envy outdoors. Photo taken on a sunny day with the sun directly behind the device.
HP Envy outdoors. Photo taken on a sunny day with the sun directly behind the device.

Performance

The Envy 17 is an all-rounder multimedia notebook with a 17.3-inch display. It is powerful enough for most common usage scenarios and even allows for gaming thanks to its dedicated GPU. At the time of writing, our review unit was being sold for around 1,000 Euros (~$1235) in Europe. An identically configured model is not available in the US. Instead, the US base model features an i7-8550U and 16 GB of RAM, and sells for around $1,300 (model number: 2RX65AV_1).

Processor

Equipped with a Core i5-8250U Kaby Lake Refresh CPU, the Envy offers mid-range ULV quad-core power made by Intel. In theory, it should be more than fast enough for most users. The CPU runs at a base frequency of 1.6 GHz and is capable of turbo-boosting up to 3.4 GHz.

Our CPU multithread and single-thread benchmarks were performed between 3-3.3 GHz and 3-3.4 GHz, respectively. Occasionally, we witnessed individual CPU cores clocking down to 2.4-2.7 GHz. There were no differences between running the benchmarks when connected to mains and running them on battery.

Long-term sustained load capabilities are determined by running the Cinebench R15 multithread benchmark in a loop for around 30 minutes. Between the first and third iteration, the scores kept consistently dropping. They settled afterwards and remained consistent throughout the rest of the test. Thus, turbo boost was applied throughout the entire loop.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5522
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20881
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6405
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
143 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
653 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
89.88 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
Intel Core i7-8550U
172 Points ∼79% +20%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
171 Points ∼78% +20%
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼74% +13%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼74% +13%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (CoolBoost on)
162 Points ∼74% +13%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
158 Points ∼72% +10%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼66%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (81 - 147, n=88)
141 Points ∼65% -1%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36 - 191, n=338)
125 Points ∼57% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
739 Points ∼17% +13%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
735 Points ∼17% +13%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (CoolBoost on)
727 Points ∼17% +11%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
699 Points ∼16% +7%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
653 Points ∼15%
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
Intel Core i7-8550U
642 Points ∼15% -2%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
585 Points ∼13% -10%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (320 - 730, n=92)
570 Points ∼13% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (73 - 1550, n=349)
458 Points ∼10% -30%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
6518 Points ∼60% +18%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5910 Points ∼55% +7%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5908 Points ∼55% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (5349 - 8356, n=41)
5634 Points ∼52% +2%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
5522 Points ∼51%
Average of class Multimedia
  (665 - 8211, n=754)
3551 Points ∼33% -36%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22253 Points ∼45% +7%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22209 Points ∼45% +6%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
20881 Points ∼42%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
18890 Points ∼38% -10%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (14148 - 22097, n=41)
18248 Points ∼37% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1568 - 34776, n=751)
9406 Points ∼19% -55%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13991 Points ∼45% +5%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
13547 Points ∼44% +2%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13354 Points ∼43% 0%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
13343 Points ∼43%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (10893 - 13553, n=18)
12606 Points ∼40% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2385 - 14452, n=102)
7037 Points ∼23% -47%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
3622 Points ∼77% +5%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3585 Points ∼76% +4%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3522 Points ∼75% +2%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
3439 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (3148 - 3503, n=18)
3302 Points ∼70% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (445 - 3898, n=102)
2723 Points ∼58% -21%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14084 Points ∼51% +11%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
12701 Points ∼46%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
12384 Points ∼45% -2%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (10751 - 13486, n=19)
12210 Points ∼44% -4%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3909 - 14368, n=25)
10086 Points ∼37% -21%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4482 Points ∼78% +8%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4411 Points ∼76% +6%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
4157 Points ∼72%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (3924 - 4243, n=19)
4076 Points ∼71% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2343 - 4713, n=25)
3911 Points ∼68% -6%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14975 Points ∼41% +11%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
13488 Points ∼37%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
13053 Points ∼36% -3%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (11269 - 14228, n=21)
12786 Points ∼35% -5%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1707 - 17709, n=22)
11160 Points ∼31% -17%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4543 Points ∼72% +7%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4540 Points ∼72% +7%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U
4251 Points ∼67%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (3981 - 4330, n=21)
4156 Points ∼66% -2%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1024 - 4813, n=22)
3883 Points ∼61% -9%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U (EDGE: 40.15063.674.0)
281.82 Points ∼84% +25%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 41)
270.03 Points ∼81% +20%
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-788E
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Edge 40)
261.18 Points ∼78% +16%
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
Intel Core i7-8550U (Microsoft Edge 41.16299.248.0)
257.66 Points ∼77% +15%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
224.79 Points ∼67%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U
  (155 - 256, n=73)
217 Points ∼65% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (36.1 - 287, n=125)
211 Points ∼63% -6%

System Performance

We found no fault with overall system performance, and the system ran very smoothly thanks to its SSD and the powerful i5 processor. PCMark scores were very high and hint at the notebook’s capabilities that go far beyond the usual office and Internet application requirements. The dedicated GPU even allows for some gaming. Further performance improvements are not possible; HP’s engineers already did everything they could to maximize performance.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3666 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4514 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4882 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8550U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4245 Points ∼70% +16%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3910 Points ∼64% +7%
Average Intel Core i5-8250U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (3274 - 3935, n=10)
3687 Points ∼61% +1%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Liteonit CV3-8D128
3666 Points ∼60%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1740 - 4693, n=275)
3353 Points ∼55% -9%

Storage Devices

The operating system resided on a 128 GB M.2-2280 SATA III SSD made by LiteOn, out of which 84 GB was user-accessible after first boot. The rest was taken up by the Windows operating system and the recovery partition. Transfer speeds were very good. HP does offer an optional NVMe SSD for the Envy 17 as well, which should be significantly faster thanks to its PCIe 3.0 x4 bus interface.

In addition to the aforementioned SSD, the notebook is also equipped with a regular 1 TB 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch hard disk drive.

SATA III SSD
SATA III SSD
1 TB HDD with plenty of storage space
1 TB HDD with plenty of storage space
Liteonit CV3-8D128
Sequential Read: 457.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 167.7 MB/s
512K Read: 222.2 MB/s
512K Write: 156.8 MB/s
4K Read: 26.91 MB/s
4K Write: 60.33 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 299.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 156.7 MB/s
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
Liteonit CV3-8D128
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Average Liteonit CV3-8D128
 
Average of class Multimedia
 
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
42%
2%
-35%
Write 4k QD32
156.7
237.7
52%
146 (112 - 176, n=8)
-7%
75.2 (0.251 - 562, n=581)
-52%
Read 4k QD32
299.5
247.4
-17%
227 (132 - 305, n=8)
-24%
98.9 (0.197 - 679, n=580)
-67%
Write 4k
60.33
81.44
35%
55.9 (44.8 - 68.1, n=8)
-7%
25.2 (0.254 - 177, n=591)
-58%
Read 4k
26.91
27.58
2%
23.3 (8.86 - 28, n=8)
-13%
9.45 (0.189 - 62.6, n=591)
-65%
Write 512
156.8
302.5
93%
167 (153 - 186, n=8)
7%
157 (17 - 2226, n=589)
0%
Read 512
222.2
295.6
33%
267 (222 - 351, n=8)
20%
167 (11.5 - 1840, n=589)
-25%
Write Seq
167.7
385.6
130%
238 (168 - 317, n=8)
42%
216 (10.4 - 2198, n=592)
29%
Read Seq
457.9
480.1
5%
450 (349 - 488, n=8)
-2%
284 (38.9 - 2699, n=593)
-38%

GPU Performance

GPU-Z
GPU-Z

The featured GPU is a mid-range model by Nvidia. The GeForce MX150 supports DirectX 12, runs at speeds of up to 1,532 MHz, and it has access to 2 GB of GDDR5 RAM. 3DMark benchmark scores were at a level expected of this GPU.

3DMark 11 Performance
4893 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
72057 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
15047 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3281 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1662 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1195 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8550U
7640 Points ∼100% +65%
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
4631 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4519 Points ∼59% -2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2796 - 4905, n=43)
4192 Points ∼55% -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (352 - 18234, n=606)
2792 Points ∼37% -40%
HP ProBook 470 G5
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX, Intel Core i5-8250U
2376 Points ∼31% -49%
HP 17-bs103ng
AMD Radeon 530, Intel Core i5-8250U
2320 Points ∼30% -50%

Gaming Performance

Given its capabilities, the Envy 17 is able to run almost all current games smoothly. Granted, this does often necessitate a lower resolution (HD, or 1366x768) and reduced details (medium or low) but it will yield sufficient frame rates for an enjoyable gaming experience. Less-demanding games will obviously run just fine in higher resolutions and with more details while more-demanding games might require even further cutbacks of resolution and details. One such game would be Final Fantasy XV.

low med. high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 46.7fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) 252.4130.5107.660.5fps
Diablo III (2012) 176.5159.9140.388.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 188.1110.994.735fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 113.174.526.417.9fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 79.378.143.628.5fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 97.848.628.727fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 69.656.925.521.6fps
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare (2016) 6760.733.229.8fps
Watch Dogs 2 (2016) 54.843.918.77.6fps
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 60.727.1139.1fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

When idle, the Envy’s fan is quite often completely off. Nevertheless, the notebook is not completely soundless due to its spinning hard drive. At low revs, the fan was practically inaudible. Under load, the sound pressure level rose up to a very noticeable 39.7 dB(A). This level of system noise is acceptable considering the notebook's overall performance.

Unlike many other reviewed HP notebooks, the Envy does not have the “Fan always on” option in its BIOS setup.

Noise Level

Idle
31.9 / 31.9 / 31.9 dB(A)
Load
39.4 / 39.7 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: 304 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.431.730.630.935.42532.730.330.832.132.73130.430.433.733.730.4403030.129.929.3305028.630.230.330.628.66329.627.927.427.229.68027.926.427.127.227.910026.426.425.325.126.412525.225.325.224.625.216023.524.224.42323.520023.924.522.622.723.92502323.722.722.42331523.223.221.721.623.240023.824.920.620.323.850022.422.519.818.822.46302426.421.318.5248002626.221.217.826100027.928.120.517.727.9125031.631.720.117.731.6160028.728.921.117.728.7200031.631.819.417.331.6250031.331.719.317.731.3315025.926.41917.825.9400021.922.218.818.121.9500021.221.418.718.221.2630019.820.218.618.519.8800018.718.818.518.518.71000018.618.618.618.618.61250018.618.718.518.518.61600018.818.818.718.718.8SPL39.439.831.930.439.4N2.931.71.42.9median 23.8median 24.5median 20.1median 18.5median 23.8Delta2.42.81.72.22.4hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP Envy 17-ae143ng

Temperature

Our stress test (Prime95 + FurMark running for at least a full hour) was completed identically on battery and on mains. During the first few minutes, the processor ran at speeds of 2.3-2.7 GHz and then started to slowly lower its frequency to between 1.7 and 2.3 GHz. Eventually it fluctuated between 1.2 and 1.8 GHz. The GPU ran at around 1500 MHz throughout the test.

By and large, the notebook remained comparatively cool. Even when running the stress test, surface temperatures remained below the 40 °C threshold all around the case.

Max. Load
 28.2 °C
83 F
36 °C
97 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 28.2 °C
83 F
31 °C
88 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
 25.2 °C
77 F
24.1 °C
75 F
26 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 36 °C = 97 F
Average: 28.7 °C = 84 F
30.6 °C
87 F
37.6 °C
100 F
28 °C
82 F
24.9 °C
77 F
28.7 °C
84 F
26.8 °C
80 F
26.2 °C
79 F
24.3 °C
76 F
25.2 °C
77 F
Maximum: 37.6 °C = 100 F
Average: 28 °C = 82 F
Power Supply (max.)  47.8 °C = 118 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 28.7 °C / 84 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 36 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.6 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.1 °C / 77 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 26 °C / 78.8 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 (+3.1 °C / 5.6 F).
Heat-map top (load)
Heat-map top (load)
Heat-map bottom (load)
Heat-map bottom (load)
Heat-map top (idle)
Heat-map top (idle)
Heat-map bottom (idle)
Heat-map bottom (idle)

Speaker

The speakers made by Bang & Olufsen are located above the keyboard behind a perforated cover, and they were shockingly tinny and weak with a complete lack of bass. We would have expected much more from a self-proclaimed multimedia all-rounder. Thus, for an improved audio experience we suggest using headphones or external speakers instead.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.933.62532.133.33133.733.94029.330.75030.628.66327.227.98027.226.510025.125.812524.625.71602331.320022.737.925022.439.931521.647.240020.359.850018.857.163018.56280017.864.2100017.769.8125017.773.1160017.767.2200017.369.7250017.769.3315017.870.3400018.169.1500018.265.6630018.569.1800018.568.41000018.664.51250018.563.31600018.755.6SPL30.480.6N1.447.1median 18.5median 64.2Delta2.211.135.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Envy 17-ae143ngApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
HP Envy 17-ae143ng audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.12 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 84% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 65% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 27% 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
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram (checkboxes selectable/deselectable!)

Power Consumption

Maximum power consumption when idle was measured at 10.3 W, which shot up to 86 W when running our stress test. Realistically, power consumption should vary between 40 and 80 W in everyday use cases. The power supply is rated at 90 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.43 / 0.56 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.8 / 8.3 / 10.3 Watt
Load midlight 61 / 86 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

In our real-life Wi-Fi test we simulate the load caused by loading various websites. During this test, the energy profile is set to “Balanced”, display brightness is normalized to 150 nits, and all energy-saving features are disabled. With these settings, the Envy ran for 8:07 hours.

Battery with a capacity of 55.8 Wh
Battery with a capacity of 55.8 Wh
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 41)
8h 07min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
HP Envy 17-ae143ng
8250U, GeForce MX150, 55.8 Wh
487 min ∼18%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
8550U, GeForce MX150, 48 Wh
377 min ∼14% -23%
Average of class Multimedia
  (96 - 942, n=223)
351 min ∼13% -28%
Asus VivoBook Pro 17 N705UD-EH76
8550U, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 42 Wh
265 min ∼10% -46%

Pros

+ bright high-contrast IPS display
+ FHD resolution
+ stays comparatively cool
+ SSD + HDD
+ ac Wi-Fi
+ decent battery life
+ fast card reader

Cons

- no Thunderbolt 3
- speakers mediocre at best

Verdict

HP Envy 17. Review unit courtesy of Cyberport.
HP Envy 17. Review unit courtesy of Cyberport.

All in all the Envy 17 made a decent impression. The i5 CPU is powerful enough for most common usage scenarios, and combined with the GeForce MX150 GPU it even allows for smooth gaming. While doing so, the notebook stayed comparatively cool and quiet.

Unlike many other notebooks equipped with one of Intel’s quad-core ULV processors, the Envy was able to maintain high turbo-boost speeds throughout our benchmark loops - a very positive and noteworthy quality. Accordingly, performance-wise the Envy 17’s 15 W Core i5-8250U was almost on a par with the 45 W Core i7-7700HQ.

The Hewlett Packard Envy 17 is a very decently equipped 17.3-inch multimedia all-rounder.

The system is very snappy thanks to its SSD, which can be upgraded to an NVMe model if necessary (or desired), and the additional 1 TB 2.5-inch HDD offers storage space aplenty. Both storage devices can be upgraded and replaced, but it requires removing the bottom cover and thus disassembling the case.

The backlit keyboard is of very good quality and is suitable for regular and sustained use. Battery life was pretty good, too, as were the display’s brightness and contrast ratio. Unfortunately, the display was reflective instead of matte.

There really isn’t much to criticize. Besides the glossy display the only other major fault was the thin and tinny speakers that are unworthy of a multimedia notebook. In addition, the notebook is only equipped with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C and no Thunderbolt 3.0 port, which should have been a given at the Envy’s price point.

HP Envy 17-ae143ng - 03/18/2018 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
79 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
57 / 81 → 71%
Weight
56 / 20-67 → 77%
Battery
90%
Display
82%
Games Performance
80 / 85 → 94%
Application Performance
90 / 92 → 98%
Temperature
95%
Noise
87 / 95 → 92%
Audio
50%
Camera
54 / 85 → 64%
Average
76%
85%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > HP Envy 17 (i5-8250U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review
Sascha Mölck, 2018-03-25 (Update: 2018-03-25)