HP Envy 17-j130us Highlights -
Pros: Impressive memory and specifications. Touchscreen.
Cons: Bit bulky and pricey.
HP Envy 17-j130us combines performance, usability and functionality into one powerful laptop. The laptop features a glass fiber finish with natural silver paint that makes for a very stylish appearance. The island-style keyboard with a numeric keypad allows for comfortable typing. HP Envy 17-j130us is powered by Intel Core i7, the same processor that powers Toshiba Satellite S55-A5176, which we have rated highly. The laptop comes with a massive 12GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. On top of this, HP Envy 17-j130us features a big 17.3 inch widescreen display which is also a touchscreen, so you'll be able to utilize the multi-touch gestures integrated in Windows 8.1.
Performance - The laptop is powered by a quad-core 4th generation 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor. As the processor comes with integrated Turboboost technology, the speed can go as high as up to 3.4GHz. Intel Core i7 provides high performance at a low voltage. This helps increase battery life.
Storage & Memory - HP Envy 17-j130us comes with 12GB of memory (expandable to 16GB) and 1TB (5400 RPM) hard drive. With the Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll easily be able to multitask between applications quickly and efficiently. The storage space is great for storing all your multimedia files.
Display, Graphics & Sound - The laptop features a 17.3 inch widescreen glossy display with touchscreen capability. The screen uses LED backlit technology for low power consumption and better energy efficiency. The display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1600x900 pixels. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 comes with up to 1,792MB of total shared graphics memory. While it will certainly play most games, some of the more graphic intensive games may require a better graphics card. Having said that, the laptop should have no issues performing demanding tasks like graphic design or video editing. Also, exclusive to HP computers, HP Envy 17-j130us has integrated speakers with built-in Beats Audio technology that improves sound quality by eliminating electronic background noise.
Battery - The 6-cell battery pack provides up to 4 hours and 30 minutes of battery life.
Operating System - Windows 8.1.
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HP Envy 17-j130us features multiple connectivity options including 802.11ac WLAN wireless, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 4 USB 3.0 Ports, high definition webcam with integrated microphone, built-in SuperMulti DVD burner optical drive, built-in media card reader to quickly save and share pictures and movies, HDMI port to connect to a HDTV and Bluetooth with WiDi (Intel Wireless Display). WiDi allows you to stream to an external WiDi-compatible display wirelessly. Some HDTVs come with WiDi built-in, while others may require a WiDi TV adapter. HP provides several other unique technologies to keep HP Envy 17-j130us running efficiently like the HP CoolSense (to keep the laptop cool), HP ProtectSmart (to keep the hard drive safe from accidental bumps) and HP SimplePass (to allow access to online accounts with just the swipe of a finger). The laptop measures 10.83 x 16.38 x 1.32 inches and weighs 7.1 pounds which makes it bit heavier.
The HP Envy 17-j130us has all the features that you could ask for - a vibrant screen, enthralling entertainment and powerful performance. It is suited for both work and entertainment. The performance and screen size makes it stand out from it's competitors, but this comes at a price. If money is not an issue, then we highly recommend the HP Envy 17-j130us. If you're looking for a slightly cheaper option with similar performance then consider Toshiba Satellite S55-A5176.