Recognizable for its sleek and stylish design, the HP Envy 17-ae103nf is a large-format notebook PC that advances large-scale multimedia performance. It combines a Kaby Lake Refresh i5 Quad Core, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of fast storage and a graphical GeForce MX150 Pascal solution offering a range of honorable play, all dominated by a beautiful Full HD IPS matte screen. Also count on the comfort of a backlit keyboard, a quality design, a complete connectivity and a generous autonomy for a price displayed at less than 950 euros (code TRAD03HP18).
|Slab||17.3 ” Full HD LED IPS (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8250U Kaby Lake Refresh (1.6GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Storage space||1 TB at 7200 rpm 1 M.2 NVMe free PCIe slot|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Optical reader||DVD / CD burner|
|Audio system||2 Bang & Olufsen speakers|
|webcam||Yes, FHD TrueVision Infrared with Mic|
|Network||Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac (2×2) Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Card reader||SD / MMC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||3 USB 3.1 (Gen1 including 1 Boost) 1 USB 3.1 Type-C|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Polymer 3 cells 55.8Whr|
|Autonomy announced||4 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||416 x 283 x 23.3|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad; Miracast|
|software||Cyberlink Media Suite, MediaEspresso and PowerBackup, HP Apps, Dropbox|
Resolutely attractive, the HP Envy 17-ae103nf opts for a Silver Natural aluminum design with smooth and smooth surfaces. Some slanted angles are seen at the lid and at the back of the base with the presence of the raised hinge system dear to HP. It will slightly tilt the keyboard at the opening of the screen to optimize the flow of air under the base and bring typing comfort. The aesthetics is neat with touches of chrome on the graphic logo, the base of the cover and the outline of the touchpad and the measurements are well optimized (23 mm thick). Note the presence of the backlight of the keyboard which will facilitate the typing in dark environment.
For a 17-inch, the range announced by HP is very generous, more than 10 hours. In reality, it is more reasonable to count on about 8 hours in Internet browsing with active WiFi, which is already a very good result.
Charming because of its neat appearance, the HP Envy 17-ae103nf also convinces through its performance with a heart around a quad core i5 Kaby Lake Refresh low power consumption and 8 GB of RAM. This duo is perfectly comfortable with office and multimedia tasks, including surfing the Internet, playing videos, working on Office or photo editing (Photoshop, Lightroom). It can also tackle other missions a little more demanding (Adobe Premiere) in reasonable proportions. In addition, multitasking enthusiasts will have all the ease needed to multiply tabs on the web and active applications.
Another performance argument, the graphic part is entrusted to the GeForce MX150 Pascal. It will equal the GTX 950M in terms of performance and is therefore intended for casual players little concerned about the details. The game in Full HD is supported on most titles on the market provided to make concessions on the sharpness of the rendering. Note that it will surely lower the definition of the screen on 1366 x 768 px to launch the last outputs in good conditions.
The screen deploys a full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) whose high display density offers all the latitude to view content in High Definition and enjoy a clear image. The IPS panel is responsible for opening the viewing angles and promote the faithful reproduction of colors, vivified colors by the brilliant treatment that some regret because it is sensitive to reflections in bright environment. The borders are relatively wide and do not produce HP’s edge-to-edge effect on its latest models, but the lack of “physical” borders gives the change.
Opposite, storage is based on a hard drive running faster than the average (7200 rpm against 5400 rpm usually), it is not the weight in terms of responsiveness compared to a dedicated SSD / hybrid solution . Here, the capacity is generous and the gain will be sensitive to read / write rates compared to a standard hard disk but we can not recommend too much to add a SSD on the M.2 port NVMe PCIe free to enjoy a reactive system.
Connectivity provides everything needed with an HDMI output, an SD card reader, a DVD burner and three USB 3.1 ports and a USB Type-C (Gen1, 5 Gbit / s, DP1.2). Gigabit Ethernet and the latest generation of WiFi AC and Bluetooth 4.2 modules are also on the menu for fast data exchange. No fingerprint reader, however, some will find it regrettable.