Presented in the guise of an ultrabook, the HP Envy 17-cg0022nf is a 17-inch multimedia which is intended for students and users looking for a large screen. It relies on a particularly responsive multimedia package bringing together no less than 16 GB of RAM as well as storage combining a 256 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive. Opposite, a 10th generation Core i7 Quad Core and a dedicated GeForce MX330 graphics card that allow all common uses with a little creation (Lightroom). The connection is satisfactory, the screen covers 100% sRGB, the USB-C port accepts charging and the autonomy is generous (8 hours) but the weight (2.7 kg) remains a barrier to mobility.
Specs of the HP Envy 17-cg0022nf
|Screen (s)||17.3 “Full HD IPS edge-to-edge 100% sRGB (1920×1080, glossy)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake (1.3 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz, 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX330 2 GB Dedicated GDDR5, Intel UHD G1 and Optimus|
|Storage||256GB 1TB 7200RPM M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.1 (1 Boost) 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0, SD / SDXC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Bang & Olufsen speakers, HP Audio Boost 2.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||8 hours / Li-ion 4 cells 55Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.82 Kg / 399 x 259 x 19.3|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the HP Envy 17-cg0022nf
Without changing the elegant and sober formula, HP slightly revamp its HP Envy 17 for 2020, in the perpetual search for compactness. It opts for a sober and chic appearance, comfortable without being too bulky. Thus, the PC takes place in an all- metal case which gives up a few angles for a sharper and more geometric silhouette compared to the Envy 17-ce of 2019. In this more sober direction, we observe that HP has removed the “return” to the base of the lid but retains its ingenious hinge system: the screen when opened will tilt the keyboard slightly to optimize air circulation under the base and provide typing comfort. Another aesthetic detail that adorns all the latest models from HP, the speaker grille above the keyboard has a graphic design. The keyboard is backlit in white.
In terms of measurements, HP optimizes the finesse of the machine with 19.3 mm thickness , which allows it to fit its 17 inches into the closed clan of ultrabooks, impressive. Its weight cannot compete with its congeners in 15 inches, however with 2.7 kg on the scale (against 2.92 kg on the 17th with hard disk), thereby limiting its mobility. An effort has also been made on the PC format. From 405 x 266 mm for the 17-ce, it increases to 399 x 259 mm (depth x width).
When opening the PC, we are forced to recognize that HP has finally made an effort on the finesse of the frame around the screen even if we now come across even more immersive on the market. Thanks to the support of the IPS panel , the viewing angles are wide and the colors are true while its Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) offers all the latitude to view High Definition content in the best conditions (YouTube videos in 1080p) . Note also the color coverage extended to 100% of the sRGB space, a good point for those who do photo editing in particular. In addition, it seems that the treatment of the screen is brilliant, a factor to take into account if you are sensitive to the reflections caused by this type of panel in strong ambient light.
Let’s continue with a tour of the connections which undergo head-on refinement of the box with the removal of the DVD reader / writer and the Ethernet port, which some will not fail to regret. There is an HDMI 2.0 output, an SD card reader, as well as three USB 3.1 ports and a USB Type-C (Gen2, 10 Gbit / s, DP1.2) accepting charging from the PC. This last point is valuable if you’re on the move and don’t want to carry multiple chargers on board, all you need is a universal USB-C charger. In addition, recent WiFi AX (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0 modules are also on the menu as well as a fingerprint reader, integrated among the keyboard keys between ALT and the right arrow. It is unusual. The latter ensures simplified and secure authentication of your session. Another good point, the webcam takes advantage of a small “privacy shutter” valve to prevent any intrusion, which can be activated using a push button placed on the right profile of the PC.
Performance, battery life of the HP Envy 17-cg0022nf
The HP Envy 17-cg0022nf is based on a 10th generation Ice Lake processor. Here, the low-power quad-core Core i7-1065G7 works in favor of everyday usage (web browsing, video playback, spreadsheet, etc.) but can also tackle more resource-intensive tasks like video editing, editing, editing. export or photo retouching. Indeed, this processor claims a performance gain of around 10 to 20% compared to the 9th generation Whiskey Lake. We are therefore not talking about real gain but a few seconds scratched here and there during demanding work which may make the difference for some users. Opposite, the RAM provides 16 GB of RAM , a generous total which allows to leave a good amplitude in multitasking.
From a graphic point of view, the ultrabook is well armed. Not only does the graphics chip integrated into the processor, an Intel Iris Plus G7 , provide enough for everyday use and a bit of gaming, but it is also assisted by a dedicated GeForce MX330 graphics card which takes over when there is need a little more resources. This recent card based on the Pascal architecture offers roughly the same performance as a GeForce MX250, enough to allow some occasional playful sessions. Be careful though to limit yourself to undemanding titles or failing that, you should not be too careful about the details. We obviously do not reach the level of a Hexa Core / GTX-RTX duo but the support is fair for the
Storage is another defining element within this configuration since it offers all the space you may need, while ensuring system responsiveness. On the one hand, the dedicated 256 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe) is responsible for accommodating the operating system and all programs and games and contributing to a more responsive execution, shortened loading times and an overall more lively environment. On the other hand, the 1TB hard drive (7200 rpm) will provide a large capacity that can be accessed quickly and allows a large amount of data to be archived in addition.
Lastly, the autonomy is served by a fairly good capacity battery (55 Whr, 4 cells) which should allow a little more than 8 hours of use in Web browsing under Wifi. It’s perfect for occasional on-the-go use.