HP Envy 17-1050EA 17.3" Laptop with Beats Audio - Silver £649.90 @ PC World
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HP Envy 17-1050EA 17.3" Laptop with Beats Audio - Silver £649.90 @ PC World

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Found 9th Jul 2011
First ever deal I've posted, so hope it's worthy!

Deal is online and possibly instore, although there's none in SE Kent !

A great deal for a high end lappy, only £699.99, RRP £1299.99
However, if you go though Quidco for another 3% and use promo code PCLAP30 for a further £30 off, making it £669.99 with £20.09 cashback making it £649.90, total saving £650.09.

I'm after a laptop, and am only put off this by so called rumours of touchpad problems. Can anyone allay my fears?


Specs are as follows.

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-720QM Processor
- 1.6 GHz
- 2.5 GT/s DMI
- 6MB Smart Cache
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
RAM - 4GB installed DDR3 RAM
- 8GB maximum RAM capacity
Graphics card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 Graphics
- 1GB dedicated DDR5 memory
- up to 2811 MB total graphics memory
Screen type Widescreen LCD
Screen resolution - Full HD
- 1920 x 1080
Screen size 17.3"
Screen features Flush glass design
LED backlighting
Ultra BrightView technology
16:9 aspect ratio
Hard drive 500GB SATA 7200rpm
Optical disk drive SATA optical drive: Blu-ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW
Double Layer
Memory card reader 5-in-1: Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or xD Picture cards
USB 3 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x USB 3.0 port
1 x USB/eSATA combo port
FireWire No
Modem/Ethernet Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes
Video interface VGA, HDMI, Mini display port
Audio interface Headphone out, microphone in
TV output 1 x HDMI (digital video/audio)
1 x VGA (analogue video)
Sound Beats sound system with integrated subwoofer
Webcam HP TrueVision HD Webcam (High Definition low-light)
Keyboard & Mouse Full size island-style backlit keyboard with numeric keypad
HP Clickpad supporting Multi-Touch gestures with On/Off button
Battery - 6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery
- up to 2.25 hours battery life
Accessories included Power cable, AC adapter, battery, documentation
Software included Microsoft® Internet Explorer, Windows® Live Messenger, Adobe®Reader, Adobe® Flash Player
HP MediaSmart Suite
HP QuickWeb, HP Setup, HP Support Assistant, HP ProtectSmart,
HP QuickWeb, Omnifone MusicStation
Cyberlink DVD Suite
Corel VideoStudio, Corel PaintShop Pro, Stardock My Colors
Size 275 mm (L) x 416 mm (W) x 31.7 mm (min H) / 38.7 mm (max H)
Weight 3.41 kg
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Can get it cheaper on amazon
Original Poster
And there's me thinking this was cheap!
How much on Amazon, and do you have a link?
LegoHead94

Can get it cheaper on amazon




Give us the link! Please.
Me thinks someone is lying about cheaper on amazon... Cheapest I can find is £850 on there! Looks pretty hot if you really want a hp envy...
Me thinks someone is lying about cheaper on amazon... Cheapest I can find is £850 on there! Looks pretty hot if you really want a hp envy...
Original Poster
kennykeenan

Me thinks someone is lying about cheaper on amazon... Cheapest I can find … Me thinks someone is lying about cheaper on amazon... Cheapest I can find is £850 on there! Looks pretty hot if you really want a hp envy...



Cheapest I can see is this one at £1034.68

amazon.co.uk/17-…1-1
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realblender

Hd 1080p screenBacklight keyboardBeats SpeakersDecent laptop without … Hd 1080p screenBacklight keyboardBeats SpeakersDecent laptop without looking at cpu etc. I wonder if the touchpad is crap like on their other laptops



The touchpad and poor battery life is the stumbling block for me, although I still believe it's a good deal!
Realistically, you're not going to get great battery life on any 17" Core i7 laptop.
kev_gordon

Realistically, you're not going to get great battery life on any 17" Core … Realistically, you're not going to get great battery life on any 17" Core i7 laptop.


You won’t with this as it has the first generation i7 Quad but the second generation Quads have integrated graphics so can use switchable graphics which leads to battery life very similar to a first generation i3 with integrated graphics only.
realblender

Hd 1080p screenBacklight keyboardBeats SpeakersDecent laptop without … Hd 1080p screenBacklight keyboardBeats SpeakersDecent laptop without looking at cpu etc. I wonder if the touchpad is crap like on their other laptops



I've tried the toughpads on these and the newer DV6 laptops and the touchpad is pretty damn good. Not quite as good as the macbook pro's touchpad but way better than their previous ones and better than a lot of other laptop makers.
I bought this the other week for £150 more :-(

However I will say it is a wonderful laptop. Very well made, very fast. The trackpad is awesome. I am pretty fussy about trackpads too. It is a synaptics pad, which IMO are the best. I have tried others, eg Alps trackpads which just arent as responsive. It has 1 and 2 finger scrolling (including chiral scrolling), 3 finger flick gestures too - eg to go forward/backward in web browsing.
The screen is amazing, so crisp and clear.

The only downside is the heat produced if playing a game - but this is to be expected with such a powerful processor. At the very least, the back needs to be propped up to allow air in through the intake - or purchase a laptop cooler - I bought the Zalman 3000 series 17 inch cooler which is great.
Was going to get this, but decided for my first apple... Macbook pro. Its amazing.the trackpad is like a little cloud. plus its going to get better with os x lion.

I am never going back to cheap plastic laptops again, and got it for 850, with a 3 year warranty, through that HE thing,
realblender

Hd 1080p screenBacklight keyboardBeats SpeakersDecent laptop without … Hd 1080p screenBacklight keyboardBeats SpeakersDecent laptop without looking at cpu etc. I wonder if the touchpad is crap like on their other laptops



HP use the same synaptics touchpads everyone else uses.
I did alot of research on this before deciding to wait for the 2nd Gen Intels but it is a cracking machine! One word of warning on these tho, they can run very hot under even medium load!

The case, for a 17", is very thin which makes the laptop look and feel really good but as a consequence the rear fan is lightweight for cooling a high end G1 i7 cpu and a decent Med GPU so if you're planning on gaming it could become uncomfortable.

Type "HP Envy-1050EA overheating" into google and you get a few forum blogs and a caution (i think) from PC Advisor about heat. Can do the same but with Envy-1190EA which is exactly the same machine but revised model number.

But seriously good price!
Original Poster
Thanks to all for the feedback.
I'm considering it as a desktop replacement, so am unsure if I should go for this or maybe spec a newer (sandybridge) i5 Dell xps17.
All I really use it for is surfing email, and some cd burning and a little streaming.
My budget is £700, so time for some contemplation.....

Edited by: "aldbeagle" 10th Jul 2011
canada16

Was going to get this, but decided for my first apple... Macbook pro. Its … Was going to get this, but decided for my first apple... Macbook pro. Its amazing.the trackpad is like a little cloud. plus its going to get better with os x lion.I am never going back to cheap plastic laptops again, and got it for 850, with a 3 year warranty, through that HE thing,


top marks for most irrelevant post.
just thankful for no scan comment.

good deal.
Reckon this is a very good desktop replacement, even tho its a G1 i7 for what you say you'll be using it for its far more than enough, might even say overkill but its a fantastic looking machine.

Just get a cooling pad to sit it on to help airflow.
Quidco isn't guaranteed and shouldn't be included in the total.

Decent price for a non refurb.
very good deal voted hot
I just bought a refurb dell xps on the outlet for £650, not sure whether to stick with it or get this. The one I ordered is i7-2630qm, 6gb ram, 750gb hdd, 1080p screen, blu-ray and 2gb nvidia 540m. This laptop has a worse processor (and worse battery life), less ram and hdd, but quite a bit better graphics card, looks nicer and is probably built better (slot loading drive etc), bigger screen, and is new. Hmmm...any ideas? I might wait and see what condition the dell is in, I hear many are just canceled orders or returns within the 7 day policy.
IanFTW

I just bought a refurb dell xps on the outlet for £650, not sure whether … I just bought a refurb dell xps on the outlet for £650, not sure whether to stick with it or get this. The one I ordered is i7-2630qm, 6gb ram, 750gb hdd, 1080p screen, blu-ray and 2gb nvidia 540m. This laptop has a worse processor (and worse battery life), less ram and hdd, but quite a bit better graphics card, looks nicer and is probably built better (slot loading drive etc), bigger screen, and is new. Hmmm...any ideas? I might wait and see what condition the dell is in, I hear many are just canceled orders or returns within the 7 day policy.



envy range is HP response for apple mac book pro and it's excellent build quality, you can find many comparison videos envy vs macbook pro on youtube
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IanFTW

I just bought a refurb dell xps on the outlet for £650, not sure whether … I just bought a refurb dell xps on the outlet for £650, not sure whether to stick with it or get this. The one I ordered is i7-2630qm, 6gb ram, 750gb hdd, 1080p screen, blu-ray and 2gb nvidia 540m. This laptop has a worse processor (and worse battery life), less ram and hdd, but quite a bit better graphics card, looks nicer and is probably built better (slot loading drive etc), bigger screen, and is new. Hmmm...any ideas? I might wait and see what condition the dell is in, I hear many are just canceled orders or returns within the 7 day policy.



I too am tempted by a new Dell, or this....decisions decisions!
aldbeagle

I too am tempted by a new Dell, or this....decisions decisions!



Can you hurry up and decide for me too please :P
IanFTW

I just bought a refurb dell xps on the outlet for £650, not sure whether … I just bought a refurb dell xps on the outlet for £650, not sure whether to stick with it or get this. The one I ordered is i7-2630qm, 6gb ram, 750gb hdd, 1080p screen, blu-ray and 2gb nvidia 540m. This laptop has a worse processor (and worse battery life), less ram and hdd, but quite a bit better graphics card, looks nicer and is probably built better (slot loading drive etc), bigger screen, and is new. Hmmm...any ideas? I might wait and see what condition the dell is in, I hear many are just canceled orders or returns within the 7 day policy.




The Dell you ordered has the newer Sandybridge cpu that is quite an improvement over the older i7. Personally, I would wait, check out the Dell and see if you like it. If you don't it will become a [re]refurb. All you lose out is the return postage......
Nice deal... can't believe the Beats haters haven't slated this deal yet. Great discount.
xmal

The Dell you ordered has the newer Sandybridge cpu that is quite an … The Dell you ordered has the newer Sandybridge cpu that is quite an improvement over the older i7. Personally, I would wait, check out the Dell and see if you like it. If you don't it will become a [re]refurb. All you lose out is the return postage......



Yeah I think I'll do that, I just looked on ebay and companies that are buying from outlet/selling on are asking £800 for slightly worse than I got.

BTW dixons and currys are same price now.
Just had this ordered by my GF for me. We couldnt find a *better* specced laptop compared to this one for the same price.

Note: You can actually use the 5% discount voucher for PCWORLD on this offer (even though it isnt £700 in price, the code still went through for us), so £5 cheaper than you would have expected.
Ordered thanx for the post. I had been looking to buy the Alienware 17x r3, but decided to go with this even with a 15% Dell voucher because im not a massive gamer and Dell is simply ripping people off with there prices. Seems a good spec for a desktop replacement and can play games on med to high settings and solid build high standered finish.
Uridium

HP use the same synaptics touchpads everyone else uses.



No they don't. A lot have laptops have pretty rubbish touchpads. Luckily most manufacturers seem to have realised their touchpads sucked and are upping their game. Although,last time I checked, dell still have cack ones on their netbooks which made the thing practically unusable in my opinion.

As for the heat issue, with a processor and graphics card like this it will get hot when pushed. That would be the same for pretty much any laptop with this type of spec.
couldn't resist
Original Poster
crosswski

couldn't resist



I too am sorely tempted.
Although its a 1st gen i7, its still twice as fast as my old desktop AMD64.
Not sure if I should take the plunge, or go for something with a 2nd gen i5 with lower specs!
Original Poster
darrengee

Ordered thanx for the post. I had been looking to buy the Alienware 17x … Ordered thanx for the post. I had been looking to buy the Alienware 17x r3, but decided to go with this even with a 15% Dell voucher because im not a massive gamer and Dell is simply ripping people off with there prices. Seems a good spec for a desktop replacement and can play games on med to high settings and solid build high standered finish.



Glad to have helped, hope you like it!
Any chance you could post a quick first impressions update upon receipt.....;) ?
aldbeagle

Glad to have helped, hope you like it!Any chance you could post a quick … Glad to have helped, hope you like it!Any chance you could post a quick first impressions update upon receipt.....;) ?



I can give a quick update...

Well, it runs Eve Online pretty damn well at native resolution of 1920x1080 with most stuff at high, so i cannot imagine other games causing it much of an issue.

I do need to buy a laptop cooler though, as the left hand side of the keyboard does get quite hot, but as yet, not had it freeze up on me as a result of overheating *yet*.

Decent buy, speakers are better than i expected, and runs at a nice rate of knots.
I've recieved mine today - worth every penny
Original Poster
Cheers for the responses people!
Original Poster
Jiggled my finances, plucked up the courage, went to order.....offer expired....doh!
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