It’s not particularly cheap, or particularly fast, or particularly light or particularly… anything. But the HP Envy 17 is a stylish everyday workhorse laptop that I like with a large, 17-inch screen that gives it a little extra productivity oomph for remote work or school. You end up paying extra for a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX330 graphics processor that you don’t really need, which bumps it out of “good deal” territory, but it’s certainly still a good laptop for the money.
- Sleek-looking and well constructed
- Good keyboard, albeit with poorly placed power button
- 4K screen is very reflective
- Could use another USB-C connection or two
Now that I don’t have to schlep a laptop between home and the office, I’ve become quite a fan of 17-inch models. If you’re working or remote schooling with just a single laptop screen, then opting for 17 inches can help quite a bit. Even if you can’t effectively quantify the advantages — you can fit three more worksheet columns on the screen! — for some reason the slightly bigger screen goes a long way to making it feel less cramped.
Prices for the Envy 17 range from around $1,000