HP Envy 17 Leap Motion TS Notebook: Just move your hands

Mar 20 2014, 12:22 IST
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A high-end notebook computer with a high-resolution display and brisk performance. (AP) A high-end notebook computer with a high-resolution display and brisk performance. (AP)
SummaryHP Envy 17 Leap Motion TS Notebook is a high-end computer with a brisk performance.

It is true that super-thin laptops—commonly called ultrabooks—have captured people’s imagination for the simple reason that they are thin and elegant, are quick to come to life, and give people a simple and hassle-free work and entertainment experience. Most important, people prefer such fast devices over desktops because of their mobility advantage. But imagine a desktop-kind of a notebook computer that is a stylish piece of hardware with brisk performance and ideal for smart everyday computing?

After all, you cannot type out a 200-word email on your mobile phone or tablet screen, can you?

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HP Envy 17 Leap Motion TouchSmart Special Edition (SE) notebook has all the features of a speedy laptop— quick awakening, brisk performance in an attractive design. At 3.43 kg, it is definitely not crafted for mobility, unless of course you are keen on building your wrist and hand muscles. It is a computer which ought to take up residence in your comfort zone where you can address your office-related work or indulge in watching a movie, listening to music or surfing the internet. The new Envy carries a retail tag of R1,18,711.

Hewlett-Packard claims that its Envy 17 is the world’s first notebook PC with Leap Motion technology. If you have seen Tom Cruise’s 2002 American science fiction thriller film Minority Report, you’ll probably be able to connect with Leap Motion technology better. Basically, it (Envy 17) senses natural hand and finger movements in the air for easy navigation and control, offering pinpoint accuracy to make games, modeling and presentations come to life. Physical contact seems so old fashioned, but more on it later.

At my end, I unwrapped this rather heavy machine (Envy 17-j102TX Leap Motion TouchSmart SE) and placed it in my comfort zone—in the TV room and on a not-so-old study table where I probe all the new-age devices. This Envy is a metal laptop with a 17.3-inch diagonal full HD display and definitely not light but somewhat portable for those on the heavier side. The metal chassis is sturdy and looks great. The keyboard is comfortable and in actual usage, it is fairly responsive to typing. Its wide touchpad is also responsive and I didn’t feel any lag or jerkiness.

The full-HD 17.3-inch screen offers an impressively sharp resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and its size and vibrancy offers a nice viewing experience whether you are browsing

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