Rated 4 out of 5Â by PCProfessional Great Because of Me
I wanted to buy a laptop while I could still get drivers for Windows 7 for the hardware. This computer has a full set of Windows 7 drivers available from the support site so HP must have shipped the computer with it at some point. Mine also has the 24GB HD cache in addition to the hard drive. I pulled the OEM drive out and put an SSD in its place, loaded Win 7 to the drive and got an 03F0 boot error. After breaking the RAID array and changing BIOS settings so it should boot from my SSD I got 03F0... and continued to get that for the next 4 nights.
Called HP support and was told running Windows 7 would void the warranty so I suggested my only option at this point then was to return it, which they were happy to do rather than solve my problem. One night it occurred to my to plug my SSD into the 2nd hard drive connector rather than HD1. It worked perfectly and has ever since. What a tremendous waste of time just to get a PC to boot. My suggestion to HP is this: Make your PC's compatible and easy to configure and use rather than working on locking them down. I believe there would be a large sales increase as word spread about how venerable and easy HP systems are to configure.
July 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by ShaNY Love the backlit keyboard
Takes a little getting used to Windows 8, but overall was easy to work with. I DO NOT like the mouse pad at all. The cursor is always moving all over the place, the screen gets big, then gets small and I cannot just get it to stay and be where I want to be. Now I am sorry I didn't get the touchscreen, but the reviews for that weren't so great. Haven't had it long enough to say that it has great features. I only know what I don't like about it.
June 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MRaatz Overall great product
I like the new HP Envy 17t-j100 Select Edition that I purchased. It runs fast and the screen is large enough and has a decent resolution for comfortable viewing. I'm glad that it came with a disk drive, as some laptops do not these days.
There are only two things about the hardware that I would suggest improvement on. The first is to include a physical slide cover for the video camera. This is a matter of privacy and never having to wonder whether some background program is recording you.
The second is to go back to a touchpad that uses separate buttons for clicking. The problem I found is that clicking and dragging is difficult because the portion of the pad used for clicking is also used for moving the pointer. This means that if you are holding a click you are also holding the pointer stationary. This has not dissuaded me from liking the laptop though, because I have always preferred using an external mouse anyway. Everything else about the laptop makes it a great investment.
June 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by pamr556 WIndows 8.1 is now user friendly!
Since Windows 8.1 came out, I thought I'd try it, and found it to be very user friendly, and I was able to use it immediately with no learning curve. Yes, there's still the Start Page with all the boxes, but I don't use them. The HP Envy will load my regular old home page on my desktop first. If you right click on the Start Page button in the bottom left corner, there's a drop-down list of almost everything you might want, similar to when you used to just hit the Start button on Vista or XP. The HP Envy is a joy to use, very fast. Easy to set up. No compatibility issues with all of my software from Vista. Easy wizards to help you set up a network, a printer, etc. I love it!
June 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mark26 Great product, but support not always up to par
The first computer was defective and was replaced. Initial agents were extremely helpful and diligent. Once replacement came, some agents were unwilling to help with questions.
June 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by JGEinBoston Excellent Computer For The Price
Happy with the computer............Adjusting to the new operating system............
Computer is fast, great video for movie play. .....
Replacement for my wifes old HP laptop of 8 years and still working......
May 26, 2014