HP ENVY 13t 2017 / 4K / i7-8550U / 16GB / 512GB / Nvidia MX150 (Costco)

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  1. dmivos

    dmivos Notebook Geek

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    Greeting. I just received this laptop. I would like to create this topic for the laptop where people can share their opinion and advices. The first thing what I wanna say is I really like this new version of ENVY family with powerful combination i7 8550U + MX150 (dedicated graphics).

    Very portable. On each side we have 2 USB (4 total). 1 on each side is USB Type C.

    I need this machine for work where I'm doing a lot of video and photo editing (Vegas and PS).

    MicroSD (MicroSDXC) slot very important for some users especially photographers

    The 4K screen (From LG) is just amazing for the physical size of this machine, looks very sharp if I drop resolution down to 1080p. Most important for me - this 4K Screen from LG don't use PWM Flickering type for brightness. No PWM Flickering at all on all brightness level.

    SSD slot support NVMe type and SATAIII type. For testing I tried 256 SATA from Samsung.

    Gaming. About MX150. Very rarely, just a few games well enough mostly for winter cozy nights. For example, PlayStation emulator (nostalgy) and logical games. Not sure if should try something like GTA5. Just to see fps. Maybe later

    BIOS support UEFI and Legacy mode

    I will try install Windows 7 x64 later on this machine and will post results. For now I would like to just apply some tweaks for W10 (telemetry services), check stability and temperatures. Also I going to buy matte screen protector, carbon transparent skin and keyboard protector.

    Regards, dmivos
     
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  2. dmivos

    dmivos Notebook Geek

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    Windows 7 was installed but touch screen doesn't work. Any suggestions why?
    Windows 7 looks and works just great, after blurry Windows10,
    on Windows 7 text is sharper. All drivers was found online

    HWiNFO64 max temp after Cinebench R15

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    dmivos Notebook Geek

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    I'm pleased that it's very quiet, I'm yet to hear any significant fan noise. I have only carried out low demanding tasks such as writing/browsing on the Envy thus far. I'll update this review if I test out how it performs when challenged with running games etc.

    Overall, I'm hugely impressed - would certainly recommend. Great laptop with powerful components
     
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    CedricFP Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks for the writeup. The Envy 13 8550u/MX150 combination really seems attractive in its form factor.

    Have you noticed any throttling when loading both the CPU and GPU?
     
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    Hi!
    No throttling on Cinebench R15 or other tests or light games, I don't have any heavy games at this moment
    I noticed that on W7 with 8550U there is one problem, I think because of Intel Graphics Driver...

    "APPCRASH igdumd32.dll"

    problem in "igdlh64.inf" (Intel HD Graphics 15.46, 15.47 or 15.60)
    maybe someone know how to fix and add Windows 7 support section (to file "igdlh64.inf")
    Intel removed Windows 7 special section in this *.inf file
    Maybe there is the way to move it back for support (Windows 7 on 8550U and HD 620)
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    ThePerfectStorm Notebook Deity

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    Thanks for the info. What sort of battery life do you get for web browsing?


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
  7. chanukya

    chanukya Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just got this Laptop yesterday. Costco had a sudden price cut on it to 999 (400 off from 1399). Looks like a fantastic sale. It's sold out online as of now, but there were several in local stores where I picked one up.

    My problem is that I'm trying to decide on keeping either this one or an i5 Surface Pro I got from Costco over the New Year (1149 for i5+Cover+Pen). Can keep only one so was looking for Pros and Cons.

    I ran several metrics on this laptop last night, I expected that given a dedicated (albeit weak) graphics card and a better CPU & RAM that scores would be much better. This does not appear to be the case: Here are some of my computers (The Alienware 13 is the 2017 version, the 14 is the M14X R2 from 2014).

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    How can the Envy have worse metrics than the Surface Pro despite a i7 processor? (8550U vs 7300U) and a dedicated graphics card? Am I missing anything here? Are there any other standard metrics that I can run to compare these two in performance?
     
  8. Mdanc

    Mdanc Newbie

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    Hi,

    I ordered same from Costco. It's arriving on Saturday.
    Can you please tell what SSD brand did yours come with?

    Here is a good review on the laptop. Keep in mind they have tested the 8GB/256GB/Intel 620 version.
    https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/hp-envy-13t

    I expect better performance with the Costco version.
     
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  9. dmivos

    dmivos Notebook Geek

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    512GB Intel NWMe PCIe M.2 SSD

    I would like to compare your results with my ENVY 13t 8550U + MX150. Could you please run benchmark Cinebench R15 (and post here a Screenshot)
    OpenGL
    CPU MultiCore
    CPU SingleCore

    P. S. Thinking to get new 2018 LG Gram 8550U
     
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    chanukya Notebook Enthusiast

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    Here's what I have for Cinebench R15.

    I still can't understand why my Fire Strike scores are lower than the i5 surface. I updated the NVIDIA drivers and set to favor GPU card, but still same number. I wonder if the higher resolution is dragging down system performance.

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    Dmivos,

    I see you have 77 fps in OpenGL. Are you doing anything special in your configuration? I'm wondering if I have a defective Graphics card, my score is less than half of yours...

    Update.. did the same test with my Surface Pro i5, I get 37.41fps and 294cb. So there is definitely something fishy happening with the GPU if the MX150 is giving a lower score.
     
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