Other specs of the Envy 17 include;
- Intel Haswell Core I5
- Nvidia graphics
- Full HD display
- 1TB HDD
- 8GB RAM
The specs are upgradeable to a core I7, 16GB’s of RAM, 2TB HDD, and a touch capable display, all of which will be available at launch if wanted.
Here’s the trailer showing off what the Leap sensor can do.
It’s a pretty high powered machine but only some apps will work with the Leap sensor; to find them you can use the Leap app store named ‘Airspace’. This limited compatibility does limit how useful the gesture sensor really is. Gestures have a history of being gimicky too, like the Kinect sensor, which didn’t work very well at all. That being said, Leap Motion does have a good reputation and some genuine uses might come out of this sensor. The Airspace store is always getting new apps too, so if you plan on getting this laptop for the sensor then take a look at what’s available first. It could become a useful and widely adopted feature in the future.
KitGuru Says: The laptop has some decent specs, even if you aren’t interested in the sensor it might still be worth a look. I am a strictly trackpad user on my laptop, I don’t like staring at a dirty screen and I’m not sold on motion controls yet. Maybe one day a product like this will change my mind. What do you think of the Leap Motion sensor though? Would you use it or buy one of these laptops?