Glasses-on: HP Envy 17 with ATI 3D Technology

We really liked the Envy 14, and now HP is debuting the desktop replacement version, the Envy 17. Like the smaller Envys, it features an etched aluminum lid and an island-style backlit keyboard. The 17.3-inch Radiance Infinity display will support a native resolution of 1080p, and be able to show up to 82 percent of the color gamut. So it’ll be nice to look at.

As if the premium build of the Envy 17 weren’t enough, HP is making the system even more compelling by adding 3D technology. Curiously, it’s ATI who’s supplying the specs and tech, as it looks to compete with solutions from Nvidia and TriDef that are already on the market. Similar to Nvidia’s solution, ATI uses active-shutter glasses and a 120-Hz display.

Because there’s a general lack of 3D content , the Envy 17 will come with highlights from the 2010 NBA All-Star game. Because if anything will compel you to buy this system, clips from a year-old sporting event will do the trick. Still, it’s better than nothing.

Other specs of this powerhouse include Blu-ray, a quad-core Core i7 processor, discrete graphics formerly known as ATI Mobility Radeon HD, and Beats Audio.

HP says the system should be available around the holidays. Pricing has yet to be determined, but considering the specs, and previous 3D systems, we would guess that the notebook would be at least $1,600. HP would only say it will be under two grand.

Check out  gallery images and read about more new HP product announcements below.

More Fall 2010 HP Product Announcements

  • Mini 210:  New design, new software, and new specs.
  • Pavilion dm3: This affordable ultraportable runs cooler than ever, and is more stylish, too.
  • Envy 14 Beats Edition: The Envy 14 gets new color schemes, headphones, and audio inspired by Dr. Dre.
  • Wireless TV Connect:  HP syncs 1080p video between your notebook and TV set wirelessly.

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