All laptops have a specific audience that they target. Some target the budget users, others target the gaming segment.
This laptop, however, is for those who want to get work done. It isn’t a cheap laptop by a long shot; however, if you are, say, a power user, a creative professional, a photographer, an editor, or even an engineer looking to supplement your work with a powerful machine, then HP Envy 17-cr1010nr is the choice I recommend.
Now let me reiterate this:
- If you are a gamer, this is not the machine you are looking for.
- If you are on a tight budget, this is not the machine you are looking for
If you are a professional, you work in the creative space, you are a developer, an engineer or a power user, this is the machine for you.
Let us get into the finer details now.
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A Top-of-The-Line CPU
The one core component that makes this laptop a workhorse for professionals is the Intel Core i7 13700H.
Now with anything remotely demanding, you need to have a Core i7 at least.
It is worth noting that just as with any Intel CPU generation, there are different variants of Intel Core i7 CPUs.
You have the low-powered i7 CPUs such as the “U” series CPUs e.g. Intel Core i7 1365U and then you have the high-powered variants from the “HX” series e.g. Core i7 13700HX.
The Intel Core i7 13700H, however, for the price, offers the best value and performance.
Screen for Creative Professionals
Another hallmark feature of this laptop is its screen.
It is large and comfortable at 17.3 inches and it comes factory-calibrated with delta E<2. If you value color accuracy and if you are someone who works in the creative industry, this should certainly appeal to you + it covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut.
Gamers Stay Away
Perhaps the biggest downside of this laptop is that it does not have a discreet graphics card – which is a shame because you CAN find gaming laptops out there similarly priced but featuring powerful discreet GPUs as well.
As a gamer, I would always recommend that you choose your next workhorse laptop to be a gaming laptop. You can find extremely sweet deals these days for gaming machines.
However, I am also aware of the fact that some people simply detest the notion of gaming, while others do not have ANY kind of particular need for a discreet graphics card.
And for those people, this is an appealing machine.
It is lightweight, has a sleek, stylish design, is thin, and, of course, more portable as compared to gaming laptops, and that is seen as attractive to many non-gamers.
RAM Could Have Been Larger
At 12 GB DDR4 memory, this isn’t particularly a bad machine, but there are MANY laptops out there that do feature 16 GB RAM that too DDR5 at this price tag. Take my beloved ASUS TUF FA707NV-ES74, for instance.
I Am In Love With Connectivity
If interfacing with different peripherals is a constant concern for you, then this laptop is simply heaven.
Not only does it offer 3 X USB 3.2 ports, but also 2 x Thunderbolt 4.0 ports with 40 Gbps transfer speed each. This is TWICE as high as the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 ports, which can allow you to add, say, super fast external SSDs.
In addition to that, it also supports the Display Port 1.4 protocol. Combine that with the HDMI 2.1, and you can add two external displays to this laptop.
I know how important multiple monitor connectivity is. My laptop only features a single HDMI 2.1 port, but often wish I had a second video output port so that I could connect two displays to it.
Multiple displays are a dream for power users and multi-taskers.
So, in short, a powerful CPU, a beautiful large display, sleek designs, and great connectivity all make this a workhorse for creative professionals.