I really like both of these laptops (links below) and I can't seem to decide between them , they are both very similarly speced but HP is 163$ more expensive and i have a few questions that are not answered by merely comparing the specs, like :
1) is the difference really noticeable between 1080p and 1600x900? ( they both seemed to have really great brightness and colors)
2)Which do you think has the better sound system
3) which has better Cooling
I have read many reviews about the acer v3 but I didn't find any real indepth reviews of HP ENVY 17.
As for my use , it will be everyday stuff , multimedia and playing a couple of games (MMOs / RPGs and some recent or slightly older titles )
Putting it simply:
get the $163 cheaper Acer.
Acer have better build quality than HP
Yes the difference is noticeable between 900p and 1080p
Sound card's are rarely a thing, they normally all use the basic dynaudio or another standard. On anything below £1500 Sound cards normally suck.
a quote from the HP review about cooling: "It is almost impossible to convert a video or play a game when the laptop is resting on the thighs. The user would have to wear thick, insulating pants for this."
The acer has very similar temperatures - just the review doesn't feature a funny quote.
reviews for both these products are here:
Hp envy: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-HP-Envy-17t-j003-No...
Acer v3: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Acer-Aspire-V3-772G...