, six- and nine-cell lithium-ion batteries, HP 3-D active shutter glasses, AC adapter
1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM processor, 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost
17.3" diagonal 3-D Ultra BrightView Infinity LED display, Full HD 1920x1080 resolution
6GB DDR3 RAM
1TB 7200 RPM SATA dual hard drive (two 500GB hard drives) with HP ProtectSmart
Slot-loading Blu-ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-RW drive, double-layer support
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 graphics, up to 3835MB memory, 1GB dedicated
HP triple-bass reflex subwoofer
HP TrueVision Web cam, mic
10/100/1000 gigabit ethernet
5-in-1 memory card reader: SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro, xD
Two USB 2.0 ports
HDMI, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, eSATA/USB 2.0, VGA, RJ-45 ports
Intel Core Core i7-2630QM (2.0~2.8GHz, 32nm) w/6M L3 Cache - 4 Cores, 8 Threads Processor | 17.3" Full HD (1920x1080) (LED) | 8GB DDR3 | 1TB (2x500GB, 7200rpm with Hybrid SSD) HDD | NV GTX 460M 1.5G GDDR5 VRAM | Blu-Ray Combo | USB 3.0 | W7 Home Premium (64bit) | Wifi-N | Audio/Video: 2.0M webcam, HDMI | Gaming backpack and Gaming Mouse | Illuminated Keyboard | 8 Cell BATTERY | 2YR Global/1YR Accidental Damage/30-Day Zero Bright Dot/24-7 Support
both around same price $1800 plus tax. asus has free shipping. Thank you!
Either one would be a good choice.
For a pure gaming machine I think the nod should go to the ASUS G73SW-A1.
Slightly better CPU/GPU. The Hybrid HDD/SDD would also be a performance advantage.
1YR Accidental Damage warranty also a plus.
For an all-round entertainment machine, plus gaming on the side I'd favor the Envy 17.
3D ability for movies and 3D enabled games. Slightly better LCD screen and sound system.