06-07-2010 09:37 AM
I am very interested in the Envy 17, but have some questions on the monitor setup:
1. Will it support a 2560x1600 30" monitor?
2. Will it support two 1920x1080 monitors PLUS the 1920x1080 notebook display at the same time.
3. Does it support "portrait" display of external monitors?
06-07-2010 12:14 PM
On no. 2 the answer is "yes". The specs just released say it will have ATI Eyefinity which means you can drive up to 6 external monitors. That I am going to have to see, but the specs say so. On the others I would say the answer is likely yes. All current laptops with an Aero enabled video card can do screen rotation and drive very big monitors. I have not, however, seen definitive specs on that. You are going to have to contact HP, and we are not HP.
06-07-2010 02:12 PM - edited 06-07-2010 02:32 PM
Check this this youtube video out before spending your money. The video applies to the Envy 15, I don't know if it's applicable for the 17 and it may not even matter to you if you don't ever use the web cam, but I thought it worth mentioning.
Here is an update from the same guy :
06-08-2010 09:31 AM
Thanks fot the feedback. I will check with HP. The problem with laptops and 30" monitors has typically not been the graphics cards, but the connectors provided. Many mobile gpu now support them. But pc makers don't spend the extra 50c for a dual link dvi. I guess the question for HP is whether their HDMI out will handle it. I don't understand enough about the HDMI specs to know.
06-08-2010 01:13 PM - edited 06-08-2010 01:19 PM
Basically the only difference is that HDMI will support high definition audio as well. Where as DVI will only do video. If your monitor only has a connection for DVI you can buy an HDMI to DVI cable. Of course there will be only video to the monitor and no audio.
In that instance the laptops' speakers will output unless you connect the HDMI cable through an AVR through an external sound system and the monitor to the AVR.
Your graphics card should automatically detect what refresh rate it can accept. In my case my Panasonic projector can handle 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60 Hz. and the graphics card gives this as list which I can choose to suit my needs. In my case I run things at 24 Hz. so the frame creation mode can function properly in the projector.
This is all on a dv8, the Envy being a much more expensive machine should be able to do the same. The specs. for the graphics card are certainly comparable to the dv8.
As far as resolution is concerned the video card should automatically detect what the native resolution is in any given monitor and if it doesn't there are usually provisions to customize the resolution.
Here is a guy that has three monitors connected to his :
06-08-2010 08:11 PM - edited 06-08-2010 08:15 PM
Dual link DVI used by 30" monitors is different than ordinary DVI. Ordinary DVI doesn't carry enough data.
It is possible with some HDMI incarnations to handle 2560x1600 (according to wikipedia anyway , - I've never used it. ) but (per the repair manual) they didn't use them here.
The only common laptop I know of that will support 30" is Mac. You would think with all the fancy video they employed with Envy, and given they are competing directly with Mac, it would be a no brainer, but I guess not.......
06-08-2010 08:50 PM - edited 06-08-2010 09:23 PM
HDMI is supposed to replace DVI.
This monitor is not available any more and it has DVI so I would think that HDMI being the newer connection should support it.
The question is, can the video card in the Envy 17 support 2560x1600. If you were to connect such a monitor would it be able to support the resolution or down grade it to 1920x1080. That's assuming that any given 2560x1600 monitor can scale to that.
You have to look at the practical end of this too. It's a 30 inch monitor, what do you need all those pixels for. I guess it's bragging rights.
It would be great in a home theatre on a 120" screen where it would actually make a difference, but on a 30 inch screen ?
06-14-2010 10:01 AM
The Envy 17 should support 2560x1600, as far as the two externals and one internal question goes. The Envy 17 is offered in two configurations one is 1600x900 and 1920x1080. If you have the 1080P capable display, it will support what you are referring to. Finally it should support portrait display on externals, this is as long as the monitor has the correct driver for the monitor and the ATI catalyst control center properly installed. For more information about ATI Eyefinity check http://sites.amd.com/us/underground/products/eyefi
09-10-2012 11:51 PM
I have a ENVY 17t-3200 and it DOES NOT SUPPORT SCREEN ROTATION!!!
I recieved my new laptop on 7/6, shipped it back when I got back from a business trip on 7/23, just received a new replacement today 9/10 ENVY 17t-3200 and SAME ISSUE! 64 days I have owned this, and only had it in my hands for 18 of the 64 days of ownership, that is PATHETIC!
I waited 57 days just to be handed the same problem!
Yes I have an open claim with them still.
But I would avoid anything with the Intel HD 4000 graphics for now.
I dont know if its HP or Intel the borked this one, but needless to say, I am MAD
Radeon HD 7850M
Intel HD 4000
Win7 Pro 64bit i7-3610qm 16gb 750gb Hybrid drive BD-rom etc.
I will update more with good or bad news.