HP ENVY 17.3" Full-HD i7 GTX 950M Laptops

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HP ENVY 17.3" Full-HD i7 GTX 950M Laptops
Price: $899.99 - 999.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 Business Days. (Wednesday, Mar 23 to Monday, Mar 28) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned

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Just to be clear, the solid state option is just a single 512GB drive vs 2(two)2TB drives?

You got it, dude.

Pictures show a fingerprint reader, but it says there isn’t one - so which is correct, the picture or the description? (And yes, apparently it has a pair of 2TB SDD’s for 4TB total space.

I wonder if I can pop one out and install a WD Black Duo-Drive?

A batch of “Factory Reconditioned” laptops, like these, are most often a mix of model numbers. They’re brought up to the stated specs, as a minimum.

Per the specs tab, it is a choice between 512GB SSD or 2 SATA 5400RPM HDDs at 2TB each (4TB total storage).

$999.99 for the speed of SSD but less storage.
$899.99 for slower but much more storage w/ the HDDs.

Thanks. Follow up; does the 512GB model have a second HDD slot, like the other model?

Envy what? Your friends less expensive computers that are still working after your GPU stops working?

Your best option would be to go with the cheaper 2 x 2TB HDD. A new 480 GB SSD drive goes for as little as $120. This one is 480GB and uses MLC NAND CRUCIAL MTFDDAK480MAV-1AE12ABYY / Micron M500 480GB SATA 6Gbps 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive. Micron MLC NAND Flash memory.

Remove the 2TB drive that is just there for storage, install the SSD into that spot. Clone the OS to the SSD. Now open it back up, put the SSD into the bay where the 2TB drive (with OS) was, remove the 2TB (with OS) and put it aside. Get that 2TB drive, that was just used for storage, and install it back in the spot where it was originally. Now you have an SSD for your OS/Programs, a 2TB drive for content (video, pics, music…), and the remaining 2TB drive (that still has the original OS) can be put into a USB 3.0 enclosure as an external drive, something like this http://www.amazon.com/Optimized-Inateck-External-Enclosure-Tool-free/dp/B00FCLG65U. I would then hook this up this external USB drive to the computer, partition off the OS (label it back-up) and create a separate partition for the rest of the drive and label it storage.

In the end, for about $20 more, you’re ahead by 2 x 2TB HD drives- and one of those still contains the original OS in case your other drive ever fails.

No need to- it would be much cheaper (and better) to change out one of the 2TB drives for an SSD.

HP lists it as
1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive + 256GB Flash Solid State Drive -$60.00
http://goo.gl/al4QE8

Another reason to select the 2 x 2TB configuration. The hardware (caddy & sata cable) might not be there if you order the single configuration SSD. Which means that in the future if you want to add another hard drive, you’ll also need to purchase the hardware.

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Computers can be configured many different ways. You should go by our specs.

This isn’t a bad price for this laptop (2 x 2TB configuration for $900). What I think is a major classic design error on HP is that they are using a 65 watt AC adapter to power and I7 that has a max TDP of 45 watts + GTX 950M video card that has a max TDP of 75 watts. At the minimum this should be using a 95 watt adapter. So essentially if you are gaming hard enough to push the GTX 950M to its max TDP, and your battery dies, there’s a good chance your laptop will shut-down, or at least throttle the graphics performance back even when plugged in.

edit:
an interesting fact- the ac adapter on my Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-C09S is also 65 watts. It runs an Intel Celeron 3205U (integrated graphics-) with a max TDP of 15 watts.

With the money/options they put into the loaded HP ENVY 17.3" I7 with Geforce graphics computer, you would think they would have a higher output power supply than an Acer Chromebook.

Can this computer be used with a docking station?

Google tells me that the HP Envy 17 line does not have a docking port on the bottom. You would need to use a USB port replicator.