HP is contributing to the revival of the 17” laptop in an interesting way, with the introduction of the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition TouchSmart Notebook. It’s a pretty solid machine with a little experiment from HP thrown in.
The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition TouchSmart Notebook features a 17.3” 1920 x 1080 resolution display, a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD, and an optional NVIDIA graphics processor. There is touch control, but that’s not the intriguing part. For that, you’ll have to look to the “Leap Motion” in the name.
Leap Motion refers to HP’s crack at gesture controls. There’s a small bar on the right side of the keyboard, next to the touchpad. That bar allows you to use gesture controls, with the caveat that you can’t just use them with anything. The notebook will come with a few assorted programs, like an art program, that take advantage of it. You can also browse the Airspace store for more apps that take advantage of Leap Motion.
There’s no guarantee that Leap Motion is going to end up being something with widespread support in the future, or any kind of support, for that matter. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like rolling the dice is going to cost you too much extra. The HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition TouchSmart Notebook, when it comes out on October 16, will sell for $1,050, which seems like about what this notebook would cost with those specs, minus Leap Motion.