At near-identical price points, these 17.3-inch mainstream notebooks offer ample power for multimedia tasks including HD video, plus 1080p screen resolutions and keyboards that are comfortable enough to get work done. Our comparison looks at subtle differences that can make a big impact when choosing one over the other.
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HP tends to set the standard for design but this time around we actually like the Toshiba P875's design better; it has a more varied color scheme and subtle touches like the beveled edge around the touchpad. The build quality on these notebooks is otherwise comparable; the chassis is relatively stiff but will still flex given the right amount of pressure. You'll need to step up to a more expensive business class notebook such as a Dell Latitude to get better quality.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Satellite P875 and ENVY dv7t have full-size keyboards with separate numeric keypads. The tactile feedback from each is quite good for a consumer notebook; backlighting is standard on the P875 but optional on the ENVY dv7t. We recommend opting for the backlighting as it's helpful in dimly lit areas.
What makes the ENVY dv7t win this section is the touchpad; the Satellite P875 has one of the trendy (read: not necessarily better) clickpads where the whole surface of the touchpad is clickable. As such, it lacks physical buttons; it's not as precise as having two physical keys.
The 1920x1080 screen resolutions on these notebooks is certainly appreciated. It means plenty of space for working with multiple windows and seeing fine details in pictures. Picture quality is comparable, but the ENVY dv7t takes the cake because of its anti-glare (matte) display surface. The Satellite P875 unfortunately has a glossy display which has annoying reflections in well-lit areas, or just about anywhere there is overhead lighting.
Battery life is another area in the ENVY dv7t's favor, coming in about 20% longer -- an outstanding six hours of general runtime. The Satellite P875 is just around five hours, still excellent. These numbers would have been unheard of for a notebook this size several years ago.
The overall comparison decides in favor of the HP ENVY dv7t. It's ahead in enough areas to make this pretty much definitive. It offers an anti-glare display surface, a better touchpad and longer battery life at the same price point. These notebooks are still quite comparable; if the Toshiba Satellite P875 is cheaper than the HP ENVY dv7t by a noticeable amount ($50-100), take the savings and go with it. At the same price point though we'd take the ENVY dv7t.
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