HP’s premium laptops have been marketed underneath its Envy and Spectre collection, and at this time, we’ll be testing an AMD-based Envy x360 13, which was launched in India in late 2018.
The x360 13 within the identify signifies that this can be a convertible 2-in-1, which suggests this laptop computer can be utilized as a pill too. The mannequin that we now have immediately is priced at Rs. 77,990 on HP India’s on-line retailer, and packs in a great set of specs. Let’s see if it makes the reduce.
HP Envy x360 design
The HP Envy x360 13 is compact and really properly constructed. The metallic used for the lid and chassis is sturdy, and this system provides off a really premium really feel whenever you maintain it. The slim bezels across the show contribute to this compact design, and your complete laptop computer has a smaller quantity than an Apple MacBook Air (2017).
It’s additionally very slim at 14.9mm in thickness, and is comfortably mild at 1.3kg. The laptop computer is at present solely obtainable in a ‘Darkish Ash Silver’ trim, which appears good, however the matte physique does appeal to smudges and fingerprints. The twin-hinge system permits you to place the lid even at obscure angles.
For a laptop computer this slim, you continue to get an honest number of ports, together with two full-sized (Sort-A) USB Three.1 ports, a USB Sort-C port (USB Three.1 Gen2) which helps HDMI and DisplayPort video output with the suitable adapters, a microSD card slot, a Three.5mm headphone and microphone combo socket, and charging port. The facility and quantity buttons are additionally positioned on reverse sides, to allow them to be simply accessed when utilizing the Envy x360 13 in pill mode.
The 13.Three-inch IPS show has excellent brightness and color copy. Photographs look sharp and crisp because of the decently excessive full-HD decision. HP has used Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, which is a scratch resistant glass specifically designed for touchscreen laptops. Contact response was usually good in our expertise however we had a couple of situations in pill mode when our enter wasn’t registered appropriately. This occured when making an attempt to work together with parts alongside the sides of the show however it wasn’t constant as we weren’t capable of replicate it on demand.
The show nonetheless has sizeable bezels on the highest and backside. On the highest, we now have a HD webcam together with an infrared digital camera for Home windows Hiya face authentication. This works properly in just about all lighting circumstances. The standard of the webcam just isn’t dangerous both and given sufficient ambient mild.
On opening the lid, you’ll see a well-spaced chiclet keyboard with a single degree of LED backlighting. The lighting is even throughout the keys however it’s a bit too vibrant at night time. We want there was a method to regulate it. The keys themselves have good journey and good tactile response. They aren’t noisy, which is a pleasant bonus. The Up and Down course keys have been squeezed collectively, making them just a little inconvenient to make use of.
The palm-rest space isn’t very spacious, which suggests we often ended up putting our wrists proper on the fringe of the laptop computer to have the ability to sort comfortably. The trackpad appears wider than ordinary and has a clean texture, however two-finger scrolling felt somewhat laggy and sluggish in our exams.
There are a complete of 4 audio system from Bang & Olufsen, two of that are positioned on the backside with the opposite two simply above the keyboard. You get a companion app for tweaking the bass, treble, and vocal readability in music or films. The laptop computer has a strip of perforated vents on the underside for air consumption, and one on the left of the laptop computer for venting scorching air.
The Envy x360 13 is meant to ship with a 65W energy adapter, however our assessment unit got here with a 150W adapter. You additionally get the HP Pen with it, which is a battery-powered stylus with a pressure-sensitive tip. It prices round Rs. 2,700 if purchased individually.
HP Envy x360 specs and software program
In India, HP’s Envy x360 13 is simply out there with an AMD processor. The Ryzen Three choice prices Rs. 63,490 and has 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, whereas the Ryzen 5 choice, which is the one we’re reviewing, is provided with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard and there’s no point out of there being a free RAM slot for future upgrades, so it’s greatest to get the 8GB model in our opinion.
HP has used an NVMe M.2 SSD, which suggests we should always anticipate good learn and write speeds. The Ryzen 5 CPU is the 2500U, which is a quad-core mannequin with multi-threading and has an built-in Radeon Vega eight GPU. Different connectivity choices embrace dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO antennas and Bluetooth four.2.
The HP Envy x360 13 runs on Home windows 10 House 64-bit. You get the standard number of Home windows Retailer apps preinstalled, together with some third-party ones reminiscent of a 30-day trial of McAfee LiveSafe. There are additionally some packages from HP resembling Command Centre, which helps you to change between totally different battery profiles, Restoration Supervisor, Audio Change, and Leap Begin, which presents ideas and shortcuts for Home windows and HP’s software program.
HP Envy x360 efficiency and battery life
Having an SSD as a boot drive makes an enormous distinction within the responsiveness of Home windows 10 and apps. The Envy x360 13 is fast as well into Home windows and even resuming your work from standby or hibernation is snappy. The laptop computer can be utilized in numerous folded positions comparable to ‘stand’ or ‘tent’ modes, in addition to the usual laptop computer and pill modes. It really works nicely as a pill, offered you’ve one thing to relaxation it on, comparable to your lap. In any other case, it’s just a little too huge and heavy to be carried round.
The HP Pen works nicely with Home windows Ink, which provides stylus-friendly packages reminiscent of a notepad and a sketchpad. The pressure-sensitive tip of the Pen is useful when drawing. Nevertheless, Home windows 10 continues to be great distance from iOS and Android on the subject of the pill expertise, and the first cause for this can be a lack of excellent apps within the Home windows Retailer.
You should use common desktop apps in pill mode too, however since these are designed for use with a mouse cursor, interacting together with your finger could be awkward. You need to use the Pen for extra exact enter however you’ll want to recollect to hold it with you as there’s no docking mechanism for it and it doesn’t persist with the laptop computer magnetically both.
One more reason the Envy x360 13 is just not a alternative in your iPad is that it runs pretty heat just about on a regular basis. From the second you boot it up, the fan is audible and it will get louder whenever you actually start stressing the CPU or GPU. The left aspect additionally will get scorching shortly since that’s the place scorching air is vented from, and this makes the system a bit uncomfortable to carry when in pill mode.
We don’t assume it’s completely the fault of the CPU because the Ryzen 5 2500U CPU within the Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) didn’t have this drawback once we examined it. It’s in all probability extra to do with the slimness of the physique that HP has designed, as there’s solely a lot thermal administration that may be achieved within the given area.
In artificial benchmarks, we acquired comparable scores and at occasions higher than these of the Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) which additionally has the identical CPU. In Cinebench R15, we acquired a multi-threaded CPU rating of 613 factors and an OpenGL rating of 49fps for the GPU. PCMark 10 scores have been persistently round 10-15 % larger, at Three,260, 2,744 and three,470 factors within the Commonplace, Prolonged and Categorical benchmarks respectively. In real-world exams, the Envy x360 13 took 6 minutes and 21 seconds to compress a Three.2GB folder of various information utilizing 7zip, and encoding a 1.36GB AVI video file to MKV utilizing Handbrake took 2 minutes and 36 seconds.
These occasions are usually not too dangerous, contemplating that this can be a CPU optimised for slender laptops. Because of the PCIe SSD, we recorded good learn and write bandwidth in SiSoft Sandra. We received sequential learn and write scores of two.76GB/s and 337MB/s respectively, and the random learn and write speeds have been of 586MB/s and 305MB/s respectively.
This laptop computer isn’t constructed for gaming, and even barely older titles similar to Rise of The Tomb Raider gave us considerably playable framerates solely after dropping the decision to HD and decreasing the graphics high quality and turning off a lot of the frills. Nevertheless, informal video games from the Home windows Retailer ran high-quality for us. We tried a number of the free ones corresponding to Asphalt 9: Legends, which ran easily even on the highest graphics preset. Nevertheless, the warmth from the exhaust vent made it inconceivable to comfortably maintain the Envy x360 13 like a pill to play such video games on for greater than a minute.
Audio is certainly one of this gadget’s robust fits. The 4 audio system can get pretty loud, and we didn’t discover any distortion when enjoying music or watching films, even at full quantity. Bass is understandably not very outstanding, however the sound isn’t tinny. Vocals are crisp and the general sound signature is heat and nice. The audio system sound greatest when in laptop computer mode, however are fairly succesful even in different utilization modes.
There’s a 53WHr battery, however with precise use, we struggled to make it via a workday simply on battery energy alone. In Battery Eater Professional, we acquired a runtime of two hours and seven minutes, which is sweet. Nevertheless we nearly managed to get near four hours of informal use earlier than the battery saver mode kicked in. This isn’t nice contemplating that folks have to spend their workdays multitasking like we did, comparable to watching a little bit of YouTube, searching the Net, and utilizing on-line purposes comparable to Google Docs all day.
The HP Envy x360 is a slim and classy convertible with an excellent show and speedy Home windows efficiency. Gaming isn’t its robust go well with, however this system wasn’t meant for that sort of heavy use. Aside from that, the AMD CPU is a succesful multitasker and the quick SSD ensures fast loading occasions for packages. This laptop computer can be utilized as a pill, however like most Home windows convertibles, the expertise is way from ultimate and gained’t exchange your iPad anytime quickly. Battery life was disappointing however our largest problem is the truth that this system runs heat almost on a regular basis, and the fixed drone from the fan might be distracting, if not annoying.
At round this worth, there’s a quite a bit to select from. Dell has a direct competitor to the Envy x360 referred to as the Inspiron 13 7386 2-in-1. This mannequin shares just about the precise specs because the Envy x360 nevertheless it’s based mostly on the Intel Core i5-8265U CPU. You additionally get Dell’s Lively Pen bundled, all for the worth of about Rs. 76,900. In the event you’re not into convertible laptops, Asus has the ZenBook 13 UX333 which may be value contemplating.
Worth (MRP): Rs. 77,990
- Slim and lightweight
- Sharp and brilliant show
- Respectable app efficiency
- Quad audio system sound good
- Face recognition is fast
- Runs heat
- Fan noise might be annoying
- Unwieldy as a pill
- Battery life might be higher
Scores (out of 5)
- Design: four
- Show: four
- Efficiency: Three.5
- Software program: four
- Battery life: Three
- Worth for cash: Three.5
- General: Three.5