HP’s premium laptops have been marketed underneath its Envy and Spectre collection, and at the moment, 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 implies this laptop computer can be utilized as a pill too. The mannequin that we’ve at the moment is priced at Rs. 77,990 on HP India’s on-line retailer, and packs in an excellent set of specs. Let’s see if it makes the minimize.
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 machine offers off a really premium really feel whenever you maintain it. The slim bezels across the show contribute to this compact design, and the whole 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 the moment solely obtainable in a ‘Dark Ash Silver’ trim, which appears good, however the matte physique does entice smudges and fingerprints. The dual-hinge system enables 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 (Type-A) USB Three.1 ports, a USB Type-C port (USB Three.1 Gen2) which helps HDMI and DisplayPort video output with the fitting adapters, a microSD card slot, a Three.5mm headphone and microphone combo socket, and charging port. The energy 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 superb brightness and color replica. Images look sharp and crisp due to the decently excessive full-HD decision. HP has used Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, which is a scratch resistant glass specifically designed for touchscreen laptops. Touch response was typically good in our expertise however we had a couple of cases in pill mode when our enter wasn’t registered appropriately. This occured when attempting to work together with parts alongside the perimeters of the show nevertheless it wasn’t constant as we weren’t in a position to replicate it on demand.
The show nonetheless has sizeable bezels on the highest and backside. On the highest, we’ve a HD webcam together with an infrared digital camera for Windows Hello face authentication. This works properly in just about all lighting circumstances. The high quality of the webcam just isn’t unhealthy both and given sufficient ambient mild.
On opening the lid, you may see a well-spaced chiclet keyboard with a single degree of LED backlighting. The lighting is even throughout the keys nevertheless it’s a little bit too brilliant at evening. We want there was a solution to modify 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 a little bit inconvenient to make use of.
The palm-rest space is not very spacious, which implies we often ended up putting our wrists proper on the fringe of the laptop computer to have the ability to kind comfortably. The trackpad appears wider than normal and has a clean texture, however two-finger scrolling felt a little bit laggy and sluggish in our assessments.
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 evaluation 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 barely obtainable 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 isn’t any point out of there being a free RAM slot for future upgrades, so it is best to get the 8GB model in our opinion.
HP has used an NVMe M.2 SSD, which implies we should always count on 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. Other connectivity choices embody dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO antennas and Bluetooth four.2.
The HP Envy x360 13 runs on Windows 10 Home 64-bit. You get the standard number of Windows Store apps preinstalled, together with some third-party ones corresponding to a 30-day trial of McAfee LiveSafe. There are additionally some applications from HP corresponding to Command Centre, which helps you to swap between totally different battery profiles, Recovery Manager, Audio Switch, and Jump Start, which affords suggestions and shortcuts for 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 Windows 10 and apps. The Envy x360 13 is fast besides into Windows and even resuming your work from standby or hibernation is snappy. The laptop computer may also be utilized in numerous folded positions corresponding to ‘stand’ or ‘tent’ modes, moreover the usual laptop computer and pill modes. It works properly as a pill, supplied you’ve one thing to relaxation it on, corresponding to your lap. Otherwise, it is a little bit too massive and heavy to be carried round.
The HP Pen works properly with Windows Ink, which affords stylus-friendly applications corresponding to a notepad and a sketchpad. The pressure-sensitive tip of the Pen is helpful when drawing. However, Windows 10 remains to be great distance from iOS and Android with regards to the pill expertise, and the first motive for this can be a lack of excellent apps within the Windows Store.
You can use common desktop apps in pill mode too, however since these are designed for use with a mouse cursor, interacting together with your finger will be awkward. You can use the Pen for extra exact enter however you may want to recollect to hold it with you as there isn’t any docking mechanism for it and it does not follow the laptop computer magnetically both.
Another motive the Envy x360 13 just isn’t a alternative to 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 facet additionally will get scorching rapidly since that is the place scorching air is vented from, and this makes the machine a little bit uncomfortable to carry when in pill mode.
We do not suppose it is fully the fault of the CPU for the reason that Ryzen 5 2500U CPU within the Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) did not 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 performed within the given house.
In artificial benchmarks, we received related scores and at instances higher than these of the Asus VivoBook 15 (X505Z) which additionally has the identical CPU. In Cinebench R15, we received a multi-threaded CPU rating of 613 factors and an OpenGL rating of 49fps for the GPU. PCMark 10 scores had been constantly round 10-15 p.c larger, at Three,260, 2,744 and three,470 factors within the Standard, Extended and Express benchmarks respectively. In real-world assessments, the Envy x360 13 took 6 minutes and 21 seconds to compress a Three.2GB folder of varied information utilizing 7zip, and encoding a 1.36GB AVI video file to MKV utilizing Handbrake took 2 minutes and 36 seconds.
These instances are usually not too unhealthy, contemplating that this can be a CPU optimised for slender laptops. Thanks to 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 had been of 586MB/s and 305MB/s respectively.
This laptop computer is not constructed for gaming, and even barely older titles corresponding 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. However, informal video games from the Windows Store 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. However, the warmth from the exhaust vent made it unattainable to comfortably maintain the Envy x360 13 like a pill to play such video games on for greater than a minute.
Audio is one among this machine’s sturdy fits. The 4 audio system can get pretty loud, and we did not discover any distortion when taking part in music or watching films, even at full quantity. Bass is understandably not very outstanding, however the sound is not 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 by means of a workday simply on battery energy alone. In Battery Eater Pro, we received a runtime of two hours and seven minutes, which is sweet. However we nearly managed to get near four hours of informal use earlier than the battery saver mode kicked in. This is not nice contemplating that folks must spend their workdays multitasking like we did, corresponding to watching a little bit of YouTube, searching the Web, and utilizing on-line purposes corresponding to Google Docs all day.
The HP Envy x360 is a slim and trendy convertible with an excellent show and speedy Windows efficiency. Gaming is not its sturdy go well with, however this machine wasn’t meant for that form of heavy use. Apart from that, the AMD CPU is a succesful multitasker and the quick SSD ensures fast loading instances for applications. This laptop computer can be utilized as a pill, however like most Windows convertibles, the expertise is much from very best and will not exchange your iPad anytime quickly. Battery life was disappointing however our largest difficulty is the truth that this machine runs heat almost on a regular basis, and the fixed drone from the fan will be distracting, if not annoying.
At round this value, there is a quite a bit to select from. Dell has a direct competitor to the Envy x360 known as the Inspiron 13 7386 2-in-1. This mannequin shares just about the precise specs because the Envy x360 nevertheless it’s primarily based on the Intel Core i5-8265U CPU. You additionally get Dell’s Active Pen bundled, all for the value of about Rs. 76,900. If you are not into convertible laptops, Asus has the ZenBook 13 UX333 which may be price contemplating.
Price (MRP): Rs. 77,990
- Slim and lightweight
- Sharp and brilliant show
- Decent app efficiency
- Quad audio system sound good
- Face recognition is fast
- Runs heat
- Fan noise will be annoying
- Unwieldy as a pill
- Battery life might be higher
Ratings (out of 5)
- Design: four
- Display: four
- Performance: Three.5
- Software: four
- Battery life: Three
- Value for cash: Three.5
- Overall: Three.5
Adapted From: Gadgets360