HP’s premium laptops have been marketed underneath its Envy and Spectre sequence, and as we speak, 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’ve as we speak is priced at Rs. 77,990 on HP India’s on-line retailer, and packs in a very good set of specs. Let’s have a look at if it makes the lower.
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 is also very slim at 14.9mm in thickness, and is comfortably mild at 1.3kg. The laptop computer is presently solely accessible in a ‘Darkish Ash Silver’ trim, which appears good, however the matte physique does entice smudges and fingerprints. The twin-hinge system allows you to place the lid even at obscure angles.
For a laptop computer this slim, you continue to get a good collection 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 proper 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 typically good in our expertise however we had a number of cases in pill mode when our enter wasn’t registered accurately. This occured when attempting to work together with components alongside the sides of the show nevertheless 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’ve a HD webcam together with an infrared digicam for Home windows Hi there face authentication. This works properly in just about all lighting situations. The standard of the webcam will not be dangerous both and given sufficient ambient mild.
On opening the lid, you will see a well-spaced chiclet keyboard with a single stage of LED backlighting. The lighting is even throughout the keys nevertheless it’s a bit too vivid at night time. We want there was a technique to alter it. The keys themselves have good journey and good tactile response. They don’t seem to be noisy, which is a pleasant bonus. The Up and Down path keys have been squeezed collectively, making them a bit inconvenient to make use of.
The palm-rest space is not very spacious, which suggests we normally 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 common and has a clean texture, however two-finger scrolling felt a bit 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 motion pictures. 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 overview 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 accessible with an AMD processor. The Ryzen Three possibility prices Rs. 63,490 and has 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, whereas the Ryzen 5 possibility, 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 is not 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 suggests we must 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 collection of Home windows Retailer 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 completely different battery profiles, Restoration Supervisor, Audio Swap, and Bounce Begin, which provides suggestions 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 besides into Home windows and even resuming your work from standby or hibernation is snappy. The laptop computer can be utilized in numerous folded positions corresponding to ‘stand’ or ‘tent’ modes, moreover the usual laptop computer and pill modes. It really works properly as a pill, offered you might have one thing to relaxation it on, corresponding to your lap. In any other case, it is a bit too massive and heavy to be carried round.
The HP Pen works properly with Home windows Ink, which provides stylus-friendly applications corresponding to a notepad and a sketchpad. The pressure-sensitive tip of the Pen is helpful when drawing. Nonetheless, Home 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 fine apps within the Home windows Retailer.
You need to use common desktop apps in pill mode too, however since these are designed for use with a mouse cursor, interacting along with your finger could be awkward. You need to use the Pen for extra exact enter however you will want to recollect to hold it with you as there is not any docking mechanism for it and it would not follow the laptop computer magnetically both.
Another excuse the Envy x360 13 will not be 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 is the place scorching air is vented from, and this makes the machine a bit uncomfortable to carry when in pill mode.
We do not assume it is solely 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 is 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 executed within the given area.
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 have been persistently round 10-15 % greater, at Three,260, 2,744 and three,470 factors within the Commonplace, Prolonged and Specific 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 instances should not too dangerous, contemplating that this can be a CPU optimised for slender laptops. Due 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 have 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 reducing the graphics high quality and turning off many of the frills. Nonetheless, informal video games from the Home windows Retailer ran tremendous for us. We tried a number of the free ones corresponding to Asphalt 9: Legends, which ran easily even on the highest graphics preset. Nonetheless, 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 considered one of 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 motion pictures, 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 is a 53WHr battery, however with precise use, we struggled to make it by way of a workday simply on battery energy alone. In Battery Eater Professional, we received a runtime of two hours and seven minutes, which is sweet. Nonetheless 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 individuals must spend their workdays multitasking like we did, corresponding to watching a little bit of YouTube, searching the Net, and utilizing on-line functions corresponding to Google Docs all day.
The HP Envy x360 is a slim and classy convertible with a very good show and speedy Home windows efficiency. Gaming is not its sturdy go well with, however this machine 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 instances for applications. This laptop computer can be utilized as a pill, however like most Home windows convertibles, the expertise is way from ideally suited and will not exchange your iPad anytime quickly. Battery life was disappointing however our greatest problem is the truth that this machine runs heat almost on a regular basis, and the fixed drone from the fan could be distracting, if not annoying.
At round this worth, 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 Energetic Pen bundled, all for the worth of about Rs. 76,900. In case you’re not into convertible laptops, Asus has the ZenBook 13 UX333 which may be price contemplating.
Value (MRP): Rs. 77,990
Slim and light-weight Sharp and vivid show Respectable app efficiency Quad audio system sound good Face recognition is fast
Runs heat Fan noise could be annoying Unwieldy as a pill Battery life might be higher
Rankings (out of 5)
Design: four Show: four Efficiency: Three.5 Software program: four Battery life: Three Worth for cash: Three.5 Total: Three.5