HP Envy x360 is one of the premium laptops from a well-known American tech giant, Hewlett-Packard (HP). Usually, HP launches its premium high-end performance laptops under the Envy and Spectre series, and this Envy x360 is among them which was launched back in India in late 2018. This is a 2-in-One convertible laptop which can be used as a Tablet on folding it further. This laptop is priced at Rs 77,990 in the Indian market, offering a premium and good sets of style and specifications. So today, we will review it to find out, Is it really a worth buy to invest a huge amount on this laptop? Let’s find out!
Design and Display
The HP Envy x360 is basically an ultrabook which can be further folded to make it working as a Tablet. Thanks to its 360-degrees rotatable hinge which gives it an ability to flip as a Tablet. HP has made this laptop with very tough build quality. The chassis and lid are made up of metals which gives it a tough as well as premium look. It has a compact design with very slim bezels giving it a very stylish look. The overall thickness of this laptop is just 14.9mm which is slimmer than most of the laptops in this range. Also, it is very light in weight and weighs just 1.3kg.
Although it is very compact in size, HP hasn’t compromised in loading it with a selection of connectivity ports. It includes 2x USB 3.1 (Type-A) ports, a Gen 2 USB Type-C port which can be used as HDMI and DisplayPort video output with the appropriate adapter. In addition, it has a MicroSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo, and a charging port. The power and volume buttons are placed on the side panel of the body to make it easier to access while in Tablet mode.
In terms of display, it has a 13.3-inch Full-HD resolution IPS display with a good balance of brightness and color combinations. Being a touchscreen laptop, its screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT to protect it from minor scratches. On top of the body, there is a HD webcam placed with an infrared camera for Windows Hello Face recognization. In addition to touch input, it also supports stylus input support. A battery-powered stylus from HP is included in the package. This stylus can be used to scribble using Windows Ink-compatible apps. Also, it can be used on the Edge browser with the support of digital inking technology.
Specifications and Software
HP Envy x360 13 comes in two variants powered by AMD processors. First in the row is powered by Ryzen 3 processor which is coupled with 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 128GB of SSD storage which costs Rs 63,490. Another one is the Ryzen 5 variant which is paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. Today we are considering the Ryzen 5 variant. There is no option to expand the RAM as there is no free RAM slot in both of the variants.
HP Envy uses an NVMe M.2 SSD which is known to deliver good performance and delivers good read and write speeds. The Ryzen 5 2500U CPU is a quad-core processor with multiple threading which is further coupled with Vega 8 GPU. It is rich in connectivity options as it includes dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2×2 MU-MIMO antennas and Bluetooth 4.2. Apart from this, HP envy runs on the latest Windows 10 Home 64-bit which comes with several pre-installed windows apps and has no other unique interface than any other Windows-powered laptops.
Performance and Battery Life
As mentioned above, HP Envy x360 comes with SSD as a boot drive which of course leads to faster processing speed in Windows 10. SSD is much faster than a normal HDD and thus being a convertible ultrabook, the performance of HP Envy x360 is quite good. Also, Boot time and data transfer speed are very fast, Thanks to SSD. Furthermore, it is powered by Ryzen 5 processor and is coupled with Vega 8 GPU which are enough to deliver sufficient thrust to make this laptop running without any issue.
HP Envy x360 is capable enough to run high-end games and couple of intensive workloads like video editing, graphic designing without any issue. However, they slow down the system aggressively for a while and it makes a bit harder to handle the system. And so, we advise you not to burden this laptop with high workloads. However, the overall performance of this laptop is quite good and is perfect for moderate use with some gaming.
In terms of Audio performance, it can leave many laptops behind in the race as HP has packed this laptop with four speakers which isn’t much loud but delivers good sound for music, gaming, and for watching movies. However, it has decent Bass quality but is considerably good for PC users. Vocals are very crisp and clear and the overall sound performance of this laptop is amazing.
As for its battery life is concerned, HP Envy x360 packs a 53Whr battery which company claims to attain 11 hours of battery backup. But unfortunately, it only goes for around 6 hours backup on normal uses once on a full charge which is neither good nor bad also, but satisfactory. Even it has a fast charger, the battery charging time is not so good and it takes a couple of hours to charge the battery from zero to full. So overall, the battery performance is just satisfactory.
HP Envy x360 has a great metallic body with touch and stylus input support. It is carefully crafted by HP to deliver the best of design and performance. For a convertible laptop, it carries good specifications which make it a decent performer in this price segment. However, there are some decent choices too which gives it a hard competition to this laptop. But if you are looking for a convertible laptop for basic daily uses, you should go for it.
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