• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac WiFi
  • Dimensions: 307 x 215 x 14.9 mm
  • Weight: 1.3kg
  • Pros:
  • Affordable
  • Excellent build
  • Cons:
  • Warm at high loads

The Envy You’ve Been Looking For

HP first introduced the AMD CPU-based HP Envy x360 13 way back in CES 2018 and it was a highly anticipated convertible laptop. It finally made its way over here in August, but we only managed to get our hands on it now. Regardless, let’s take a look at how this year’s edition would perform.

The Envy x360 13 is a very good looking laptop, with a body is a dark grey colour that takes an ever slight tinge of brown when viewed under sunlight. At the back of the hinge, there’s some markings and the word ‘ENVY’, while the lid has a stylised HP logo on it – giving the machine that extra bit of class.

The speakers are surprisingly loud

The speakers are surprisingly loud

Build quality is excellent for this 2-in-1 laptop, as it has metal throughout its frame and body. There’s minimal flex to be found and the body feels solid overall. Despite this, it’s very slim and lightweight, identical in that sense to the Spectre x360 from last year. That makes it highly portable and since it’s so compact, it can be carried around in a messenger bag.

Though slim, the Envy x360 13 is still able to fit one USB 3.1 Type-A port on each side, as well as a USB 3.1 Type-C port, audio jack for a headset, and a microSD card reader. To be honest, an SD card reader would have been preferred, as that will be more convenient for people like photographers. Along with the ports are the power and volume buttons. The latter is convenient for tablet mode, but can actually be a bit hard to press at times. Half the time, we preferred using the included stylus to adjust the volume using the Windows system.

MicroSD card reader instead of the more widely used SD card reader

MicroSD card reader instead of the more widely used SD card reader

As a 2-in-1, you can use this laptop in tablet mode too. Besides that, you can also let it stand like a tent for better viewing experience. Thanks to the IPS display, you get great viewing angles, brightness, colour and contrast. The audio is decent too and surprisingly quite loud, though as expected the bass lacks impact.

The keyboard is decent, but the keys feel too shallow and lack the tactile feedback we like for long hours of typing. Overall performance of the laptop is great and can run productivity, multimedia and even some low-end games quite well. However, it does get slightly warm at the bottom when it’s running on high load, enough to give you sweaty laps if you’re not in an air-conditioned place.

CHIP CONCLUDE: While there are some minor niggles, this compact 2-in-1 is a great option if you need something with relatively decent performance at an affordable price.

(to be published in issue November 2018)