HP gives its 13-inch slimline 2-in-1 Envy x360 notebook computer a battery life boost thanks to an upgrade to the most recent AMD mobile CPU.
Slim and sleek for a 2-in-1
High quality chassis
Improved battery life
CPU performance merely adequate
Graphics performance disappointing
Enter the HP Envy x360 13 2-in-1 convertible. It’s no totally new laptop. Indeed, we’ve seen it before this past year. Nonetheless it has been upgraded with AMD’s latest 3000 series APU. The prior version of the Envy x360 13 made do with the AMD Ryzen 2000 series chip and didn’t totally blow us away with either its outright performance or battery life.
Question is, has AMD upped its game using its new mobile processor? If so, that which was already an extremely appealing and nicely engineered 2-in-1 13-inch notebook computer will intensify another level and provide an intriguing option to the evident Intel-powered options, like the Lenovo Yoga 920. What’s more, with AMD’s Vega graphics built-into its mobile CPUs, dare we dream the somewhat of light gaming capability has been thrown in to the equation?
Price and availability
The revised HP Envy x360 13 is fresh out of your blocks and pricing has yet to stay. In america it’s currently a steal in this configuration with the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU and 8GB of RAM at only $699.
UK pricing hasn’t been released, although equivalent previous generation model with the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U is listing at £799. We’d expect that to drop pretty shortly, so UK buyers may choose to hold out just a little after initial availability. In Australia, meanwhile, you’re looking at around AU$1,799.
THE UNITED STATES price compares fairly favourably with the clear alternatives. The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 could be had just a little cheaper with an AMD chip. But it’s nearly as upscale a laptop, lacks thin bezels and has yet to be launched with AMD’s 3000 series chip.
The Lenovo Yoga 920 will typically cost you yet another $150 to $200 for a comparable specification, though that is clearly a 14-inch model and exclusively powered by Intel CPUs.
Using its anodised all-aluminium chassis, the HP Envy x360 13 does a fairly passable impression of a genuine high-end 2-in-1 portable. As reviewed it tips the scales at under $700 Stateside and can probably soon be accessible at under £700, so that’s not really a bad trick. In the end, Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1, to take one premium example, starts at not remote double the money.
In conditions of build, the HP Envy x360 13 (2019) feels solid and strong with little to no flex in the chassis. The same applies to its 360-degree hinge, enabling conversion into tablet mode. You get the sense it’s been engineered to last.
With slim bezels on two out of three sides of the display, the HP Envy x360 13 is fairly compact, too. However, the Envy’s bottom bezel produces a hefty old chin. It’s most noticeable in table mode, regardless if it’s an issue distributed to most 2-in-1 convertibles. The recent trend for near all-screen laptops has yet to trickle right down to the 2-in-1 segment.
Subjectively, the HP Envy x360 13 also feels at least as slim and sleek as famous brands, say, the Lenovo Yoga 920, even though the state numbers say otherwise. Having said that, it’s still just thick enough to give you a couple of full-size USB Type-A ports in 3.1 spec.
There’s also a USB Type-C socket and a microSD reader. As the full-sized USB ports will score points with those averse to using dongles, it’s worth noting that the single USB-C port doesn’t support charging, that is a pity.
All told, HP Envy x360 13 weighs about 1.27kg that makes it eminently lightweight and means there’s isn’t an excessive amount of penalty to be payed for the 2-in-1 convertible functionality.
Sound and vision
Talking about those Bang & Olufsen speakers, their performance is pretty disappointing. Famous brands a 12-inch Macbook, that is a thinner and lighter device, knocks out not merely more volume but also far better definition. Not absolutely all tie ins with music specialists, it appears, truly deliver.
For the HP Envy x360’s 13-inch touchscreen, it’s about as effective as you could reasonably expect as of this price point. Because of IPS technology, colors are accurate and the viewing angles of the panel itself are great, while maximum brightness levels are good though not stellar and the Gorilla Glass cover does introduce some reflections.
The native 1,920 by 1,080 resolution is a limiting factor regarding outright detail and font sharpness. But it’s still a nice display and an increased resolution panel could have an impact regarding both price and battery life.