HP Envy x360 13 (AMD) Review

by birtanpublished on November 6, 2020

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the HP Envy x-360 13-inch are the 13 z model specifically HP has been been doing great things with the envy and it gets even better in part because we have the new AMD rise in 4000 series CPU inside otherwise known as n2 or renoir r very fast excellent performance there and keeps the price reasonable but beyond that they've done a redesign just like they did with the spectre x360 last year so this distance over here is over 17 millimeters shorter and it reduces the bottom chin bezel that used to be kind of large beyond that you've got a metal

Casing they call this nightfall black all aluminum casing nice full HD display options we're gonna look at it now but now a shout-out to our sponsor Trend Micro and their home network security device this is just a little over $100 and it's really easy to set up just plug in the included Ethernet cable into your router plug it into power and it does more than just firewall you know it is a firewall – it protects your Internet of Things device and so that means all the smart devices that you have your ring doorbells your alexa this and that your robotic vacuum cleaner all that stuff

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It also protects your router which is pretty good because your ISP throws a router at you and never updates it again now back to our video so this is one heck of a tiny 13.3 inch ultra buck I tell you HP and Dell are just in a battle at the XPS line you know versus the envy and the specter has to who can make the smallest one they say it's the footprint of your old school 11 inch laptop and they're not lying it looks tiny it's also very attractive-looking given the price tag that's pretty darn nice you get an aluminum casing here and one

Nice black and you get a full HD IPS display that's the only display option and that's fair because our model nicely equipped it's got the rise in five inside and it's got eight gigs of RAM and 256 gig SSD is selling for around seven hundred and sixty nine dollars and it looks very premium so good that now if you want to spend even less there is a risin three and rise ins kind of trying to parallel Intel Core i3 i5 and i7 with their nomenclature and that one is eight gigs ram an old 128 gig SSD I would GOG to the rise in five if you can afford it it's not too much of a big

Jump in price you could go up to a risin 7 16 gigs of ram is the max and you can even go up to a one terabyte SSD if you want i'm regardless of which one you're gonna get it to nvme SSD with reasonable good speed so that's a lot of niceness for the price here so HP is really got almost threatening their own spectre x360 line here because you're getting the metal chassis and all that sort of thing but for those who want some of the added niceties like a 4k display for example or Thunderbolt 3 then the spectre is still there for you not to mention that edgy design which is pretty

Cool-looking on him so the spice supports pen and touch the pen is not in the box here it's Microsoft pin protocol 2.0 otherwise known as entry seeing it HP's pen these days are selling one that's USB C rechargeable you could use a Microsoft Surface pro pendant as well with it if you wanted to they build this more for note-taking and that's appropriate and trig is little less smooth when it comes to things like diagonal line jitter and all that stuff that artists care about it's fine for note-taking in the palm rejection it's pretty good these days

Obviously there are 360 degree hinges here because this is a convertible ultra book and for those of you who like all this but want a 15-inch laptop they actually make it in the 15-inch size to in similar specs and similar pricing some other niceties are webcam privacy switch there's a fingerprint scanner in the keyboard the power button is right next to the Delete key on the keyboard that to me is not the most brilliant decision but hey and they have a quick launch button for the HP command center which I mostly use for the thermal profiles there's their version of

Optimizer balance as a high-performance mode which in our test didn't make actually that much of a difference and a couple of super quiet kind of settings now the the start here is going to be this year's a.m. the rise in 4000 series CPU so we have the rise in used series ultrabook 15 watt CPUs with AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics which are about like Intel iris + graphic g7 graphics so you don't have to go for the highest end core i7 and Intel and just to get that kind of similar graphics performance here for less money nice then we have the risin 5 4500 you and

This is a good performer at benchmarks closer to an Intel Core i7 10th chin very nice and the other good thing about the Rison is that the performance in terms of thermals the heat and the battery life are also excellent which is new for rise in CPUs for this generation finally they got there and they did a good job of it some went running benchmarks and doing more demanding tasks like handbrake video and codes and all that sort of thing CPU temperatures typically maxed out around 85 centigrade whereas Intel we'd see more like 95 centigrade so that's good the cooling

Here is not quite as effective as it is on the Lenovo IdeaPad flex 15 with the same CPU but that's a 14-inch chassis bigger laptop a little more room for cooling and I wouldn't make my buying decision on that because this one's still running cool enough you improve thermals here versus Intel also mean you're gonna hear the fan a lot less often if you push it hard you'll hear it ultra book fan you know that Shh not a roaring or anything like that I don't think most people would be bothered by it it is thin it is metal I didn't find that he got hot to the touch

Though the u series CPUs are 50 watt they're not the super powerful mobile workstation style CPU so I didn't find any burning hot spots on the laptop even when doing things like benchmarking so good then in terms of ports you've got USB 8 points you've got your micro SD card slot skinny laptop here in the USBA ports or what they call drop jog little drop-down hinges on them because it's too thin to just put the USB a port without doing them and we have USB C and that is Gen 2 and supports DisplayPort and it supports power delivery though this comes with a barrel pin charging

Including USBC charger if you wanted so no Thunderbolt 3 here in part because Thunderbolt 3 was Intel's intellectual property now it's opening up in the future we'll probably see what they AMD but given the price you don't expect to see Thunderbolt 3 and something that's selling for 650 or 769 dollars you can use USB C docks so that's a go in terms of display no matter what you go with here they have three options you're still gonna get full HD IPS and there's gonna support the pen and touch now they have a 300 in which we haven't seen in

Person the 400 nits which is the one that we have which really goes way over 400 nits it's nice to see this happening with manufacturers exceeding their claims and there's also a 1000 that privacy display which we've seen on the HP Spectre series it's mostly very bright to deal with the privacy screen functionality on its own yeah it's a good despite honestly here we have full srgb coverage which is nice to see and we have better than average contrast ratio you can see the specs on screen it's reasonably well calibrated from the factory – it's a pleasure than

Of screen and it's and color accurate enough screen that it's enjoyable as ever with HP laptop cell boy is a glossing plenty of reflection and glare the keyboard on this is backlit and white you know two levels of backlighting and it doesn't have a lot of travel it's a super skinny laptop it's okay though the tactile feel on this is pretty good and as we all get adjusted to these lower travel keyboards it's fine it's not weird of short travel just average short travel keyboard we have a Microsoft precision trackpad on board it behaves perfectly well it's a

Slightly rough service you can actually hear your finger going across it like a little cheat I like that it gives you traction so you're not like skating across the track Ben works fine no stereo banging olsen brand and speakers here with HP's software to amp up the sound and given how tiny this thing it is it actually has some bass which is impressive and plenty of volume on board this is a 51 watt hour battery which is a good sized capacity battery here and it comes with a 65 watt fast charger that can charge it up to 50% in 30 minutes

Again it's the barrel pin kind of connector you could use USB charger if you wanted to HP claims I'm almost 12 hours for Netflix streaming in almost 13 hours for web browsing and that's what the brightness set to 150 minutes and as always a little optimistic there and with web browsing and they mean edge and on Chrome which is more resource intensive they mean and a few tabs open and not 25 tabs open in your web browser but I found on average that we were managing 9 to 10 hours with a charge that's really good Rison is really

Leading the way here with some reduced power consumption and good performance so what about this versus the ideal anova IdeaPad flex 15 or so lenovo is a 40 inch laptop versus this being a 13.3 inch so in part that does depend on your preferred screen size not that there's a huge huge difference both at full HD displays both have the same rise in CPU options but the display on the HP is much better much wider color damage full srgb versus only 65% of srgb also higher contrast so that stands in this favor I like the Lenovo keyboard feel a little bit better but I like the looks at the

End me better in the fact that it has an aluminum casing on it whereas lenovo's it's plastic so this one just feels more classy and looks a little prettier to my eye not that looks for everything but they influenced us all now here's something that I always consider a negative with HP's consumer laptops the skinny ones like the spectre x360 and this envy they call them not user serviceable what that really means is you have to pull off the rubber strips on the bottom and the adhesive is kind of cranky you might not get it back on there again to access the screws that

Hold the bottom plate on I'm not gonna bother opening this one out mostly because like all ultrabooks the RAM is soldered on the only thing you can replace is the m2 SSD if you want to put a bigger one in or a faster one in and the Wi-Fi card is socketed but since it's an intel Wi-Fi 6 8 X 200 card which is a very good car do you probably are not going to want to replace that so that's the HP Envy x-360 13-inch model with AMD inside it's hard to find anything to complain about given the price in this latch I began a metal chassis you get quite a pleasing IPS

Display here at least with our 400 nits model haven't seen the 300 in person to set a good decent keyboard on a very nice trackpad performance that's excellent design that's very yummy yes you don't get thunder both free and in part that has to do with AMD but really mostly it has to do with the price if you want thunderbolt three there's the next jump up which is the spectre x360 of their most premium model very nice overall I'll miss it for mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more cool tech videos and thumbs up

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