This year’s HP Envy x is a big deal.
Traditionally, the Envy line has been HP’s midrange option; it’s a rung above the budget Pavilion, but a rung below the flagship Spectre. This model, which starts at $, really blurs the latter line. It’s easily the best laptop under $1, that you can buy right now. Not only does the Envy x look as nice and perform as well as last year’s Spectre x (which starts at $1,), but using it also feels quite similar to using HP’s $1, Elite Dragonfly, one of the best business notebooks on the market.
A big part of that is its processor. The new Envy can come with a few different AMD Ryzen chips. My $ review unit has the Ryzen U, along with 8GB of RAM and a GB SSD. (It’s also equipped with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth )
The six-core U is intended to compete with Intel’s U-series Core i5, but its performance is comparable to that of an i7. It flies. Throughout my everyday browsing and streaming, as well as my fairly heavy load of office work that includes around a dozen apps and Chrome tabs with occasional downloads, Zoom calls, editing photos, and copying files, everything was smooth with no sign of slowdown.
- Compact and sturdy build
- Good keyboard
- Strong gaming performance for integrated graphics
- All-day battery life
- No Thunderbolt 3 or HDMI
- The screen is the bane of my existence
- There’s some bloatware
Buy for $ from HP
Even more impressive are AMD’s integrated Radeon graphics, which can handle some gaming. I was able to run Overwatch at p at an average of 70fps on Medium and 62fps on High — both were quite playable. (The keyboard did get uncomfortably hot, though). Those results are comparable to what you can expect from a lower-powered discrete GPU like a 10W GeForce MX It’s impressive stuff for integrated graphics.
The system did not prove as well-optimized for video editing, unfortunately. I attempted to run our routine video test (which involves exporting a five-minute, second 4K video) multiple times using hardware acceleration, and Adobe Premiere Pro consistently crashed during the export. Disabling the hardware acceleration in Premiere and relying solely on software got the job done, but it took an hour and 15 minutes. So if you’ll need to be working with Premiere Pro for video on the go, don’t buy this (at least until Adobe fixes that problem).
It’s not just the Envy’s chip that stands out; it’s the combination of the chip and the chassis. AMD processors have mostly been fodder for budget and midrange laptops for the past few years. It’s been uncommon to find an AMD chip in a premium option (in the vein of Lenovo’s Thinkpad Carbon, the HP Spectre, or Acer’s Swift 5). That’s what’s so exciting about this laptop: It pairs the Ryzen U with a high-end design that looks and feels premium.
This is the nicest-looking Envy I’ve ever seen. Next to last year’s model, this one has a sleeker and chicer vibe. A big part of that is the display: the Envy has an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio, compared to 79 percent on last year’s model. Twenty-four percent has been shaved off the top bezel’s size, and while HP hasn’t fully eliminated its bottom bezel (as Dell virtually did with the most recent XPS 13), it has sliced off over 13mm. The result is that HP has been able to cram a inch display into a much more compact footprint: the chassis is over 17mm shorter.
The displays on HP’s midrange laptops have knocked it out of the park in the last few years, and this Envy is no exception. The inch p display doesn’t have the contrast that you’ll see on higher-end laptops like the Spectre, but it’s certainly better than I’d expect from an $ device.
HP sells nit, nit, and nit options, which all have p resolution. You may want the brightest configuration if you plan on doing work outdoors, but the nit version, which I tested, is just fine for indoor use. Colors are excellent, details are crisp, and I never had problems with glare, despite the panel’s glossy texture. The screen also supports HP’s MPP pen, though there’s no place on the laptop itself to store it when not in use. One thing to note: it is a screen, so you won’t have as much vertical space for web browsing and document work as you would with a machine like the Dell XPS 13 or a laptop like the Surface Book 3. It’s perhaps the one demerit I can make against this display.
The Envy isn’t the lightest inch laptop around at pounds — I wouldn’t have wanted to carry it around with one hand or use it as a tablet for long periods of time — but the plus side is that it’s quite well-built and sturdy. There’s almost no flex in the screen or deck, and the whole aluminum chassis feels polished and professional. Holding it feels more like holding the Dragonfly than many midrange competitors. To nitpick, the hinge is a bit loose; occasionally, when I was trying to use the Envy with the screen tilted far back, it would inadvertently slip into tablet mode. This is far from a deal-breaking problem, of course.
The company has added a few hotkeys to the keyboard. There are kill switches for the microphone and webcam. F1 brings up Windows 10 online support, F4 toggles the keyboard’s backlighting, and F12 conjures the HP Command Center where you can adjust the Envy’s thermal profile (more on that later). There’s a learning curve here — I unintentionally bricked the mic a couple times — but each key has an LED indicator to help track what’s on and off.
The keys themselves are both firm and quiet, with a smooth and comfortable texture. It’s an excellent keyboard. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, typing on it feels like typing on the Dragonfly.
For ports, there’s a microSD slot, two USB-A, and a USB-C (no Thunderbolt 3, sadly). High-end laptops this thin often eliminate USB-A ports, but HP has managed to squeeze them in with trapdoor hinges that cover the bottom half. I like this selection because plenty of people still own older peripherals that use USB-A. In a perfect world, given the lack of Thunderbolt, HDMI would be on my wishlist.
The Envy comes with stereo speakers and a Bang & Olufsen audio control center. There, you can swap between presets for Music, Movie, and Voice, as well as equalizer settings for different tunes. The speakers sounded good (as laptop speakers go), and I didn’t mind watching videos or playing Spotify without anything external plugged in. The Voice profile even helped mitigate some background noise during Zoom calls.
As mentioned earlier, the Envy was often warm but never noticeably hot during my daily office work. Only during gaming was it uncomfortable to the touch. In HP’s Command Center, you can change the Thermal Profile. There’s HP’s Recommended preset, Comfort (to keep things cool), and Quiet (to keep the fans down). I mostly used HP’s Recommended setting for my daily tasks, and while I could usually hear a bit of a dull whine if I listened for it, the fans weren’t audible from a few feet away. (They’re quite loud on Performance, of course, which you’ll want to use for the best gaming results.)
Battery life is also good. With brightness around nits, and with power and fans on HP’s recommended profile, I averaged about eight hours on a charge. That should get you through a workday and is longer than we got with the latest Spectre x (Of course, mileage will vary with more demanding tasks.)
Finally, bloatware is sometimes a concern on sub-$1, laptops. The device does come with some preinstalled, including McAfee, ExpressVPN, and Candy Crush, which you may want to dump to free up storage. But refreshingly, I didn’t encounter intrusive pop-ups or any other annoying stuff.
Reviews of budget and midrange laptops are often a question of what you’re trading off for that lower price point. I’ve pointed out some places where the Envy doesn’t quite measure up to the best laptops on the market (the dimmer screen, the wobblier hinge, the aspect ratio, the video editing troubles), but the only reason we’re even having that discussion is that this laptop feels like it’s competing with the top of the line. Between the Envy x and other $ laptops, there’s no contest. This is aiming at the big leagues; this is a Spectre.
The thesis of this review is that I have almost no complaints. This is a superb computer, and it’s frankly bizarre that it’s only $ Don’t buy last year’s Spectre. Buy this.
Photography by Monica Chin / The Verge
The HP Envy x 15 is something of an odd duck in the laptop world. You don’t see a lot of inch laptops with touchscreens that flip into tablet mode, perhaps because of the performance and weight compromises. Laptops of this size also often include discrete graphics cards, while most Envy x 15 variants do not.
Still, the Envy x 15 manages to hold its own. Its $1, list price is reasonable given its specs. Even if the convertible design isn’t of much interest, the Envy x 15 is still worth considering as an attractive inch laptop in this price range.
This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing models and how we tested them.
There’s one caveat: At the time this review posted, the available Envy x 15 models offered a display with a maximum brightness of nits. The screen in the one we tested has a maximum brightness of nits. For instance, this similar model that’s $ at Best BuyRemove non-product link has the dimmer display. Blame the pandemic for supply and shipping issues. Any Envy x 15 you buy should function about the same otherwise, but you may want to wait for the brighter screen if you work outdoors or in bright indoor conditions.
Our HP Envy x 15 review unit, which lists for $1, on HP.com (when available), includes the following specs:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 U
- Memory: 16GB DDR
- Storage: GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- Display: inch p touchscreen ( nits’ maximum brightness)
- Webcam: p
- Fingerprint reader
- Connectivity, left side: USB-C Gen 2 (SuperSpeed 10Gbps), USB-A Gen 1 (SuperSpeed 5Gbps), headphone jack, HDMI
- Connectivity, right side: Power adapter, USB-A Gen 1 (SuperSpeed 5Gbps), SD card reader
- Dimensions: x x inches
- Weight: pounds ( with power brick)
Like many other HP laptops, the Envy x 15 is highly configurable. There are versions with as little as 8GB of RAM and GB of storage, and with the nit and nit display options, as noted above. Intel variants are available as well, including ones with Nvidia GeForce MX graphics.
Some models also have dedicated number pads—our unit does not—and HP continues to sell models with AMD’s Ryzen series CPUs. (Note, however, that the U CPU reviewed here uses AMD’s older Zen 2 architecture.) Pay extra-close attention to the configuration you’re buying, as the tech specs and corresponding experience can vary.
One constant: All the laptops have great port selections, including two high-speed USB-A ports, USB-C, HDMI , and a full-sized SD card slot. HP’s inclusion of a 65W barrel charger is a bit disappointing given that this is still a relatively lightweight PC, but the laptop does accept a charge via its sole USB-C port if you bring your own charger.
Design and display
Compared to HP’s high-end Spectre series, Envy laptops tend to be more reserved in their designs. There’s no “gem-cut” pattern or gold trim, but you still get a sturdy aluminum chassis and edge-to-edge display glass. Our unit came in dark gray, though HP also sells versions in silver and pale gold.
At pounds, the Envy is considerably heavier and bulkier than convertible laptops with or inch displays, and it won’t fit easily into small-to-medium travel bags. That means you must think long and hard about whether the extra screen real estate is worth the sacrifice in portability.
The display has its ups and downs. All Envy x models include × resolution screens, with no options for p or 4K. You’ll notice the pixilation on that inch panel more than you would on laptops with smaller screens. The display touts percent sRGB color gamut support, however, and the peak brightness of nits on our unit is just enough to stay legible outdoors on a sunny day.
Keyboard and trackpad
Typing is a pleasure on the HP Envy x’s backlit keyboard. The keys give off a satisfying tactile bump, and they actuate even if you hit just the corner of a key with your fingernail. That means you won’t run into typing mistakes by not hitting a key at dead center. It’s not a totally silent typing experience, though: While the main keys are quiet, the spacebar and backspace keys are on the clicky side.
Again, note that our review unit has no numerical pad, so the keyboard is centered with speakers on either side. Excel pros may want to seek out the alternate keyboard, but the design on our unit is much better for everyday writing, and southpaws may appreciate its centered trackpad.
HP should also get some credit for stretching its trackpad to take advantage of the inch laptop’s large footprint. While the click mechanism has the same affliction as most Windows laptops do—it gets harder to click near the top edge—that becomes less of an issue when you have more surface area to click on in the first place. The trackpad also has a super-smooth surface and supports Microsoft’s Precision Touchpad features, such as three-finger swipes to expose the desktop or the multitasking menu.
Webcam, security, audio
Now we get to the part of the review that’s pretty much the same across all higher-end Windows laptops. Middling p webcam? Check. Fingerprint reader? Check. Privacy shutter for the camera? Check.
Yes, the HP Envy x 15 has all of those things, though it’s worth noting the particular way HP implements its privacy features: Instead of a shutter that you physically slide over the camera, the Envy x 15 keyboard has convenient kill switch keys for both the camera and the microphone. Hitting the former does in fact throw up a visible cover over the webcam, while the latter amounts to an easy way to mute yourself on Zoom calls. Both keys also have indicator lights to prevent accidental muting.
As for audio, the Envy x’s speakers pack a decent punch, though they don’t sound particularly crisp and you won’t notice a big bass response. The laptop’s dual microphones are more of a standout, producing loud and clear audio for videoconferencing.
A bloatware disclaimer
While preloaded software is a standard part of the Windows laptop experience, HP still deserves some scorn for having more annoying bloatware than most. After setup, you’re bombarded with annoying notifications, including a nag to use Dropbox and an attempt to change your default search engine. McAfee antivirus is pre-loaded, but merely uninstalling the core program doesn’t remove all the company’s software–you have to remove a separate Web Advisor program to keep the company from scanning your downloads. The company also appears to add its own bookmarks to Microsoft Edge.
All these annoyances can be removed, of course, but they make an otherwise pleasant laptop feel decidedly user-hostile out of the gate. HP should really consider scaling back some of this stuff.
AMD is no bit player in the HP Envy x 15 experience. In our review unit, the Ryzen 7 U CPU turned in impressive benchmark scores for productivity, and the integrated Radeon graphics can handle some lightweight 3D gaming.
In PCMark 10, which simulates a range of productivity tasks, the Envy x 15 maintained a slight edge over several laptops with Intel’s 11th-gen Core i7 processors, with a score of 5, Interestingly, the Envy x posted a subpar score in the “Video Editing” section of this benchmark—3,, versus 4, for HP’s Intel-powered Spectre x Other benchmarks that follow seem to save this content creation laptop’s reputation.
The Envy x 15 made remarkably quick work of encoding a large video file using the free HandBrake utility. It got the job done in 26 minutes and 15 seconds, more than 10 minutes faster than similarly equipped laptops with Intel Core i7 processors. Ryzen’s eight-core processor should make it well-suited for video encoding, and the larger chassis gives it more room to disperse heat during heavy workloads compared to or inch laptops. Note that HP also includes air vents along the Envy x 15’s back edge, which keeps the laptop from blowing too much hot air onto your lap.
If HandBrake is a marathon, Cinebench is a sprint, a burst of CPU activity that we test in both single-threaded mode, which reflects the needs of most mainstream applications, and multi-threaded mode, which resembles the demands of more intensive applications such as video editing. To its credit, the laptop’s multi-threaded score was well beyond that of any Intel-powered laptop. Single-threaded performance fell back to the middle of the pack.
For gaming, machines with Intel Xe graphics maintain an edge over the Envy x’s integrated Radeon, as you can see in 3DMark’s Time Spy test. Even so, HP’s laptop can eke out some gaming in a pinch if you manage your expectations. Fortnite ran at a smooth 60 frames per second for me at p with medium graphics settings. To my surprise, Hideo Kojima’s post-apocalyptic head-trip Death Stranding was just barely playable at p on low settings.
Just don’t expect stellar battery life. The HP Envy x 15 lasted for 10 hours and 5 minutes in our looping video rundown test. That’s not bad for a inch laptop, but you can see from our comparison chart how smaller laptops tend to last longer, even with similar battery sizes. (Both the Envy x 15 and the Envy 14 have design capacities of roughly 51Whr, yet the smaller laptop lasted five hours longer.)
All this adds up to a solid value for a inch laptop, especially when you factor in the 16GB of RAM and GB of solid state storage as reviewed. The HP Envy x 15 performs well, has an attractive design, and includes both a great keyboard and a nice array of ports. The convertible touchscreen is just icing, even if it adds a bit of bulk.
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Whether it’s due primarily to the ongoing chip shortages, the increased demand for laptops during the pandemic, or just general performance impressiveness, HP’s Envy x 15 is the latest convertible to launch in both Intel and AMD flavors. The $ (eunr) model we’re looking at here sports an 8-core, thread Ryzen 7 U, paired with 16GB of RAM and a GB NVMe SSD in a pleasing metal chassis that looks and feels premium, without being overly flashy.
It’s a potent hardware combo, complimented by a very good keyboard, and a nit, p panel upgrade that both looks good and performed well in our testing. Whether it winds up making our list of best ultrabooks will have to wait for testing results and a deeper look at some of the laptop’s features. But we like that HP and other manufacturers (like Asus with its ZenBook 13, and Microsoft with its Surface Book) are increasingly giving consumers a choice in premium laptops between AMD and Intel. We’d just like to see the AMD-based models in stock a bit more regularly.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 U|
|Graphics||8-Core AMD Radeon (Integrated)|
|Memory||16 DDR MHz|
|Storage||GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Display||inch, x touchscreen|
|Networking||Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX , Bluetooth 5|
|Ports||1x USB Gen 2 Type-C, 2x USB Gen 2 Type-A, HDMI , SD card reader|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Dimensions(WxDxH)||x x inches / x x mm|
|Weight||pounds / 2 k|
|Price (as configured)||$|
Design of the HP Envy x 15
HP’s Intel Tiger Lake-based Envy x 15s come in a shiny silver, but its Ryzen 5 and 7 models come in a darker metallic grey shell that I find much more appealing. Aside from the attractive modern chrome HP logo on the lid and a tasteful ENVY emblazoned on one of the hinges (and in smaller letters below the keyboard), the design is pleasingly modern and minimal.
The metal shell also feels solid and premium, but at an even 2kg (that’s pounds), this convertible isn’t exactly a lightweight. We haven’t tested many other inch convertibles recently, but of the three inch fold-overs we’ll be pitting this Envy against in our performance testing later, Lenovo’s Yoga 7i is the heaviest, at pounds.
And at x x inches, the HP Envy x 15 also isn’t the sveltest of premium convertibles. But it’s not so bulky that it shouldn’t slip into most backpacks or medium-sized bags without an issue.
My only beef with the general design is a small one. The two vents at the rear of the laptop, in between the hinges where your fingers tend to land when lugging it around, have cut edges that feel a bit sharp. Not so much that they cut or scratched my hand, but they feel a bit rough against your fingers with the pound weight of the laptop pressing the edges into your fingertips. You can avoid this by carrying the laptop with the front edge facing down, but the rear is where the most bulk is, so that’s how I tend to grab and carry laptops, much like a hard-bound book.
In terms of connectivity, the Envy x 15 is well equipped -- in the variety of ports, if not in speed. The left edge houses a headset jack, USB-C, full-size HDMI , and USB-A.
Along the right edge resides an SD card slot, another USB-A, and the barrel connector for power. Note also that the USB-C port on the left side can also be used for charging the laptop--if you bring your own USB-C charger.
The number and form factor of the ports here is solid, but all of the USB ports are Gen 2, which tops out at 10 Gbps. Most of the Intel-based competition, meanwhile, has Thunderbolt ports. And a Thunderbolt 4 or USB 4 port has a top theoretical bandwidth of 40 Gps--four times that of the USB ports here. That said, unless you work with very fast external storage, or hope to plug into multiple high-resolution displays with a single cable, the speed of the ports here should suffice for most users.
Productivity Performance of the HP Envy x 15
Because of its 8-core, Ryzen 7 U processor and 16GB of RAM in our $ review configuration, paired with 16GB of RAM and a GB WD SN SSD, we expected the HP Envy x 15 to stand out compared to the Intel-based convertible competition. And for the most part, it did.
But speaking of competition, there aren’t many inch premium convertibles to pit this system against, so we settled on a trio of slightly smaller (inch screen) competitors. There’s the MSI Prestige 14 Evo, powered by an Intel Core iG7 and selling for $1, in our review configuration. Following that up is the more affordable ($) Lenovo 7i, with its Core iG7 (and a lesser 12GB of RAM). And last on the list is HP’s own Spectre x 14, with an iG7 CPU and an OLED display that sold for $1, in our review configuration.
On Geekbench 5, a synthetic benchmark that measures overall performance, the HP Envy x 15 was a bit behind the Intel-based competition on the single-core test, at 1, But its multicore score of 6, is well ahead of everything else here, with the MSI getting closest at 5,
The Envy x 15’s multithread prowess carried over to our Handbrake test, where we transcode a test file from 4K to p. The Envy finished our test in 8 minutes flat, while the closest competitor here took more than 50% longer, 12 minutes and 27 seconds. And the slowest result here, HP’s own Spectre x 14, took over 10 minutes longer, ().
The Envy x 15 landed just behind HP’s smaller Spectre x 14 on our file transfer test, in which we task laptops to read and write 25GB worth of files. Its speed of MBps wasn’t quite as fast as the Spectre’s , but it was better than anything else here, especially the Lenovo Yoga 7i’s MBps. That said, none of these scores are particularly fast. Any of the best SSDs (at least the best NVMe SSDs) would perform better here.
We also ran the HP Envy x 15 through 20 consecutive Cinebench R23 runs to simulate an extended work session. The laptop averaged a score of , while its CPU ran at an average clock speed of GHz and hit average temperatures of degrees Celsius ( degrees Fahrenheit).
Display on the HP Envy x 15
While the lower-end models of the Envy x 15 ship with a nit p IPS touchscreen, ours came with an upgraded nit model. And even if you opt for one of the lesser versions of this laptop, we’d say it’s worth the $80 up-charge.
Covering 77 percent of the wider DCI-P3 color gamut (and % of the lesser sRGB), this panel isn’t the most colorful. But it’s only really shamed here by the much-pricier Spectre x 14, with its OLED screen. And those two laptops match each other in the brightness department, although our average nit measurement was below HP’s nit rating. Anecdotally, this is an appreciably bright display. I had no problems using it even in my living room with the afternoon sun streaming obnoxiously in.
Aside from flipping through some spring travel photos from years past (sigh), I also watched the Venom: Let There Be Carnage trailer on the laptop. The blacks were nearly as inky as Cletus Kasady’s soul. And while the color palette of that movie is subdued, the few bright spots (the buttons on a lethal injection machine and a raging fire) were as vivid as Venom’s quips about eating Eddie Brock’s friends.
Keyboard and touchpad on the HP Envy x 15
HP carries over what it calls its “All-In-One” keyboard here, which puts handy features like the mic mute and camera shutter buttons on the top row. The power button also lives here, to the left of the delete key. While this has been problematic in the past, it’s tough to activate accidentally here because you actually have to press it for a few seconds to initiate sleep or a shutdown. And HP has given the power button a stiffer feel than the surrounding keys, so you should notice if you’ve hit it by accident.
There’s also a fingerprint reader where you’d normally find the right control or fn key, to the left of the arrow keys. Since I don’t generally use those keys, I like the placement of the biometric sensor here, though I’d prefer if the webcam also worked with Windows Hello -- it does not.
In terms of layout and feel, the keyboard here is very good, with large keys and good spacing, as well as a good amount of travel for a thin laptop. I still prefer Thinkpad keyboards, but what’s here is better than most premium portables. It would just take me a while to get used to the flatness of these keys.
As for the touchpad, it’s nice and roomy at about inches diagonally. HP says it’s 19% larger than in previous models, and most of that’s in the vertical dimension. I had no issues with it handling my swipes, taps and multi-finger gestures. But the surface did have a tendency to pick up finger smudges. So if you care about looks, you’ll want to wipe it down regularly.
Audio on the HP Envy x 15
The pair of downward-firing speakers that sit below the keyboard, on the underside of the HP Envy x 15, are solid if not stellar. They pump out a decent amount of volume that sounds pretty good, especially when the laptop is sitting on a hard desk or table. I listened to the Chaos Theory EP from Colombian Synthwave maestro, Meteor, and the opening track, “Blue Thunder” was loud and clear at maximum volume. The retro synths and rhythm guitars pumped out by the Envy 15 were enough to fill my small living room with a pleasing level of sound--but only just. And I didn’t really notice the punch of the drums the way I did on my desktop, which is currently connected to a Yamaha YAS soundbar.
In short, the speakers on the Envy 15 are fine for watching movies and YouTube clips and listening to music in front of the laptop. But if you like things loud, or with more than a moderate level of low-end thump, you’ll want to pair a Bluetooth speaker or plug in a good set of PC speakers.
Upgradability of the HP Envy x 15
HP says that nothing inside the Envy x 15 is designed to be user-replaceable. And indeed, with only two exposed screws (one of which we couldn’t get to turn, despite a concerted attempt), we couldn’t get the bottom off the laptop ourselves. Likely there are more screws hidden under the rubber foot strips, which would almost certainly be damaged if removed.
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But the company did send us an image (above) of the system with the underside removed. The M.2 SSD behind a shield on the lower-right looks removable, as does the Intel Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth card in the upper-left. And the battery should be fairly easy to replace, so long as you’re careful about the speaker cable that sits just below it. In fact, HP has posted a video explaining exactly how to remove the battery, here.
But again, given that you’ll likely have to damage the bottom of the laptop to do any upgrades, you should probably opt for the components you’ll be happy with when buying from HP, rather than attempting to add something yourself later on.
Battery Life on the HP Envy x 15
On our battery test, which involves browsing the web, running OpenGL tests and streaming video over Wi-Fi, all at nits, the Envy x didn’t look bad compared to the competition -- but it didn’t stand out either. Lasting 11 hours and 23 minutes was enough to catapult it ahead of the smaller, OLED-equipped Spectre x 14 (which lasted just 7 hours and 14 minutes). But both the MSI and Lenovo competition lasted about an hour longer. Still, 11 hours of unplugged runtime is solid and should be enough to get you through a workday, unless you’re doing more CPU-intensive tasks.
Heat on the HP Envy x 15
The HP Envy x 15 didn’t get overly warm during our temperature benchmark, where we stream video for 15 minutes and then record its temperature in key areas.
The convertible’s touchpad registered degrees Fahrenheit ( Celcius) Fahrenheit), while the center of its keyboard (between the G and H Keys) hit degrees Fahrenheit ( Celcius). On the underside, things were a bit warmer, but far from toasty. Most of the surface registered between 86 and 87 degrees Fahrenheit ( Celcius, but the hottest point was near the back vents, where the temperature climbed to degrees Fahrenheit ( Celsius) near the back of the laptop and its vents.
Webcam on the HP Envy x 15
The Envy x 15’s webcam is decent in terms of color accuracy and dealing with low light. But its resolution is stuck at p, so don’t expect miracles (or even a marvel) when it comes to detail.
For those dark morning work calls, the company also bundles its Enhanced Lighting app. It lets you use the display’s backlight as rudimentary lighting to illuminate your face. I could see this coming in handy in a pinch, but it also obscures large parts of the screen while you’re using it, which means you either have to make your video call window small, or you won’t be able to see some people. You can choose to have the display’s top and bottom, sides, or both turn into light bars, or opt for a circular ring-like light, and even adjust the color temperature. But if you have reason to use this more than once or twice, you should probably just invest in a rechargeable light like this $20 model from Neewer, which will almost certainly put out more light, while also letting you actually see and use your full laptop screen.
The handiest feature here is a physical shutter, housed inside the bezel. Hit the camera icon button just to the left of the power button, on the top row of the keyboard, and you can see the shutter engage, and the hole in front of the camera gets obscured by a series of diagonal white lines, so you know your camera is blocked at a glance. With physical shutters like this, I always wonder how often they get jammed or otherwise fail over months and years of use. But so long as the shutter doesn’t get stuck in a position that blocks your webcam, you can always just use a piece of tape or a sticker to block the camera when you need privacy.
Software and Warranty on the HP Envy x 15
HP has done a fairly good job of keeping the bloatware that’s here under control. Because after casually using and testing the laptop, I didn’t think there was much. But one long look at (and a full scroll down) the start menu reveals shortcuts for McAfee. Booking.com, Adobe trials, Lastpass, ExpressVPN and the Utomik games subscription service, among others. Many of these are just shortcuts, which isn’t quite as bad as pre-installed software, but while there’s a lot here, I didn’t notice much in the way of nagging popups, which I appreciate.
HP bundles its own software as well, including (oddly, for a non-gaming laptop), its Omen software, which gathers your game installs and screen grabs from various services into one place. Perhaps this makes a bit of sense, as the laptops AMD integrated Radeon graphics are more capable of light gaming than older Intel Integrated graphics. But if you want to play more than casual and older titles, you should probably invest in something with a dedicated GPU.
Also here is HP Command Center, which presents system information, lets you manually adjust cooling and performance, and prioritize the network traffic for specific programs.
Command Center also has an interesting Focus Mode that, when activated, gives the screen’s full brightness to whatever window is in the foreground, while dimming out your desktop background and other apps. The company claims this can help with battery life, and perhaps it will for some. But Windows already has a “focus mode” for when you want to just focus on one thing: It’s generally enabled by clicking the box in the upper-right corner to make what you’re working on take up the whole screen.
HP sells the Envy x 15 with a one year limited hardware warranty and 90 days of phone support.
HP Envy x 15 Configurations
Aside from the $ Envy x 15 system we’re looking at here with a Ryzen 7, 16GB of RAM and a GB SSD, the company sells a $ model with a Ryzen 5 U, 8GB of RAM and a GB SSD.
There are a couple of Intel-based, silver-clad Envy x 15 options, but for fans of the Atari (or grandma’s old station wagon), there’s also a “nightfall black+ wood modern walnut” option that’s black with woodgrain paneling. That model sells for $ with a Core iG7, 8GB of RAM, and a GB SSD. As is typical with HP, you can configure most of these models with more RAM or storage, and better screens. Interestingly, on the woodgrain-adorned Intel model, you can also choose a 4K AMOLED display for an extra $ Note to HP: It would be nice to have that option on the AMD-powered variants as well.
While the HP Envy x 15 is a smartly designed premium inch convertible that performs well and has a good keyboard and display. At $, it’s a good option, especially for those doing video editing or other highly threaded tasks on the go. With 8 cores and 16 threads, it outperforms similarly sized Intel-based alternatives and even manages to deliver strong (though not class-leading) battery life in the process.
The convertible’s primary problem is one we’ve seen quite often over the last year, and longer than that when it comes to AMD-based laptops with higher-end CPUs: It’s consistently out of stock. Every time we checked while testing and reviewing this model, over the course of about two weeks, it was sold out. And as we were finishing up this review, most of the Intel-based models were as well, so perhaps stock issues aren’t just limited to AMD-based devices. Should that situation improve, this convertible is worth considering. But there are also plenty of great alternatives on our best ultrabooks and premium laptops page.
Convertible hp envy x360
HP Envy x 13 () review: This small 2-in-1 is more premium than its price
The Envy x normally starts at $ and the configuration I tested was $ (£, AU$2,). (For those looking to spend even less, check out our list of best laptops under $) The price is more than reasonable for what you get, but the biggest issue I had with the Envy x 13 was its availability.
The Envy x aynr I tested would regularly come in and out of stock. At the moment, though, it looks like HP has supply ironed out and you can configure it with U or U processor. The inch version has more availability, so if you don't mind a larger display, it starts at $ Also, if you're not a die-hard AMD fan, it is readily available with Intel processors in both and inch sizes.
HP Envy x 13 (, inch)
|Price as reviewed||$|
|Display size/resolution||inch, 1,x1,pixel IPS touchscreen|
|Processor||GHz AMD Ryzen U|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 (soldered)|
|Storage||GB PCIe NVME SSD|
|Ports||2x USB-A ( Gen 1), 1x USB-C ( Gen 2), MicroSD|
|Networking||Wi-Fi 6 (ax), Bluetooth|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows Home|
|Weight||pounds ( kg)|
Streamlined and simple
HP was aiming for a minimalist design with the Envy x and I'd say it hit the mark. Made from aluminum, the outside is clean and subtle. The lid lifts easily and the display doesn't have much of a bezel around it at all, including the bottom, which is significantly smaller than the model. That reduction shifts the keyboard and touchpad up with the keyboard going nearly edge to edge.
It's a comfortable keyboard with a two-level backlight. The key legends are easy to read and the function keys include the usual hotkeys for volume and screen brightness along with options to instantly mute your mic and block the webcam for privacy. A responsive fingerprint reader is nearly hidden in the keyboard, sitting between the right Alt key and left arrow key.
The glossy display is definitely a highlight here. It has excellent color and contrast and, at nits, it's bright. Not quite bright enough to see past reflections outside on a sunny day, but otherwise it's great. The reduced bezels do make it more comfortable to use on your arm as a tablet and the display supports simultaneous pen and touch input and works with MPP pens.
AMD's got what it takes
No doubt about it, AMD's newest mobile processors outperform pricier Intel CPUs. The Ryzen U can keep pace with an Intel Core iG7 and it isn't even the fastest AMD chip available for this two-in-one. There isn't a huge gap in performance between the U and higher-end U, so if only one or the other is available you'll be in good shape regardless. Aside from the processor, though, you might want to go with a configuration with 16GB of memory. The memory is soldered on and that means models with 8GB of memory can't be upgraded.
The Envy x's battery lasted a fairly long time. On our streaming video test, it hit 10 hours. In general use -- streaming music, browsing, writing and basic photo editing -- it was closer to 7 hours. However, it does charge quickly, getting up to 50% in 30 minutes.
The HP Envy x 13 is an excellent small two-in-one with a higher-end design than you'd typically get at this price -- assuming you can find one in stock. Factor in the solid AMD performance and battery life and it's an easy recommendation.
|Acer Swift 3||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (bit); GHz AMD Ryzen 7 U; 8GB LPDDR4 GHz; MB Radeon; GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|HP Envy 17 ()||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (bit); GHz Intel Core iG7; 16GB DDR4 RAM GHz; Nvidia GeForce MX; GB SSD|
|HP Envy x 13 ()||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (bit); GHz AMD Ryzen 5 U; 8GB DDR4 GHz; MB Radeon; GB PCIe NVMe SSD|
|Asus VivoBook S15 SFA||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (bit); GHz Intel Core iU; 8GB DDR4 RAM GHz; MB Intel UHD Graphics; GB SSD|
|Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (Intel)||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (bit); GHz Intel Core iG7; 16GB DDR4 RAM GHz; MB Intel Iris Plus Graphics; GB SSD|
|Dell Inspiron 14||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (bit); GHz Intel Core iU; 8GB DDR4 RAM GHz; MB Intel UHD Graphics; GB SSD|
The HP Envy x Convertible inch is an ultra-thin slab of stylish all-metal goodness that’s highly portable, with spry performance that I’ve grown fond of. The AMD Ryzen-powered convertible is similar to previous models but with improved performance thanks to the updated AMD Ryzen 7 U processor and Radeon Graphics.
Upon first glance, the Envy’s styling will be familiar to HP users as the angular tight, sturdy design is now in use in everything from the Envy 13 to the HP ZBook Studio laptops, and admittedly, it’s a favorite of mine. So I took this energetic charcoal hybrid out for an adventure to see how it would handle my daily routine.
HP Envy x 15 pricing and configurations
HP Envy x 15 specs
Price: $ (starting); $ as reviewed
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 U CPU
GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics
Storage: GB SSD
Display: inch, p IPS LED
Size: x x inches
The HP Envy x Convertible 15 (eunr) review unit I received costs $ and has a GHz AMD Ryzen 7 U processor, Radeon integrated graphics, 16GB of RAM, a GB PCIe SSD, and a inch, x pixel IPS touch display.
The entry-level Envy x 15 is a inch that costs $ and comes with an Intel Core iG7 processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a GB SSD for storage.
HP Envy x 15 design
The ultra-thin charcoal gray slate styling of the HP Envy x is one of my faves as it feels like it’s ready for heroic action. Its angular lines make me think of The Falcon’s drone Redwing, just brimming with potential, prepared to take action but in stealth mode due to its dark grey coloring.
When opening the Envy, the hinges provided firm resistance, an excellent sign of solidly constructed hinges, which you want in a 2-in Opening the lid allows your eyes to meet the lovely backlit Chiclet-style keyboard. On either side of the keyboard are two Bang & Olufsen tuned speakers, and beneath the keyboard is an amply-sized touchpad. The fingerprint reader is to the right of the alt key.
Measuring x x inches and weighing pounds, it the heaviest of the three members of its group which includes the Dell Latitude 2-in-1 ( pounds, x x inches) and the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ ( pounds, x x inches).
HP Envy x 15 security
The HP Envy x offers security and privacy features, starting with Windows Hello’s facial recognition in conjunction with the IR webcam and proximity sensor to lock unwanted individuals and wake up when the user returns. There is also a fingerprint reader for extra security and a shutter button to block out the webcam.
HP Envy x 15 ports
The HP Envy x arrives with a fair amount of ports for its size. You’ll find a USB-Type A port, an SD card slot, and an AC power port on the right.
We find another USB-A port, an HDMI port, a USB-C port, and a audio jack on the left.
HP Envy x 15 display
The HP Envy x inch, p FHD touch display produces images and video nicely with rich color saturation, delivering solid brightness and contrast. When I'm feeling a bit down I enjoy watching Iron Man on Disney Plus, as it’s my favorite. The scene where Robert Downey Jr. is off playing in the casino while they're showing a video of Stark's accomplishments, as Rhode is about to accept his apogee award, is hilarious and was rendered nicely by the Envy’s display.
During another scene, Tony finally adorns the Iron Man armor and flies off to the Gulmira to destroy his weapons. We see his face right before his helmet closes and it just sets the mood.
The Envy’s display warmly produced the red and gold of his armor when we first see him raises his arms to use his repulsors and his palms light up.
Lastly, when Iron Man has been knocked out of the sky, and he comes crashing down, stands up slowly, then turns to blow up the tank with one single missile, and slow walks away as if to say, "not on my watch," the Envy x’s screen never disappointed as it rendered each moment crisply with excellent saturation.
When we measured the screen's color reproduction capabilities, the Envy x scored 77% on our DCI-P3 color gamut test, falling below the premium laptop average of %. However, it was still first in its group. The Surface Pro 7+ scored %, and the Dell Latitude led our group with a score of %.
The HP Envy x has an average brightness of nits, short of the nit average. The Surface Pro 7+ was the group’s star with nits, and the Latitude rounded us out with nits.
I have a major pet peeve with 2-in-1 makers, including HP. The touchscreen display is highly responsive and accurate, but I’m disappointed that it doesn’t come with a stylus. It seems like a wasted opportunity, especially at this price point. It is a significant swing and miss for HP but also for many other makers. Many Chromebooks, which are much cheaper, come with a stylus; even a simple stylus would be better than just not including one at all.
HP Envy x 15 audio
The HP Envy x’s Bang & Olufsen tuned speakers produced louder audio than I expected. I never expect a bass-thumping experience in this form factor, and that holds true for the Envy. However, they were loud enough to enjoy watching a video and listen to music in our studio apartment.
While listening to Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” his voice was crystal clear, with solid range and timbre. Bruno’s occasional falsetto was crisp and sweet. The bass is alright but, as expected, lacked thump. However, the speakers are meant for meetings and casual use, not to throw an impromptu rave.
While watching Iron Man, the machine-gun fire was accurate; his repulsors had that nice whine followed by the blast; explosions sounded full enough, and the vocals were clear. Overall, the Envy produces solid quality audio but wireless headphones would be best if you want to experience more robust sound.
HP Envy x 15 keyboard and touchpad
The Envy x’s keyboard is a joy to type on, even with my giant Shrek-like hands. The travel on the clicky, backlit keyboard is excellent. Typing was a pleasure. I found it refreshing for such a small, tightly built convertible.
I scored a shocking 96 words per minute with 95% accuracy on the 10fastfingers test. My usual wpm average is between 70% and 85%.
The 5 x inch touchpad on the Envy is massive and does a great job of executing Windows 10 gestures, including three or four-fingered swipes and simple finger taps. The bottom corners of the touchpad are super clicky and responsive.
HP Envy x 15 performance
With its AMD Ryzen 7 U processor, 16GB of RAM, and GB PCIe SSD, the Envy x performed well during most tasks. I pushed it to the brink on some workloads, including opening 40 Google Chrome tabs, a few of them running videos and editing in Google Docs without experiencing any hiccups.
During our synthetic benchmark tests, the Envy x was the victor of our group with a score of 6, during the Geekbench overall performance test. It performed above the 4, premium laptop average. The Latitude came in second at 5,, with the Surface Pro 7+ (Intel Core iG7 CPU), placing third with 4,
The HP Envy x took 8 minutes to convert a 4K video to p on the Handbrake test. It blew away the average. The Latitude took 17 minutes and 16 seconds, placing second, while the Surface Pro dragged its feet with a time of
During our File Transfer test, the Envy scored megabytes per second while transferring 25GB of mixed media, which is below the premium laptop average of MBps. The Surface Pro 7+'s GB SSD hit MBps, followed by the Latitude's SSD.
HP Envy x Convertible 15 graphics
The Envy x came with an integrated AMD Radeon graphics and performed smoothly while watching videos or playing games. Playing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Gathering Storm in p, our unit scored an average of 35 frames per second, which is above the fps premium laptop average. The Latitude followed with a score of 20 frames per second, and the Surface Pro 7+ closed us out, scoring just 15fps.
When we ran the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, the Latitude scored below the 4, average at 3, The Latitude led our group with 4,, with the Surface Pro 7+ scoring 3, to put this benchmark behind us.
HP Envy x 15 battery life
The Envy x lasted 11 hours and 23 minutes during the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which consists of continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at nits of brightness. That time is above the premium laptop average. The Latitude clocked in at a whopping while the Surface Pro 7+ barely finished the workday at
HP Envy x 15 heat
The HP Envy x is a chilly customer day or night. During our heat test (15 minutes of playing a fullscreen HD video), the touchpad measured degrees Fahrenheit, with the center of the keyboard measuring in at 83 degrees. The laptop’s undercarriage reached degrees, which is below our degree comfort threshold.
HP Envy x 15 webcam
The p IR webcam on the HP Envy x is par for the course for integrated webcams. The colors in my test shots came out nicely saturated, especially my tawny complexion. Details were sharp, capturing minute aspects of my beard and facial features. The most remarkable part about the webcam is the shutter button located to the left of the power button. With one simple press, you can make sure your privacy is kept secret.
Overall, the webcam delivers solid performance during video conferencing, but if you want a higher resolution shooter, check out our best webcams page.
HP Envy x 15 software and warranty
The HP Envy x takes a minimalist approach to bloatware, and you mostly find the standard Windows 10 OS holdover such as Xbox Console Companion and Xbox Game bar, as well as Skype.
Some proprietary HP applications like the HP Command Center allow you some intimate access to things like boosting your network speed. HP’s enhanced lighting app creates a ring light on the screen that helps illuminate your face during video conferencing and is highly adjustable.
Lastly, my favorite HP app is Quickdrop; it allows you to transfer files from your phone to your laptop instantly and is one of the most user-friendly apps you can use.
The HP Envy x 15 comes with a one-year warranty with 90 days of phone support. See how HP fared during Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands, our annual special reports.
The HP Envy x 15 is a solid choice that offers peppy performance and is handy for mobile professionals or college students who need something relatively lightweight. Thanks to its AMD Ryzen 7 U processor, the Envy can handle most of your work and entertainment needs. Also, the notebook has some excellent security features to ensure your essential data remains safe.
Starting at just $ (our review unit cost $) the HP Envy x 15 offers good specs and performance for the price. It is far less expensive than the Dell Latitude (starting price $1,) or the Surface Pro 7+ ($1,). However, the lack of a stylus is frustrating.
HP Envy x 15t Touch Specs
|CPU||GHz Intel Core iU Dual Core Processor|
|Card Slots||SD/SDHC Card reader|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics|
|Hard Drive Size||GB|
|Hard Drive Speed||5,rpm|
|Hard Drive Type||Serial ATA|
|Ports (excluding USB)||SD card slot, RJ, Headphone/Mic, HDMI, USB , USB|
|RAM Upgradable to||8GB|
|Touchpad Size||x inches|
|Warranty/Support||1-year limited hardware warranty|
|Wi-Fi Model||Qualcomm Atheros QCA|
Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.
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