Joining the Work From Home force is the most common thing in this corona-virus lock down period. Most of us are even enjoying it to sit at our homes with a cup of coffee and work on our projects and deadlines. Along with this, having a super-notebook-desktop like The HP Envy x360 (2020) on your desk is like Icing on the Cake.
Even though Covid-19 has made the human race like a stagnant lake, the review section of Techs and Bots-are boosting their way up to the peaks. And today, we have something that Intel should be really worried about – The HP Envy x360 (2020).
Here we will be covering the 15 most important specs of the HP like –
- Specs and Price
- Build and Construction
- Webcam and Fingerprint Scanner
- Pen Support
- Keyboard and Touch-pad
- User Upgrade-ability
- Performance & Benchmarks
- Battery Life & Charging
So let’s dive in this premium and super-fast Razor notebook-PC.
1. Specs and Price
HP Envy x360(2020) might be the most excited and highly anticipated ultra-portable of 2020. It’s running the AMD Ryzen-5 processor with integrated Radeon graphics, and users noted that the performance had surpassed their expectations. They are impressed with what this machine can do. Now, as far as battery life. It’s Looking good, everything good with the all-metal design 13.3-inch display, which is gorgeous and everything you’d want in a two-in-one convertible.
This laptop comes in three different skews that you can get it with
Ryzen – 3
Ryzen – 5
Ryzen – 7
This review unit is Ryzen – 5. It’s the 4500U, 8 gigabytes of ddr4 RAM, and also as 256 gigs of SSD storage, and you can pick that one up for $89.99. Now you can step up to the Ryzen – 7 for 4700-U with 8 gigabytes of RAM, 512 gigs of SSD storage, and that comes in at $1,000 over at HP.
2. Build and Construction
Now one of the reasons that users liked it is its premium all-metal build at 2.92 pounds/ 1.33 kilograms. This is a premium device, and it’s not too heavy nor too light.
The left side has a
- 5-millimeter audio jack
- A drop draw for USB A port and the USB-C Port that does Data charge and display out
- A barrel pin connector.
Now moving over to the right side
- Micro-SD card slot for storage expansion,
- A second USB A port
- Power port for that Barrel pin connector AC adapter
No Thunderbolt 3 here for the Ryzen-5 processors were waiting for USB 4.0, which will have pretty much the same technology.
As far as design is concerned, they went with a minimalist approach, which users love, and they also like the color – its nightfall black, and it looks really good.
The Envy X-360 has a 16:10 aspect ratio. It is a 13.3-inch display which is really good. It has a resolution of 1920×1080. Really deep blacks, vibrant colors, Good contrast, and accurate colors also get pretty bright coming in at 435 nits. – And that’s above the 400 nits claimed by HP. The somewhat glossy this blade is not overly glossy. So in direct sunlight, not too many issues, especially because it does get bright enough for outdoor use. Now, as far as the coverage of the color Gamut – 96% SRGB. This will be the right choice for Creative professionals. They want to do Photoshop, Lightroom, and of course, video editing is a decent choice. They went from a 79% screen to body ratio from last year to 88% screen to body ratio this year, slimming down those bezels giving off a really sleek and modern look that’s looking good.
6. Webcam and Fingerprint Scanner
There is a 720p, 30 frames per second camera. Unfortunately, it’s not an infrared camera that means you cannot log in with Windows Hello. Still, it is in an excellent proper position in that top bezel, giving you an ability to use this presume for Skype or whatever you need for your work from home needs. And this time, they put a dedicated button that allows you to turn off the webcam, which turns silver. It also has a dedicated mic mute button that works well since we’re all working from home, and we’re doing a lot of Zoom and Skype calls. There is a fingerprint scanner that works pretty well, registering the finger every time users used it. It’s also great for an extra layer of security.
This being a 2 in 1 convertible, you can put it into the tent mode, which is great for recipes in the kitchen, consuming media, watching Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube.
The same can be said for the stand mode.
You could always put it into the Tablet mode great for use with the pen.
8. Pen Support
This supports the new pen that HP sells, which supports the MPP 2.0 standard that’ll definitely be something similar to the Surface Pro pen. Now HP wasn’t able to send out the new MPP 2.0 Pen, but users can hope to get one in the future.
9. Keyboard and Touchpad
It has good key travel, good tactile feedback, and users like the way the keys are spaced out, which is comfortable to type on for extended periods. And also has a multi-stage backlight allowing you to get work done in a dark room or a dimly lit environment.
It has a Precision touchpad. It’s a smooth touchpad. It works well in terms of responsiveness. And as far as two-finger scrolling is concerned, it all is buttery smooth, and all the windows, ten gestures are working as advertised.
10. User Upgradeability
Now, as far as user upgradability is concerned, it’s a mixed bag. Now, it’s not the easiest to get inside this laptop. But if you do get inside, the RAM will be soldered into the Motherboard, and you won’t be able to upgrade that, but you can upgrade the SSD, which is good news on that front.
It has Wi-Fi 6 along with Bluetooth 5.0. So it’s future-proofed going forward. Users see really good range, uploads, downloads, and it has a good connection.
We have inside the AMD Ryzen 5 – the 4500 U with integrated Radeon graphics, and users are super impressed with the results. It’s great for everyday tasks. You could also do gaming on this. Now users found that the best settings or the low settings are 1080p.
You can play playable frame rates with rocket League, GTA 5, doomed 2016, Witcher 3, and many more, so this is impressive engineering featured by AMD to put an excellent processor and integrated graphics that don’t get too hot.
The thermals were impressive as it didn’t get overly hot and uncomfortable even under heavy load. It does have a fan that will kick in under heavy load, but that’s pretty typical of any thin and light laptop. So they did a really good job in terms of The Thermals and what’s really great is that this supports free sync. This is not something we normally see on an ultraportable. Now it does have the HP Command Center that gives you the different thermal profiles. You could do the
- HP recommended
- Performance mode
- Quiet mode.
It all gives you that ability to change the Thermal profiles, and users like that control it give them different modes.
Battery Life & Charging
Now in the past, these AMD chips were not the best in terms of efficiency when it comes to battery life. This all changes with the AMD Ryzen 5 processors. Now has a 51-watt hour battery. It did 10 hours and 41 minutes on my continuous web surfing test over Wi-Fi at 115 nits, which is good. Now, if you do need Plug in the included 65-watt Barrel pin connector adapter charges pretty quickly in under two hours to be specific – 1 hour and 48 minutes. Now the HP Envy X-360 Sports bottom facing speakers. They get pretty loud. They have a pretty decent sound to them
Summing up –
Going for the PROS –
- Bright vibrant full HD display
- Great performance
- AMD Ryzen 5 processor
- Integrated Graphics.
- Supports adaptive sync support for gaming.
- Upgradable SSD.
- USB C charging
- Barrel pin connector charger
- Long battery life
- Impressive speakers.
- And it also has a webcam shutter button.
The negatives here is that
- The RAM is not upgradable
- No Thunderbolt 3
- No HDMI port
- No IR camera
This review is one that has the Ryzen 5. You can’t get it with the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 7. Ryzen 5 does give you great performance as you saw by the Numbers. It also gives good battery life. It is pretty efficient. And it also runs pretty cool through in terms of The Thermals. I think the rise in five might be The Sweet Spot When it comes to these processors. Now, as far as this metal design is concerned, this is the Nightfall black color that HP calls it, and it gives a Sleek dark look, but of course, this doesn’t have a Thunderbolt 3 Port as we know because AMD didn’t license it from Intel. They’re waiting for USB 4.0, which will have the same technology which should be coming next.
So that’s all about the HP Envy- X360. It can surely upgrade your style and performance to WFH in this Covid-19 lockdown.
Hope all your questions like –
- Is the HP Envy x360 good?
- When was the HP Envy x360 released?
- How long does the HP Envy battery last?
- What stylus works with HP Envy x360?
Are answered and Hope you like it. Thanks for Reading.
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