HP Envy x360 15 AMD Review: A Nice 2-in-1 with Poor Colours

HP Envy x360 15 (AMD) review: Inventive efficiency for $1,000?

MSRP $1,000.00

“The HP Envy x360 15 with its AMD Ryzen 7 5700U is a high-powered 2-in-1 held again by a disappointing show.”

Professionals

  • Wonderful productiveness efficiency
  • Strong construct high quality
  • Conservative attractiveness
  • Wonderful keyboard and touchpad
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Poor efficiency in Adobe purposes
  • Battery life hampered by small battery capability
  • Show does not supply extensive sufficient colours

Quick efficiency for content material creation can get very costly. That’s very true on laptops.

HP’s Envy x360 15, powered by AMD Ryzen, is an antidote to that downside. The general design has been tweaked, and HP now positions the 15-inch 2-in-1 — like different Envy machines, together with the Envy 14 and the Envy 15 — as a machine made particularly for creators.

I reviewed a $1,000 configuration outfitted with the AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and a 15.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) show within the more and more out of date 16:9 side ratio. That’s a pretty worth for a robust laptop — on paper. Does the Envy x360 15 really dwell as much as its promise of being a creator’s dream machine?

Design

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Like different current Envy machines, the Envy x360 15 was designed with a minimalist aesthetic. Almost definitely, that’s to distinguish from HP’s Spectre line, which makes use of a gem-cut chassis and coloured chrome edges to make a robust style assertion. The Envy x360 15 is way less complicated, with a uniform Dusk Black colour that, to my eyes, appears brown in sure lighting, rounded edges, and no different accents to any of the chamfered edges. The one splash of colour is the gold HP emblem on the lid. Just like the Envy 14, Envy 15, and Lenovo’s Yoga line, it’s a pretty laptop that received’t announce itself in a crowd.

Additionally, like the remainder of the Envy line, the Envy x360 15 is fabricated from stamped aluminum, one other distinguishing function from the CNC machined aluminum used within the Spectres. Even so, the Envy x360 15 feels strong, with no bending within the lid and just a bit keyboard flex. It’s not as stable because the Spectre x360 15 or, say, the Dell XPS 15, nevertheless it nonetheless appears like a premium laptop. The lid is slightly stiff, requiring two palms to open, nevertheless it holds the show in place in clamshell, tent, media, and pill modes.

By way of its dimension, the Envy x360 15 advantages from an 88.7% screen-to-body ratio, which means its bezels are moderately small round all edges. The chin’s slightly giant, however that’s to be anticipated with a 360-degree convertible. It’s not fairly as chiseled because the Spectre x360 15 with its 90% screen-to-body ratio, nevertheless it’s shut sufficient.

It’s solely barely wider and taller than its extra premium sibling, and it’s 0.72 inches thick and weighs 4.11 kilos — fairly a bit thinner and lighter than the Spectre’s 0.76 inches and 4.81 kilos. A few of that weight distinction is because of the battery capability, the place the Envy x360 15 has simply 51 watt-hours in comparison with the Spectre’s 84 watt-hours. By comparability, the Dell XPS 15 can be 0.71 inches thick and weighs 4.5 kilos with its 97 watt-hour battery. The Envy x360 15 is a fairly sized 15-inch 2-in-1, however it should nonetheless be cumbersome in pill mode.

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There’s loads of connectivity, with a USB-A 3.1 port, full-size HDMI 2.0 port, USB-C 3.1 port, and audio jack alongside the left-hand facet, and one other USB-A 3.1 port and a full-size SD card reader alongside the right-hand facet. Sadly, there’s no Thunderbolt 4 help given the AMD chipset, limiting flexibility and efficiency. Wi-fi connectivity is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 through an Intel AX 200 radio.

Efficiency

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AMD’s newest Ryzen CPUs have been prime performers in CPU-intensive duties, and I used to be trying ahead to placing the Ryzen 7 5700U via its paces. I anticipated stable CPU efficiency and GPU efficiency consistent with Intel’s Iris Xe, and that’s just about what I acquired. Observe that HP’s Command Heart utility that gives totally different efficiency settings didn’t have a lot impression on the Envy x360 15 (as in comparison with the Spectre x360 14, which was a lot sooner in “Efficiency” mode), and so I’m not mentioning these settings on this review.

Beginning with Geekbench 5, the Envy x360 15 scored second-highest within the multi-core take a look at amongst our comparability group within the desk under. Solely the MacBook Professional 13 with Apple’s M1 ARM CPU was sooner, and not one of the Intel-based laptops have been even shut. As typical, issues have been a bit totally different within the single-core take a look at, the place Intel’s chips carried out higher than all however the Ryzen 7 5800U and the Apple M1.

Within the PCMark 10 Full benchmark, the Envy x360 15 got here in second once more, this time behind the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED working a Ryzen 7 5800U. That’s due to a excessive rating within the Content material Creation portion of the take a look at, the place solely Intel 45-watt H-series CPUs have scored higher. The Ryzen 7 5700U beat out the complete area of U-series Tiger Lake laptops.

In our extra real-world Handbrake take a look at that converts a 420MB video to H.265, the Envy x360 15 was the quickest machine, even beating out the ZenBook 13 OLED with its sooner Ryzen 7 chip. It was twice as quick because the HP Spectre x360 14 and virtually 80 seconds sooner than the Dell XPS 13. And in Cinebench 23, the Envy x360 15 was the quickest laptop we’ve examined, interval — together with H-series laptops. Merely put, should you’re working a content material creation software that depends on the CPU, the Envy x360 15 is a superb machine to have at your disposal.

The identical can’t be stated for the PugetBench benchmark that makes use of Premiere Professional to run via a sequence of demanding video enhancing duties. Right here, the Envy x360 15 managed a rating of simply 185. The Samsung Galaxy Guide Professional 360 with a Core i7-1165G7 and Intel Iris Xe graphics scored 241, whereas the HP Envy 14 with a Core i5-1135G7 and Nvidia GeForce 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU scored a a lot increased 432.

Clearly, Intel and Adobe have labored collectively to optimize Premiere Professional for Intel chips, and the take a look at completely advantages from a sooner GPU. The latter is probably going true for any software that may use the GPU to speed up processes.

Geekbench (single/multi) Handbrake (seconds) Cinbench R23 (single/multi) PCMark 10 3DMark Time Spy
HP Envy x360 15
(Ryzen 7 5700U)
1198/6790 116 1258/8131 5419 1471
Asus ZenBook 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 5800U
1423/6758 124 1171 /7824 6034 1342
Lenovo Yoga 9i
(Core i7-10750H)
1285/5551 144 1141/6400 5173 3487
HP Spectre x360 14
(Core i7-1165G7)
1214/ 4117 236 1389 /3941 4728 1457
HP Envy 15 (Core i7-10750H) 1274/5542 139 N/A N/A 5123
MacBook Professional 13 (M1) 1707/7337 N/A 1487 /7547 N/A N/A
Dell XPS 13 (Core i7-1185G7) 1549/5431 204 1399/ 4585 N/A 1380

The Ryzen CPUs are additionally restricted in gaming due to built-in Radeon Graphics which might be about as fast within the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark as Intel Iris Xe. I additionally ran Fortnite, the place the Envy x360 15 managed 25 frames per second (fps) at 1080p and excessive graphics, and 16 fps with epic graphics chosen. That’s inside a number of fps of Tiger Lake laptops with Intel Iris Xe graphics, which means the Envy x360 15 isn’t actually meant for gaming.

Show

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Together with efficiency, a wonderful show with extensive and correct colours can be on any content material creator’s want record. The Envy x360 15, subsequently, ought to supply up simply that if it needs to focus on artistic varieties.

Sadly, the 2-in-1’s IPS Full HD show — which I feel is simply too low a decision for 15-inch shows — falls brief. It was the identical with the Envy 14 (though that machine benefitted from a 16:10 side ratio), which in lots of different methods was a wonderful creator’s workstation. Like that laptop, the Envy x360 15’s show suffered from colours which might be lots extensive for premium productiveness laptops at 71% of AdobeRGB and 95% of sRGB, however too slim for anybody doing critical picture or video enhancing.

The HP Envy 15 with its OLED show, one other laptop that HP touts for creatives, hit 97% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, and Dell’s XPS 15 with its 4K show hits 100% of each gamuts. The Envy x360 did effectively in colour accuracy at 1.06 (the place 1.0 or much less is taken into account wonderful), in comparison with the Envy 15 at 0.73 and the XPS 15 at 0.65.

The Envy x360 15’s show additionally wasn’t very vibrant, hitting simply 270 nits and effectively underneath our most well-liked threshold of 300 nits. The Envy 15 managed 404 nits and the XPS 15 got here in at 442 nits. Distinction additionally wasn’t a energy for the Envy x360 15, which hit 900:1 (underneath our premium threshold of 1,000:1), the place the Envy 15’s OLED panel was at a ridiculous 404,410:1 and the XPS 15 was at 1480:1 (wonderful for an IPS show).

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The underside line is that whereas the Envy x360 15’s show can be fantastic for productiveness customers, critical content material creators will bemoan the shortage of colours. I discovered the show to be fantastic for penning this review, albeit the brightness was nonetheless too low, but when I have been doing any critical work in Photoshop or Premiere Professional, then I’d have been dissatisfied.

The audio was lots loud with no distortion, and mids and highs have been nice. Nevertheless, there was minimal bass, and though it appears like there are audio system on both sides of the keyboard, there are simply two downward-firing audio system. You’ll need headphones or Bluetooth audio system for music or lengthy Netflix binge classes.

Keyboard and touchpad

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The Envy x360 15 inherited the wonderful keyboard from its Spectre siblings, providing up nice spacing, giant and enticing keycaps, and loads of journey. The switches supply a pleasant bounce and a cushty bottoming motion, affording loads of precision for quick typists. It’s my favourite keyboard behind Apple’s Magic Keyboard on the most recent MacBooks. Solely Dell’s XPS line comes shut. One draw back to the laptop’s design as that the facility button is on the keyboard, which means you need to open the lid to energy it on.

The touchpad is nineteen% bigger than the final model, taking on nearly all of the area accessible on the keyboard deck. That’s a welcome improve, and the Microsoft Precision touchpad was responsive and dependable with the complete gamut of Home windows 10 multitouch gestures. The contact show additionally helps MPP 2.0 pen protocol with 4,096 stress sensitivity and tilt ranges. A pen didn’t come bundled with my review unit, and so I didn’t get an opportunity to check it.

Home windows 10 Howdy help is supplied by a fingerprint reader that’s embedded within the keyboard the place the correct management button usually goes. That’s an issue for any software that onerous codes the correct management button, however I discovered the reader to be quick and correct.

Lastly, you’ll discover buttons on the keyboard to mute the microphone and bodily shutter the webcam. These are welcome privateness additions, and it’s straightforward to see when the webcam is roofed due to an apparent sample that’s seen even in poor lighting.

Battery life

HP solely packed 51 watt-hours of battery life, which isn’t sufficient for such a robust CPU and a big show (even whether it is working at simply Full HD). As talked about earlier, the Spectre x360 15 enjoys 83 watt-hours of battery life and even the Spectre x360 14 has 67 watt-hours. I wasn’t anticipating a lot in the best way of longevity.

Because it seems, battery life was a blended bag. In our net shopping take a look at, which runs via a sequence of in style web sites, the Envy x360 15 lasted for 11.25 hours, a stable rating that’s barely higher than common. The Envy 14 was stronger at 12.6 hours, whereas the XPS 15 4K solely managed seven hours. The Envy 15 went for underneath seven hours, due primarily to its power-hungry OLED show. In our video take a look at that loops a Full HD Avengers trailer, the Envy x360 15 made it to 13.5 hours, which round common and never so long as I’d have anticipated — laptops sometimes do significantly better within the video take a look at in comparison with the net shopping take a look at. The Envy 15 lasted for simply 7.9 hours, the XPS 15 for 7.4 hours, and the Envy 14 for 14.4 hours.

Switching to PCMark 10, I ran the Gaming take a look at, and the Envy x360 15 died out after 1.5 hours, which is on the low finish of the laptops we’ve examined. Push the Ryzen 7 exhausting and it sucks down battery life. The Envy 14 was additionally responsible on this take a look at, lasting two minutes much less. Within the PCMark 10 Software take a look at, the most effective indication of productiveness battery life, the Envy x360 15 lasted for 12.5 hours, which is the third-longest lead to our database. Solely the LG Gram 16 (17.8 hours) and the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (14.8 hours) lasted longer. The Envy 14 wouldn’t full this take a look at.

All in all, the Envy x360 15 is a robust performer in the case of productiveness battery life. It is going to get you thru a full day’s work after which some. It’s not as sturdy streaming media, and should you push the CPU and GPU, you then’ll need your energy brick close by. However total, I used to be impressed that HP managed to squeeze first rate battery life out of such a small battery — though one would possibly add that if HP have been to be rather less stingy, the Envy x360 15 may very well be an actual world-beater when it comes to longevity.

Our take

The Envy x360 15 is a pretty, well-built, and really highly effective laptop for $1,000. With its 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, it’s an actual worth. However sadly, HP didn’t select a show that lives as much as the laptop’s alleged give attention to creators. It was the identical with the Envy 14 — an ideal laptop for artistic varieties in all however that one essential side.

Select the Envy x360 15 as a quick (should you’re not apprehensive concerning the GPU) 2-in-1 with an ideal keyboard, touchpad, and pen help for all of your productiveness wants. Simply don’t anticipate an excessive amount of if wonderful colours are in your want record.

Are there any alternate options?

The Spectre x360 15 is a greater various should you’re trying to run Adobe apps. Its 45-watt CPU and discrete GPU win the day on this state of affairs. And also you’ll wish to select the OLED show with its wonderful colours should you’re a artistic kind. But it surely’s additionally fairly a bit dearer.

The Dell XPS 15 is the most effective clamshell various, with even higher construct high quality, a vastly superior show, and higher efficiency in Adobe apps. As with the Spectre, anticipate to pay fairly a bit extra.

Lastly, you may select the Envy 15, which once more is dearer however will present wonderful efficiency and one other superior OLED show. It’s not as quick in CPU-intensive apps, however its quick GPU will assist it burn via processes that may reap the benefits of it.

How lengthy will it final?

The Envy x360 15 is solidly constructed and sports activities trendy parts (apart from the shortage of Thunderbolt 4 help). It is going to final you years of productive service. Too dangerous the guarantee is just the industry-standard one 12 months.

Must you purchase it?

Sure. However as with the Envy 14, purchase it for its productiveness prowess, not should you want a variety of colours on your artistic work.

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