HP Envy x360 15 AMD Review: A Good 2-in-1 with Poor Colors

HP Envy x360 15 (AMD) review: Creative effectivity 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 once more by a disappointing present.”

Professionals

  • Fantastic productiveness effectivity
  • Sturdy assemble top quality
  • Conservative attractiveness
  • Fantastic keyboard and touchpad
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Poor effectivity in Adobe functions
  • Battery life hampered by small battery functionality
  • Present doesn’t provide in depth adequate colors

Fast effectivity for content material materials creation can get very expensive. That’s very true on laptops.

HP’s Envy x360 15, powered by AMD Ryzen, is an antidote to that draw back. The final design has been tweaked, and HP now positions the 15-inch 2-in-1 — like completely different Envy machines, along with the Envy 14 and the Envy 15 — as a machine made specifically 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) present throughout the an increasing number of old-fashioned 16:9 aspect ratio. That’s a reasonably price for a strong laptop — on paper. Does the Envy x360 15 actually dwell as a lot as its promise of being a creator’s dream machine?

Design

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Like completely different present Envy machines, the Envy x360 15 was designed with a minimalist aesthetic. Nearly undoubtedly, that’s to tell apart from HP’s Spectre line, which makes use of a gem-cut chassis and colored chrome edges to make a strong fashion assertion. The Envy x360 15 is manner easier, with a uniform Nightfall Black color that, to my eyes, seems brown in certain lighting, rounded edges, and no completely different accents to any of the chamfered edges. The one splash of color is the gold HP emblem on the lid. Similar to the Envy 14, Envy 15, and Lenovo’s Yoga line, it’s a reasonably laptop that obtained’t announce itself in a crowd.

Moreover, like the rest of the Envy line, the Envy x360 15 is fabricated from stamped aluminum, one different distinguishing operate from the CNC machined aluminum used throughout the Spectres. Even so, the Envy x360 15 feels sturdy, with no bending throughout the lid and only a bit keyboard flex. It’s not as secure as a result of the Spectre x360 15 or, say, the Dell XPS 15, however it nonetheless seems like a premium laptop. The lid is barely stiff, requiring two palms to open, however it holds the present in place in clamshell, tent, media, and capsule modes.

By the use of its dimension, the Envy x360 15 benefits from an 88.7% screen-to-body ratio, which suggests its bezels are reasonably small spherical all edges. The chin’s barely large, nonetheless that’s to be anticipated with a 360-degree convertible. It’s not pretty as chiseled as a result of the Spectre x360 15 with its 90% screen-to-body ratio, however it’s shut adequate.

It’s solely barely wider and taller than its additional premium sibling, and it’s 0.72 inches thick and weighs 4.11 kilos — pretty a bit thinner and lighter than the Spectre’s 0.76 inches and 4.81 kilos. Just a few of that weight distinction is due to the battery functionality, the place the Envy x360 15 has merely 51 watt-hours compared with the Spectre’s 84 watt-hours. By comparability, the Dell XPS 15 might be 0.71 inches thick and weighs 4.5 kilos with its 97 watt-hour battery. The Envy x360 15 is a reasonably sized 15-inch 2-in-1, nonetheless it ought to nonetheless be cumbersome in capsule mode.

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There’s a great deal 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 aspect, and one different USB-A 3.1 port and a full-size SD card reader alongside the right-hand aspect. Sadly, there’s no Thunderbolt 4 assist given the AMD chipset, limiting flexibility and effectivity. Wi-fi connectivity is Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 via an Intel AX 200 radio.

Effectivity

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AMD’s latest Ryzen CPUs have been prime performers in CPU-intensive duties, and I was attempting forward to inserting the Ryzen 7 5700U by way of its paces. I anticipated secure CPU effectivity and GPU effectivity in line with Intel’s Iris Xe, and that’s nearly what I acquired. Observe that HP’s Command Coronary heart utility that provides completely completely different effectivity settings didn’t have lots impression on the Envy x360 15 (as compared with the Spectre x360 14, which was lots sooner in “Effectivity” mode), and so I’m not mentioning these settings on this review.

Starting with Geekbench 5, the Envy x360 15 scored second-highest throughout the multi-core check out amongst our comparability group throughout the desk beneath. Solely the MacBook Skilled 13 with Apple’s M1 ARM CPU was sooner, and never one of many Intel-based laptops have been even shut. As typical, points have been a bit completely completely different throughout the single-core check out, the place Intel’s chips carried out greater than all nonetheless the Ryzen 7 5800U and the Apple M1.

Inside the PCMark 10 Full benchmark, the Envy x360 15 acquired right here in second as soon as extra, this time behind the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED working a Ryzen 7 5800U. That’s attributable to a extreme ranking throughout the Content material materials Creation portion of the check out, the place solely Intel 45-watt H-series CPUs have scored greater. The Ryzen 7 5700U beat out the whole space of U-series Tiger Lake laptops.

In our additional real-world Handbrake check out 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 fast as a result of the HP Spectre x360 14 and just about 80 seconds ahead of the Dell XPS 13. And in Cinebench 23, the Envy x360 15 was the quickest laptop we’ve examined, interval — along with H-series laptops. Merely put, must you’re working a content material materials creation software program that will depend on the CPU, the Envy x360 15 is an outstanding machine to have at your disposal.

The similar can’t be acknowledged for the PugetBench benchmark that makes use of Premiere Skilled to run by way of a sequence of demanding video enhancing duties. Proper right here, the Envy x360 15 managed a ranking of merely 185. The Samsung Galaxy Information Skilled 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 lots elevated 432.

Clearly, Intel and Adobe have labored collectively to optimize Premiere Skilled for Intel chips, and the check out utterly benefits from a sooner GPU. The latter might be going true for any software program which will use the GPU to hurry 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 Skilled 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 moreover restricted in gaming attributable to built-in Radeon Graphics which is likely to be about as quick throughout the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark as Intel Iris Xe. I moreover ran Fortnite, the place the Envy x360 15 managed 25 frames per second (fps) at 1080p and extreme graphics, and 16 fps with epic graphics chosen. That’s inside a lot of fps of Tiger Lake laptops with Intel Iris Xe graphics, which suggests the Envy x360 15 isn’t truly meant for gaming.

Present

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Along with effectivity, an exquisite present with in depth and proper colors might be on any content material materials creator’s need report. The Envy x360 15, subsequently, ought to provide up merely that if it must deal with inventive varieties.

Sadly, the 2-in-1’s IPS Full HD present — which I really feel is just too low a choice for 15-inch reveals — falls transient. It was the similar with the Envy 14 (although that machine benefitted from a 16:10 aspect ratio), which in numerous completely different strategies was an exquisite creator’s workstation. Like that laptop, the Envy x360 15’s present suffered from colors which is likely to be heaps in depth for premium productiveness laptops at 71% of AdobeRGB and 95% of sRGB, nonetheless too slim for anyone doing vital image or video enhancing.

The HP Envy 15 with its OLED present, one different laptop that HP touts for creatives, hit 97% of AdobeRGB and 100% of sRGB, and Dell’s XPS 15 with its 4K present hits 100% of every gamuts. The Envy x360 did successfully in color accuracy at 1.06 (the place 1.0 or a lot much less is taken under consideration great), compared with the Envy 15 at 0.73 and the XPS 15 at 0.65.

The Envy x360 15’s present moreover wasn’t very vibrant, hitting merely 270 nits and successfully beneath our preferred threshold of 300 nits. The Envy 15 managed 404 nits and the XPS 15 acquired right here in at 442 nits. Distinction moreover wasn’t a power for the Envy x360 15, which hit 900:1 (beneath 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 (great for an IPS present).

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The underside line is that whereas the Envy x360 15’s present might be implausible for productiveness clients, vital content material materials creators will bemoan the scarcity of colors. I found the present to be implausible for penning this review, albeit the brightness was nonetheless too low, however when I’ve been doing any vital work in Photoshop or Premiere Skilled, then I might have been dissatisfied.

The audio was heaps loud with no distortion, and mids and highs have been good. Nonetheless, there was minimal bass, and although it seems like there are audio system on either side of the keyboard, there are merely two downward-firing audio system. You’ll want headphones or Bluetooth audio system for music or prolonged Netflix binge lessons.

Keyboard and touchpad

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The Envy x360 15 inherited the great keyboard from its Spectre siblings, offering up good spacing, large and engaging keycaps, and a great deal of journey. The switches provide a pleasing bounce and a comfy bottoming movement, affording a great deal of precision for fast typists. It’s my favorite keyboard behind Apple’s Magic Keyboard on the newest MacBooks. Solely Dell’s XPS line comes shut. One draw again to the laptop’s design as that the power button is on the keyboard, which suggests it’s essential open the lid to power it on.

The touchpad is nineteen% larger than the ultimate mannequin, taking over almost the entire space accessible on the keyboard deck. That’s a welcome enhance, and the Microsoft Precision touchpad was responsive and reliable with the whole gamut of House home windows 10 multitouch gestures. The contact present moreover 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 a possibility to verify it.

House home windows 10 Howdy assistance is provided by a fingerprint reader that’s embedded throughout the keyboard the place the right administration button normally goes. That’s a problem for any software program that onerous codes the right administration button, nonetheless I found the reader to be fast and proper.

Lastly, you’ll uncover buttons on the keyboard to mute the microphone and bodily shutter the webcam. These are welcome privateness additions, and it’s simple to see when the webcam is roofed attributable to an obvious pattern that’s seen even in poor lighting.

Battery life

HP solely packed 51 watt-hours of battery life, which isn’t adequate for such a strong CPU and a giant present (even whether or not it’s working at merely 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 lots in one of the best ways of longevity.

As a result of it appears, battery life was a blended bag. In our internet buying check out, which runs by way of a sequence of in fashion web pages, the Envy x360 15 lasted for 11.25 hours, a secure ranking that’s barely greater than frequent. The Envy 14 was stronger at 12.6 hours, whereas the XPS 15 4K solely managed seven hours. The Envy 15 went for beneath seven hours, due primarily to its power-hungry OLED present. In our video check out that loops a Full HD Avengers trailer, the Envy x360 15 made it to 13.5 hours, which spherical frequent and by no means as long as I might have anticipated — laptops generally do considerably higher throughout the video check out compared with the web buying check out. The Envy 15 lasted for merely 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 check out, and the Envy x360 15 died out after 1.5 hours, which is on the low end of the laptops we’ve examined. Push the Ryzen 7 exhausting and it sucks down battery life. The Envy 14 was moreover accountable on this check out, lasting two minutes a lot much less. Inside the PCMark 10 Software program check out, the best indication of productiveness battery life, the Envy x360 15 lasted for 12.5 hours, which is the third-longest result in our database. Solely the LG Gram 16 (17.8 hours) and the Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (14.8 hours) lasted longer. The Envy 14 would not full this check out.

All in all, the Envy x360 15 is a sturdy performer within the case of productiveness battery life. It will get you via a full day’s work after which some. It’s not as sturdy streaming media, and must you push the CPU and GPU, you then’ll want your power brick shut by. Nevertheless complete, I was impressed that HP managed to squeeze first charge battery life out of such a small battery — although one may add that if HP have been to be quite much less stingy, the Envy x360 15 could very effectively be an precise world-beater on the subject of longevity.

Our take

The Envy x360 15 is a reasonably, well-built, and actually extremely efficient laptop for $1,000. With its 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, it’s an precise price. Nevertheless sadly, HP didn’t choose a present that lives as a lot because the laptop’s alleged give consideration to creators. It was the similar with the Envy 14 — an excellent laptop for inventive varieties in all nonetheless that one important aspect.

Choose the Envy x360 15 as a fast (must you’re not apprehensive in regards to the GPU) 2-in-1 with an excellent keyboard, touchpad, and pen assist for your entire productiveness desires. Merely don’t anticipate an extreme quantity of if great colors are in your need report.

Are there any alternate choices?

The Spectre x360 15 is a better varied must you’re attempting to run Adobe apps. Its 45-watt CPU and discrete GPU win the day on this state of affairs. And in addition you’ll want to choose the OLED present with its great colors must you’re a inventive form. But it surely certainly’s moreover pretty a bit dearer.

The Dell XPS 15 is the best clamshell varied, with even greater assemble top quality, a vastly superior present, and better effectivity in Adobe apps. As with the Spectre, anticipate to pay pretty a bit additional.

Lastly, it’s possible you’ll choose the Envy 15, which as soon as extra is dearer nonetheless will current great effectivity and one different superior OLED present. It’s not as fast in CPU-intensive apps, nonetheless its fast GPU will help it burn by way of processes which will reap the advantages of it.

How prolonged will it closing?

The Envy x360 15 is solidly constructed and sports activities actions stylish components (other than the scarcity of Thunderbolt 4 assist). It will closing you years of productive service. Too harmful the assure is simply the industry-standard one 12 months.

Should you buy it?

Certain. Nevertheless as with the Envy 14, buy it for its productiveness prowess, not must you need a wide range of colors in your inventive work.

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