HP Envy x360 15 Notebook Review

Review HP Envy x360 15 Notebook

Reasonable price, high performance. The refreshed Envy x360 15 has minor cosmetic improvements on the outside and a fresh processor from AMD. If you don’t need Thunderbolt, this is a great alternative to the more expensive Specter x360 15.
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The updated Envy x360 15 replaces the previous year’s model, which was based on AMD Ryzen 4000U processors. The fresh 201 version received new Ryzen 5000U chips, as well as a slightly redesigned design with a redesigned keyboard. To date, the Envy x360 15 is almost the only transformer based on the Ryzen 7 5700U and occupies an intermediate position between the Pavilion x360 and Specter 360 series. The main difference between the Envy series is the availability of configurations with AMD chips, because only Intel chips are installed in the Specter.

Our competitors are the mid-to-high-end 15-inch converters from other manufacturers: Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15, Asus ZenBook Flip 15 and Lenovo Yoga C740-15 . The HP Envy x360 15 configuration we are testing today is priced at $ 999.

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HP Envy x360 15-eu0097nr
CPU
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U 8 x 1.8 – 4.3 GHz, 48 W PL2 / Short Burst, 37 W PL1 / Sustained, Lucienne U (Zen 2)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000) – 512 MB, Memory: 1333 MHz, DDR4, 20.50.02.06
RAM 16384 MB  1600 MHz, 22-22-22-52, Dual-Channel, 2x SODIMM
Display
15.60 in. 16: 9, 1920 x 1080 pixels 141 PPI, 10-point capacitive, stylus support, AUOA08B, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Motherboard
AMD Promontory / Bixby FCH
Data storage

WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G, 512 GB

Weight
1.86 kg, Power adapter: 277 g
Price
1000 USD
Links
HP – manufacturer’s website
Note: Different samples of the same model often use different components! (Matrix AUO instead of BOE, Hynix memory instead of Samsung, SATA storage instead of PCIe, …)
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Design and Features – New keyboard and touchpad

The body of the updated Envy x360 15 is made from the same materials as the 202 model – even the finish is the same. The structural strength is high, but slightly worse than the Specter x360 15 . In the center of the keyboard, the deck is pressed a little more than that of the more expensive brother.

Visual differences from its predecessor are immediately evident due to the new keyboard, which no longer has the number pad on the right. The freed up space was used for the speakers, which are located under the beautiful grilles to the right and left of the keyboard; the touchpad has become larger. As a result of all these changes, the laptop now looks like the Razer Blade 15 .

The case has become slightly thinner (18.4 mm versus 18.9 mm), and the laptop itself has become lighter (1.9 kg versus 2.0 kg) of the previous model. However, the most striking difference is with the HP Specter x360 15, which makes the Envy significantly lighter and more compact. Among the rivals, only the Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15 is more compact and lightweight, but it is much more expensive.

Same monolithic body as the previous model
Smooth matte finish literally attracts prints
The power key is planted to the left of Delete, an unusual solution
Laptop design simplified compared to Specter
The hinges are strong, don’t crunch when you open the lid, but feel less secure than the Specter
Ventilation grates

Equipment – Everything you need

The location of the ports has changed, but they are still quite conveniently located. We are glad that the manufacturer has abandoned the mechanical plug that previously covered one of the USB ports – now it is much easier and more convenient to connect devices to it.

Like all other AMD-based laptops, the Envy x360 15 lacks a Thunderbolt interface. Fortunately, the USB Type-C port supports other popular standards: Power Delivery for charging and DisplayPort for connecting a monitor.

Front side: empty
Right side: card reader, USB Type-A, power connector
Back side: empty
Left side: USB Type-A, HDMI 2.0b, USB Type-C (DP 1.4, PD), audio jack

Card reader

It took 14 seconds to copy a 1GB picture folder from our test UHS-II memory card. In comparison, the Specter x360 15 took a few seconds to do the same.

The memory card fits almost completely into the case
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
154.7 MB / s ∼100%+ 108%
(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
78.9 MB / s ∼51%+ 6%
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78.6 MB / s ∼51%+ 6%
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76.6 MB / s ∼50%+ 3%
(AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
74.3 MB / s ∼48%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
183.5 MB / s ∼100%+ 128%
(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
89.3 MB / s ∼49%+ 11%
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86 MB / s ∼47%+ 7%
(AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
80.4 MB / s ∼44%

Connection

Intel AX200 adapter, no crashes were recorded during tests with a Netgear RAX200 router
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
1380 MBit / s ∼100%+ 31%
1298 (1152 min – 1444 max ) MBit / s ∼94%+ 24%
1051 (828 min – 1197 max ) MBit / s ∼76%
650 (378 min – 680 max ) MBit / s ∼47%-38%
650 (602 min – 662 max ) MBit / s ∼47%-38%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
1420 MBit / s ∼100%+ 27%
1259 (917 min – 1377 max ) MBit / s ∼89%+ 13%
1115 (1034 min – 1184 max ) MBit / s ∼79%
888 (626 min – 939 max ) MBit / s ∼63%-twenty%
635 (619 min – 645 max ) MBit / s ∼45%-43%

Webcam

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For fans of laptop disassembly, there is some bad news: some of the screws on the bottom cover are hidden under a rubber foot, which will have to be carefully peeled off. Fortunately, HP has released a very detailed disassembly video of the laptop. Inside, in addition to the battery and cooling system, users have access to a single M.2 2280 slot and two RAM slots, both of which are covered with aluminum shielding covers.

Accessories and warranty

The box with the laptop contains only a charger and documentation; HP does not produce additional accessories specifically for this model. The warranty period is standard – 1 year – and can be extended on the HP website.

Input Devices – Goodbye Numpad

Keyboard

The keyboard is exactly the same as the Envy 15 Creator , so all of our comments from the review of the said model also apply to the Envy x360 15. Overall, we really like the keyboards on the HP Envy, Specter and EliteBook series as they offer crisp response and deep key travel. However, the Envy x360 15 still lacks the Numpad like the MSU Summit B15, and the customizable key found on the EliteBooks today.

The Envy x360 15’s keyboard backlighting is white with two brightness levels; all symbols on the keys – major and minor – are highlighted.

Touchpad

The touchpad has become slightly larger than its predecessor: 12.5 x 8 cm versus 11.5 x 7.3 cm. The surface is smooth and pleasant and with fast movement the fingers glide well (with slow movement the fingers get a little stuck). The touchpad coating is very easily soiled, so prints, streaks and dirt on its surface are collected very quickly.

The keys are built-in and are pressed with a clear loud click. Despite this, their tactile response is rather weak.

The keyboard is the same as the Envy 15 Creator
The touchpad cover is reminiscent of the soft-touch
Key response is crisp and clicky louder than Dell XPS 15
A fingerprint scanner is installed instead of the right Ctrl

 

Display – Good color rendering

HP swapped out the BOE display from its predecessor with a different model from AU Optronics, which offers much more accurate color reproduction and a wider color gamut. More vibrant and vibrant colors are visible to the naked eye – you don’t even need a spectrophotometer to tell the difference. However, the response time of the new display is almost two times worse, because the trail behind moving objects is more noticeable.

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