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The HP Envy 13 has a 1080p display, which stretches far beyond a 13-inch MacBook Air's 1440 x 900 pixel-resolution screen. The Envy is the cheaper model by £50, which isn't such a surprise these days - affordable Windows laptops with high-resolution displays are growing in numbers. Apple is expected to update its Air and Pro MacBook lines in 2016, so while Windows laptops may prove a better buy in the display front, that might not be the case before the year is out.

However, the Envy 13 also sports double the memory, HD space and a faster processor than Apple's machine. When you look at it this way, the Envy has value for money in spades.

Spec sheet

Here is the full spec sheet of the HP Envy laptop sent to techradar for review:

  • CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U (dual-core, 4MB Cache, turbo boost up to 3.1GHz)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • Screen: 13.3-inch diagonal IPS Anti-Glare WLED-backlit 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD (plus 25GB of free online Dropbox storage for six months)
  • Optical drive: No
  • Ports: 3 x USB 3.0 (1 x HP USB Boost), 1 x HDMI, 1 x headphone/microphone combo, 1 x multi-format SD card reader
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac (2x2) and Bluetooth 4.0 combo (Miracast compatible)
  • Camera: HP TrueVision HD Webcam (front-facing) with integrated dual array digital microphone
  • Weight: 1.36kg / 3lb
  • Size: 12.85 x 8.90 x 0.50-inches / 326 x 226 x 12.9mm (W x D x H)

As I mentioned earlier, the HP Envy Notebook 13-d002na undercuts the equivalent Dell XPS 13 by around nearly £500 (around $348) but the Envy saves on its asking price by using a lower res non-touch screen. It can be upgraded to a QHD+ 3200 x 1800 pixel-resolution screen but sadly no touchscreen option is available currently. However, the Dell features a reduced screen bezel which cuts down the footprint by over 22.5mm in height and 26mm in depth when compared to the Envy.

The brand new and updated Asus UX305, the UX305CA, features the new Skylake chip and our review of this model is coming soon. Judging by the UX305, it will be a machine to be reckoned with.

Performance

Here's how the HP Envy 13 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

  • 3DMark: Cloud Gate: 5,293; Sky Diver 3,190; Fire Strike: 810
  • Cinebench: CPU: 300 cb; OpenGL: 38.28 fps
  • PCMark 8 Home: 2,512
  • PCMark 8 Battery Life: 3 hours 30 minutes

In everyday use, I loved the HP Envy 13's zippy boot and shutdown times. Multiple tabs and videos in Microsoft's Edge browser didn't phase it. The Envy also fared well in the Cinemark OpenGL benchmarks, trouncing the Dell XPS 13 (2015) by 9.52 fps. Not only does the faster processor help boost this, but the on-board graphics chip (Intel HD Graphics 520) also runs 1000MHz faster than the Intel Graphics 5500 solution on the XPS.

That said, the screen itself is bright and viewable from all angles. Its white and lighter colours are a little dull at mid-brightness levels but this isn't noticeable when watching movies. It's no Retina Display but it's an above average screen that represents value for money considering all the other bells and whistles this Envy has for its price tag.

PC Mark 8's benchmark registered a disappointing 3 hours 30 minutes, which is nearly an hour less than the Dell XPS 13 that clocked in at 4 hours 21 minutes. HP claims a maximum of 9 hours of productivity, but you would struggle to achieve that even by lowering the brightness to its lowest levels.

I also tested the Envy's 3-cell, 45 Wh Li-ion polymer battery by playing Guardians of the Galaxy on loop overnight in Airplane Mode with the brightness and volume halfway. It fared better but still only hit 4 hours 55 minutes. If there's one aspect of the hardware where the Envy falls down, it's battery life.

Bundled software

Here's what you get when it comes to pre-installed programs:

  • McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security – HP's standard bundled antivirus software
  • HP Lounge – HP's own entertainment hub, a little like Spotify
  • HP SimplePass – Software to run the fingerprint scanner

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HP Envy 13 - 2016

For many people, spending $1,000 on a laptop is not feasible, even if high-end hardware is important. This is where the HP Envy 13 comes in: it packs hardware that's comparable to a $1,000 laptop in a MacBook Air-like package, complete with a price that starts at just $800. In some ways, the Envy is the budget high-end laptop that price-conscious shoppers may be after.
-- As reviewed by TechSpot

Reviewers Liked

  • Size and weight rivals MacBook Air
  • Good performance thanks to Skylake
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Cheaper than a comparable Dell XPS 13
  • Accurate display
  • Decent speaker

Reviewers Didn't Like

  • Somewhat disappointing battery life
  • No touchscreen option
  • No touch screen or PCIe SSD option
  • Thick bezels
  • Slow file-transfer speeds
  • No DisplayPort means no 60Hz 4K output

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HP Envy 13 (2016) review: A sleek laptop that leaves you wanting more

The 13 is the latest of those computers to enter the ring. It starts at just $800 (£699) for a no-compromise configuration that comes with a 2.3GHz 15-watt Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 128GB of speedy solid-state storage, and a crisp 1080p screen -- all in a chassis that weighs just 2.8 pounds and measures 12.9mm thick. It's one of the thinnest laptops ever made.

Thin laptops compared

HP Envy 13MacBook Air (13-inch)Asus Zenbook UX305Lenovo Yoga 900Dell XPS 13Vaio Z Flip
Dimensions12.85 x 8.9 in. (326 x 226mm) 12.8 x 8.94 in. (325 x 227mm)12.76 x 8.9 in. (324 x 226mm)12.75 x 8.86 in. (324 x 225mm)11.98 x 7.88 in. (304 x 200mm)12.76 x 8.48 in. (324 x 215mm)
Thickness0.51 inch (12.95mm)0.68 inch (17mm)0.48 inch (12.3mm)0.59 inch (14.9mm) 0.6 inch (15.2mm)0.66 inch (16.8mm)
Weight2.81 lbs. (1275g)2.96 lbs. (1350g)2.65 lbs. (1202g)2.84 lbs. (1288g)2.7 lbs. (1224g)2.96 lbs. (1343g)
Processor6th-gen 15W Intel "Skylake"5th-gen 15W Intel "Broadwell"2nd-gen 4.5W Intel Core M6th-gen 15W Intel "Skylake"6th-gen 15W Intel "Skylake"6th-gen 28W Intel "Skylake"

But after spending a week with the 13, I can't quite recommend it. It's just not as good as the competition. (Skip to the conclusion to find out what to buy instead.)

There's no one giant glaring deal breaker that ruins the Envy 13. In fact, there's a lot to love. My favorite feature: a fingerprint sensor that lets me swipe my way into Windows instead of typing a password. It's one of the most responsive I've used on a consumer PC.

Not that typing passwords would be much of a chore. I've been banging out every word of this review on the Envy 13's well-spaced backlit keyboard, and I've had no trouble yet. Same goes for the glass touchpad: Even though the extra-wide mousing surface means the base of my thumb hits it every so often, the mouse cursor doesn't jump around like it has with cut-rate laptops. (Two-finger scrolling is a smidge jerkier than with the best touchpads I've used, but it's definitely passable here.)

While typing, I'm marveling at how good Pandora Radio can sound on the Envy 13's Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers. Some tunes can sound pretty tinny, but it's remarkable how wide a sonic field these speakers are able to project. I can clearly hear the distinctions between the instruments, and/or feel dubstep beats exploding all around my head.

Though the Envy's design definitely resembles a certain Apple laptop, there are enough differences here that the similarities aren't too embarrassing. The lid's dark black bezel does a great job of highlighting the screen, which has a matte finish that doesn't produce the distracting reflections we typically see with glass. It's also pretty neat how the J-shaped lid lifts the laptop up to a comfortable typing angle.

The Envy 13's performance is what we expect from one of Intel's latest 15-watt Core i5 processors. It's nothing exceptional, but it's more than fast enough for everyday tasks -- unless you run into a weird issue I saw where the laptop can slow down while you charge it. (There's an easy fix I'll share later.)

Even the port situation isn't as dire as you might expect on a laptop this thin. There's a full-size HDMI port, a full-size SD card reader that doesn't leave the card hanging out the side, and three full-size USB 3.0 ports as well as a standard 3.5mm headset jack. My only complaint is that the USB ports are extremely tight. When I try to yank out my thumbdrive, it feels like I'm going to break it.

The Envy's primary weakness is battery life. We measured just over seven hours in our standard battery drain test, and I only saw four-and-a-quarter hours in my own day-to-day use.

You also might run into a strange issue if you try to charge the Envy 13 and use it at the same time. On three different review units, I found the processor would often grind to a halt when the machine was plugged into an outlet with a low battery. Even switching between browser tabs would take several seconds, and yet the computer would start running at full speed the moment I yanked out the cord.

Update, March 10: While the issue initially stumped HP's engineers, there's now a simple fix: a new BIOS, dubbed F.34 Rev.A, which you can download and install at this link: (sp74847.exe) I've been testing it for nearly a week without issue.

Conclusion

But the real reason you shouldn't buy the Envy is that you can probably afford something better.

For just $100 more, HP's own Spectre x360 is the obvious pick. It's a little bit thicker and heavier, but has nearly double the battery life (12 hours in our test) and a backflipping touchscreen, while most everything else stays the same. I'd probably recommend the $1,000 configuration (£899, AU$1,974) to ensure you get enough RAM.

If an antiglare screen is a priority, you can also get that nearly-doubled battery life (12 hours) in the excellent Dell XPS 13. Again, you'll probably want to spring for the $1,000 config (£949, AU$1,999) to avoid getting an underpowered system.

Lastly, if you really are looking for one of the thinnest laptops money can buy, your choice is clear (at least in the United States): the $1,200 Lenovo Yoga 900 (£1,450, AU$2,199), which justifies its price with a super-high-res backflipping touchscreen, a Core i7 processor and 256GB of storage.

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The only alternative I wouldn't recommend right now: while Apple's MacBook Air also has excellent battery life and solid construction, it's due for an overhaul. Apple is likely to update it with faster chips and a better screen as soon as next month.

The Envy 13 is a quality laptop for around $1,000. At one time that was enough, but today it's just one of several very worthy competitors. If I bought the Envy, I might be a little envious of people with laptops that are even better.

Handbrake Multimedia Multitasking 3.0 test

HP Spectre X2654HP Envy 13626Lenovo Yoga 900586Microsoft Surface Book552

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2015)268HP Spectre X2246HP Envy 13227Microsoft Surface Book214Lenovo Yoga 900212

Apple iTunes encoding test

HP Spectre X2114Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2015)107HP Envy 13105Microsoft Surface Book101Lenovo Yoga 90095

Video playback battery drain test

HP Envy 13433HP Spectre X2437Lenovo Yoga 900537Microsoft Surface Book684Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2015)1080
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HP Envy 15 laptop review

HP unveils 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch Envy 2016 notebooks; refreshes Envy x360

Outside of the headline-grabbing Spectre 13.3 as the "thinnest notebook ever", HP also unveiled a new lineup of notebooks and convertibles as part of the manufacturer's luxury Envy series for consumers.

The first of the three is the Envy x360 convertible, which has taken a more Spectre-like approach in design with its all-metal chassis and sharp edges. The refreshed chassis will be 21 percent thinner than the previous generation with 1080p and 4K UHD display options and longer battery life. Other features include keyboard keys with 1.5 mm travel (compared to 1.3 mm on the new Spectre 13.3) and an optional HD IR camera for Windows Hello.

HP Envy x360

  • Intel Skylake Core i5/i7 CPU with integrated Iris graphics; or
  • AMD FX 9800P APU with integrated Radeon R7 graphics
  • 15.6-inch FHD or 4K UHD touchscreen
  • HP Audio Boost with Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 1, 1x HDMI, SD reader
  • Up to 16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB PCIe SSD + 2.5-inch 2 TB HDD
  • Up to 11 hours battery life
  • 18.8 mm thick; 4.5 pounds

Next are the Envy 15.6 and Envy 17.3 notebooks with a similar all-metal design philosophy. Like their immediate predecessors, both systems will have a hooked bottom edge on their respective lids to lift the base at a slight angle during use. While this can potentially improve ergonomics and airflow, the feature prevents having any ports on the rear of the notebook. Touchscreen options are also available on these models despite the fact that they include no 2-in-1 features. An HD IR camera is again optional on the 15.6-inch model while Intel RealSense will be available on the larger 17.3-inch model. Both will support HP Fast Charge Technology to charge from empty to 90 percent in 90 minutes.

Notable differences between the two sizes are the lack of discrete Nvidia graphics options for the Envy 15.6 while the larger Envy 17.3 carries an optical drive in lieu of a secondary storage bay.

HP Envy 15.6

  • 15.6-inch FHD or 4K UHD options
  • Intel Core i7 w/ UMA or Iris graphics
  • Up to 16 GB RAM
  • 256 GB PCIe SSD + 2.5-inch 1 TB HDD
  • 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 1, 1x HDMI, SD reader
  • 17.95 mm thick; 4.4 pounds

HP Envy 17.3

  • 17.3-inch FHD
  • Intel Core i7 w/ Iris graphics
  • Optional GeForce 940MX graphics
  • Up to 16 GB RAM
  • 2.5-inch 1 TB HDD or 512 GB SSD
  • Optical drive
  • 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 1, 1x HDMI, SD reader, RJ45
  • 24.45 mm thick; 6.6 pounds

The HP Envy X360, Envy 15.6, and Envy 17.3 will be available online at Best Buy starting on May 29, May 25, and May 9 for starting prices of $679, $779, and $1029, respectively.

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