HP Envy x360 13-inch Laptop Review

About the HP Envy x360

At 2.92 pounds and .65 inches thick, the HP Envy x360 is barely bulkier but notably cheaper than many competing laptops. Its 2-in-1 convertible design allows you to rotate its 13.3-inch, 1920x1080 screen all the way around, then flip the computer over for use as a tablet. HP estimates its battery life at up to 11 hours, although as always your results will vary depending on how you use the computer.

HP offers an unusual choice of processors here, including AMD’s Intel-compatible Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, or Ryzen 7 chips. Radeon graphics chips are also included. In addition, there’s a more expensive version with an Intel 11th-generation i7 processor. HP offers different versions of this laptop with 8 or 16 gigabytes (GB) of memory and solid-state drives (SSDs) in 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 terabyte (TB) sizes.

All Envy x360 models feature one USB-C port and two USB-A ports, plus a microSD Card slot. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support wireless connections to networks and peripherals. A 720p webcam sits atop its display, while a fingerprint reader has a spot at the lower right corner of the backlit keyboard. The Envy includes switches to disable both the camera and microphone.

HP Envy x360 13-inch

The HP Envy x360 is an affordably-priced 2-in-1 convertible laptop. Its screen rotates 360 degrees so you can use this Windows 10 device as a large, touchscreen tablet, a convenient feature unavailable in Mac and many other Windows laptops. The Envy offers a choice of Intel or AMD Ryzen processors including the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7; Radeon graphics chips; multiple memory and storage configurations; and ports that accept both USB-C and older USB-A cables and devices. Like other recent HP laptops, it also includes switches to disable its microphone and webcam for privacy.

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HP Envy x360 Review

The Ryzen-powered 13-inch HP Envy x360 tied for 5th place in our Best Laptops of 2021 list. It also came in at No. 2 on our list of the Best Cheap Laptops, No. 1 in Best 2-in-1 Laptops, and is tied for No. 3 in Best Laptops for College. HP’s affordable pricing for the Envy x360 helps earn it positive assessments from reviewers. They also approve of battery life ranging from 10 to 13 hours in tests, its compact frame that still incorporates a 13.3-inch touchscreen, the flexibility offered by its 2-in-1 design, and the privacy-sensitive addition of dedicated buttons to disable the camera and microphone. AMD Ryzen processor options include the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, or Ryzen 7, and Radeon graphics are on board as well. The top processor choice is the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U.

Some of HP’s design choices, however, did not win applause. Reviews note that the touchpad can feel cramped, the drop hinges on the USB ports may break over time, and the computer ships with a proprietary power adapter. (Fortunately, you can also charge the Envy via its USB-C port.) Reviewers also note that HP is often sold out of this model, which says something about the appeal of a laptop of this caliber for less than $800.

Is the Envy x360 Right for Me?

Best for consumers who:

✓ Are on a tight budget

✓ Like Windows 10’s touch interface

✓ Are looking for maximum battery life

Not recommended for consumers who:

- Need to plug in multiple peripherals

- Don't need or want to pay for touch input

As a value-priced laptop, the Envy x360 requires a few compromises. You don’t get as much disk storage at the base price as you would with a higher-end model, you lose facial-recognition authentication, and you’ll have yet another proprietary power brick. But for many home users who don’t install a huge number of apps and don’t travel that often with the laptop, those can be reasonable trade-offs for the relatively generous feature set at this price point.

Other Products Offered By HP

Best HP Laptops

One of the oldest firms in the computing industry, HP offers a full range of Windows and Chrome OS computers across multiple product lines, including the Spectre, Envy, Elite Dragonfly, Pavilion, Omen, and others. The Envy x360 sits in the lower third of this lineup, costing more than HP's Chromebooks and non-convertible Windows laptops but not as much as Spectre x360, Elite, and Zbook models.

How Much Does the HP Envy x360 Cost?

The Envy x360 starts at a list price of $749.99 for a model with an AMD Ryzen 3, 8 GB of memory, and 128 GB of solid-state storage. Many users will find that to be not nearly enough SSD space. For those consumers, there's a model with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16 GB of memory, and a 512 GB SSD that lists for $999.99. Both HP and resellers periodically offer substantial discounts from the list prices.

How to Buy an HP Envy x360

You can custom-configure an Envy x360 on HP’s website or buy an off-the-shelf model at third-party retailers, but either way you’ll need to decide upfront how much processor, memory, storage, and screen quality you want.

1. Evaluate your computing needs. For most people who don’t use a computer in particularly demanding tasks, it’s easiest to exhaust drive space, so think especially carefully about what size of an SSD you need now and in the future.

2. Compare pricing at HP and third-party sites. Note that custom-ordering a laptop from HP’s site may leave you waiting for longer.

3. Buy the laptop.

HP Envy x360 FAQ

What Is the HP Envy x360 warranty?

HP provides a one-year hardware warranty on this laptop. You can add to that by buying a Care Pack; two years of coverage, for example, extends the warranty by a year and includes accidental damage protection for one incident per year at a list price of $169.99.

How do I contact HP’s customer service?

HP offers tech support through a toll-free phone line 24 hours a day. You can also contact support through a live chat at the company’s site. The first 90 days of support are free.

Can the HP Envy x360 be upgraded?

The Envy can be repaired and upgraded by the user or third-party companies, but not everything is upgradable. For example, HP’s service manual outlines procedures to replace the SSD but says the memory can't be expanded.

HP Envy x360 vs. the Competition

Which Is Better: The HP Envy x360 or the Asus VivoBook S15?

The Asus VivoBook S15 and the HP Envy x360 share the same price bracket, but they’re not in the same weight class. The Asus laptop, at almost 5 pounds and sporting a 15.6-inch non-touch display, is designed to spend more time on a lap, while the sub-three-pound Envy is made to go places. HP’s laptop, with its touchscreen and 2-in-1 convertible design, fits better with Windows 10’s interface capabilities than the non-touch screen on the Asus. The VivoBook S15 does offer a full 512 GB of storage at its base price compared to 128 GB on the entry-level Envy, plus a larger set of ports and a separate numeric keypad next to its keyboard.

Which Is Better: The HP Envy x360 or the Microsoft Surface Pro 7?

These models take different approaches to 2-in-1 design. The Envy, a convertible laptop, has a screen you can fold all the way back, while the Surface Pro 7, a detachable laptop, puts all of its computing components behind the screen to make its keyboard a removable part. That makes the Surface a much lighter laptop without the Type Cover in place, but it also makes the Envy more practical for extended typing. The base configurations of the Envy and the Surface both start out with a relatively small 128 GB SSD, but it’s cheaper to buy an Envy with more storage than to upgrade a Surface.

Which Is Better: The HP Envy x360 or the Google Pixelbook Go?

The Envy and the Pixelbook both cost about the same but occupy opposite corners of the laptop market. HP’s model is a 2-in-1 convertible running Windows, while Google’s puts Chrome OS into a traditional laptop design. But while Chromebooks usually cost a lot less than Windows laptops, Google’s premium design only stays under $700 if you stick with its entry-level, easily filled 64 GB SSD; doubling the storage to match the 128 GB on board the base Envy x360 pushes the Pixelbook’s price well above the Envy’s.


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