HP has been a mainstay for computer devices since decades, and to date, their products offer a level of consistency that overshadows the rest of the competition. When it comes to laptops too, HP is a BIG player. The sheer variety of devices that they have on offer in this segment really leaves the customer spoilt for choice. Off late, the market is seeing a growing demand for light and portable laptops. The startup boom sees many budding entrepreneurs head to cafes and go about their business. Having a light and portable laptop to assist them gives a big boost to their productivity. The same is true for the regular consumers. Not everyone in the world requires a bulky, high spec laptop to accomplish their task, and with other brands overpricing for these commodities, HP has really emerged a winner.
The device we will be looking at today falls into this very category. The HP Envy 13 is the American brand’s answer to the ultraportable pieces in the competition. At the time of launch, HP even claimed that this was their slimmest offering and they were right! What the brand has also promised is full functionality within a portable frame, something that the other laptops in the segment currently lack. So, without further ado, lets dive right into the HP Envy 13.
There was a phase in HP’s run where they were coming out with some the boldest designs on their laptops. While this attracted the younger audience to the fold, it was a bit of an acquired taste for the corporates. In case of the HP Envy 13 however, HP has gone for a rather more understated look. We get an amazing aluminium chassis, and a matte black bezel around the display, which gives this laptop a classy appearance. Now, if you leave the appearance aside for a second and focus more on the offerings we have in the bundle, you will see that HP isn’t cutting any corners.
Along the left edge, we have an SD card reader, a USB 3 port that supports sleep and charge, and a headset port. The right-hand side features two more USB3 ports and a full-size HDMI port to connect this laptop to an external display. Not only is this setup robust, but also provides full functionality to the user wherever he/she may be.
A slight issue we found in this rather beautiful design was the keyboard. The aluminium chassis produces a rather annoying flex when you tap away at the keys, so much so that you can actually feel a slight warp underneath your fingers due to the pressure. The lifted hinge design of the HP Envy 13 does alleviate the typing issue a bit , but this too comes at the cost of stability of the device when you place it on your lap.
The HP Envy 13 also features the backlight feature for its keypad, and while its a welcome addition at this price point, do keep in mind, that the brightness cannot be adjusted. Its either turned on or off.
The touchpad is also a bit of a swing and a miss, as the size itself is small, though not overly small. Considering the rather significant amount of negative space available above the touchpad, HP could have increased the size a tad bit more. Another spot of bother is that the touchpad is not precision certified, which can lead to erratic behavior by the same at times. Multi-Touch gestures, however, work perfectly and the fingerprint sensor provided can be used to sign into the device as well.
As always, HP has included B&O speakers in this device, and thankfully, the speakers are upward firing. This is much better when it comes to dispersing sound , but the overall quality of the output is a bit of a bother. They sound tends to get distorted at the highs and the low ends are minimal to non existent at times.
All in all, the HP Envy 13 comes with a mixed package in terms of design. Yes, for the price point, we cannot really expect world class specs, but something as simple as a more robust keypad and precision touchpad wouldn’t have gone amiss.
The HP Envy 13 comes with
Intel Core i7- model which has a Ultra HD 4K 3840 x 2160 screen
Despite featuring strong innards, the laptop performance was dealt a blow thanks to the cooling.
We also have NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card, which means the HP Envy 13 is by no means, a gamer’s workstation. gaming at 720p resolution runs fine, If you try video editing on this machine video rendering on Adobe premiere takes slightly less time than a conventional laptop but not a media center machine to use for heavy 4k editing
The battery too managed an average usage time of 8 hours and 20 minutes,
The HP Envy 13 with its display, the wide viewing angles and the matte coating along the sides makes for some great media viewing. The colour Gamut is not the best in the segment but should do well for basic browsing and playback.
This would be my everyday laptop if the price wasnt a concern , the one laptop I would like to carry along during all my travel giving the best of performance and portability the definite answer to Dell’s XPS 13 inch model