From the new HP Laptop Envy 13, the new Apple MacBook Air will be what I expected: it will be fast, attractive, and affordable. That doesn’t come as a surprise; Because the previous model has been on our list of the best college laptops for more than a year. HP Envy could only clone that model, add a new component and republish it. It is also said to be one of the best ultrabooks in the area.
Instead, companies have given us better versions, newer elegant designs, with a brighter and more vibrant display and top-notch speakers attached. It combines the long battery life (1080p version), the new version with a comfortable keyboard, and a reasonable price, and it’s really hard to see why anyone would buy a MacBook Air over the Jealous 13. But yes, at the moment, you are probably considering laptops with 10th Gen CPU, but 8th Gen-powered Envy 13 is still a great option. It is also one of the best laptops with battery life.
HP Envy 13 Price and Configuration Options
We are comparing two versions of the HP Envy Laptop 13 here: a base FHD version with a Core i5 CPU and a 4K model with a Core i7 processor. The Base NV13 we tested was priced at $ 799 at the time of release. The laptop had a 1080p touch screen, Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD pack. You can buy the same model now but the Core i7-8565U CPU is more powerful at only $ 719. And for just $ 20, you can upgrade from UHD 620 integrated graphics to an Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics card, while it doubles the extra $ 150 RAM from 8GB to 16GB.
The 4K unit we reviewed is priced at $ 1,149 and has a Core i7-8565U CPU, 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and MX250 graphics. If it doesn’t have enough storage, you can attach a 1TB drive at an additional cost of $ 220.
I don’t think the last time I reviewed a Jealousy, Specter, or Elitebook that embarrassed Apple’s MacBook design. Echoing its predecessor, this HP Envy Laptop 13 has a stylish smooth chrome HP silver-metal frame with a logo centered on the lid.
You open its lid, and you will find its interior resembling its gorgeous Specter x360. The most obvious match is if you look closely you will see that the speaker grille has a triangular pattern just above the keyboard. Some people may have complained about the lack of contrast between the silver key of the laptop and the deck but I quite like the pair. I like the HP gray antenna strip hidden under the chassis, but it’s a small knock that would otherwise be a primitive packaged notebook.
You’ll also notice that there’s a slim power button with an LED strip on the top of the deck, as opposed to a fingerprint sensor.
Envy 13’s bezel slim display is taken from HP’s expensive Specter laptop. While not as thin as some Dell and Asus laptops, the slender black frame around the NV panel provides an immersive viewing experience without leaving the webcam.
The Envy 13
Flat usually sits on the back edge, which goes down from the base when you lift the lid and angle the deck slightly down. A more comfortable typing experience that features more features than what we’ve seen on Asus and Dell laptops also allow for improved airflow.
Another tricky feature of the Envy 13 is its concave edges. If you’ve ever owned an Ultrabook, you probably know how hard it is to open a lid.
The NV13 weighs in at 0.6 inches and 2.8 pounds, as thin and light as its portable competitors, including the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (0.6 inches, 2.7 pounds), the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (0.6 inches, 2.7 pounds), and the Asus ZenBook UX333FA (0.6 inches). , 2.7 pounds) and MacBook Air (0.6 inches, 2.8 pounds).
HP has used a clever expansion-flap mechanism called “drop jaws” to properly fit the USB 3.1 Type-A ports on either side of the NV13. You may use these inputs to connect to legacy peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard, or external webcam – without a dongle, but we are concerned about the long-term reliability of this extra moving part.
The HP Envy Laptop 13 also has a USB-C port on the left side, a headphone jack, which will come in handy when using a microSD-card reader, and a power jack on the right side.
Unfortunately, it has no Thunderbolt 3 port.
The 13.3-inch, 1080p non-touch display on the Base Envy 13 is just as good as the 4K Touch option. Although both touch screen panels are very sharp and bright, the FHD version is more vibrant than the high-resolution panel.
When I wrote some notes on the screen grab for a Microsoft Snap and Sketch app, I found the Jealous 4K touch screen to be quite responsive. Using an on-screen keyboard to type URLs or draft emails didn’t seem like a big deal to me.
But when I watched Mulan’s live-action trailer for Adaptation, I could see the warrior’s traditional costume moving with intricate floral patterns and small beads on his helmet.
The 1080p panel reproduces the 109% SRGB color gamut, making it even more vibrant than the 4K display, reaching only 99.4%. The two displays are the Notebook 9 Pro (118%), the 2256 x 1504-pixel screen of the Surface Laptop 2 (176%), and the 4K display of the Asus ZenBook S UX391UA (116%), which is less colorful than the 1080p display. The Envy 13’s 1080p and 4K displays are also slightly lower than the average (130%) of premium laptops.
Keyboard and touchpad
My fingers appreciated the 1.2mm key travel on the Envy 13’s keyboard, though it didn’t reach our 1.5mm choice. I didn’t say the following because I wrote this review, which I can’t say about most other ultrabooks. However, it can be said that the generous size and spacing of the island-style keys on the Envy 13 also make typing a pleasure.
That said, I want to change some things about the keyboard. The paint used in the Envy 13 key caps has a slightly sticky feel to the HP, which has slowed my fingers. Each key requires 81 grams of force to activate. Regardless, the Envy 13’s keyboard is comparatively much better than what we get on most slim laptops.
I typed in the typing test at 10 fastfingers.com with a 94% accuracy rate of 100+ words per minute, almost matching my normal 120wpm, 95% accurate result.
HP has finally adopted the right driver, and the NV13’s touchpad is even better. I had no problem performing Windows 10 gestures like pinch-to-zoom or four-finger tapping to open the Action Center on a 4.3 x 2.2-inch surface.
We tested two versions of the Envy 13: a Core i5-8265U CPU and a base model with 8GB RAM and an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU and a 4K model with 16GB RAM.
4K Envy 13 My tests have flowed through real-world performance tests. The Core i5 and Core i7 versions of the Envy 13 work excellently in our synthetic benchmark test, with Geekbench 4 scores 15,147 and 15,738 in the ratings, respectively. The Notebook 9 Pro (15,432-Core i7-8565U) is among those results, while both Envy 13 models top the Surface Laptop 2 (12,744-Core i5-8250U), ZenBook S UX333UA (15,110- Core i58 and Core i58). Division average (15,085). They also embarrassed the MacBook Air (7,880).
Envy 13 also did well in our hard drive tests. Inside the base model, the 256GB SSD duplicates the 4.97GB mixed-media file at the rate of 391 megabytes per second in 13 seconds, whereas the 512GB SSD at the Core i7 version took 14 seconds at the rate of 363.5 MBps. It’s faster than the Surface Laptop 2 (203 MBps) but slower than most competitors, including the Notebook 9 Pro (391.5 MBps), Asus UX333 (424 MBps), MacBook Air (1,011 MBps) category average (646.3 MBps).
Surprisingly, our 4K Envy 13 comes with a separate graphics card While the Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU is not for gaming demand, it is one step above the proven integrated graphics compared to the FHD model’s UHD 620 GPU.
The MX250-equipped Envy 13 Ice Storm Unlimited scored 116,575 on the benchmark while the base model scored 82,270. Upgraded to standalone graphics, the Notebook 9 Pro (61,662; UHD 620), Surface Laptop 2 (71,647; UHD 620), and the Envy 13 outperform the premium laptop average (86,937).
We played the racing game Dirt 3 at 92 frames per second on the MX250 model, well above our 30-fps playing capacity, the category average (69 fps), and the Surface Laptop 2 (82 fps). The ZenBook S UX391UA (45 fps) fell flat in this real-world test but ran better than the base model NV13 (31 fps)
Get an Envy 13 with a 1080p non-touch display if battery life is important to you.
The FHD model lasted 11 hours and 11 minutes whereas the 4K model lasted only 4 hours and 36 minutes in our battery test, which involved uninterrupted web browsing via Wi-Fi at 150 brightness.
Competing laptops like the ZenBook S UX391UA (7:05), the Surface Laptop 2 (9:22) and the Notebook 9 Pro (8:53) is higher than the 4K Envy 13 but have long since discontinued the 1080p version.
Software and warranty
It is a shame that a laptop with such beautiful hardware has ugly software. Many programs pre-installed on this machine can be packaged together or deleted altogether.
HP provides an app called Audio Switch, which lets you switch your audio input/output between internal speakers and headphones. Similarly, HP’s command center where you can find information about your Envy 13 but change thermal profiles for comfort and performance. In addition to supporting documentation, HP bundles a setup program called Jumpstart, a program for connecting printers, and an unneeded system-information application called Event Utility.
Envy 13 has multiple Microsoft apps installed on Windows 10 Home OS, including Simple Solitaire, Candy Crush Friends, and Your Phone. Other third-party apps include Booking.com, Netflix, and McAfee Security.
HP sends HP Envy Laptop 13 with one year warranty. See how HP works in our technical support showdown and ranking of the best and worst brands.
HP Envy 13 Specs
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8565U|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GeForce MX250|
|Hard Drive Size||512GB|
|Hard Drive Type||PCIe NVMe M.2|
|Highest Available Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Native Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Ports (excluding USB)||USB 3.1 with Type-C, USB 3.1 Always-On, USB 3.1, Headphone/Mic, microSD|
|RAM Upgradable to||16GB|
|Size||12.1 x 8.3 x .57 inches|
|Touchpad Size||4.3 x 2.2 inches|
|Wi-Fi Model||Intel Wireless-AC 9560|