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HP Envy 13 Review


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HP’s intent for the present model seems to be product maintenance. The Envy 13 from Hewlett Packard is one among the foremost elegant slim 13.3-inch notebooks on the market. HP’s 13.3-inch subnotebook scores tons of points for its stylish and slim exterior. Only a couple of subtle changes are made to its exterior, while the GeForce MX150 and Core i7-8550U from the predecessor are replaced by a GeForce MX250 and a Core i7-8565U. It’s inside values are impressive as well: a fanatical GeForce GPU, a quad-core processor, and eight GB of RAM (in dual-channel mode).

Case & Connectivity

We didn’t notice any issues with the workmanship on this 13.3-inch laptop device. The Envy 13 doesn’t have a maintenance hatch, so Laptop users will need to remove rock bottom cover to access the insides. This needs removing each of the screws on the rock bottom of the bottom unit then lifting the duvet off with the flat spatula assistance. However, be careful: tons of the screws are hidden beneath the 2 rubber feet. These are often removed but only carefully, as a replacement set is precious. It supports the standard Wi-Fi standards 802.11a/b/g/n also because of the faster ac standard. We tested the wireless network speed under ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices short distance between server and notebook) and were pleased with the results.


The reflective display of 13.3-inch on the Envy has a 1920×1080 pixel native resolution. Unfortunately, the screen uses PWM to manage brightness from 90 percent brightness downwards. By pressing a key on the keyboard, the privacy protection is often turned off and on. The notebook is provided with HP’s Sure View screen protector technology.

The display doesn’t have a blue cast. The screen already does an excellent job of displaying colors out of the box.  Calibrating the display improved colors and resulted during a DeltaE deviation of two .07 for colors and more balanced grayscales. The panel doesn’t cover the color spaces AdobeRGB and sRGB. We measured coverage of 60% (AdobeRGB) and 92% (sRGB).

However, please confirm that you simply have the precise same display model (manufacturer and model number) as in our test unit. Otherwise, using our color profile could worsen the color display instead of improving it. Manufacturers often use screens from various manufacturers within an equivalent notebook model. This suggests that the screen is often read from any angle. This is often mainly thanks to the highly reflective display surface.

Input Devices

The flat, smooth keys of the backlit chiclet keyboard have a brief journey and a clear point. The actuation force might be a touch crisper for our taste. The keyboard gives way a touch while typing, but this didn’t really bother us. The backlight offers two brightness levels and may be operated via a function key. Beat all, HP has equipped its Envy 13 with an honest keyboard. This provides the user with many spaces to use gesture control. The graceful surface of the touchpad makes it easy for fingers to glide over it and inputs are precise even into the corners. The integrated mouse keys have a brief journey and a clear point.


The HP Envy 13 may be a slim 13.3-inch subnotebook.  Other configurations are available; the most cost-effective version doesn’t have a fanatical GPU.


This is often a ULV model with a TDP of 15 watts. HP has configured the processor to extend to 35 watts for a brief period of your time. The Core i7 clocks at an interest rate of 1.8 GHz and may reach up to 4.1 GHz (four cores), 4.5 GHz (two cores) and 4.6 GHz (one core) because of its turbo. The CPU clocks at between 3.8 and 4.6 GHz at the start of our CineBench multithread test on the other hand drops and settles to three .9 – 4 GHz. The single-thread test leads to a clock rate between 2 and 4.6 GHz. We test whether the turbo is employed under continuous load by running the CineBench R15 multithread test during a loop for a half-hour. The results show that the processor slows down slightly between the primary and second-round then remains fairly constant for the rest of the test. This suggests that the turbo is active but works at comparably low speeds.

Storage Device

The HP Envy 13 is provided with an NVMe SSD from Toshiba. This M.2 2280 model features a capacity of 512 GB, of which around 443 GB is out there to the user with the remaining 69 GB being haunted by the Windows installation and therefore the recovery partition.

System Performance

The system performance is fast and smooth. We didn’t encounter any issues. The notebook has sufficient processing power for office and internet applications and therefore the dedicated GPU enables users to play games.

GPU Performance

The Envy is provided with a fanatical GeForce MX250 GPU from Nvidia. this is often the “1D52” version of the MX250 model, which clocks at a lower rate and is formed with slim, compact notebooks in mind. While the traditional MX250 GPU features a TDP of 25 watts, this chip’s TDP is restricted to 10 watts. The MX250 clocks at an interest rate of 937 MHz and may boost to 1038 MHz. The GPU also can reach higher speeds, as long as it doesn’t reach certain temperatures and/or energy limits. For instance, we measured a maximum clock rate of 1696 MHz. The Witcher 3 test resulted in a mean GPU speed of 1431 MHz. The UHD Graphics 620 chip, which is integrated into the processor, is active and used during less-demanding applications because of Nvidia’s graphics-switching technology Optimus.

Gaming Performance

The Envy’s CPU and GPU combination manage to display most games in our database smoothly at HD resolution (1366×768 pixels) and middle to high details. Games that are only moderately demanding are often played at higher settings. Users will need to reduce the resolution and/or quality settings to play current demanding games at acceptable refresh rates. We let the sport The Witcher 3 run hour at low resolution (1024×768 pixels) and minimum quality settings so as to seek out whether the refresh rate changes over an extended period of your time. The character played by the gamer isn’t moved throughout this test. The refresh rates drop slightly after a couple of minutes then fluctuate minimally for the rest of the test. However, they still remain acceptable for gaming in the least times. The changes in refresh rate are thanks to the GPU, which also has varying clock rates at high lead levels. The long-term GPU performance is significantly above Nvidia’s specifications for this chip. This suggests that the difference to a daily MX250 GPU (with a TDP of 25 watts) is less than expected.

Great stamina (Emissions & Energy)

System Noise

The HP notebook never becomes too loud. The device is totally silent in these scenarios. The background level increased to 39.5 dB (A) during the strain test.


Whether is running on mains makes or on battery, the HP Envy 13 no difference to the results of our assay (FurMark and Prime95 running for one hr minimum). The clock rate then fluctuates between 400 and 1000 MHz for the rest of the test. The processor clocks at 1.8 to 2.3 GHz initially but drops to 400 to 500 MHz within the primary 10 minutes. The strain test is an extreme scenario that will not occur during everyday use. We use it to seek out how the system fares under maximum load. The notebook doesn’t heat up particularly. We measured a couple of hot spots of over 40 °C during the strain test, but the temperatures remain absolutely acceptable during everyday use.

Power Consumption

The Envy doesn’t have any surprises future for us in terms of power consumption. It consumes 10.8 watts while idling and increases its power must a maximum of 62.7 watts during the strain test (Prime95 and FurMark running for a minimum of an hour).


Envy has four speakers in total. The opposite two are positioned towards the front of the rock bottom of the bottom unit. They produce an enjoyable, full sound, although bass frequencies are missing almost entirely. We might still recommend using headphones or external speakers for a far better audio experience.

Battery Life

The facility profile is about to balance, the energy-saving mode is turned off and display brightness is about to around 150 cd/m². The Envy 13 managed a runtime of 8 h 32 m during this scenario.


The GPU HP has chosen seems to be the throttled version of the MX250. Nonetheless, Envy manages to display most games in our database smoothly. HP has created a well-rounded subnotebook that doesn’t have any major weaknesses.

The notebook provides much space for storing. It’s equipped with a 512-GB NVMe SSD, which also ensures fast system performance. The privacy function “Sure View” is often activated by the press of a button.

The Envy is additionally equipped with an honest keyboard with backlighting (two brightness levels). Its battery life is promising also. We were also pleased to ascertain that the USB Type-C port supports the DisplayPort-via-USB-C function (although this needs a special adapter that’s not included within the scope of delivery). The notebook also can be recharged via this port (Power Delivery 3.0).

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