Hp Envy 13 Laptop, Intel Core I7

The 20trăng tròn iteration of the HP Envy 13 retains all the great features of a powerful and lightweight laptop - but it"s not completely faultless

The Envy does it again

ByHannah Cowton, Senior Staff Writer

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The rest of the laptop is clean và neat – if a little bl& in comparison to some rivals. It’ll also feel familiar to HPhường fans, with a silver, sandblasted anodised finish và an easily portable kích thước – weighing in at just 1.3kilogam.

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The HP Envy 13 (2020) has a metal chassis that feels sturdy and durable. Like the 2019 variant of the HPhường Envy 13, the trackpad is made from plastic rather than glass, but it still looks neat và is responsive sầu to touch và gestures.

On the keyboard you get an adjustable backlight – handy for working in those darker evenings. The keys themselves have sầu a nice decompression & give a good bounce baông xã – I had no issues typing. If I’m nit-picking, some of the keyboard shortcuts are in odd places (Print Screen was bundled onlớn the Shift Key below Enter, for example) but otherwise there’s no nasty surprises here.

The in-built người system does keep the device cool when needed, but it’s noisy & sensitive sầu. Even simple tasks such as downloading documents kickstarted the tín đồ inkhổng lồ action.

The HP Envy 13 features a Bang và Olufsen sound system, which is punchy & produces good levels of bass. The downside is that the speakers sit on the bottom of the máy vi tính (on the previous year’s version, they were on top), so if you have sầu the máy vi tính on a bed it will muffle the sound.

One thing that may be a plus to users is the privacy settings included on the HPhường. Envy 13. Not only do you get a dedicated fingerprint scanner, but you also get buttons khổng lồ toggle off the webcam và microphone - in case you’re worried about them being hacked.

You also get an integrated privacy screen, which basically means that if you have sầu information on the screen that you don"t want to tóm tắt with people around you - such as bank details - you can tap a button và the screen will darken. This works best for text, rather than videos or images.

As built-in webcams go, the 720p one on the HPhường Envy 13 is relatively clear và the unique is good enough for any video meetings or calls you need to take. The audio on the built-in dual microphones is on the muddy side though - if this is a concern, I suggest either using a headmix or a USB microphone.

Surprisingly, the máy vi tính features an AC smart pin slot for charging, rather than USB-C. This means that if you’re carrying it around in your bag, you"ll have sầu khổng lồ carry a dedicated và bulky power adapter with you. There is still a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C slot, but this is for tệp tin exchanges and charging separate devices rather than juicing up the máy vi tính itself.

Other ports include two USB-A slots, a headphone jaông xã, and a microSD thẻ reader. Sadly, there isn’t a HDXiaoMi MI port on this máy vi tính.

The display is a touchscreen, which is useful for swiping for shortcuts – but does seem a little redundant considering that the Envy 13 isn"t a 2-in-1 device. You most likely won’t find a lot of use for the touch screen. In the UK 4K isn"t available, but you can get this in other markets, including the US.

The HP Envy 13 has an extremely bright display - with a max of up 1,000 nits. However, it"s a reflective sầu panel so there"s plenty of glare, especially if you’re using this device outside under bright sunlight, which is a bit of a downside. In addition, turning the screen up to max brightness drains the battery life very quickly.

Specs & performance

The HPhường Envy 13 (2020) is available in three different models in the UK, running on either an Intel i5 or i7 processor, with RAM between 8GB and 16GB, storage up khổng lồ 1TB and the option of a dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX350 graphics thẻ on the highest spec version.

In the US, specs are customisable depending on what you want - you have the option of omitting the touchscreen altogether, forgoing the privacy filters, including a dedicated graphics card and trading out the Full HD screen for a 4K one.

We tested the mid-màn chơi HP Envy 13 (HP Envy 13-ba0006na), which runs on Intel’s Core i7-1065G7 processor và houses integrated Hãng sản xuất Intel Iris Plus Graphics. Combined with 8GB RAM and 1TB worth of storage, there"s plenty of room to lớn tải về games and software & store documents over time.

The mid-spec laptop is basically a happy medium for those want a device that is capable of the odd game or editing, without sacrificing on a lightweight thiết kế. You can see how it performed in our internal benchmarks:

It is worth noting I used a basic video clip editing program (Adobe Premiere Rush) và had a few issues continuing khổng lồ run it after several hours of continued use. Therefore, I’d suggest that if you wish to lớn game regularly – or take on a heavy-duty task – it"s worth going for the highest spec HP.. Envy 13 which features a dedicated GPU that the lower versions vày not.

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I played Planet Zoo with the graphics set khổng lồ ‘ultra’. Frame rates did drop during animated scenes, but once you were in the active sầu gameplay it still managed lớn run relatively okay. Still, for the faskiểm tra gameplay its best khổng lồ drop down lớn medium/low, as after all this isn’t a dedicated gaming machine. The máy vi tính did also get hotter after around an hour’s worth of playtime.

The cheapest version doesn’t have the same capabilities as its two sister models due to lớn the lower spec i5 processor – but if you don’t plan on gaming or using demanding software this is still a good option.

Battery life on this máy tính xách tay is enough to lớn keep you going throughout the day. Under our internal benchmarks, it achieved a respectable 10 hours and 12 minutes – very cchiến bại to HP’s own estimate on average battery life.

Charging isn’t half-bad either, with just a quiông chồng 30 minutes taking it to lớn 53%. Around an hour will take it from flat khổng lồ full. You’ll also have sầu no issues with connectivity with the HP. Envy 13, as it comes with a combination of Wi-Fi 6 (2x2) and Công nghệ Bluetooth 5.0.

As it’s a HP laptop, there’s no surprises when it comes khổng lồ software. You get Windows 10 Home as standard, so setting up the PC is rather straightforward. You also get HPhường apps for technical tư vấn, the basic version of McAfee LiveSafe và a one-month không tính phí trial of Microsoft 365 for new customers.

Value for Money

The HPhường Envy 13 range comes in at three price points in the UK. The base i5 mã sản phẩm retails for £850, the mid-cấp độ i7 (the model we tested) costs £1,000, whilst the top-spec i7 with the dedicated GPU clocks in at a price of £1,150. You can currently purchase all three models from the HP UK online store và select models from John Lewis.

In the US, you can get the customisable version of the HP.. Envy 13 (2020) starting from US$1,049 from the US HPhường store. However, Amazon US is also offering a fixed spec version from as little as $949.

Even the cheapest variant is certainly an investment for users out there. Students should consider opting for the base model – providing they’re mainly looking for a productivity device. If you’re a creator or want a máy tính that’s capable of some light gaming, then the mid and top specs are the better choices.

When looking at competitors, the two main ones are Dell’s XPS 13 9300, và Huawei’s MateBook X Pro. Both offer very similar specs lớn the Envy, but feature bolder designs and higher-res screen options for UK buyers.

However, both are more expensive sầu than HP"s máy tính xách tay, with Dell"s XPS starting from £1,399/$999, and the MateBook coming in at £1,399 for the base mã sản phẩm. If you’re based in the US, you’ll only be able to get the MateBook via importing.

If you desperately want a 4K screen, then HP.. has confirmed that the 11th gene version of the HP Envy 13 is on the way và it should feature this display nâng cấp in the UK - along with Thunderbolt 4.

It"s also worth noting that HP.. is currently offering this device as part of its Laptops for Schools initiative, which means that with a purchase of the device, HPhường. will donate £200 khổng lồ a school of the buyer"s choice khổng lồ put towards PC equipment.

You can take a look at how other rivals compare in our menu of the best laptops.

Verdict

HPhường is clearly going for the ‘if it ain"t broke, don’t fix it’ approach with the HPhường Envy 13. The thiết kế is in-keeping with both the 2018 & 2019 variants of the máy tính xách tay, with the biggest changes being made lớn the display và keyboard set-up.

It’s not completely perfect. The bạn is on the noisy side, the screen is prone khổng lồ glare, and it"s a shame there"s no option for a 4K panel in the UK.

Nonetheless, in comparison lớn similarly specced rivals the price is extremely competitive sầu, & the downsides don’t take away from the fact that this device strikes the right balance between being portable and powerful.