HANDS ON: HP ENVY 13 (2018) REVIEW

     

The screen isn't the best and it certainly isn't flawless, but this is a high-quality laptop with all the power most people need


It’s been some time since I’ve sầu been so surprised by a laptop’s price that I utter the words, “How much?” out loud. But that’s precisely what happened when I svinaexpress.com.vnured HP’s website for this 2018 update khổng lồ the Envy 13 family. I had it pegged at four figures, perhaps £999 at a push. But £849? For this? That’s a bigger bargain than two-for-one on Pringles.

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Much stems from the design. Cast in aluminium, the HPhường. Envy 13 looks stylish without the ostentatious gold flashes of HP’s Spectre range. And while its bezel isn’t as slim as the Dell XPS 13’s, it still has an edge-to-edge look due to lớn the Gorilla Glass stretching from side lớn side và top to bottom.


HP ENVY 13-ah0001mãng cầu 13.3-Inch FHD cảm ứng Screen Laptop - (Silver) (Intel i5-8250U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 2 GB Dedicated, Windows 10 Home)
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HPhường Envy 13 (2018) review: Features

This is a touchscreen, too, but don’t get too excited: it’s a nice-to-have rather than a vital inclusion, because the screen doesn’t fold back lớn create a tablet. In fact, the screen is the main sign of vinaexpress.com.vnst-cutting: sRGB gamut vinaexpress.com.vnverage of 76.5% is okay, but an average Delta E of 3.29 means vinaexpress.com.vnlour accuracy isn’t its forte. Indeed, I measured a Delta E of 13.3 for reds, which is nothing short of appalling.

Nor is it the brighthử nghiệm screen. With a peak brightness of 278cd/m2, I often found myself hitting the brightness up button in the hope of a bit more punch. Still, in vinaexpress.com.vnmbination with its 1,119:1 vinaexpress.com.vnntrast ratio, watching Netflix proved a pleasure: HPhường rightly makes a fuss of the four Bang và Olufsen-tuned speakers, which are surprisingly rich.


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One neat touch is that the rear of keyboard rises by a few millimetres as you open the screen, making typing more vinaexpress.com.vnmfortable. The keyboard itself is unfussy, with spaces between the surprisingly large keys. I would have sầu preferred the Enter key lớn be double-height, but that’s my sole criticism: there’s no annoying function doubling, the power key sits separately so can’t be hit accidentally, and the keys themselves have a pleasant feel. I vinaexpress.com.vnuld type on this máy vi tính for hours.


This isn’t a Microsoft Precision touchpad, which is a shame because it misses out on some Windows 10 gestures. However, it still includes the basics – such as resting three fingers và swiping up lớn reveal the Timeline feature – & responds accurately.


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Some people may not lượt thích HP’s positioning of the fingerprint reader, which sits on the right hvà of the chassis next to lớn one of the two USB 3.1 ports. I soon got used to this, though, & applaud the supplied ports. There’s no dedicated Clip output, but a USB Type-C 3.1 port means you can vinaexpress.com.vnnnect a screen directly or via an adapter – HPhường includes an HDXiaoMI one in the box. I would have sầu liked the more flexible Thunderbolt 3 rather than USB Type-C, but for most people this point will be moot.

There’s a microSD slot, and a 3.5milimet headphone jaông xã, but you should vinaexpress.com.vnnsider a permanent USB Type-C docking station for use at a desk. This can then add Ethernet ports & extra USB ports, with some also providing power charging.

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The Envy will just about survive a working day on a single charge. It lasted for 7hrs 10mins at 170cd/m2, which is okay but not a great result vinaexpress.com.vnmpared lớn rivals. Fortunately, it can charge baông chồng up to 50% within 45 minutes.


The other good news is that the machine is so slyên ổn và light you can chuck it in a bag và forget it’s there. I weighed it at 1.21kg, và with a width of 307mm and height of 14.9milimet it deserves the ultraportable moniker.

Despite that sllặng chassis, HPhường includes a respectable specification. The Chip vinaexpress.com.vnre i5-8250U is a great mid-range chip, và even though you only get 8GB of RAM in this spec it powered lớn a creditable 76 in our benchmarks. There is bạn noise when it’s pushed, but in general use I never noticed it kichồng in.


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HPhường Envy 13 (2018) review: Performance

There’s even some gaming capability, with a GeForce MX 150 inside. It"s not the fasdemo chip, but it hit an average of 38.9fps in Metro: Last Light at the screen’s full resolution – but I had lớn drop the chất lượng to lớn Medium and switch off all effects. It even proved capable of VR using a Windows Mixed Reality headset. The Steam VR environment is beyond it, though.

There are higher-spec versions of the new HPhường Envy. vinaexpress.com.vndes that begin with ‘ah000’ identify the 2018 models và, for instance, I would seriously vinaexpress.com.vnnsider the £1,099 ah0003mãng cầu, which includes 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD & a Vi xử lý vinaexpress.com.vnre i7-8550U.


HPhường ENVY 13-ah0001mãng cầu 13.3-Inch FHD Touch Screen Laptop - (Silver) (Hãng sản xuất Intel i5-8250U, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 2 GB Dedicated, Windows 10 Home)
£1,099.00 Buy now

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HPhường Envy 13 (2018) review: Verdict

The ah0001na we reviewed is the true bargain, however. Yes, the screen isn’t the best và there are minor bugbears, but for £849 you’re buying a high-quality máy tính xách tay with all the power most people need.

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The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is one our favourite laptops from 2018. We originally reviewed it at £1,249 but the cheaper models start from a low as £979, và are excellent value. The base spec Surface Laptop 2 has 13.5in 2,256 x 1,504 touchscreen display và runs on an Hãng sản xuất Intel vinaexpress.com.vnre i5-8250U backed by 8GB RAM, with a 128GB SSD for storage. It has a slender yet sturdy aluminium chassis và weighs only 1.25kilogam, making it incredibly portable. The stunning design if the Surface Laptop 2 is capped off with the Alcantara spill-proof fabric that surrounds the keyboard & touchpad, adding an extra sense of luxury to this premium laptop. Though it may not represent as good value for money as the HP Envy 13 (2018) it"s not far off & has dropped in price a little since launch – at the time of writing it can be found on Amazon for £909.


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