Exit the gold of the 13 inch version. However, the case of the 15-inch Envy x360 is almost identical. We discover it this time with a black dress, still in anodized aluminum, accompanied by its hinges that allow the screen to rotate 360°. So it can be used as a tablet or in tent mode to play videos without having to worry about the keyboard.
The touchpad is responsive, but we noticed a millimeter or two of play, which makes clicking feel a bit uncomfortable. It is difficult to say whether only our test device is affected by this small defect; In any case, we didn’t have this problem with the 13-inch Envy x360. The keyboard is easy to use and the backlighting of the keys can be adjusted in three levels. Despite the size of the case, the lack of a number pad is noticeable: the extra space is taken up by the speaker grilles.
Next to the arrow keys is a fingerprint reader, which is handy for quickly unlocking the computer. However, the webcam does not have an infrared module and is not compatible with Windows Hello. It films in 720p and it shows in the image quality, not very good in bright light and even less so in the dark. A physical cache can be provided by clicking the appropriate key at the top of the keyboard.
The connection is exemplary here, because almost everything you need is available: two USB 3.2 ports, one HDMI 2.0b port, one USB-C 3.2 DisplayPort port (which does not allow charging), one SD card reader and a mini jack. Wifi 6 is available, Bluetooth is standard 5.2.
Accessing the components is really not easy. Two Torx screws have to be removed, then the two rubber buffers (if there is a risk of breakage) in order to be able to loosen the remaining Phillips screws. Both the RAM and M.2 SSD are covered with a metal plate to limit component heating and are both interchangeable – a good point for PC scalability. In addition, the battery can be easily removed.
The fans are oddly close together, but the heat from the machine remains very contained, with a peak of 38.8 C at the keyboard. The PC isn’t too loud either, but you can clearly hear its breathing: 37.1 dB emitted by the ventilation in the full benchmark under CineBench, we found.
With its six-core Ryzen 5 5500U clocked at 2.1GHz, the Envy x360 can’t handle high-performance processing, but it’s still more than enough for office automation. Accompanied by 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it scored 88 on our CPU performance index, making it more efficient than competing Intel Core i7-1165G7s. However, it is not on the level of the H series from Intel or AMD, which have significantly higher TDPs.
The built-in GPU allows playing undemanding games such as Diablo IIIat about 30 fps (high graphics), or over watch at almost 60 fps (low graphics). Finally, the SSD offers speeds of 1.8 GB/s reading and 1.6 GB/s writing, which is nothing exceptional.
The Envy x360’s touchscreen has a Full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels). Unfortunately, there are many problems to deal with. First off, color accuracy is frankly poor with a Delta E of 7.6, although the average temperature (6190K) is decent. The gamma is also mediocre and the middle gray tones are underexposed, which could be annoying in photo or video post-production, for example. The remanence is also too high at 27 ms, which is the case with most office laptops.
With an average reflectivity of 52.6%, the slab’s coating is very bright and is unfortunately not caught up by the maximum brightness (291 cd/m²). Only the contrast is quite good at 1320:1.
Mobility / Autonomy
Weighing in at nearly 4 pounds and measuring 14 x 9 x 0.7 inches, this 15.6-inch Envy x360 isn’t the most portable. However, it fits in a classic backpack and its tablet format allows it to be used without suffering on your knees. Unfortunately, the charger is still proprietary and weighs 281 g.
In terms of autonomy, this PC has not performed miracles with its 51Wh battery. Playing video on Netflix via the Chrome browser, volume pushed to 50% and screen set to 200nits, it only lasted 7h30, which is true, but far from the best students.
Very complete connection.
Versatility of the 2-in-1 format.
Good headphone jack.
Difficult to disassemble.
How does the classification work?
We appreciate the 13-inch HP Envy x360 and its Oled screen, but this 15-inch version is less attractive, especially given the lack of Oled technology. If the 15-inch 2-in-1 format is important to you, the HP Envy x360 (15-eu0027nf) could be a good option, especially since its office performance is very good. Otherwise, the computer is rather average and its screen clearly clouds the picture…