out the gold in the 13-inch version. As such, the 15-inch Envy x360’s chassis is almost identical. We discovered it this time around with a black coating, still in anodized aluminum, along with its hinges that allow the screen to rotate 360 °. It can be used as a tablet or in tent mode to play videos without bothering the keyboard.
The touchpad is responsive, but we found a play of a millimeter or two that made clicking a bit uncomfortable to touch. It’s hard to say if our test model is the only victim of this small defect; however, we didn’t have that problem with the 13-inch Envy x360. The keyboard is pleasant to use and the backlighting of the keys can be adjusted to three levels. You’ll notice the absence of a numeric keypad despite the size of the chassis: the extra space is taken up by the loudspeaker grilles.
A fingerprint reader is located next to the arrow keys, which can be used to immediately open the computer. However, the webcam does not have an infrared module and is not compatible with Windows Hello. He films in 720p and it shows image quality, not very well in bright light and even less so in the dark. A physical cache can be deployed by clicking the appropriate key at the top of the keyboard.
The connection is a model here because it has almost everything you need: two USB-3.2 ports, an HDMI 2.0b port, a USB-C 3.2 DisplayPort port (which does not allow charging), an SD card reader and a mini- jack socket. Wifi 6 is available, while Bluetooth is standard 5.2.
Accessing components is never easy. It is necessary to remove the two Torx screws, then the two rubber pads (at risk of breaking them) to remove the remaining Phillips screws. The RAM as well as the M.2 SSD is covered with a metal plate to limit heating of the components and both are replaceable – a good point for PC scalability. Plus, the battery is easily removable.
Surprisingly the fans were getting close, but the computer heat remained intact with a peak of 38.8 ° C on the keyboard. The PC isn’t noisy either, but its breath is clearly audible: we noticed 37.1 dB of ventilation emitted at the full benchmark below the CineBench.
With a six-core Ryzen 5 5500U clocked at 2.1 GHz, the Envy x360 can’t handle the heavy, demanding processing, but it’s more than enough for office automation. Combined with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it scores 88 on our CPU performance index, making it more efficient than competing Intel Core i7-1165G7s. However, it is not at the level of the H series from Intel or AMD, which have higher TDPs.
The built-in GPU makes it possible to play unnecessary games such as Diablo IIIat about 30 fps (high graphics), or Overwatch at almost 60 fps (low graphics). Finally, the SSD offers speeds of 1.8 GB / s to read and 1.6 GB / s to write, which is not unusual.
The touch screen on the Envy x360 displays Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels). Unfortunately, there are many problems to face. First of all, the color accuracy is frankly poor with a delta E of 7.6, even if the average temperature is decent (6190 K). Gamma is also moderate and mid-grays are less visible, which can be annoying for photo or video post-production, for example. The remanence of 27 ms also turns out to be very long, but this is the case with most office laptops.
With an average reflectance of 52.6%, the slab coating is very bright, and it is unfortunately not the maximum light (291 cd / m²) that can catch up. In the end, only the comparison of 1320: 1 is very good.
Activity / Autonomy
With almost 1.9 kg in weight and dimensions of 35.9 x 22.8 x 1.8 cm, this 15.6-inch Envy x360 is not the most portable. However, it fits in a classic backpack and its tablet format allows it to be used without suffering knees. Unfortunately, the charger is still proprietary and weighs 281 g.
In terms of autonomy, this PC does no miracles with its 51 Wh battery. In video playback on Netflix via the Chrome browser, the volume was pushed to 50% and the screen was set to 200 cd / m², it lasted only 7 h 30 min, which is correct, but far from the best students.
The connection is very complete.
The versatility of the 2-in-1 format.
Good headphone jack.
Difficult to disassemble.
How does grading work?
We appreciated the 13-inch HP Envy x360 and its Oled screen, but this 15-inch version turned out to be less attractive, especially due to the lack of Oled technology. If the 15-inch 2-in-1 format is an important point for you, the HP Envy x360 (15-eu0027nf) could be a good choice, especially since the office performance is so good. Otherwise, the computer is very busy and its screen is clearly ruining the picture …