Laptop Review: HP Envy 13
There is a cornucopia of laptops in the world today that you easily get lost trying to find the best fit for your work. While different laptops serve different purposes [according to the manufacturers], the top-end laptops can do pretty much everything you’d need a laptop for. The HP Envy 13 is one of such laptops. It prides itself as one of a few elite that have the combination of versatility, great performance, excellent battery life, a slick design in a light metallic body, and for quite a decent price (when compared to similar devices in its category).
HP’s Envy line-up is known for laptops with premium design, great hardware amongst other pros; hence, the Envy 13 doesn’t fall short.
The HP Envy 13 comes with a gilt-edged finish in an aluminum body with sharp edges. This 13.3-inch beauty measures 305.4 x 215.6 x 13.9mm and weighs 1.38kg. This means that you get a lightweight and somewhat thin laptop.
I already mentioned that the Envy 13 is a 13.3-inch device. HP used an IPS LCD screen here with a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080). While this resolution isn’t the best in the market, it sure delivers with its good contrast and saturated colours. One good thing about this screen is that it is touch sensitive (oh yes!). This is good when you compare it some other laptops in its category. However, you should know that this laptop is not a hybrid as its screen cannot be folded like you’d find with hybrid laptops.
The HP Envy 13 comes with a 51Whr battery which should give you about 12 hours of battery life on a full charge. However, you should know that the type of application being run can affect the amount of usage you get.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard on the Envy 13 is a great one with enough spacing between the keys; it’s also vital to point out here that the keys are full-size and has a backlight for typing in the dark.
The touchpad on the HP Envy 13 is a mix of great build and poor performance. This is because while it is made of glass – which is great – it is spoiled by the pre-click depression. Besides this, the touchpad is great.
This is where the HP Envy 13 stands out. With a dedicated graphics card – the Nvidia GeForce MX150 – and an Intel Core i7 7500 or a Core i5 processor, coupled with 8 gigs of RAM and SSD; you shouldn’t get any trouble using this laptop. The Nvidia GeFore MX150 comes with 2GB of RAM making the Envy 13 handle gaming efficiently.
This laptop comes with an array of connectivity options that include two USB type-C ports, a microSD card slot, a headphone jack, and two USB 3.0 ports. While an HDMI port is absent, you plug an adapter into one of the type-C USB ports.
The HP Envy 13 is not a cheap laptop by any means. Priced at a little lower than $1000 (for the lowest model), this laptop is a high-end device with premium hardware that attest to this. However, when compared with similar laptops it is quite cheaper.
Specs at a Glance
|Maximum Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|CPU||Intel Core i5/i7|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Dimensions||305.4 x 215.6 x 13.9 mm|
There are only a few laptops that cost about $1000 with the kind of specs that the Envy 13 ships with. So, if you don’t mind the competition and are willing to shell out the bucks, this premium laptop is a good deal.