Big-screen 2-in-1 laptops, the target of the shopper who wants it all, often come with trade-offs. Consider the HP Envy x360, a convertible notebook with a slick look, a huge, 15-inch display and sweet sound. its screen is so bright and FHD, its hinges are so strong by steel made and its battery is long life, even this HP ENVY model is so standard notebook.
The Envy x360 is made in silver (Intel) and black (AMD) designs, and features the sleek design aesthetic that HP keeps exclusive to its mid- to high-end laptops. The black AMD model is cooler and more distinct, While it's easy to rotate the Envy x360's screen from laptop mode to the positions for the stand, display and tablet modes, I found that the 360-degree hinge is too strong by steel made. When I tapped the screen with my finger to use its touch screen,
In terms of connections, the Envy x360 houses one USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI connector, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm headset jack. The power button and volume rocker are located on the left of the device, making them easy to use in tablet mode.
The hinge feels strong, and even with the Envy x360's hefty 5.2-pound weight, the screen is secure in almost any position you can manage. The downside is that flipping the screen all the way around can be quite cumbersome due to the weight, stiff hinge and large size.HP places the power button on the left side instead of above the keyboard. I like that the left edge houses a volume rocker, however, something I wish more-traditional notebooks would feature
The speakers in the Envy x360 notebooks have been tuned by the audio wizards of Bang & Olufsen and filled our medium-size conference room with great reproductions of Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer." Flute solos sounded crystal clear, trumpets hit strong and Gabriel's falsettos came through accurately.There's a preloaded Bang & Olufsen audio utility, but you can simply forget that it's there. The default Music setting is optimal for music and trailers, but its Movies setting distorts vocals and its Voice settings pave down all instrumentals.
The first thing you'll notice about the new Envy 13 is that it's a lot more premium-looking, with narrower screen bezels, enhanced speaker system with more attractive grille and positioning, updated keyboard design and layout and more of the other design changes we've seen for many of the 2017 models, including the new logo. In fact, it looks eerily like a Spectre.
The Envy x360s feature a standard set of preloaded software, with both useful utilities and the same junk you find slapped in every PC notebook. So hold onto Support Assistant for its driver download tools and quick links for tech support, as well as Recovery Manager for the options to manage backups and recovery disks. But, remember, Support Assistant won't fix the issue we experienced with the spotty touch screen.