The HP Envy 13 a beautiful powerful portable Ultrabook with a gorgeous QHD Plus display. HP Envy 13 is really attractive with its all-metal design. There’s an HP logo in the middle of the lid and rubber feet on the bottom to prevent it from sliding. It weighs 3 pounds and is only 12.9 millimeters thin which makes it the perfect laptop to travel with. In terms of ports on the Left you have a noble lock, SD card reader, one USB 3.0 port and an audio jack. On the right you have a power connector, a full size HDMI port and two more USB 3.0 ports.
You can configure the HP Envy 13 with a 6th geneneration Intel dual core i5 processor or the i7 6500U. The unit comes with a 128 gigabytes SSD or 256 gigabyte SSD drive and an averaging speeds of 530 megabytes a second and write speeds of 300. What these read and write speeds mean is that you’re basically going to be able to copy files back and forth quite quickly and it’s going to be a lot faster than a traditional hard drive. Also it only takes 7 to 8 seconds to load up the operating system from the moment you press the power button.
There’s 8 gigabytes of RAM which is soldered on to the motherboard and the display is a non-touch 13.3 inch QHD Plus display with a resolution of 3200 by 1800 or you can offer a full HD touch display instead. The display on the envy is absolutely gorgeous.
It’s a QHD Plus display so it’s a lot more crisp than the majority of ultra books that use a full HD panel. Also when you buy a 13-inch laptop this screen size is pretty small to begin with. By having a high resolution display you’re able to fit more applications on your screen by having more screen real estate to work with. This display has an sRGB value of 96% which means images and video on the net will look really nice and the Adobe RGB which has a wider color gamut sits around 75%. Overall this is one of the nicer displays on a 13-inch laptop and it’s perfect for doing work and consuming media.
Above the display arrests an HD camera. Colors are fine but there’s a lot of noise and grain. It’s not the greatest webcam but the camera is more than fine enough for the odds of Skype and conference calls. The one thing people really like about its keyboard over the competition is the back lifts up when you open up the display. This puts the keyboard on an angle making it a bit more comfortable to type on.
The keys are a bit mushy but well spaced with plenty of room. However the travel distance is a little low at 1.2 millimeters. The overall typing experience is fine. With laptops getting a lot thinner the key travel distance has to be reduced as well. There’s also one level of backlighting but the favourite thing is that it comes with a fingerprint scanner which works with Windows Hello. The fact you can just swipe your finger instead of typing in your password is not only faster but also secure. It’s one of those little things you’ll learn to appreciate after you start using it.
The glass touchpad below is really wide and there’s plenty of room to move your fingers. Multi gestures, pinch to zoom and scrolling all works great.
There’s two speakers on the HP Envy 13 which are front-facing. You’re going get much better sound than speakers at our place behind the laptop or on the bottom. HP has a partnership with B&O play which is subsidiary of Bang & Olufsen and the high sounded fantastic with good meds but the speakers to lack a base. The speakers get loud enough to fill up a small 100 square foot room which is perfect for watching your favorite movies and listening to music.
This laptop is more than capable of handing any productivity tasks you throw at it. If you’re someone who wants to play the latest games this laptop is not for you. It is recommended checking out the HP omen as has a dedicated graphics card and will be able to handle the latest games and possibly edit video. But for those of you that want something portable light and powerful enough to get all your productivity tasks done the HP Envy 13 is more than capable.
In terms of heat you can get 110 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit on the top of the deck which is not too bad considering how hard you push the laptop. On the bottom it was even better. It is capable of averaging around 90 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re worried about this laptop overheating it does a pretty good job at managing it.
The battery inside is a 45 watt hour battery. It’s averaging around 7 hours of use before needing a charge. This consists of things like browsing the web, doing productivity tasks and watching videos. It’s not the greatest battery life compared to the competition but if you want better battery life the suggestion to you is either check out the HP Spectre X360 which is going to have a slightly bigger battery and the new cab like processors.
The HP Envy 13 is a powerful portable laptop that’s great for anyone who travels a lot or even a student who walks around campus all day and wants something very light that they can put in their bag. It is more than powerful enough to handle all your productivity tasks such as browsing the web, watching movies and working in Microsoft Office. You can even go ahead and do some light Photoshop editing on it without any issues.
For those of you out there who want to play the latest games or edit video check out the HP Omen lineup. It has a dedicated graphics card and will serve your needs better.
Key Features for HP Envy 13
13 Inch Display
Intel Core i5