HP Envy x360 15 Review 2021: Convertible for office and everyday use

HP Envy x360 15 Review
  1. Display :5.6 ” full HD touch
  2. CPU :AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
  3. RAM :16 GB / 1 TB

The convertible is officially called the HP Envy x360 15-eu0178ng. Behind this name is a 15.6 “touch display, an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U, 16 GB RAM, and a 1 TB SSD. There are also many and, above all, modern connections. So everything is fine? Almost everything. In short, the Envy x360 15 is a sturdy convertible that will provide you with enough power for (almost) all tasks for the foreseeable future, and it will also last a working day without a power socket.

Pros
  • design
  • strong hardware
  • Connection selection
Cons
  • Display could be brighter
  • not expandable

You have plenty of choices with the Envy range from HP. Small display? Big display? Full HD or would you prefer 4K? AMD CPU or would you prefer Intel Core? Touchscreen? Small SSD or 2 TB? In the highest configuration, you get a 15.6 “AMOLED touch display with Intel Core i9, 32 GB RAM, 2x 1 TB SSD, and an RTX 2060.

HP Envy x360 15 Review

My test device is not a hardware monster, but with a Ryzen 7 CPU, it is in the upper third of the equipment range. As always, the exact specs are in the fold-out table.Technical data: HP ENVY x360 15-eu0178ng

Technical data: HP ENVY x360 15

Display39 cm (15.6 “) IPS touch display with LED backlight in 16: 9 format with max. 250 nits
resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
processorAMD Ryzen ™ 7 5700U (5000 series)
8x 1.80 GHz / 16 threads
Turbo Boost up to 4.30 GHz
12 MB cache
graphicAMD Radeon Graphics (integrated)
random access memory16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz
permanently installed,
not expandable
hard disk1000 GB NVMe SSD
networkBluetooth 5.2
WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
connections2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB-A)
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB-C with DisplayPort 1.4 and HP Sleep and Charge)
1x HDMI 2.0
1x 3.5mm audio combo
1x SD card reader
battery packLi-Ion battery (3 cells / 51 Wh)
up to 11.5 hours running time
65W AC power supply
Input devicesbacklit keyboard
TrackPad
SoundAudio system with two speakers
cameraHD webcam
operating systemWindows 10 Home
Dimensions35.9 x 22.82 x 1.84 cm (WxDxH)
weight1.86 kilos
price1290$

Pleasantly restrained design

The current Envy x360 is an angular notebook. Only the corners are very slightly rounded. The case doesn’t feel that way thanks to a coating, but it is made of aluminum. You have to get used to the feel of the coating. However, it has an undeniable advantage: it is easy to remove fingerprints from it. And unfortunately, they are quickly gathered and clearly visible.

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The Envy has a fairly flat exterior and is also portable enough at just under 1.9 kilos (for a notebook of this size).

The display bezels are pleasantly narrow and the hinges stiff enough that the display does not move even when typing using the one-finger hack system. You can’t open the notebook with one finger, but you don’t have to.

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Fortunately, there is hardly any decorative fuss on the front. There is a small HP logo on the underside of the display and the Bang & Olufsen lettering in front of the arrow keys. On the left side, there is again “ENVY”. But that’s so subtle that it’s easy to overlook. That’s how I like it.

The display lid has a large HP logo. And that was it with fuss. Great. The Envy x360 is a simple and restrained designed notebook. This means that it blends in well with any environment. Regardless of whether it is an office or a private apartment.

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There are four small spacers so that you don’t let the keyboard rub against the table in tablet mode. They are just big enough to do their job and at the same time so small that they are barely noticeable.

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The keyboard leaves an ambivalent impression on me. It is atypical for a 15.6 ” notebook that it does not have a numeric keypad. The keys are a good size so that you will find your way around quickly. Only two of the arrow keys have been reduced in size.

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The keys have a short journey and offer decent resistance. There is little risk of accidentally pressing a key. Nevertheless, the writing experience is a bit too vague for my taste. This could also be due to the fact that the part of the Envy x360 with the keyboard can be pushed through easily, as the case is very thin at this point.

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There are pluses for even backlighting. It has three levels so that you can use the keyboard to find your bearings in all environments.

The touchpad sits completely in the middle and is a good size for my personal taste. It reacts quickly and precisely to inputs. Pleasing: There are no dead edges, you get immediate feedback from the cursor even if you touch the edge directly.

Multi-touch gestures are perfectly supported so that you don’t necessarily need a mouse in everyday life.

Instead of the right CTRL key, the Envy x360 15 has a fingerprint reader. At this position, he can be easily reached and he does his job reliably and quickly. Incorrect entries were very rare.

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By the way, you have to do without facial recognition with Windows Hello. The webcam is not designed for this.

As expected, it sits in the upper display frame. One cannot argue about their quality. In good light, it is enough to be recognized in zoom calls. If you have bad lighting conditions, then it rustles happily to itself.

webcam

The really bad thing is that the webcam is not an outlier, but average. There is a sensible front camera in every usable smartphone. Not in notebooks. Before Corona, I was able to understand that. But in the age of high zoom/team / whatever video conferencing consumption, that’s just no longer appropriate. And not otherwise either. All notebook manufacturers urgently need to make improvements here.

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The workmanship is flawless. Nothing squeaks or wobbles. That’s the way it has to be.

Lots of modern connections

Here you can draw on the full.

On the left side, you will find an HDMI port, a USB-C port (3.2 Gen2) as well as a USB-A port (3.2 Gen2), and a 3.5mm jack connection.

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On the right are the proprietary power connection, another USB-A port (3.2-Gen2), and a large 3-in-1 card reader. Since I like to edit a lot of photos, I am particularly happy about him.

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If you can’t do anything with the generation information for the USB ports, you can find our blog post here, in which we explain all the details. But you can also be satisfied with the short form: The USB ports all transfer data at up to 10 Gbit / s.

The USB-C port supports DisplayPort 1.4 and HP Sleep and Charge. The latter ensures that you can, for example, charge your smartphone via this port even when the Envy x360 is on standby. The USB-A port on the left also supports the feature.

Sensible office display

As befits a convertible, the Envy x360 has a touch display. That responds well to your input. Although there are reflections here too, they are less than with other touch displays that I’ve got my hands on.

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HP specifies the maximum brightness with 250 nits. I measured that, of course. And indeed: a precision landing. The measurement with our Spyder 5 resulted in a maximum value of 250 nits. The illumination is also uniform and the maximum deviation is 7%. This cannot be seen with the naked eye. That’s the way it has to be.

hp envy x360-15 brightness and illumination

The color space coverage, on the other hand, is not that outstanding. It is sufficient for most applications, but color-critical work should be done on an external display.

AdobeRGB

65% sRGB color space, 48% AdobeRGB and the same value in the DCI-P3 color space, which is important for videos, are typical values ​​for office displays. You won’t notice much of this in everyday office life or when watching movies. Occasional one-click optimization of your vacation photos is also possible. However, the display is not suitable for regular image editing.

AdobeRGB

The gamma curve for the tonal value display, on the other hand, is hit very well. The target value of 2.2 is only marginally missed. On the other hand, the contrast can be increased to 910: 1 and the white point of 6800 Kelvin is just over the target value of 6500K.

gamma curve

In terms of color fidelity, there are outliers up to a value of 7 for red and blue tones. All other colors are at or even below the desired Delta-E value of 2. On average, the value is a very good 1.34. Without the outliers mentioned, it should be even 1.

HP Envy x360 15 Review

That was a lot of data now. And what does that mean?

The Envy x360 has an average office display, which is enough for most use cases. You don’t need accurate color space coverage for Excel and Co. The display is bright enough for movie nights on the couch and occasional image editing is also possible.

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Reflections are kept within limits and thanks to IPS technology you also have large viewing angles without the display darkening. Watching series with several people is, therefore, no problem.

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You only have to be careful with indirect light. It is possible that the Envy x360’s display can no longer outshine this. The living room lamp is unlikely to be a problem in very few cases. Indirect sunlight, however, can very quickly mean that you can no longer see anything on the screen.

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Incidentally, the calibration essentially improves the contrast. If you want, you can download the calibrated color profile including installation instructions as a zip file here.

Performance for (almost) everything

Spoilers in advance: There are only a few places in this section to complain about. With the AMD Ryzen 7 5700U and 16 GB 3200 RAM, you have reserves for most of the tasks you encounter.

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A 1 TB SSD from Intel is available for your data. With 1.5 GB / s read and 1.6 GB / s write, it offers such values, but that is hardly noticeable in everyday life. Only with very large files will the SSD be a limiting factor. In the delivery state, 907 GB is still free on the SSD.

hp envy x360 15 as ssd
hp envy x360 15 crystal disk

Photoshop and Lightroom run smoothly. Even simple video editing is not a problem. A video of around 30 seconds with various effects is rendered in 4K in 3:49 minutes. That is a decent value.

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You can also do light gaming with the convertible. Since it does not have a dedicated graphics card, you should turn down the details in all games. In games like CS: GO you get down to 40-60 fps with outliers. In high detail, games like Anno 1800 bob around in the range of 10-20 fps. It is around 30 fps with low details.

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Unfortunately, the HP Envy x360 15 is also shipped with various additional software. Above all, McAfee with its pop-ups, which are intended to entice you to take out a paid subscription. You can uninstall, Windows Defender is now doing its job pretty reliably. There are also a few smaller apps. From my point of view, they belong in the useless category. The exception here is the VPN client. That could come in handy.

HP Envy x360 15

In addition to the third-party software, HP software is also preinstalled. Two should be mentioned here: “Bang & Olufsen Audio Control” and the “HP Support Assistant”. With the latter, you can get in direct contact with HP support if necessary and you can also keep the drivers for your convertible up-to-date. If you don’t need the programs, you can easily uninstall them.

Working day without a socket is feasible

The Envy x360 is a lightweight convertible. You won’t hear it in everyday office life. The fans only start briefly in places. Most of the time they rest.

For a notebook with this narrow form factor, they remain quiet even under heavy loads. They could be heard well in the half-hour stress test, but they were drowned out by normal office noises such as typing or conversations.

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Very gratifying: there is no high-frequency whistling. Unfortunately, we have often noticed this with flat notebooks. It doesn’t appear here.

The heat development is also limited. In the stress test, the temperature rose to a maximum of 85 °, on average it was 73 ° Celsius. These are very good values. The GPU also achieved good rates. 82 ° at the top and 67 ° on average are impressive.

Incidentally, the Envy x360 only gets warm in the left area directly on the speaker. The other areas do not heat up.

The battery life is specified by HP with a maximum of 11.5 hours. This can also be achieved under certain conditions.

To get a more realistic value, I set the brightness to 80%. That corresponds to about 200 nits. I chose “Balanced” as the energy profile. And then it went through the normal working day.

That means in this case: Office, lots of browser tabs, some downloads, Photoshop, and Lightroom.

If I only did office tasks in Word or Excel, the energy consumption was 6-8% per hour. Outlook and browser then pushed the value up to 10-15% per hour. With Photoshop and Lightroom or Resolve, the energy consumption was between 20% and 25% per hour.

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So it fluctuates depending on the activity, but a working day without a socket can clearly be realized.

Upgrading is canceled because “is not”

HP is clearly heading in the wrong direction in this section. In view of the built-in hardware, it is not necessary to upgrade the Envy x360 in the foreseeable future. But it would still be good if it could. It’s just more sustainable in the long run.

The screws that hold the bottom in place are under the glued feet. The chances that you will irreparably destroy your feet if you take them off are good. So you should leave it.

Sound is as expected

Flat box, expandable sound. This abbreviated statement basically also applies to the HP Envy x360 15. Whereby you get different results depending on the setup mode. If you turn the display and place the convertible on the keyboard, the sound is rather muffled because the speakers fire directly on the undersurface. More dull, but more bass. Not bad when it comes to watching movies.

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In general, there is no reason to complain at half volume. The depths are a bit short, but that is the case with almost all notebooks. In return, the mids are clearly recognizable and most of the highs are clear and distinct. The Envy x360 gets louder at full volume, but the sound doesn’t get any better. The highs in particular suffer from high volume.

HP Envy x360 15 port

Half the volume is sufficient for a cozy Netflix evening. However, you should use external speakers for sound reinforcement at your next party. The Envy x360 cannot do that on its own.

Conclusion HP Envy x360 15 Review 2021

The test shows that it can completely convince at almost all points. With the Ryzen 7 5700 U, 16 GB RAM, and a large 1 TB NVMe SSD, the hardware is state-of-the-art and will continue to perform well in the years to come.

HP Envy x360 15 Review

The convertible could not be disturbed in normal office tasks. Image editing and light video editing are also no problem. It reaches its limits where a dedicated graphics card is required as an accelerator, i.e. for video effects and gaming.

Easier gaming is possible, but more is not really fun. For a smooth gaming experience, you should definitely turn down the details or use the version with a dedicated graphics card.

The battery performance is also in the green area. With the Envy x360, you can spend a working day without a power socket. The many connections make you flexible in your choice of peripheral devices.

hp envy x360 15-0178ng convertible with amd ryzen 7 and large ssd in the test

Of course, there are also weaknesses. First of all, the lack of upgradeability. Although it is currently not absolutely necessary, there is no reason to refuse it. HP needs to make improvements here.

The second drawback is the display. The brightness is sufficient in most cases and the color values ​​are also okay for the intended use cases. If you want a better display, you ultimately have to put more money on the table.

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HP’s current Envy x360 15 with Ryzen 7 is a real all-rounder. Compact, light, strong, enduring. The compromises on the display are at the limit, but they are still okay. In the version with Intel Core i5, however, the display was really good.

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