HP has recently launched a Ryzen-powered ENVY x360 convertible laptop. It’s more affordable than the Intel version but features the same premium and sleek design along with a touchscreen and rotating functions. With cheaper pricing, does the AMD-Ryzen model of HP ENVY x360 makes a better option in the market? We find out in our hands-on and full review.
|SPECS||HP Envy X360 AMD model|
|CPU||2.2GHz AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (quad-core, 4MB L3 cache, up to 3.8GHz)|
|GRAPHICS||AMD Radeon RX Vega 10|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 (2,400 MHz)|
|SCREEN||13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED with touch panel|
|STORAGE||512GB SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|PORTS||1 x USB-C 3.1, 2 x USB 3.1, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card reader|
|CONNECTIVITY||802.11ac (2 x 2 MIMO) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1|
|CAMERA||720p webcam with far-field microphones|
|WEIGHT||2.87 pounds (1.30kg)|
|SIZE||14.13 x 9.68 x 0.74 inches (359 x 245.87 x 18.8mm; W x H x D)|
|PRICE||P56,990 (Ryzen 7 2500), P63,990 (Ryzen 7 2700)|
We have to praise HP for creating a very premium and gorgeous design like of HP ENVY x360’s. As long as you open the box and its accessories, you will feel like it’s crafted for perfection. The robustness and minimalist design make it phenomenal and flagship-like. You certainly wouldn’t feel any awkwardness bringing the device during your meeting or even in the library considering its price point.
The bezels of the screen are very thin giving your eyes a full-view of what’s on the screen. Surprisingly, HP ENVY x360’s screen is protected by Gorilla Glass is known for its strength and scratch-resistance capabilities.
HP ENVY x360 with AMD variant has only one color option, Dark Ash Silver but we think, this doesn’t make it a downer since the color is very eye-catching.
At the sides, you will notice its decent number of ports despite its slim design. Ports include a USB 3.0 port, headphone jack, power button, microSD card slot, volume rockers, and USB Type C port.
What makes HP ENVY x360 even more interesting? It’s a 2-in-1 device that you can use as a laptop or a tablet depending on your preference. This allows you to use it in four modes: laptop mode as well as tent mode where the keyboard is bent backward, turning ENVY x360 ‘V’ shape, where the keyboard is used as a stand with the screen angled at 90 degrees.
Speaking of keyboard experience, the keys have considerable travel and feel tactile and easy to get used with when coming from another type of keyboard.
ENTERTAINMENT AND DISPLAY
HP is very generous to produce a laptop that is not just a multi-tasking performer but also entertains your senses.
HP ENVY x360 has a 13’’ Full HD 1080p IPS LCD touchscreen. The display is crisp and vivid enough to make you enjoy watching your movies online.
The company has also partnered with Bang and Olufsen to give you quad-firing speakers that HP says, “Awaken your senses with PC audio perfection.” We have to admit that the sound it produces is above what we expected. It’s very impressive and different from other laptop devices. The sound has clarity and you can actually enjoy listening to your favorite songs all day long!
PROCESSOR AND GRAPHICS
Unlike other HP flagship laptop models that come with Intel processors, HP ENVY x360 has chosen AMD-Ryzen to power itself. HP ENVY x360 run by AMD-Ryzen chipset is notable to be cheaper than other HP x360 sub-brands with Intel processors, giving customers a good choice for an affordable price.
When it comes to processing, HP ENVY x360 is using AMD Ryzen 7 processor that is known to be power-efficient and also a good performer.
|Cinebench CPU||622 Graphics @ 32.50fps|
|Geekbench 4 Single-core||3,896 MultiCore: 10,111|
HP Envy x360 has able to perform day-to-day computing capabilities using the latest Microsoft Windows 10 OS. However, there were evident times that it took us some time to open Office applications like big-sized Excel documents.
Here are some of the benchmark results:
- Cinebench CPU: 622 points vs. Lenovo Yoga 920’s 564.
- GeekBench CPU: both single and multi-core tests: 3,896 and 10,111 compared to the Yoga’s 4,677 and 14,123, respectively.
CPU Benchmark test shows that the processor was able to beat some of Intel’s variants:
|Intel Core i3-8109U @ 3.00GHz||6,210|
|Intel Core i5-7300HQ @ 2.50GHz||6,500|
The performance may not seem outstanding enough for heavy-duty gaming and video rendering but we think that ENVY x360 with AMD Ryzen 7 can still manage to take your daily basic computer needs.
When it comes to gaming, the Ryzen 7 chipset performs. Usually, laptops this size can only run PC games in low settings but thanks to Ryzen 7’s performance capabilities producing extra oomph in several titles like PUBG, DOTA 2, and Fortnite.
OTHER BENCHMARK RESULTS:
Dirt 3 Racing Game (in medium settings): smooth at 91 frames per second.
In 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, HP Envy x360 has failed the test against two other devices:
|HP Envy x360 AMD Ryzen 7||68,876|
|Lenovo Yoga 720||119,256|
BATTERY LIFE AND CHARGING
The battery life of the HP ENVY x360 is averagely good when in general usages like web browsing, Microsoft Word document editing, and video playback. Running graphics intensive tasks like Photoshop could drain the juice faster. Overall, it has a decent capacity and longevity especially considering its lightweight design.
Here are two of the battery tests conducted on HP Envy x360:
|PCMark 8 Battery Life:||3 hours and 29 minutes|
|Manila Shaker Battery test (720p video with internet)||5 hours and 22 minutes|
When charging, it is surprising to see how it performs above average because of the Windows and HP power management kicking in automatically. Speaking of charging, it would take 1.5 hours to 2 hours to fill the battery.
PROS AND CONS
- ✓ Stunning design language
- ✓ Lightweight and convertible
- ✓ Reliable performance of AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and graphics
- ✓ Crisp and vivid screen color reproduction
- ✓ Cheaper than the Intel Core version
- — Slightly struggles in heavy-duty games performance
- — Battery life is average
- — Does not support USB Type C PD charging technology
The design is a unique and exceptional making it one of the most beautiful flagship-looking laptops in the market today. Its robustness and durability make HP ENVY x360 stand out.
The display, as well as its entertainment capability, also make this device interesting. Eye-catching display and refined sound clarity to the ears, entertainment is now a big deal breaker for other laptop manufacturers today.
It is good to think that HP has chosen AMD-Ryzen to power ENVY x360, much cheaper but yet efficient. It may be an issue for heavy-duty users to use an AMD-powered device but we cannot hide the fact that ENVY x360 is a good day-to-day performer for your computer needs.
Overall, we recommend users to feel a flagship-like experience with HP ENVY x360 which is priced starting at P56,990 pesos. Packed with a lot of exciting and notable specifications, this device will truly satisfy your computer needs at any place at any time you want.