ĐÁNH GIÁ HP ENVY 13: GIÁ TẦM TRUNG, CHẤT LƯỢNG FLAGSHIP

The HP Envy 13 (2021) is an affordable máy vi tính with high-end unique, packing Intel’s latest processors and a satisfyingly sturdy aluminium thiết kế. It also has the bonus feature of a discrete Nvidia GPU, giving it the edge over rivals when it comes lớn gaming và nội dung creation.


Pros

Affordable price compared khổng lồ rivalsDedicated GPU provides decent gaming performanceFantastic aluminium build qualityComfortable keyboard for typing

Cons

Plastic trackpad feels cheapLoud fans can be distractingHãng sản xuất Intel chip lags behind AMD và Apple alternatives

Key Features

Display:13.3-inch 1920×1080 IPSProcessor:Hãng Intel Vi xử lý Core i5-1135G7 RAM:8GB DDR4Graphics:Nvidia GeForce MX450Storage:512GB SSDDimensions:307 x 195 x 16.9 mmWeight:1.3kg

Introduction

The HP Envy 13 is a máy tính to consider if you want something that looks nice but doesn’t cost a terrifying amount.

It’s a little like the MacBook Air in this respect. Not cheap, not top-kết thúc, and not a bad computer to live with day-in, day-out. And as you might hope, the HPhường Envy 13 actually costs a lot less than a MacBook Air.

There’s only one major criticism. Like the last generation, the 2021 HP Envy 13 has a plastic touchpad instead of a glass one.

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HPhường may have sầu chosen to stiông xã with plastic to lớn keep an obvious built quality gap between the Envy & pricier Spectre series. Or, just as likely, khổng lồ keep costs low.

Price and Availability

I’m reviewing the 2021 version of the HP. Envy 13. It has an Hãng sản xuất Intel 11th CPU. If you see that processor generation when shopping, you know we’re talking about the same máy vi tính.

This is the £899/$899/€999 HPhường Envy 13 with a Vi xử lý Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM và the Nvidia MX450 GPU. The 512GB SSD tops off what is a good value package.

There’s also a £1199/$1199/€1499 Envy 13 with a Chip Core i7 CPU, 1TB storage and 16GB RAM. While that’s a well-priced upgrade, the idea of paying £1200 for a plastic touchpad máy vi tính doesn’t sit well.

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Design

Aluminium thiết kế feels premium & sturdy Weighs just 1.3kilogam, making it easy lớn carry aroundKeyboard is great, but trackpad is plastic

The Envy 13 is HP’s mid-range ultra-portable máy vi tính. It doesn’t have a 360-degree hinge like the Envy x360, or quite the same thiết kế flashiness as the Spectre series.

But if you’re after a portable work machine, I don’t think you’ll miss either. The HP. Envy 13 still looks and feels great.

All its body toàn thân panels are silver aluminium, which makes it seem a lot nicer than some of the magnesium alloy laptops you might pay significantly more for. Magnesium trades away much of the metallic feel of metal for lower weight, and I’m not always convinced it’s a worthy trade for everyone.

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The HPhường Envy 13 isn’t exactly heavy either. It weighs 1.3kilogam, and the use of a widescreen display & small-ish scren borders keep its footprint small.

There’s something about quality all-aluminium laptops lượt thích the HP Envy 13 that remind you of their unique each time you sit down lớn work at them. The more substantive sầu build chất lượng factors are all good. too. Its screen is stiff & the keyboard doesn’t bow under finger pressure.

If I didn’t Đánh Giá laptops for a living you could tell me this was HP’s top-over máy tính kiến thiết and I’d believe sầu you. It’s not all that eye-catching, but this does not make it unattractive.

It has more connections than a MacBook too. You get two full-kích thước USB ports, a microSD slot, tai nghe jachồng and one USB-C. This is not a Thunderbolt slot, it’s a more ordinary USB with 10Gbps bandwidth instead of 40Gbps. But it does offer DisplayPort 1.4 support, letting you use it to lớn plug in a 4K 120Hz screen, or two 4K monitors at 60Hz.

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The HP.. Envy 13 has, as far as I can tell, a keyboard and touchpad very similar to the last Envy 13 model. Its keys are of a more severe shape than most, but this is a pretty traditional keyboard, all for the better.

There’s a good amount of key travel, moderate resistance and a firm key backplate, which makes the keyboard feel more rigid. Typing is fast and the màn chơi of feedback lớn your fingers is good.

This is the kind of keyboard I like khổng lồ see in an ultra-portable máy tính xách tay. You can type long essays on the HPhường. Envy 13 comfortably, more so than on plenty of much more expensive models.

The keyboard has a two-cấp độ trắng LED backlight for typing in dim rooms too, and one recessed ‘key’ is actually a fingerprint scanner.

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Its touchpad is less of a sure-fire hit. HP had to lớn use a fairly short pad in the Envy 13 because the laptop’s footprint is so small, và offers extra width as a sort of consolation.

The shape & size is fine for this kind of máy tính xách tay, but the surface is plastic rather than textured glass. While it is a solid example of the plastic kind, it just does not have sầu the smooth, non-juddery finger slide of glass.

This may seem a small issue, but it’s something that affects every interaction you have sầu with the HPhường Envy 13, without a mouse plugged in anyway. It’s the one thing I would change in this máy tính.

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The HP Envy 13 has two Bang & Olufsen branded speakers, and they are solid if not class-leading. You get a decent stereo image & there’s some bulk in the lower mid range to lớn avoid too thin a sound, but bass is still pretty poor.

These speakers aren’t powerful-sounding, but vày at least have sầu a little warmth.

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Screen

The HP Envy 13 features a 1080p resolution Screen is bright enough for outdoor useContrast is excellent, but colour accuracy isn’t perfect

You see the first signs the HP Envy 13 isn’t an ultra-expensive máy vi tính in its screen. But even these demvà a trained eye.

This is a 1080p 13.3-inch screen, typical for a sub-£1000 laptop. A 4K screen would look sharper, but the tăng cấp is arguably not worth it for most, given a higher resolution also has a major effect on battery life. Only the MacBook Air finds a great comfy middle-ground, with a 1600p resolution

Colour is that mid-range “tell” I was talking about. The HP. Envy 13 has 100% (well, 99.8%) coverage of the sRGB colour standard, but only hits a reasonble 79.3% of DCI P3 & 74.7% of Adobe RGB.

What does this mean? It gives you a good idea how good the colour accuracy is for a display. While sRGB is the traditional standard for laptops, the richer DCI P3 is fast becoming the standard for high-kết thúc phones, laptops và tablets. Its colours run deeper, for a richer, more punchy image.

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You need to pay more for wide gamut colour, though. The MacBook Air doesn’t have sầu it either. And, personally, I’m entirely satisfied by the Envy 13’s colour coverage. This is helped by very good (for an IPS screen) contrast of 1675:1.

Brightness is more than fit for outdoors use, with a peak of 423 nits. I wrote part of this reviews sat in the park, legs folded with the HP Envy 13 resting on a rucksack. Pins và needles were a problem, but seeing what I was writing was not, despite the glossy surface.

A glossy finish is unavoidable here as the HP.. Envy has a glass-topped touchscreen.

Performance

Hãng Intel i5 chip does for job for basic productivity tasksNvidia GPU allows for entry-level gaming performance

I have the mid-range version of the HPhường. Envy 13, and it offers the best balance of price & performance for most people. It has an 11th gen Hãng sản xuất Intel Chip Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM và a high capađô thị 512GB SSD.

The Intel Vi xử lý Core i5 is clocked a little slower than the higher-kết thúc Core i7 chipset found in the Dell XPS 13, as well as the Ryzen 7 CPU in the Lenovo Yoga Slyên 7. But for the kind of basic productivity jobs khổng lồ which a slyên & light máy tính xách tay is well-suited, it’s not going khổng lồ make much difference.

HPhường Envy 13 (2021)Dell XPS 13 (2021)Lenovo Yoga Sllặng 7
ProcessorHãng Intel Chip Core i5-1135G7Intel bộ vi xử lý Core i7-1165G7Ryzen 7 4800U
Geekbench 5 (single core)133415481142
Geekbench 5 (muli core)427956876757
PCMark 10514348025159
3DMark Time Spy190316571364

The HPhường Envy 13 puts the budget where the non-techy crowd can appreciate it most clearly, & that’s to be celebrated. Firstly, this máy tính xách tay has an Nvidia MX450 graphics chipphối.

Let’s compare this khổng lồ the Intel Xe graphics of the main processor, which is already far more powerful than what you’d get in most slyên ổn laptops from previous generations. In 3DMark’s Time Spy test the Nvidia MX450 scores 66% higher than the Hãng Intel Xe.

This is also an indication of the sort of gaming performance you can expect. The Witcher 3 runs nicely at 1080p with Medium graphics settings. You can even use ‘High’ graphics if you can stomach some frame rate drops into the 20s.

We’re looking at PS4-beating performance here, which seems impressive for a máy vi tính not made specifically for gaming. Performance is also similar to the ‘classic’ entry màn chơi Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card.

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Under strain the HPhường Envy 13’s fans make a largely innocuous noise, a constant “fffft” of air rather than sounding as though the máy tính is about to take off. It doesn’t take too much for the fans to engage, though. A couple of browser active windows và a file tải về can bởi it at times, but it does run silent when dealing with something very light, lượt thích writing a document.

The HPhường. Envy 13 isn’t excessively loud under heavy strain, but you may end up wishing the fans wouldn’t start-up so easily. It does seem to lớn run quieter when on battery power, because the laptop’s processor is restricted lớn prolong charge, which in turn reduces the amount of heat generated.

The SSD is a moderately fast, if not cutting-edge, with read speeds of up to 1708MB/s và writes of 967MB/s. There are much faster SSD in read/write drag race tests lượt thích this, but it performs perfectly well in a day-to-day context.

Battery

Battery lasted for 12 hours in our benchmark testsAMD & Apple chips provide better battery efficiency

The HP. Envy 13 has a 51Wh battery, similar lớn the capacity of the Dell XPS 13 (52Wh).

HPhường claims 10-hour battery life, or 16 hours 45 minutes when streaming video clip. I found it lasts 12 hours 15 minutes when streaming video clip over YouTube, suggesting HP’s numbers refer khổng lồ a much lower screen brightness than our 150cd/m standard.

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Still, this shows the general 10-hour figure is achievable if you don’t give sầu the HP. Envy 13 anything too taxing lớn vày. It’s what I’d consider normal stamina for a máy vi tính lượt thích this. You’ll see better results from the Lenovo Yoga 7 Slyên ổn, which has a larger battery and an AMD Ryzen processor, or the MacBook Air.

MacBooks are currently unbeatable for battery life under significant strain, thanks lớn their ultra-efficient Apple M1 CPUs. The HPhường. Envy 13 will last around three hours under heavy load, which is not even cthua kém to lớn a MacBook. Still, I’d be happy khổng lồ use the HP Envy 13 as my everyday work PC.

Conclusion

The HPhường Envy 13 (2021) is a great value máy vi tính that features a top-notch build quality & competent performance, despite costing noticeably less than the likes of the Dell XPS 13 & Apple MacBook.

It lacks some of the more expensive features found elsewhere, such as a glass trackpad, high-resolution display & a convertible thiết kế, but it covers all of the basics so well that it’s hard to lớn complain.

As an added bonus, it packs a discrete Nvidia GPU that’s more powerful than the integrated graphics found with other ultrabooks. This means you can play the likes of Fortnite on your lunchbreak, albeit with scaled bachồng graphics settings.

The only major issue is that the Lenovo Yoga Slyên 7 can be purchased for a similar price and boasts a better CPU performance và battery life. Although HP. still has the upper h& when it comes khổng lồ the GPU grunt.