Looking for a portable 2-in-1 Windows convertible that will last you all-day? Consider the HP Envy x360 13, which offers outstanding battery life, solid performance, and the icing on the cake — looks more expensive than it actually is. It also comes with a stylus that's helpful for taking notes, and doodling, while its 5MP web camera is better than the ones in most notebooks.
- 13.3-inch (2,560 x 1,600 pixels) IPS touchscreen
- Intel Core i7-1250U with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD
- Stylus included
- 2x Thunderbolt 4, 2x USB Type-A, microSD card, audio jack
At 1.34kg, the Envy x360 13 is reasonably portable. But this 2-in-1 convertible feels heavier than it looks, probably because of its compact size. My review set comes in a dark blue that looks handsome, but its metal chassis is a magnet for fingerprints and other smudges. The convertible is well-made, and feels like a product from HP's premium Spectre range. For starters, I like that you can open its rigid lid with one hand. The 13.3-inch screen is an IPS touchscreen that's bright and colourful. It's a good display that's colour calibrated, with a 16:10 aspect ratio optimised for office work. The dual speakers below the front lip of the Envy are very decent. They aren't the loudest, but at least they sound clear.
The Envy comes with a stylus pen that conveniently attaches to the right side via magnets. I like how you can pull up the top half of the stylus to reveal its concealed USB-C port for charging. The keyboard feels tactile, with a bright backlight. There are some interesting keyboard shortcuts. The F1 key, for example, brings up emojis, gifs, and other symbols. You can also bind the F12 shortcut to one of several pre-installed HP apps like the HP Command Center. But the touchpad, while quiet, isn't clicky enough. There's also no fingerprint sensor. Instead, HP has gone with face recognition with a 5MP infrared web camera. This camera offers sharp and clean images. There are also additional software options for the camera, like auto-framing, and lighting correction. While there's no physical camera shutter, you can disable this camera electronically via a shortcut key.
Like most new laptops, you charge the Envy via one of its two Thunderbolt 4 ports. It also has two USB Type-A ports, though you have to pull down the latches on these ports to plug in your USB device. Its microSD card slot is handy for transferring files. However, the lack of a HDMI port is slightly disappointing. I have no complaints about the Envy's performance. Its PCMark 10 score of 5,405 — similar to the Asus Zenbook 14 OLED — is expected of a laptop with a low-power Intel chip that's more suited for office productivity rather than content creation. Light, casual games are playable on the Envy, though the bottom of the convertible gets warm during more intensive tasks.
Thanks to its chip, and a 66 watt-hour battery, the HP Envy x360 13 has excellent battery stamina. It lasted 10hr 45min in our video-loop battery test at maximum brightness. Suffice to say, this convertible should breeze through a typical work day without requiring a top-up. My Core i7 review set is priced at S$1,999, but the base Core i7 version starts at a relatively affordable S$1,499. It's available from the HP Store, Lazada, and Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by HP.
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