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HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated Dec 02, 2022 at 03:52 pm
HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) Picture
7.9
School
5.7
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
6.6
Workstation
7.5
Business

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) is a 13-inch 2-in-1 convertible Windows laptop. It replaces the HP ENVY x360 with AMD Ryzen 4000-series CPUs from early 2020. This new model is very similar to its predecessor in design, as it's largely an internal upgrade. It's available with Intel 11th Gen. or AMD Ryzen 5000-series CPUs and multiple display options, including a new OLED panel. There's also now Thunderbolt 4 support, but only on Intel models.

We tested the 13.3 inch HP ENVY x360 laptop with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a 1080p 60Hz IPS display with an advertised brightness of 1000 cd/m². It's also available with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Core i7-1195G7, AMD Ryzen 5 5600U, or AMD Ryzen 7 5800U CPU. You can get up to 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage. There are four display options: a 1080p 60Hz IPS panel with 250 cd/m² brightness, a 1080p 60Hz IPS panel with 400 cd/m² brightness, a 1080p 60Hz IPS panel with 1000 cd/m² brightness, and a 1080p 60Hz OLED panel with 400 cd/m² brightness.

Our Verdict

7.9 School

The HP ENVY x360 is very good for school use. It's a versatile laptop that you can use as a tablet to take notes, with a compact size that makes it easy to carry around. Its battery life is outstanding and will last through a full day as long as you don't perform any demanding tasks like gaming. The display looks sharp, the keyboard feels comfortable to type on for extended periods, and the touchpad is smooth and responsive. You can configure the laptop with an Intel 11th Gen. or AMD Ryzen 5000-series CPU, all of which are fast enough to handle light productivity tasks.

Pros
  • Very bright display is well-suited for well-lit environment.
  • Compact design makes it easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life for light productivity and video playback.
  • Keyboard feels great to type on.
  • Very good port selection.
Cons
  • Poor webcam video quality, microphone sounds hollow and tinny.
  • Reflections can be distracting.
5.7 Gaming

The HP ENVY x360 is sub-par for gaming. As it's a thin and light laptop designed for productivity, you can only configure it with a 60Hz screen. Also, it's only available with integrated graphics, which aren't powerful enough to handle graphically demanding games. Unfortunately, the CPU throttles under load, and only the storage is user-upgradeable.

Pros
  • Very good port selection.
  • Outstanding single-core CPU performance.
Cons
  • Integrated GPU not powerful enough for demanding games.
  • 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR.
  • CPU throttles under load.
  • Hard to access internals; few user-upgradeable parts.
7.4 Multimedia

The HP ENVY x360 is decent for media consumption. Our unit has a very bright 1080p display with an excellent contrast ratio and full sRGB coverage, and you can upgrade to an OLED screen if you want even better image quality. If you view content on the go, the battery life is outstanding, and the compact chassis makes the laptop very portable. The screen's out-of-the-box color accuracy is terrible, so you might have to calibrate it to get the best experience. Also, the speakers are sub-par, as they sound tinny and hollow.

Pros
  • Very bright display is well-suited for well-lit environment.
  • Compact design makes it easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life for light productivity and video playback.
  • Great for dark room viewing due to excellent contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Terrible color accuracy out of the box.
  • Sub-par speakers.
  • Reflections can be distracting.
6.6 Workstation

The HP ENVY x360 is okay for use as a workstation. Although it's available with CPUs that can handle relatively demanding tasks, its graphical performance is limited because you can't configure it with a discrete GPU. The CPU also throttles under load, which isn't ideal for heavy sustained workloads. On the bright side, it has a fast NVMe SSD and a very good port selection, including Thunderbolt 4 support on the Intel configurations. Sadly, the only user-upgradeable part is the storage drive.

Pros
  • Very good port selection.
  • Outstanding single-core CPU performance.
  • Fast NVMe SSD.
Cons
  • CPU throttles under load.
  • Integrated GPU can't handle heavy workloads.
  • Hard to access internals; few user-upgradeable parts.
7.5 Business

The HP ENVY x360 is good for business and light productivity. It's a compact laptop that's easy to carry around, with enough battery life to last through a typical 8-hour workday. As it's a 2-in-1 convertible, you can use it as a tablet to take notes or put it into tent mode to show your work to clients. It's available with an Intel or AMD CPU, all of which are powerful enough to handle light productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. The keyboard feels comfortable to type on, and there are plenty of ports, including Thunderbolt 4 ports. Sadly, the webcam is sub-par, and it's hard to access the internals for repairs and upgrades.

Pros
  • Very bright display is well-suited for well-lit environment.
  • Compact design makes it easy to carry around.
  • Long battery life for light productivity and video playback.
  • Keyboard feels great to type on.
  • Very good port selection.
Cons
  • Poor webcam video quality, microphone sounds hollow and tinny.
  • Reflections can be distracting.
  • 7.9 School
  • 5.7 Gaming
  • 7.4 Multimedia
  • 6.6 Workstation
  • 7.5 Business
  1. Updated Dec 02, 2022: We've updated the review to improve readability.
  2. Updated Oct 13, 2022: Added mention of the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022) as an alternative with a better touchpad.
  3. Updated Jan 18, 2022: We've re-evaluated the scoring for ports and lowered the score by 0.5 point.
  4. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 13.3-inch HP ENVY x360 2 in 1 (model 13m-bd0023dx) equipped with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a 1080p 60Hz IPS display with an advertised 1000 cd/m² brightness and optional privacy screen. The CPU, GPU, memory, storage, and display are configurable; you can see the options in the table below. The stylus is usually included when you purchase the laptop directly from HP. Our unit comes from a third-party seller.

Note: We performed all the display tests with the privacy screen disabled.

Screen
  • 13.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz 250 cd/m²
  • 13.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz 400 cd/m²
  • 13.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz 1000 cd/m² + HP Sure View integrated privacy screen
  • 13.3" OLED 1920 x 1080 60Hz 400 cd/m² (Intel only)
CPU
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600U (6 cores/12 threads, up to 4.2GHz, 16MB cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800U (8 cores/16 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 16MB cache)
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 4.2GHz, 8MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1195G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 5.0GHz, 12MB cache)
GPU
  • AMD Radeon Graphics
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory
  • 8GB DDR4 2933MHz
  • 8GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
Storage
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • 512GB Intel PCIe NVMe SSD + 32GB Intel Optane Memory (Intel only)
  • 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD 
Color
  • Ceramic White (AMD)
  • Nightfall Black (AMD)
  • Pale Gold (Intel)
  • Natural Silver (Intel)
 Pen
  • HP rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen (included when purchased directly from HP)

Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration we tested. If you come across a different configuration option not listed above, or you have a similar HP ENVY x360 convertible that doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update it. Some tests, like black uniformity and color accuracy, may vary between individual units.

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The HP ENVY x360 is among the best 2-in-1 convertible laptops in its price range. It stands out for its sturdy build, comfortable keyboard, and excellent battery life.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best laptops, the best business laptops, and the best 13-inch laptops.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021)

The Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are both 2-in-1 convertible Windows laptops available with Intel 11th Gen processors. The Yoga 7i performs better as its CPU doesn't suffer as much thermal throttling as the ENVY x360, and its battery lasts much longer, with nearly five hours more of light productivity. It also has better speakers and a better webcam. The Yoga 7i has a slightly larger screen, giving you a bit more space for multitasking, but it doesn't get very bright, so it isn't the best option for well-lit settings. On the other hand, the HP has multiple display options, including a 1000 cd/m² screen with a built-in privacy filter and a 1080p OLED panel.

Dell XPS 13 (2021)

The Dell XPS 13 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are both ultraportable Windows laptops. However, the HP is a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, while the Dell is a standard clamshell laptop. The Dell laptop offers a better user experience as it has a larger and more responsive touchpad, much better-sounding speakers, and a better webcam for video calls. On the other hand, the HP has USB-A ports in addition to its USB-C port, whereas the Dell only has USB-Cs. The HP also has longer battery life, especially for video playback. The Dell is available with Intel 11th Gen CPUs only, while the HP is available with Intel 11th Gen and AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs. The display's performance depends on which panel you choose, as both laptops offer various display options.

HP Pavilion x360 11 (2021)

The HP Pavilion x360 11 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are both 2-in-1 convertible Windows laptops. However, the Pavilion x360 is a budget model that can only handle simple tasks like web browsing and video playback, while the ENVY x360 is a more premium model with a CPU that can handle much heavier workloads. The ENVY x360 has a sharper and brighter display, a better keyboard and touchpad, and a wider selection of ports. It also has longer battery life and a fingerprint sensor.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020)

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) and the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020) are very similar 2-in-1 convertible laptops, as they both have a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the screen around into tablet mode. The quality of the keyboard and touchpad is similar on both devices, but the ENVY x360 has a better port selection, including Thunderbolt 4 support on the Intel variants. Performance-wise, the ENVY x360 comes out ahead for the most part because it's available with a newer generation of CPUs. The ENVY x360 throttles under load, while the IdeaPad Flex 5 doesn't suffer from any performance loss. If you work in a very well-lit or sunny environment, the ENVY x360 has a much brighter display option to combat glare.

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021)

The Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are very similar 2-in-1 convertible laptops with a 360-degree hinge. Both laptops have various display options; the Yoga 9i is available with a 1080p or 4k panel, while the ENVY x360 has multiple options, including a 1080p OLED and an IPS panel with 1000 cd/m² brightness. The Yoga 9i has much better speakers as they're louder and sound more well-balanced, whereas the ENVY x360 sounds treble-heavy and unnatural. On the other hand, the ENVY x360 has longer battery life, especially for video playback, and its CPU doesn't throttle as much under load.

Acer Swift 3 14 (2020)

The Acer Swift 3 14 (2020) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are thin and light Windows laptops. However, the ENVY x360 has a 360-degree hinge that lets you use the laptop as a tablet, while you can only use the Swift 3 in clamshell mode. The Envy x360's screen is smaller, but there are more options to choose from, including a 1000 cd/m² IPS and an OLED panel. The ENVY x360's keyboard is easier to adapt to and doesn't feel as cramped, and its touchpad is more responsive. That said, the Swift 3 has longer battery life, and it doesn't throttle as much as the ENVY x360 under load. Both laptops are available with Intel 11th Gen CPUs, though you can configure the ENVY x360 with an AMD Ryzen 5000 processor as well.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022)

The Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are both ultraportable laptops designed for general productivity. The Apple laptop is a better device overall as it has a sturdier build, a sharper display, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and a much better webcam. The Apple laptop's M2 SoC is faster than the HP laptop's Intel 11th Gen processors, which means you can perform more demanding tasks while experiencing fewer slowdowns and stutters. However, the HP has a wider port selection, and it's a 2-in-1 convertible, meaning you can use it as a tablet. It's also available with some features that the Apple laptop lacks, like a 1000 cd/m² display and a privacy filter to hide the contents of your screen from prying eyes.

Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020)

The Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are both ultraportable laptops designed for light to moderately intensive tasks. However, the HP is a 2-in-1 convertible that runs Windows, while the Apple is a more traditional clamshell laptop that runs macOS. The Apple has a sharper, brighter, and more color-accurate display. It also has better-sounding speakers and a much better webcam. The Apple's M1 SoC performs better than our unit's Intel i7-1165G7 CPU in both single and multi-threaded workloads. It also has better graphical performance, though not enough to make the Apple suitable for graphically-intensive tasks like AAA gaming or complex 3D modeling. The Apple's battery lasts longer if you only perform light tasks like web browsing, but the ENVY x360 lasts longer for video playback.

HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021)

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) and the HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021) are both convertible laptops with 360-degree hinges, but the ENVY is a better laptop overall. The ENVY's screen gets far brighter and has a much wider gamut, and its keyboard and touchpad feel better to use. Also, its metal chassis feels much better built, it's more portable, its battery lasts much longer, and you can also get it with AMD CPUs. On the other hand, the Pavilion's speakers sound much better, its webcam captures a higher-quality image, and it doesn't lose as much performance under load.

Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021)

The Apple MacBook Pro 14 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are very different laptops. The MacBook Pro is a mobile workstation designed for demanding tasks like photo and video editing, while the ENVY x360 is a 2-in-1 convertible designed for lighter workloads like text formatting, web browsing, and spreadsheets. The MacBook Pro is better in nearly every aspect, but it's also significantly more expensive.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021)

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) and the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2021) are very different. The ENVY x360 is an ultraportable Windows laptop designed for light to moderately intensive workloads. The MacBook Pro 16 is a macOS mobile workstation with a much more powerful GPU for demanding tasks like video editing. The MacBook Pro 16 is better in nearly all aspects, but it's also significantly more expensive.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 (2019)

The Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 (2019) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are thin and light Windows laptops, with the main difference being that the ENVY x360 is a 2-in-1 convertible that can be used as a tablet. The ENVY x360 is better overall because it's available with newer and more powerful CPUs, has longer battery life, and doesn't get as hot our loud under load. The ENVY x360 also has more ports, a faster storage drive, and it can be configured with a much brighter screen to combat glare. On the other hand, the Surface Laptop 3 has a much better touchpad and webcam, and it feels significantly better built.

LG gram 17 (2021)

The LG gram 17 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are both thin and light Windows laptops. Both are configurable with Intel 11th Gen CPUs, though the HP has additional AMD Ryzen 5000-series options. The HP has a smaller screen, but unlike the LG, it supports touch input, and its 360-degree hinge lets you use the laptop as a tablet. The HP also has multiple display options like an IPS panel with 1000 cd/m² brightness and an OLED that produces inky blacks. On the other hand, the LG has a larger touchpad with better tracking, better-sounding speakers, and a much better webcam for video calls. The LG also has a wider port selection as it gives you an HDMI and a second USB-C port, and its battery life lasts nearly 3 hours longer for light productivity workloads.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 (2021)

The Microsoft Surface Go 3 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are both 2-in-1 convertible Windows laptops. However, the ENVY x360 has a traditional clamshell design with a 360-degree hinge, while the Surface Go 3 is more of a tablet with a kickstand and detachable keyboard. The ENVY x360 provides a better user experience because it has a larger display, a more comfortable keyboard, and a wider port selection. It's also available with much more powerful Intel and AMD CPUs that can handle heavier workloads, and its battery lasts longer. However, the Surface Go 3 has a much better webcam for video calls, and its compact size makes it more portable.

Microsoft Surface Go 2 (2020)

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) is a convertible 2-in-1 that comes in a wide variety of CPU, memory, and storage configurations, while the Microsoft Surface Go 2 (2020) is an ultraportable 2-in-1 with a kickstand and detachable keyboard. The HP is a better laptop for productivity use, with a significantly longer battery life, a variety of faster CPUs, and much faster storage drive. Also, there's a far better selection of ports, and the keyboard and touchpad feel much better to use. On the other hand, the Surface is better for multimedia viewing, with a sharper screen that displays significantly more accurate colors, much better-sounding speakers, and its webcam and microphone provide far superior quality for video calls.

Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2019)

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) and the Apple MacBook Pro 16 (2019) are very different. The ENVY x360 is a 2-in-1 laptop that runs Windows, whereas the MacBook Pro can only be used in a traditional clamshell mode and runs macOS. The MacBook Pro has a larger display with a wider color gamut and better color accuracy out of the box; however, the HP is available with a screen that gets much brighter to combat glare. The ENVY x360's keyboard provides a better typing experience, but its touchpad isn't as good as the MacBook Pro's as it's significantly smaller and harder to use. The MacBook Pro also has better speakers and a better webcam. CPU performance varies depending on the configuration, but if you need graphical horsepower, only the MacBook Pro is available with a discrete GPU.

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (2020)

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) and the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 (2020) are both 2-in-1 devices with 360-degree hinges, but the HP runs Windows, while the Lenovo runs Chrome OS. The HP is a much better laptop overall, as its screen gets exceptionally bright, its keyboard is backlit, the touchpad tracks and recognizes gestures better, and the battery lasts significantly longer. Also, it's much more compact but has a significantly better port selection, including Thunderbolt 4, and you can get it with a variety of Intel and AMD CPUs, more RAM, and faster, larger SSDs. On the other hand, the Lenovo has a much better-quality webcam and microphone that's better for online classes and video conferences, but sadly, it can't output to an external display.

Framework Laptop (2021)

The Framework Laptop (2021) is better than the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) for most uses. The Framework Laptop has a sharper display, better-sounding speakers, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and a much better webcam. The Framework Laptop's build feels sturdier, it's easier to repair and upgrade, and its modular port system lets you change the port configuration on the fly to suit your needs. On the other hand, the Envy x360 is a 2-in-1 convertible that you can use as a tablet, its keyboard feels more comfortable to type on, and it's available with a 1000 cd/m² display and AMD Ryzen 5000-series CPUs.

HP Chromebook x360 14 (2021)

The HP Chromebook x360 14 (2021) and the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) are both laptops with 360-degree hinges and touchscreens that you can use in tablet mode, but the Chromebook runs Chrome OS, while the ENVY runs Windows. The ENVY is a significantly better laptop overall, with a better-quality build, an extremely bright screen you can use in direct sunlight, a better-feeling keyboard, and a more flexible port selection. Also, the ENVY is more portable, its battery lasts much longer, and you can get it with a variety of powerful AMD and Intel CPUs and faster NVMe SSD storage. On the other hand, the Chromebook has better-sounding speakers, and since it's fanless, it's completely silent even under load.

Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020)

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) and the Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (2020) are both 2-in-1 laptops with touchscreens, but the Acer can only run Play Store and Linux apps, whereas the HP can run x86 applications like DaVinci Resolve. The Acer is better for multimedia use, with better viewing angles and more accurate colors. Also, it has much nicer-sounding speakers, a much better webcam and microphone, and its battery lasts much longer when browsing the web. On the other hand, the HP performs better for gaming, workstation, and business use, as it can be equipped with various Intel and AMD CPUs and Intel Iris Xe Graphics. Also, its display is bright enough to use in broad daylight, and you can equip it with a toggleable privacy filter so that the screen's content is obscured when viewing it off-center.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
2 in 1

The HP ENVY x360 2-in-1 has a simple and sleek design that fits easily into any professional working environment. It has a premium-feeling metal chassis, ports on both sides of the laptop, and exhaust vents on the back. The bezels at the top and bottom of the screen are a little thicker than the side bezels, so you have a place to hold the laptop when in tablet mode. The Intel variants are available in the Pale Gold or Natural Silver color scheme, while the AMD variants are available in Ceramic White or Nightfall Black.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The HP ENVY x360 feels well-built. It has a metal chassis that feels strong and premium, with no obvious gaps or flaws in the construction. There's only a little bit of flex in the display and none in the keyboard deck. However, the finish scratches and picks up oil from the fingers easily.

7.5
Design
Hinge
Range
360°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
No

The hinge is good. It's very stable; the screen wobbles a bit if you type aggressively, but it's barely noticeable. As it's a 2-in-1 device, you can flip the display all the way around and use it as a tablet. Unfortunately, you can't open the laptop with one finger as there's just a little too much resistance.

9.0
Design
Portability
Size
13"
Thickness
0.6" (1.5 cm)
Width
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Depth
7.6" (19.4 cm)
Volume
54.2 in³ (887.6 cm³)
Weight
2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
Charger Size
6.2 in³ (101.8 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

The 13.3-inch HP ENVY x360 is a thin and light laptop that's easy to carry around. The power adapter is also lightweight and compact.

5.0
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
5.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The HP ENVY x360's serviceability is disappointing. It's hard to access the internals as some of the screws are beneath the feet, which are glued on. The feet are sturdy, but they broke as soon as we removed them, and they didn't feel the same after we reassembled the laptop. The storage drive is replaceable; however, it's hard to access as it's under a lot of tape. If you want a laptop that's more serviceable, check out the Acer Nitro 5 15 (2020).

Design
In The Box

  • HP ENVY x360 (2020) laptop
  • 65W power adapter and cord
  • User guide

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Pixel Density
167 PPI
Panel Type
IPS
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
81%

The HP ENVY x360 is available with the following displays:

  • 13.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz 250 cd/m²
  • 13.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz 400 cd/m²
  • 13.3" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz 1000 cd/m² + HP Sure View integrated privacy screen
  • 13.3" OLED 1920 x 1080 60Hz 400 cd/m² (Intel only)

At 13.3 inches, the 1080p resolution gives you about the same pixel density as a 27-inch 4k monitor, so it looks very sharp. Except for the OLED panel, the main difference is the brightness. The OLED panel has better image quality than the IPS panels due to its near-infinite contrast; however, keep in mind that there's a risk of permanent burn-in, especially with static desktop elements like Windows' taskbar.

Our unit has the 1000 cd/m² display with HP's Sure View privacy screen, a feature that hides the content on your screen from those around you, but we performed all of our display tests with the feature disabled.

5.9
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

This laptop is only available with 60Hz displays. Our 1000 cd/m² IPS panel has a slow response time causing a lot of ghosting behind moving objects, so it isn't ideal for viewing fast content or gaming. The other IPS panels will perform similarly. The OLED panel likely has a near-instantaneous response time; however, the image will still be somewhat blurry due to persistence blur.

8.9
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
2,808 : 1

The 1000 cd/m² IPS panel's contrast ratio is excellent. It's likely due to the privacy screen making blacks appear darker, even when disabled. Visually speaking, it's closer to a VA panel than an IPS panel. If you choose to forgo the privacy screen, you can expect the contrast to be more in line with most IPS displays, around 1000:1. The OLED panel will deliver the deepest blacks because it has a near-infinite contrast ratio, so it's the best option for dark room viewing. The photo looks reddish because the screen has a very warm color temperature out of the box.

9.4
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
1,136 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
95 cd/m²

Our HP ENVY x360's screen brightness is outstanding, exceeding the advertised 1000 cd/m². It's more than bright enough for outdoor use, even in direct sunlight. In regards to screen brightness, there are essentially three options: 250 cd/m², 400 cd/m², and 1000 cd/m². It's best to avoid the 250 cd/m² panel because it'll have trouble overcoming glare in very well-lit settings. The 400 cd/m² panel is good enough for most environments as long as you aren't in direct sunlight. For dark room viewing, the 1000 cd/m² display doesn't get very dim, meaning it might cause eye strain for some people. The other panels likely get dimmer.

6.7
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
5.32%
Indirect Reflections
1.12%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.19%

The reflection handling is okay. It struggles mostly with direct reflections, making it hard to see dark scenes when there's a bright light shining on the screen. The light scattering is caused by HP's Sure View privacy screen and can be distracting, as it's visible even with the brightness at 1100 cd/m².

7.1
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
1.217%

The black uniformity on our HP ENVY x360 is decent. There's clouding throughout and some backlight bleed along the bottom edge of the display. Black uniformity varies on IPS panels, but it's always perfect on the OLED panel because OLED displays can turn off the pixels to produce perfect blacks.

5.8
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
17°
Color Washout From Right
18°
Color Shift From Left
21°
Color Shift From Right
30°
Brightness Loss From Left
18°
Brightness Loss From Right
20°
Black Level Raise From Left
60°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
19°
Gamma Shift From Right
20°

The horizontal viewing angle is sub-par, even with HP's Sure View privacy screen feature disabled. When enabled, the privacy screen simply dims the screen to make it even harder to see the content on your screen from the side. The viewing angle will be better if you go with a display that doesn't have this filter. The OLED panel will have the best viewing angle due to its emissive technology.

4.7
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
Color Washout From Above
11°
Color Shift From Below
17°
Color Shift From Above
14°
Brightness Loss From Below
Brightness Loss From Above
12°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
45°
Gamma Shift From Below
Gamma Shift From Above
12°

The vertical viewing angle is bad, even with the privacy screen disabled. You'll get better viewing angles on the IPS panels that don't have this filter, allowing you to tilt the screen more without losing image accuracy. The OLED panel will have the best vertical viewing angle.

2.4
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
7.36
Avg. Gamma
2.31
Avg. Color dE
6.23
Avg. Color Temperature
5,487 K

The out-of-the-box color accuracy is awful. Most colors and the white balance are visibly off, and the image has a reddish tint due to its warm color temperature. The gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve, making most scenes too dark and very bright scenes too bright. Unfortunately, we don't know how the other panels perform. If you want a laptop with better color accuracy out of the box, check out the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 (2019).

8.4
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
98.34%
sRGB uv
94.4%
Adobe RGB xy
78.97%
Adobe RGB uv
85.66%
DCI P3 xy
80.24%
DCI P3 uv
82.69%
Rec. 2020 xy
58.08%
Rec. 2020 uv
60.52%

Our HP ENVY x360's 1000 cd/m² display has an impressive color gamut. It covers nearly the entire sRGB color space used in most content. Its Adobe RGB coverage is excellent but still a little too low for professional-level work. For viewing HDR content, it has great DCI P3 coverage, but its Rec. 2020 coverage is limited and doesn't meet our threshold to be considered a wide gamut. As for the other panel options, it's best to skip the 250 cd/m² display because it only has 45% NTSC coverage, meaning most content will look washed out. The 400 cd/m² display has 100% sRGB coverage. We don't know how the OLED panel performs.

9.0
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
Flicker Frequency
> 1000Hz
Flicker Active Below
96%

The backlight is only flicker-free when the screen is near max brightness. However, the flicker frequency at lower screen brightness is extremely high and isn't noticeable. The OLED panel likely flickers, which is normal for that type of display.

Interface
8.2
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
67 gf
Actuation Force
31 gf
Pre-Travel
0.92 mm
Total Travel
1.6 mm

The HP ENVY x360 2-in-1 has a great keyboard. It feels spacious, and its layout is fairly standard, so it doesn't take long to adapt to. The keys are stable and have a good amount of travel, but the tactile feedback feels slightly mushy. Although the operating force is a little high, it isn't enough to make the keyboard tiring to type on for extended periods. Typing noise is very low, meaning it won't be bothersome to others in a quiet environment. You can adjust between two backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely.

7.1
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
7.5
Size
10.1 in² (65.0 cm²)
Material
Plastic
Dedicated Buttons
No

The touchpad is decent. Even though it's plastic, it feels high quality and almost glass-like. All gestures work as intended, but dragging and dropping items can be annoying because you have to keep a firm pressure at all times for it to work. If you want a laptop with a better touchpad, check out the Apple MacBook Air 13 (2022).

5.9
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
77 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
7.8 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
3.5
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
250 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
16 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
0.6 dB

The speakers are sub-par. They have virtually no bass, so the overall sound is treble-heavy. On the bright side, they get pretty loud with almost no compression at max volume. If you're looking for a convertible 2-in-1 but want better-sounding speakers, check out the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14 (2020).

5.8
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
5.0
Resolution
720p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
Yes
Face Unlock
No

The webcam video quality is poor. The image lacks detail, and it's overexposed, making the colors look unnatural. It also suffers from the 'fish eye' effect. The microphone sounds hollow, tinny, and a bit on the quiet side. There's a privacy cover to block the camera, which you can activate with a button on the keyboard. Activating it disables the webcam at the software level. If you want a Windows laptop with a better-quality webcam and a much better-sounding microphone, check out the Acer Aspire 5 15 (2020).

Connectivity
8.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
2
USB-C Ports
1
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 4
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
No
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
MicroSD UHS 2
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The HP ENVY x360 has a great port selection. The USB-C port supports Thunderbolt 4, USB4 (up to 40Gbps), and DisplayPort 1.4. If you don't want to carry the barrel plug power adapter, you can charge the laptop via USB-C. Both USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen. 1 data transfer speed (up to 5Gbps). The USB-A on the right side supports HP Sleep and Charge, meaning you can use it to charge a mobile device even when the laptop is in sleep mode. Only the Intel models have Thunderbolt 4 support. If you need a laptop with a full-size HDMI port, check out the Acer Swift 3 14 (2020).

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.0

The HP ENVY x360's wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201. Some AMD models use Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200, while others use a Realtek Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.2 combo adapter.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core i7-1165G7
Core Count
4
Thread Count
8

The HP ENVY x360 is available with the following CPUs:

  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600U (6 cores/12 threads, up to 4.2GHz, 16MB cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800U (8 cores/16 threads, up to 4.4GHz, 16MB cache)
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 4.2GHz, 8MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 4.7GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1195G7 (4 cores/8 threads, up to 5.0GHz, 12MB cache)

The Intel processor lineup is fairly straightforward as they all have four cores and eight threads, with the main differences being the clock speeds and the cache size. Higher clock speeds usually mean better performance, but the difference is minimal and likely isn't noticeable if you only perform light productivity tasks that don't stress the CPU. On the AMD side, you have the choice between a Ryzen 5 5600U or a Ryzen 7 5800U. Compared to their equivalent Intel counterparts, the Ryzen CPUs perform much better in multi-threaded workloads but fall slightly behind in single-threaded workloads. All the available CPUs are powerful enough to handle light workloads like text processing, web browsing, and video playback. They can handle some photo editing and light coding, but not demanding tasks like gaming or 3D CAD.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Iris Xe Graphics G7
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The HP ENVY x360 is only available with integrated graphics. The Intel CPUs have Iris Xe Graphics, and the AMD CPUs have Radeon Graphics. These GPUs can only handle light productivity tasks and general media consumption, so they aren't ideal for any graphically demanding workloads like video editing or gaming. The Core i7s perform better than the Core i5, though not enough to make a huge difference. It's the same situation on the AMD side, as the Ryzen 7 has slightly better graphical performance than the Ryzen 5, but again, the difference is minimal.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
8 GB
Modules
2
Type
DDR4
Speed
2,933 MHz

Our HP ENVY x360 (model 13m-bd0023dx) is advertised to have DDR 4 3200MHz RAM, but it maxes out at 2933MHz, and there aren't any settings in the BIOS or elsewhere to change the speed. There are models of the ENVY x360 with 2933MHz, but that doesn't seem to be the case with our unit. The 3200MHz memory is better, but the performance difference is minimal and isn't noticeable in light workloads. As for capacity, there are only two memory configurations, 8GB or 16GB. 8GB is enough for light productivity, but it might be worth opting for 16GB if you tend to have many browser tabs open simultaneously or use memory-intensive applications.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
473 GB
Drive 1
Western Digital PC SN530
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can configure the HP ENVY x360 with 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage. Most people can get by with only 256GB of storage, but it might be worth getting more if you plan on storing a lot of photos and videos locally.

Some Intel models have an Intel NVMe SSD coupled with 32GB of Optane memory. The latter was designed to make PCs with physical hard drives feel faster by storing regularly-used data in the Optane memory, functioning like a second set of RAM or cache. It can dramatically improve system responsiveness when the operating system is installed on a physical hard drive or even an older SATA SSD. However, its effectiveness isn't as noticeable when paired with a recent NVMe SSD because SSDs have gotten a lot faster since Optane was first introduced in 2017.

Performance
7.8
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,533 points
CPU Multi-Thread
4,420 points
GPU Compute
14,870 points

The Intel Core i7-1165G7 in our HP ENVY x360 scores well in the Geekbench 5 benchmarks. It's fast enough to provide a smooth and snappy experience in light productivity workloads like text processing and web browsing, but it'll struggle in demanding tasks like 3D graphics. They perform better in multi-threaded workloads, although they're still not ideal for demanding tasks due to thermal throttling. There isn't much performance difference between the three Intel CPUs. However, the AMD Ryzen 7 is much faster than the Ryzen 5 due to its increased core count.

As for GPU compute tasks, the Intel Iris Xe Graphics' performance is disappointing, and the Ryzen 7's Radeon Graphics is similar. None of the GPUs are ideal for demanding workloads.

8.1
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,419 points
Multi-Thread
3,946 points

The Intel Core i7-1165G7 in our HP ENVY x360 has a great score in the Cinebench R23 CPU rendering benchmark. Its single-threaded performance is outstanding, but its multi-threaded performance is just okay due to its limited core count. The AMD CPUs will perform significantly better in multi-threaded workloads. If you want the best multi-threaded performance, get a configuration with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800U.

3.4
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
10.0 min
GPU Render Time
14.8 min
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

Our HP ENVY x360's Intel Core i7-1165G7 performs poorly in Blender. It takes even longer to render the same scene using its integrated GPU. If you need to do 3D rendering, it's best to get a laptop with a more powerful H-series CPU or one with a dedicated GPU, as discreet graphics render much faster, saving you time.

3.8
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
9,072

The Intel Iris Xe Graphics in our HP ENVY x360 scores poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. It can handle light, puzzle-like games but not AAA titles unless they're extremely well-optimized and running at the lowest graphical settings. The Radeon Graphics on the AMD models will likely perform similarly. If you want a laptop that's better suited for gaming, check out the Dell Alienware m15 R3 (2020).

9.1
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,177.5 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
2,015.1 MB/s
Random Write Speed
118.1 MB/s
Random Read Speed
46.8 MB/s

The storage drive's performance is outstanding. Its fast read and write speeds allow the system to boot up, launch apps, and transfer files quickly. We don't know how the Intel NVMe SSD on the models with Optane memory performs. The speed of the SSD may vary depending on the size, as larger SSDs tend to perform better.

8.5
Performance
Battery
Capacity
51 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
10.6 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
8.2 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
1.8 hrs
Charge Time
2.2 hrs

The HP ENVY x360's battery life is excellent. You can easily get through a typical 8-hour workday as long as you don't perform CPU or GPU-intensive tasks like video encoding or gaming. AMD CPUs are generally more power-efficient than Intel CPUs, so you can expect longer battery life if you go with an AMD system. The OLED display likely uses more power than the IPS panels, but you can reduce the power consumption on the OLED panel by using dark mode. Battery life varies greatly depending on the laptop's configuration and your usage.

1.0
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
6 fps
1% Low
1 fps
0.1% Low
1 fps
1% Low Delta
683 ms
0.1% Low Delta
1,631 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
19 fps

Borderlands 3 runs terribly on the HP ENVY x360. The Intel Core i7's IRIS Xe Graphics can't maintain a playable frame rate even at the lowest graphics settings. None of the configurations can run this game smoothly. We ran the benchmark on DirectX 11 because the game keeps crashing on DirectX 12.

3.5
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
16 fps
1% Low
11 fps
0.1% Low
11 fps
1% Low Delta
25 ms
0.1% Low Delta
26 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
64 fps
Avg. Turn Time
9.37 s

Civilization VI runs poorly. The gameplay is choppy at high settings because the average frame rate doesn't even reach 30 fps; however, it's much smoother at the lowest graphical settings. The Intel i5 and AMD CPU's integrated graphics will perform worse, but the game will still be playable because Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game that doesn't require fast reaction time or precise aiming.

The turn time is passable on the i7-1165G7. Going with an AMD CPU with more cores will shorten the turn time, but the difference is extremely minimal.

5.9
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
56 fps
1% Low
29 fps
0.1% Low
24 fps
1% Low Delta
17 ms
0.1% Low Delta
23 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
96 fps

Our HP ENVY x360 with the Intel Core i7-1165G7 can almost reach 60fps in CS:GO, but it stutters a lot, with the frame rate regularly dropping below 30fps. You can get much smoother gameplay if you drop the settings down to minimum. Every configuration can achieve at least 60fps at low settings.

2.0
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
13 fps
1% Low
4 fps
0.1% Low
2 fps
1% Low Delta
144 ms
0.1% Low Delta
379 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
23 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs terribly on the high settings at 1080p. It's very choppy as the frame rate regularly dips into the single digits. The Intel Core i7-1165G7's Iris Xe Graphics can't maintain an average of 30fps at low settings.

8.1
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
26 °C (79 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
42 °C (107 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
41.5 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
No

The HP ENVY x360 has great thermal and noise handling. It gets a little warm under load, with the hottest part of the keyboard around the letter T, but it isn't uncomfortable. The fan is almost inaudible when the laptop is idle, and even under load, it still doesn't get very loud. The CPU seems to throttle earlier than other laptops, so the fans don't need to work as hard.

6.9
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
72 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
18% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
69 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
3% loss

The performance over time is okay. There's thermal throttling, especially on the CPU side, which is typical for ultraportable laptops. However, the performance loss is only noticeable if you perform demanding tasks for an extended period. The GPU performance loss isn't noticeable in most instances. The other Intel CPUs will likely perform similarly, but the AMD CPUs will likely suffer less performance loss because they tend to run cooler. If you want a Windows laptop with better performance over time, check out the Framework Laptop (2021).

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 10
Additional Software
Yes

The HP ENVY x360 has a few pre-installed software applications, including:

  • myHP: Shows warranty information, laptop specifications, and articles from HP's website.
  • Bang and Olufsen Audio Control: EQ for the built-in speakers and noise cancellation feature for use with headphones.
  • McAfee Security: 30-day trial of the McAfee antivirus/anti-malware software.
  • ExpressVPN: Free trial of VPN service.
  • HP Command Center: Software that lets you customize the power profile and fan speed, as well as monitor system temperatures.

If you prefer a laptop that runs on macOS, check out the Apple MacBook Air 13 (M1, 2020). Otherwise, if you're looking for a Chrome OS model, the HP Chromebook x360 12 (2021) is closely related.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Fingerprint Sensor

The HP ENVY x360 has a fingerprint sensor between the right ALT key and the left arrow. HP usually includes a rechargeable Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP) 2.0 Tilt pen when you purchase the laptop directly from their website, but it may not be included if you buy it from a third party. Any stylus that supports Microsoft Pen Protocol will work.

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