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HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Nov 01, 2021 at 01:58 pm
HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) Picture
7.9
School
5.7
Gaming
7.4
Multimedia
6.6
Workstation
7.5
Business
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Size
13"
Operating System
Windows 10
CPU
Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPU
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7
RAM
8 GB
Storage
512 GB

The HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) is a convertible 2-in-1 laptop available in a wide variety of configurations. It has a metal chassis that feels well-built, with a 360-degree hinge that lets you flip the screen around for use as a tablet. It's very portable, and it has excellent battery life, enough to get you through a typical workday of light productivity and video playback on a full charge. Our unit has a 1000 cd/m² display that's well-suited for bright settings, as well as an integrated privacy filter to hide the content of your screen from prying eyes. It has a great keyboard, a decent touchpad, and a very good selection of ports. The Intel Core i7-1165G7 in our unit is powerful enough to handle CPU-intensive tasks, but it throttles under load. Unfortunately, it's only available with integrated GPUs, so it isn't ideal for graphically demanding workloads, like video editing or gaming.

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. You can configure the laptop with an Intel 11th Gen or AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPU. All CPU configurations are capable of handling light to moderately intensive tasks. If you have a heavily multi-threaded workload, we recommend an AMD CPU because they have better multi-core performance. You can configure the RAM up to a maximum of 16GB and the storage up to 1TB. There are multiple display options; however, we don't recommend the 250 cd/m² display as it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare, and it's advertised as having 45% NTSC coverage, which means most content will look washed out. There's also a 1080p OLED option available, but like most OLEDs, it may suffer from permanent burn-in.

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 keyboard is great, but some might find it tiring to type on for an extended period.

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, while the top-end CPU configurations are powerful enough for gaming, it's only available with integrated graphics or a low-end discrete GPU, so its graphical performance is limited. 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, though, 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 high-end 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 in a wide variety of Intel and AMD CPUs, with top-end configurations that can handle most workloads. Our unit has a very bright display with an integrated privacy screen so that you can hide the content of your screen from snooping eyes. Sadly, the webcam is sub-par, and it's hard to access the internals for repairs.

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 Jan 18, 2022: We've re-evaluated the scoring for ports and lowered the score by 0.5 point.
  2. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
2 in 1

The HP ENVY x360 is a 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a premium design. The Intel variants are available in the Pale gold or Natural Silver color, while the AMD variants are available in Ceramic White or Nightfall Black. The bezels are thin on the sides of the screen, but they're thicker at the top and bottom to provide a place to hold the laptop when in tablet mode. There are ports on both sides of the laptop and exhaust vents on the back.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The HP ENVY x360's build quality feels great. It has a metal chassis that feels strong and premium, with only a bit of flex in the display and almost none in the keyboard deck. However, it does scratch and pick up oil from the fingers easily.

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

The HP ENVY x360's hinge is good. It's stable, so the screen doesn't wobble much, with only a tiny amount if you type aggressively, though this is barely noticeable. As it's a 2-in-1 device, you can turn the display all the way around for use in tablet mode. Unfortunately, you can't open the laptop with one finger as there's just a little too much resistance.

9.0
Design
Portability
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 13'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, but it's hard to access it because it's under a lot of tape. If you want a laptop that's more serviceable, check out the Acer Nitro 5 (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%

Our HP ENVY x360 has a 13.3 inch screen with a 1080p resolution, which results in a great pixel density. Some Intel models have a 1080p OLED option. OLED panels have better image quality due to their near-infinite contrast, but keep in mind that they can still suffer from permanent burn-in, especially with static desktop elements like Windows' taskbar. Note that our unit has the 1000 cd/m² display with HP's Sure View privacy screen, a feature that aims to hide the content on your screen from snooping eyes, but we performed all of our display tests with the feature disabled.

6.0
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No

All display options have a standard 60Hz refresh rate with no VRR support. The motion handling differs depending on the panel type because OLEDs typically have a much faster response time than IPS panels. As you can see in our motion blur photo, there's a lot of ghosting behind the logo, which means the response time is quite slow on our unit's 1080p 60Hz IPS screen. The OLED panel will have very little ghosting, but the image will still be somewhat blurry due to persistence blur.

8.9
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
2,808 : 1

The HP ENVY x360 has an excellent contrast ratio. This is likely due to the privacy screen making blacks appear darker, even though we performed this test with the privacy screen 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. The contrast ratio can vary between individual units.

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. We recommend that most people skip the 250 cd/m² panels because they will have trouble overcoming glare in very well-lit settings. The 400 cd/m² panels are good enough for most environments as long as you aren't in direct sunlight. The 1000 cd/m² display doesn't get very dim at the lowest brightness setting, so it's not the best for viewing content in the dark as it can cause eye strain for some people. The 250 cd/m² and 400 cd/m² 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 HP ENVY x360's 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%

Black uniformity is decent on our HP ENVY x360's 1080p 60Hz display. There's clouding throughout, and some backlight bleed along the bottom edge; however, it's only visible when viewing dark scenes in a dark room. Black uniformity can vary between individual IPS panels, but it's always perfect on the OLED panel because it can turn the pixels off completely.

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 HP ENVY x360 13's horizontal viewing angles are sub-par. It's mainly due to HP's Sure View privacy screen, even though we performed the test with the 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 angles will be better if you go with a display that doesn't have this filter. The OLED panel will have the best viewing angles 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 HP ENVY x360 has poor vertical viewing angles, even with the privacy screen disabled. You'll get better viewing angles on the IPS panels that don't have this filter, which will allow you to tilt the screen more without losing image accuracy. The OLED panel will have the best viewing angles.

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 HP ENVY x360 has awful color accuracy out of the box. 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, causing most scenes to appear darker than they should, though very bright scenes are over-brightened. Unfortunately, we don't know how the other panels perform. Color accuracy can vary between individual units. 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, we recommend most people skip the 250 cd/m² display because HP advertises only 45% NTSC coverage, meaning most content will look washed out. The 400 cd/m² display is advertised as having 100% sRGB coverage, which we expect will perform similarly to the 1000 cd/m² panel. We don't know how the OLED panel performs.

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

The HP ENVY x360's 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 to most people. 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 has a great keyboard. The size and key spacing are good, and it doesn't take long to adapt to it. The typing experience is great for the most part, but some people might find it too mushy. Also, the scissor switches' short travel distance makes it tiring to type on for extended periods. The backlight has two brightness levels, which you can adjust directly on the keyboard.

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

The HP ENVY x360's 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.

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 HP ENVY x360's 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 (2020).

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

The HP ENVY x360's 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 also 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 (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

Update 01/18/2022: We've re-evaluated the scoring and lowered the score by 0.5 point so that it's more in line with other similar laptops.

The HP ENVY x360 has a very good selection of ports. The USB-C port supports Thunderbolt 4, USB 4 (up to 40Gbps), and DisplayPort 1.4. You can use the USB-A port on the right side for charging even when the laptop is in sleep mode, and both USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen 1 (up to 5Gbps). 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 in a variety of CPU options. The Intel processor lineup is fairly straightforward as they all have four cores and eight threads, with the main differences being the clock speeds, L3 cache capacity, and the number of GPU execution units. Generally, the higher the CPU model number, the better the performance, assuming they have relatively similar power configurations.

On the AMD side, you have the choice between a Ryzen 5 5600U or a Ryzen 7 5800U, both based on AMD's Zen 3 architecture. Compared to their equivalent Intel counterparts, the Ryzen CPUs perform much better in multi-threaded workloads but fall slightly behind in some single-threaded workloads.

For the most part, the Intel CPUs still have a slight lead in single-threaded performance, which benefits tasks like file compression and applications like Photoshop. The AMD CPUs have significantly better multi-threaded performance, so they're better for tasks like video encoding or 3D design.

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

There are only two main GPU options. If you get an Intel model, it comes with Iris Xe Graphics, and if you get an AMD model, it comes with AMD Radeon Graphics. They're both integrated GPUs designed for light productivity and general media consumption, so they aren't ideal for any graphically demanding workloads like video editing or gaming. Even though all the Intel CPUs have the G7 suffix indicating IRIS Xe Graphics, there's a slight difference between the i5 and i7 CPUs. The i7s have more execution units than the i5s, giving you enough performance boost to run some less demanding games, but not quite enough for AAA titles. It's somewhat the same situation on the AMD side, where the Ryzen 7 CPUs have slightly better graphical performance than the Ryzen 5, but 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 difference in performance is minimal and isn't noticeable in most uses. In terms of 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. The single-threaded performance is outstanding, better than some of Intel's 10th Gen H-series processors, like the i7-10750H in the Dell Alienware m15 R3 (2020) we tested. As for the other Intel CPUs, the i7-1195G7 will be slightly faster, while the i5-1135G7 will be slower. For the most part, it's a bit better than the AMD CPUs in single-threaded performance, but the AMD CPUs can sometimes come out ahead depending on the task.

In terms of multi-threaded performance, the i7-1165G7 is decent, but Intel's 4-core design can't keep up with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800U, which has double the core count. The Intel i5-1135G7 is also behind the AMD Ryzen 5 5600U.

In short, if you need better single-threaded performance, the Intel CPUs still come out ahead, but the AMD CPUs aren't too far behind. If your workload requires the use of heavily multi-threaded applications, it's best to go with an AMD processor. The more cores and threads the CPU has, the better the multi-threaded performance will be.

The Intel Iris Xe Graphics' GPU compute score is disappointing, and the Ryzen 7's Radeon Graphics is within the same ballpark. The Intel i5 and AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs will perform slightly worse than the i7s and Ryzen 7, but the difference isn't huge.

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 as it's limited to four cores and eight threads. The AMD CPUs will perform significantly better in the multi-threaded test. If you want the best multi-threaded performance, we recommend going with the AMD Ryzen 7 5800U.

3.3
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 scores poorly in the Blender benchmark. This is expected for a U-series processor designed for ultraportables. It takes even longer to render the same scene using its integrated GPU. If you have to do 3D rendering on this device, it's best to use the CPU to do the job.

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

As expected for integrated graphics, the Intel Iris Xe Graphics in our HP ENVY x360 scores poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. This means that it's good enough for light productivity and less graphically demanding games, but certainly not AAA titles unless they're well-optimized and running at the lowest graphical settings. We expect the Radeon Graphics on the AMD models to 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 HP ENVY x360's storage drive performance is outstanding, making the system feel very responsive, like when booting up, launching apps, and transferring files. 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 any 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. Battery life varies greatly depending on 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. We had to run the benchmark on DirectX 11 because it kept 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 is choppy at high graphics settings. It can't even reach 30 fps on average on the high settings at 1080p. However, it's much smoother if you turn the settings down to minimum. The Intel i5 and AMD CPU's integrated graphics will perform worse but likely still playable because Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game that doesn't require fast reaction time.

The turn time is passable on the i7-1165G7. Going with an AMD CPU with more cores will shorten the turn time a bit, but the difference won't be noticeable in most instances.

5.8
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, though. Every CPU and GPU 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 choppy, with the frame rate regularly dipping into the single digits. The Intel Core i7-1165G7's Iris Xe Graphics can't even 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 performance. It gets a little warm, 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 HP ENVY x360's 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. We expect the other Intel CPUs to perform similarly, but the AMD CPUs will likely suffer less performance loss because they tend to run cooler.

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 located between the right ALT key and the left arrow. HP usually includes a rechargeable MPP2.0 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. That said, any stylus that supports Microsoft Pen Protocol should work.

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, Intel Iris Xe integrated GPU, 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. According to HP's technical specifications, our unit is supposed to have 3200MHz memory, but testing shows that it's limited to 2933MHz. The stylus is usually included when you purchase the laptop directly from HP; however, we didn't receive one with our unit because we bought it from a third party. Most retailers sell the ENVY x360 pre-configured, and HP limits the number of configuration options depending on the model, so it might be hard to get the exact configuration that you want. There's a 15.6 inch ENVY x360 available, but we consider it a separate model because there are differences in design and port selection, and the performance can also differ as larger laptops tend to have better cooling.

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, 2.3GHz to 4.2GHz)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800U (8 cores/16 threads, 1.9GHz to 4.4GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 (4 cores/8 threads, 2.4GHz to 4.2GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4 cores/8 threads, 2.8GHz to 4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-1195G7 (4 cores/8 threads, 2.9GHz to 5.0GHz)
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 MPP2.0 Tilt Pen (included when purchased directly from HP)

Our display and performance results are only valid for the configuration that 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

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.

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.

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. That said, the ENVY x360 throttles under load, whereas 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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