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HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) Laptop Review

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Reviewed Jul 26, 2023 at 09:58 am
Latest change: Writing modified Aug 25, 2023 at 01:45 pm
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7.7
School
6.5
Gaming
8.1
Multimedia
8.1
Workstation
7.8
Business

The HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) is a mid-range Windows 2-in-1 convertible laptop. It replaces the HP ENVY x360 15 from 2022. Its external design is identical to its predecessor, as the changes are only internal. You can get this 2023 model with an AMD Ryzen 7000 or Intel 13th Gen U-series CPU. The AMD version has 4266MHz LP-DDR4x RAM and is only available with integrated graphics, while the Intel version has 5200MHz LP-DDR5 RAM and is available with integrated graphics or an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 laptop GPU. There are three FHD display options: a 250 cd/m² IPS panel (45% NTSC), a 400 cd/m² IPS panel (100% sRGB, Intel models only), and an OLED panel (100% DCI P3). It has Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a 1440p webcam, a facial recognition IR camera, and a 55Wh battery. Ports include two USB-As, two USB-Cs, an HDMI, an SD card reader, and a headphone jack. You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section below.

Our Verdict

7.7 School

The HP ENVY x360 15 is good for school use. It feels well-built, and while it's a little heavy, it's still fairly easy to carry around. It has a sharp display, a spacious keyboard, and a large, responsive touchpad. It's available with Intel 13th Gen or AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs, fast enough to handle light productivity tasks and moderately intensive workloads. You can also get the Intel version with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 GPU if you need more GPU processing power for things like 3D graphics and animation. The battery lasts slightly over eight hours of light use, so depending on your workload, you may need to plug it in for a quick charge.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Battery lasts over 8 hours of light use.
  • Spacious keyboard, responsive touchpad.
  • Supports pen input.
  • Excellent webcam.
Cons
  • OLED display is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • No Thunderbolt 4 or USB4 on AMD models.
6.5 Gaming

The HP ENVY x360 15 is okay for gaming. It can handle fairly demanding games at 1080p if you get an Intel model with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU. However, you'll have to play with medium to low settings for smooth gameplay. Also, all three available displays have a 60Hz refresh rate and a slow response time with no VRR to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • Available with a discrete RTX 3050 GPU.
  • Wide port selection.
  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
  • Quiet fans under load.
Cons
  • 60Hz refresh rate with no VRR to reduce screen tearing.
  • Integrated graphics can't handle demanding workloads.
  • OLED display is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • Soldered RAM.
8.1 Multimedia

The HP ENVY x360 15 is great for media consumption. It's fairly easy to carry around, and its battery lasts nearly ten hours of video playback. It has many display options, including an OLED panel that produces deep, inky blacks and vibrant colors, and since it's a 2-in-1, you can set it up in tent mode when watching a video or use it as a tablet. Its up-firing speakers get very loud and sound full, but like most laptop speakers, they lack bass.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Battery lasts nearly 10 hours of video playback.
  • OLED display produces deep blacks and vibrant colors.
  • Loud speakers.
Cons
  • OLED display is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • Speakers lack bass.
8.1 Workstation

The HP ENVY x360 15 is great for use as a workstation. Its CPU can handle some moderately demanding workloads, providing a good user experience with a spacious keyboard, a responsive touchpad, and low fan noise. The Intel model is available with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU, so you can do some GPU-intensive tasks like video editing and 3D graphics. Also, the OLED display is suitable for color work as it has full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage. You can only get up to 16GB of soldered RAM, though, and its USB-C ports don't support Thunderbolt 4 or USB4.

Pros
  • OLED display has full Adobe RGB and DCI P3 coverage.
  • Available with a discrete RTX 3050 GPU.
  • Wide port selection.
  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
  • Quiet fans under load.
Cons
  • Integrated graphics can't handle demanding workloads.
  • OLED display is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • No Thunderbolt 4 or USB4 on AMD models.
  • Soldered RAM.
7.8 Business

The HP ENVY x360 15 is good for business use. It feels very well-built and is easy to carry around despite being on the heavier side. It has a 15.6-inch display that's well-suited for multitasking, a spacious and tactile keyboard, and a large, responsive touchpad. It's available with AMD Ryzen 7000 or Intel 13th Gen CPUs, which can easily handle general productivity tasks like text processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and video playback. Plus, it has an excellent 1440p webcam for video calls and an IR camera for quick logins. Its battery lasts slightly over eight hours of light use, so depending on your usage, you may need to plug it in for a short time to get through the day.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Battery lasts over 8 hours of light use.
  • Spacious keyboard, responsive touchpad.
  • Supports pen input.
  • Excellent webcam.
Cons
  • OLED display is susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • No Thunderbolt 4 or USB4 on AMD models.
  • 7.7 School
  • 6.5 Gaming
  • 8.1 Multimedia
  • 8.1 Workstation
  • 7.8 Business
  1. Updated Aug 25, 2023: Added mention of the Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 (2023) as an alternative with longer battery life in the Battery section.
  2. Updated Jul 26, 2023: Review published.
  3. Updated Jul 19, 2023: Early access published.
  4. Updated Jul 11, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  5. Updated Jul 04, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  6. Updated Jun 27, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP ENVY x360 15 (model 15-fh0008ca) with an AMD Ryzen 7 7730U CPU, integrated Radeon graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. The CPU, GPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

Screen
  • 15.6" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen (45% NTSC, 250 cd/m²)
  • 15.6" IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen (400 cd/m², Intel models only)
  • 15.6" OLED 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen
 CPU
  • Intel Core i5-1335U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 4.6GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1355U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 5.0GHz, 12MB cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 7530U (6 cores/12 threads, up to 4.5GHz, 16MB cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7730U (8 cores/16 threads, up to 4.5GHz, 16MB cache)
 GPU
  • Intel Iris Xe (integrated, Intel models)
  • AMD Radeon Graphics (integrated, AMD models)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU 4GB GDDR6 VRAM (discrete, Intel models only)
 Memory
  • 8GB LP-DDR5 5200MHz (Intel models)
  • 16GB LP-DDR5 5200MHz (Intel models)
  • 8GB LP-DDR4x 4266MHz (AMD models)
  • 16GB LP-DDR4x 4266MHz (AMD models)
 Storage
  • 256GB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe Gen 4 SSD
 Color
  • Nightfall Black
  • Natural Silver

You can see our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The HP ENVY x360 15 is a good laptop overall. It has a sturdier build than most laptops in its class, and its performance over time is outstanding, especially for an ultraportable. However, its battery life is only decent at around eight hours of light use.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best 2-in-1 laptops, the best business laptops, and the best Windows laptops.

Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023)

The Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023) and the HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) are both mid-range 2-in-1 convertible laptops. The Lenovo is better for portable use because its battery lasts much longer, and it provides a slightly better user experience with a sharper, brighter display. However, the HP is better for use as a workstation because its CPU doesn't throttle under load, and it's available with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU. If you need to do color work like photo editing, the HP's display calibration isn't as good as the Lenovo's, but its OLED display has full Adobe RGB and DCI P3 coverage, whereas the Lenovo's QHD+ display only has full sRGB.

Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2023)

The Dell Inspiron 16 2-in-1 (2023) and the HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) are both very good Windows convertible laptops that provide a similar user experience. The Dell feels sturdier but isn't quite as portable since it's a larger device. The HP comes out ahead in a few areas; it has a better 1400p webcam, a more comfortable keyboard, and nicer, brighter display options, including an OLED panel with full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage. The Dell has longer battery life, although both last long enough to get you through a typical workday.

Dell Inspiron 14 (2023)

The HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) is slightly better than the Dell Inspiron 14 (2023) for most uses. The ENVY x360 feels sturdier, and unlike the Inspiron 14, it's a 2-in-1 convertible, so you can use it as a tablet. It also has a more tactile keyboard, a larger touchpad, and a significantly better 1440p webcam. However, the Inspiron 14 has a longer battery life and is available with a sharper QHD+ display. The ENVY x360 is a better option if you need a lot of GPU processing power because it's available with a newer NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU.

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023)

The ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) is better than the HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) for most uses. The ASUS has better build quality, a sharper 90Hz display, a more responsive touchpad with a built-in virtual Numpad, and faster Intel P-series CPUs. On the other hand, the HP has a better 1440p webcam and better performance over time. Both laptops support pen input and come with a stylus; the ASUS' pen is slightly more inconvenient as it doesn't attach magnetically to the laptop for transport like the HP does, so there's a greater chance of losing it.

HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021)

The HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) and the HP Pavilion x360 14 (2021) are both 2-in-1 Windows laptops; however, the ENVY is a higher-end device and, thus, provides a better user experience and performance. The ENVY x360 has a sturdier all-metal build, a more comfortable keyboard, a larger and more responsive touchpad, and a better 1440p webcam. It also has newer, faster CPU options and longer battery life.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14 (2022)

The HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) is slightly better than the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14 (2022) for most uses. The HP has a sturdier build, a better 1440p webcam, and better performance over time. It's available with nicer displays, including an OLED panel with full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage for color-critical work. Also, you can get the HP with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU to perform more intensive tasks like video editing and 3D graphics.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
2 in 1

The HP ENVY x360 15 has a relatively simple design with thin bezels, rounded edges, an island-style keyboard with an extra column of navigation keys on the right, and up-firing speakers on each side of the keyboard. There are air vents on the bottom and the back of the laptop. Since this is a 2-in-1 convertible, you can flip the screen around into tent mode for media consumption or use it as a tablet. The laptop supports pen input and comes with a stylus that you can attach magnetically to the laptop's right side for transport. It's available in two colors: Natural Silver and Nightfall Black.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The HP ENVY x360 15's build quality is great. It has a full-aluminum chassis that feels very sturdy, with no gaps or obvious flaws in the construction. The lid and keyboard deck flex a little bit, but not the display. The finish feels smooth and doesn't scratch easily, although the Nightfall Black model is a fingerprint magnet. The whole device feels relatively hefty, with evenly distributed weight.

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

The HP ENVY x360 15 has good hinges. They're very stable, so there's very little wobbling, even when typing aggressively. However, they're stiff, making it impossible to open the laptop with one hand.

7.7
Design
Portability
Size
15.6"
Thickness
0.7" (1.9 cm)
Width
14.1" (35.8 cm)
Depth
9.1" (23.0 cm)
Volume
95.5 in³ (1,564.5 cm³)
Weight
4.6 lbs (2.1 kg)
Charger Size
6.3 in³ (103.8 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)

The HP ENVY x360 15 isn't bulky for a 15-inch laptop, but it's on the heavier side. The power adapter is compact and lightweight.

6.5
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
8.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The HP ENVY x360 15's serviceability is okay. Accessing the internals is easy; you only need to remove four T5 screws and undo the clips holding the panel. You'll need a prying tool because the clips are tight. Unfortunately, the memory isn't user-replaceable. You can see the maintenance and service guide here.

Design
In The Box

  • HP ENVY x360 15 laptop
  • 65W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • HP rechargeable MPP 2.0 tilt pen
  • 2B and 2H pen tips
  • Documentation

Note: Intel models with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU have a 90W power adapter.

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Pixel Density
141 PPI
Panel Type
OLED
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
84%

The HP ENVY x360 15 is available with the following displays:

  • IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen (45% NTSC, 250 cd/m²)
  • IPS 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen (400 cd/m², Intel model only)
  • OLED 1920 x 1080 60Hz Touchscreen

A 1080p resolution looks decently sharp on a 15.6-inch screen. The 16:9 aspect ratio is great for media consumption, as most videos are in that format; however, a taller 16:10 or 3:2 aspect ratio would have been better for productivity, as the increased vertical space lets you see more information at once, reducing the need to scroll. 16:9 also feels too narrow when using it as a tablet in portrait mode. There's a permanent burn-in risk on the OLED display, especially with static elements like Windows' taskbar, though it's unlikely to be an issue for those viewing varied content.

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

The HP ENVY x360 15 is only available with 60Hz displays. The OLED display has a slow response time, resulting in noticeable ghosting behind fast-moving objects. The IPS panels will likely perform similarly.

10
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
102,800 : 1

The OLED display has a superb contrast ratio. It's effectively infinite since OLED panels can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks. The IPS panels have a significantly lower contrast ratio, likely between 1000:1 and 1500:1. For dark room viewing, it's best to go with the OLED display, as the IPS panels will produce blacks that look gray in dim settings.

7.4
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
342 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
23 cd/m²

The OLED display gets bright enough for use in most well-lit settings but not quite outdoors in broad daylight. It gets very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which helps reduce eye strain when viewing content in the dark. The 45% NTSC IPS panel has an advertised brightness of 250 cd/m², while the full sRGB panel has an advertised brightness of 400 cd/m².

6.8
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
5.03%
Indirect Reflections
0.49%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.54%

The display's reflection handling is okay. Its glossy finish doesn't do much to reduce the intensity of bright reflections, so it's best to avoid having light sources directly behind you, as the reflections are visible, even with the screen at maximum brightness.

10
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
0.154%

The OLED display's black uniformity is superb since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks. The IPS panels have worse uniformity, as IPS screens tend to suffer from clouding and backlight bleed.

6.7
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
36°
Color Washout From Right
36°
Color Shift From Left
21°
Color Shift From Right
22°
Brightness Loss From Left
41°
Brightness Loss From Right
40°
Black Level Raise From Left
19°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
40°
Gamma Shift From Right
40°

The OLED panel's horizontal viewing angle is okay. Like most OLEDs, color shifting is the main issue, as it happens fairly quickly when moving to the side. This isn't a problem for sharing text documents or casual content with someone else; however, it's best to be directly in front of the screen if you need perfect accuracy. The IPS panels are better regarding color shifting but likely worse regarding brightness and gamma.

6.8
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
36°
Color Washout From Above
36°
Color Shift From Below
22°
Color Shift From Above
22°
Brightness Loss From Below
41°
Brightness Loss From Above
41°
Black Level Raise From Below
45°
Black Level Raise From Above
18°
Gamma Shift From Below
42°
Gamma Shift From Above
41°

The vertical viewing angle is okay. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the colors shift fairly quickly when viewing from above and below. Again, the IPS panels have less color shifting but likely suffer more from brightness loss and color washout.

7.0
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
1.96
Avg. Gamma
2.24
Avg. Color dE
4.95
Avg. Color Temperature
6,534 K

The HP ENVY x360 15's display accuracy is decent out of the box. The white balance inaccuracies are very minor and hard to spot. However, most colors are off because the default color profile targets a wider color space, resulting in punchier, oversaturated colors. The color temperature is very close to the standard 6500K target. The gamma doesn't follow the sRGB curve; most scenes are too dark, while bright scenes are too bright.

9.7
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
154.93%
sRGB uv
142.49%
Adobe RGB xy
98.15%
Adobe RGB uv
99%
DCI P3 xy
99.99%
DCI P3 uv
99.99%
Rec. 2020 xy
81.92%
Rec. 2020 uv
82.66%

The OLED display's color gamut is superb. It has full coverage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI P3 color spaces, making it suitable for general media consumption, print photography, and HDR content creation. The manufacturer advertises the 400 cd/m² IPS panel (Intel models) to have full sRGB coverage, while the 250 cd/m² IPS panel is advertised to have 45% NTSC, which is roughly 65% sRGB coverage. Most content will look slightly washed out on the 250 cd/m² panel since it can't display all the colors in the commonly-used sRGB color space.

1.8
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
Flicker Frequency
60 Hz
Flicker Active Below
100%

The HP ENVY x360 15's OLED display isn't flicker-free, as the brightness drops at every frame change. However, these brightness dips are extremely small and aren't noticeable to most people. The IPS panels are flicker-free.

Interface
8.2
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
70 gf
Actuation Force
32 gf
Pre-Travel
0.93 mm
Total Travel
1.6 mm

The HP ENVY x360 15 has a great keyboard with a spacious layout and high-quality, premium-feeling keycaps. The extra column of navigation keys on the right might take some time to get used to, as it slightly shifts the entire keyboard to the left. The keys are stable, have a good amount of travel, and provide satisfying tactile feedback. However, the operating force is on the higher side, which might cause some fatigue over time. Typing noise is very low and isn't bothersome in quiet settings. You can adjust between two backlight brightness levels or turn it off completely. Our unit has a bilingual keyboard (English and French) because we got it in Canada. The layout changes depending on the region.

8.0
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
8.0
Size
15.5 in² (100.0 cm²)
Material
Plastic
Dedicated Buttons
No

The HP ENVY x360 15 has a great touchpad. It feels very smooth and tracks all movements and gestures well. It's reasonably large but could have been larger, as it's sometimes hard to perform actions like dragging and dropping over a long distance or zooming in and out of images. There's no problem with palm rejection or tracking around the edges. The clicking mechanism feels relatively satisfying, but you can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad.

8.8
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
79 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
5.7 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
1.3
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
214 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
20 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
0.8 dB

The HP ENVY x360 15's speakers get very loud with minimal compression artifacts at max volume. They sound full and relatively natural, with good instrument separation. There's some bass but not a whole lot, so they aren't the best for bass-heavy music genres or action-heavy movies.

8.7
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
8.5
Resolution
1440p
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
Yes
Face Unlock
Yes

The webcam's video quality is excellent. Although a tad underexposed, the image looks clear and detailed, with true-to-life colors. There's some noise in darker areas; however, it's very minimal and isn't distracting. As for the microphone, voices sound loud and clear but a little thin. The privacy cover doesn't turn off the camera or microphone at the software level, meaning it can still record audio when closed. You can turn off the microphone separately using the F8 hotkey.

Connectivity
8.5
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
2
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
No
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
2.0
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
SD UHS 2
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The HP ENVY x360 15 has an excellent port selection. Both USB-A ports support USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps. The right one supports HP Sleep and Charge, which lets you charge a mobile device even when the laptop is in sleep mode. The USB-Cs also support USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed, plus DisplayPort 1.4, Sleep and Charge, and Power Delivery. The latter allows for fast charging of the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port. HP advertises the HDMI as an HDMI 2.1 port; however, we list it as HDMI 2.0 because it can only output up to 4k at 60Hz. The USB-C ports on the Intel models support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and up to two 4k displays at 60Hz).

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
Bluetooth
5.3

The wireless adapter is a MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922. You can also get the laptop with a Realtek Wi-Fi 6E adapter. The Intel models are available with an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 or a Realtek adapter. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards; however, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
AMD
Model
Ryzen 7 7730U
Core Count
8
Thread Count
16

The HP ENVY x360 15 is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i5-1335U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 4.6GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1355U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 5.0GHz, 12MB cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 5 7530U (6 cores/12 threads, up to 4.5GHz, 16MB cache)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7730U (8 cores/16 threads, up to 4.5GHz, 16MB cache)

All four are low-power CPUs designed for light productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and video playback. They can also handle some moderately intensive workloads like photo editing and programming. The Intel CPUs are likely faster; however, the difference isn't really noticeable unless you push the CPUs to near-maximum capacity. On the AMD side, the Ryzen 5 is likely fast enough for most people with a light workload, though it may be worth upgrading to the Ryzen 7 if you want more headroom to run more intensive applications. As for the Intel CPUs, the Core i7 is only slightly faster than the Core i5.

Configuration
GPU
Brand
AMD
Model
Radeon Graphics
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The AMD version of the HP ENVY x360 15 is only available with integrated Radeon graphics. In contrast, the Intel version is available with integrated Iris Xe only or with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete laptop GPU (4GB of GDDR6 VRAM). HP doesn't specify the RTX 3050's TGP (Total Graphics Power), though it's likely at the lower end of the 35W-80W power range, considering the size of the chassis and the cooling system. The integrated GPUs can only handle general productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, and video playback. If you need to do more intensive stuff like video editing or gaming, getting an Intel model with an RTX 3050 is best. The RTX 3050 is an entry-level discrete GPU that can push around 60 fps in modern AAA titles, but you may have to play with low graphical settings.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
2 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR4X
Speed
4,266 MHz

Both the AMD and Intel versions of this laptop are available with 8GB or 16GB of RAM. However, the AMD models use 4266MHz LP-DDR4x memory, while the Intel models use 5200MHz LP-DDR5 memory. The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard and isn't user-replaceable. HP also sells this laptop with 3200MHz DDR4 memory, but it's best to avoid these models, as the performance of AMD CPUs is very dependent on memory speed.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
1,000 GB
Usable Capacity
969 GB
Drive 1
KIOXIA KBG50ZNV1T02
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can get the HP ENVY x360 15 with 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

Performance
8.7
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,466 points
CPU Multi-Thread
7,782 points
GPU Compute
15,671 points

The HP ENVY x360 15's overall score in Geekbench 5 is excellent. The AMD Ryzen 7 7730U performs well in single- and multi-threaded workloads, making it suitable for general productivity tasks and more demanding workloads like programming. The AMD Ryzen 5 7530U is slower in multi-threaded workloads but still more than adequate for light productivity tasks. The Intel CPUs are likely faster, but the difference isn't noticeable unless you perform intensive tasks that push the CPUs to near-maximum capacity. As for GPU computing tasks, the integrated graphics perform poorly. If your workload needs a lot of GPU processing power, getting the Intel model with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 is best. The RTX 3050 is an entry-level discrete GPU from NVIDIA's previous generation of graphics processors, so it isn't exactly top-of-the-line; however, it's still far better than the CPU's integrated graphics.

9.5
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,463 points
Multi-Thread
10,069 points

The overall score in Cinebench R23 is outstanding. The AMD and Intel U-series CPUs can handle 3D rendering and other similarly demanding workloads; however, know that there are significantly faster CPUs on the market, like the H-series processors typically found in gaming laptops and mobile workstations, as well as Apple's M1 and M2 Pro/Max SoCs.

7.9
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
4.3 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

The HP ENVY x360 15 performs well in Blender; however, getting a laptop with a discrete GPU is best if you need to render images professionally. Even an entry-level GPU, like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, can render images much faster than the CPU.

4.6
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
13,168

The HP ENVY x360 15 with an AMD Ryzen 7 7730U performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. The CPU's integrated graphics can only handle simple, puzzle-like games, and even then, you may need to play with low settings to get smooth gameplay. The other integrated GPUs will perform similarly. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU will provide a smoother experience at around 60 fps in AAA titles, albeit with low settings.

9.1
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,166.8 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
2,598.5 MB/s
Random Write Speed
76.0 MB/s
Random Read Speed
43.5 MB/s

The SSD's performance is outstanding. Although it's a little slow for a PCIe Gen 4 SSD, it's still plenty fast for a general productivity laptop. Larger-capacity SSDs are usually faster, so you can expect slower speeds on the 256GB and 512GB SSDs.

7.2
Performance
Battery
Capacity
55 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
8.4 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
9.8 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
1.7 hrs
Charge Time
2.1 hrs

The HP ENVY x360 15's battery life is decent. You can get through a typical workday on a full charge, but depending on your workload, you may need to plug it in for a short time. Models with an IPS panel likely have longer battery life, as OLED panels typically consume more power. The Intel models with an NVIDIA discrete GPU will likely have significantly shorter battery life. If you want a similar 2-in-1 laptop with longer battery life, check out the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023).

2.0
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
13 fps
1% Low
6 fps
0.1% Low
4 fps
1% Low Delta
103 ms
0.1% Low Delta
184 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
35 fps

Borderlands 3 isn't playable on models with integrated graphics only. The gameplay is extremely choppy, even with low graphical settings. You can expect similar performance in other graphically intensive games. The Intel models with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 will provide smoother gameplay at around 60 fps, albeit with low settings.

5.0
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
27 fps
1% Low
18 fps
0.1% Low
15 fps
1% Low Delta
19 ms
0.1% Low Delta
28 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
108 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.43 s

Civilization VI and other similar strategy games are playable on models with integrated graphics; you just need to lower a couple of settings. The Intel models with an RTX 3050 discrete GPU will provide a smoother experience. The turn time is decent and within the expected range for an AMD Ryzen 7000 CPU. The other CPUs will give you roughly the same turn time.

6.6
Performance
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Avg. FPS
73 fps
1% Low
38 fps
0.1% Low
28 fps
1% Low Delta
13 ms
0.1% Low Delta
22 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
107 fps

The performance in CS:GO is okay. The average frame rate is over 60 fps, but the gameplay isn't smooth due to frequent frame drops. It's better with low settings, though you may still experience occasional stutters. Models with Intel Iris Xe will perform similarly. For the smoothest experience, getting an Intel model with a discrete RTX 3050 GPU is best.

3.1
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
19 fps
1% Low
13 fps
0.1% Low
9 fps
1% Low Delta
25 ms
0.1% Low Delta
61 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
35 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs poorly at 1080p with high settings. It's smoother with low settings, but occasional frame drops remain. The integrated graphics on the Intel and AMD CPUs aren't designed for this and other similarly demanding games. It's best to get an Intel model with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU if you want to play demanding AAA titles like this one.

8.3
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
24 °C (76 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
45 °C (113 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
27.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
36.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
Yes

The keyboard is cool when idle, and the fans are near-silent. The area around the Enter and Backspace keys gets warm under load, but it isn't uncomfortable. The fans are quiet in the Balanced mode. Switching to the Performance mode only increases the fan noise to 41dBA, which is still relatively quiet.

9.7
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
80 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
0% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
73 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
1% loss

The HP ENVY x360 15's performance over time is outstanding. Neither the CPU nor the GPU suffers from noticeable performance loss under load. The Intel models will likely perform similarly.

Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The HP ENVY x360 15 has many pre-installed applications, including:

  • Alexa: Amazon's digital assistant.
  • AMD software: Lets you tweak the performance and power settings, check for updates, change the display's color profile, create hotkeys, monitor the system's status, and view system information.
  • Booking.com: App for the travel booking service.
  • Concepts: Sketching and drawing app.
  • Duet Display: Software to connect and manage external displays.
  • Express VPN: Link to virtual private network service.
  • HP Command Center: Lets you tweak the laptop's performance and fan speed, optimize network performance, and view system information.
  • HP Documentation: User's manual.
  • HP Enhanced Lighting: Adds a virtual light ring on the screen to improve lighting during video calls.
  • HP PC Hardware Diagnostic Windows: Helps diagnose system issues.
  • HP Pen Control Plus: Lets you change the buttons' function on the stylus.
  • HP Privacy Settings: Lets you choose what type of information you share with HP.
  • HP QuickDrop: Lets you transfer files between your PC and smartphone/tablet.
  • HP Smart: App for HP printers.
  • HP Support Assistant: Lets you access information on how to repair and diagnose issues. Also contains guided troubleshooting via a virtual assistant.
  • HP System Event Utility: Lets you see the system's information and run diagnostics.
  • LastPass: Password manager.
  • MyHP: Settings to optimize audio and video quality during video calls.
  • McAfee Security: Antivirus software.
  • OMEN Gaming Hub: Lets you access your installed games, HP rewards, and picture gallery. It also lets you see system information like CPU and GPU usage and temperatures, optimize the PC, and change the power profile.
  • Solitaire and Casual Games: Solitaire, FreeCell, Spider, Mahjong, Sudoku, and other casual games.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
Yes
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Face Recognition

The HP ENVY x360 15 supports pen input and has an HP-branded MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol) 2.0 stylus. The pen supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt. For transport and charging, the stylus attaches magnetically to the right side of the laptop (it doesn't obstruct the ports when attached), and you can charge it via a hidden USB-C port on the side of the pen, which you can access by sliding the cover upward. As for the user experience, the pen is responsive and comfortable to hold for an extended period. Palm rejection works well if you touch the pen to the screen before resting your palm. There are two extra pen tips in the box, a 2B and a 2H tip; the former is softer and gives you a more paper-like feel, while the latter is harder.

There's a Windows Hello facial recognition IR camera. You can use it to log into Windows, authorize Windows Store purchases, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.