Better or worse than Envy's apple competitor? We reviewed the new product from HP and came to the conclusion that it is better in many respects.
TFT IPS, 13.3 ", 1920x1080, anti-reflective coating
dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U, 3 MB cache, 2.3 GHz (2.8 GHz turbo mode)
Intel HD Graphics 520
8 GB DDR3L, 1600 MHz
- Internal storage
128 GB SSD, supports SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards
- Wired interfaces
3 USB 3.0, HDMI, Headphones / Microphone
- Wireless interfaces
Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Input Devices
78-key keyboard, multi-touch touchpad
- Audio devices
45 Wh, built-in
Kensington MicroSaver Security Slot, Fingerprint Reader
EquipmentThe laptop came to us in a box of thick cardboard, nothing special unremarkable.
On the front side there is a huge Envy inscription and the image of the device itself in a half-open state, depicting one of the letters - “V”.
The laptop comes with a power supply with a cord and a fairly simple and clear instruction for use.
Included with the laptop , a cover also arrived
for our review. Outside, you can see real textured leather stitched at the joints with a large thread, and inside there is soft and velvety suede that will protect the laptop from scratches and damage in a bag or backpack. In addition to the beautifully stitched edges, the case is adorned with an extruded Hewlett Packard inscription.
Envy 13 received a strict laconic style: its body is made in silver-matte color. On a thin cover is the HP logo, framed in a small black circle.
Speaking of subtleties, the Envy case is only 13 mm thick, which, combined with rounded edges of the lid, give it a very compact look. For comparison, the MacBook Air has the thickest spot 17.
Comparing it, I would like to note the edges that Envy are honed and not as sharp as the MacBook, which is certainly a plus in everyday use.
Under the cover we find an island-style keyboard and a 5-inch touchpad, made in silver. The keyboard is nice, there is a backlight keys. Function keys are inverted, i.e. to press the F1-F12 series, you need to hold FN, and vice versa, you do not need to touch anything to change the sound level or turn on the backlight.
The touchpad is large, with clear frames and covered with a kind of subtle protective glass. There are no complaints to accuracy.
Stereo speakers are located on the sides of the keyboard, which provides a clean, not muffled sound.
To the left above the keyboard is a small backlit power button, and in front of it is the inscription “Bang & Olufsen”, which indicates that the laptop uses the same sound system.
On the left side of the laptop are a slot for an SD card, a USB connector and a 3.5 mm audio output for headphones; on the right side there is a connector for a power supply, HDMI and two USB 3.0 connectors.
You can pay attention that the connectors are not "monolithic", like the MacBook, the side frames are sort of found on the bottom panel, which is a monolithic piece of metal.
At the bottom of the laptop are rubberized legs, providing it with additional stability.
The hinges of the cover are made so that in the opened state it is slightly raised above the surface, which provides it with an additional air flow into the cooling system.
I must say that all the latest HP devices have a really nice design, made in the style of the current fashion. Like the design, the build quality is up to the mark, I did not notice any gaps or backlashes, the laptop gives the impression of a reliable device.
Envy 13 is equipped with a 13.3-inch screen with 1920x1080 Full HD resolution, made on the IPS-matrix. IPS-matrix provides the screen with wide viewing angles, color distortion is noticeable only with a strong tilt of the screen. Plus, the brightness level is enough for comfortable reading at any time of the day, regardless of the consecration.
Of the special programs, it is worth noting the special Bang & Olufsen utility, which allows you to change the sound parameters. True, I did not see any special functionality in it.
There is an application HP SimplePass, which remembers passwords from pages and allows you to enter them using a fingerprint sensor.
Work with laptop
The dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U with a clock frequency of up to 2.8 GHz, 8 GB of RAM and the use of a solid-state drive provides Envy 13 with 10 seconds power on, fast response of programs and games. However, do not forget that this is not a gaming laptop, its purpose is everyday tasks and work, so you should not hope to launch heavy 3D games.
The cooling system does not cause enthusiasm: it is very noticeable noise, while doing poorly with its task - the case is quite hot.
Camera and sound
HP installed a 1 megapixel camera in the laptop with a face recognition system, which, although it is not suitable for beautiful pictures, but copes with video communication perfectly.
The speakers provide a good, clear sound without any extraneous noise or wheezing, even at the highest volume level.
Probably part of the credit goes to the Danish Bang & Olufsen experts, who had a hand in ensuring that the sound was at a decent level.
CommunicationThere is support for working in Wi-Fi networks 802.11b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0. The reception is good, the connection is stable, the search for available networks does not take much time.
Offline workA 45 Wh lithium-ion battery provides the laptop with 2 hours of intensive continuous operation at maximum settings, 12 hours of moderate use and about 8-9 hours of viewing FullHD video. The result is commensurate even with the MacBook Air 13.
HP Envy 13 fully lives up to its name - it's a matter of envy. Before us is a good device with a beautiful design, excellent hardware, a display, dimensions and battery life.
If you need a presentable device that can run and work smoothly with heavy programs and does not hang with three open tabs - this is your choice. But do not forget that this is still an ultrabook that heats well on difficult tasks.
At the very beginning, we asked a question - is Envy better or worse than its eminent competitor? The answer is definitely better. And it's not even the number of ports, the greater performance, the matte display, or even the likely love of the majority for a familiar operating system. These are just different price categories in which Envy is the undisputed leader.
Final rating: 7 out of 10.