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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Excellent Notebook, Plenty of Power, AMD is Back!

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    One thing I do want to point out before I do get on with my review. When you are using a Notebook computer, regardless of brand or manufacturer, always use it responsibly and on a hard flat surface. Do not use your Notebook on soft material like carpet or a comforter/blanket or especially on your lap. The industry moved away from calling them Laptop as they can get quite hot and can in some instance cause harm. This can and will restrict and prevent proper airflow throughout the Notebook. This will lead to increased heat, potential discomfort if used on your lap. Proper airflow not only keeps it cool, but also prolongs the life of your several hundred or several thousand dollar investment. If you must use it on your lap, please think about buying a Cooling pad with a large single fan or multiple fans, you’ll only be doing yourself and your Notebook Computer a favor. Now on to the good stuff. For about the last 10 years the Notebook market hasn’t really had anything noteworthy from the AMD side. That changes now. Enter the Ryzen CPU’s for mobile. They offer not only just the CPU, but also a Vega GPU. There’s are very capable chips and can handle a good deal of work and play. This particular model features a Ryzen 5 2500U 4 core, 8 Thread CPU with a Vega 8 GPU with 8 Cores. The screen is a Full HD 1080p Glass screen with touch capability. It responds incredibly well to all touch and supports multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom. My only issue with the screen is the colors. They don’t really pop, and don’t look all that special. They seem very muted and dull. From what I have seen, the 13” model of this HP doesn’t have this issue to as great an extent and seems to hold up better. The Keyboard is very nice and very responsive. It’s also quite clicky and has very good tactile feedback. It doesn’t have a cheap feel to it at all. The touchpad is your basic touchpad. It’s nothing revolutionary or game changing. It offers your typical experience and supports gestures as well similar to the touch screen. I do wish though that there was more than 8GB of RAM and especially more than just 128GB of storage for the installed SSD especially given the huge decrease in cost for drives between 240-500GB. I did look up to see if this is replaceable by the average person, but it is not and requires a good deal of knowledge and from what I can determine would in fact void the warranty. One option that can be had is if you really need additional space would be to add a SD card to it. There are some out there that can reach speeds of about 200Mb/s. Though this is only about 1/3 of the speed of the installed SSD, it’s still one way to achieve more storage at a compromise. The other option would be to purchase an external SSD, though these can be expensive, it is a viable alternative if you don’t always need it with you or keep it at home or the Office and stationary. For performance, I really had no issues with the notebook at all. It’s plenty fast, it runs a variety of games, even modern titles. Given that this is on the lower-mid side of Graphics performance you’re not going to be running the latest titles with the highest of settings. Compromises will need to be made, such as a lower resolution or lower visual fidelity. If you don’t care too much about the look of a game and just want to enjoy the story, than this kind of system would be right for you. For things outside of Gaming, like office work or even just browsing the internet and watching cat video’s all day, this will still be more than enough and then some. The screen is plenty large and having 1920x1080 as the resolution certainly helps with having plenty of information on the screen at once. When I was using two Windows side by side it was handled really well especially for two different tasks such as researching in one window and typing up a document in another. Battery life was actually much better than I could have anticipated. I’ve tested numerous Notebooks and their batteries and the average of playing a DVD was typically enough for most movies, usually around 2-3 hours. As this lacks a DVD drive, that does reduce the amount of overhead and need for more moving components. I want to say I saw about 3-5 hours of just general use such as web browsing, watching video’s online and some light gaming. I would say if you’re planning on gaming on it with the High Performance Windows Power Plan you can expect around 2-3 hours, possibly less. It depends on what it is you’re playing and the intensiveness of it. If you’re just using it to watch Netflix or something, you can probably get 3 or more hours out of it. I have to say, I really like the aesthetic of this Notebook. There’s not super weird markings on it aside from some form of a calligraphy styling bit of artwork along the hinge of the Notebook’s display. The rest of the HP Envy is kind of a muted bronze/copper color which I really like and this carries all the way around the unit. Even the new HP logo is more modernized and very sharp looking. The sound is also very good. It doesn't sound overly tinny and does have some depth to it. It's definitely loud enough to use in private and watch a movie on or maybe with a couple of friends, but it's not going to be near as good as a dedicated pair of speakers. Using something like a bluetooth speaker can certainly overcome that limitation. The notebook does get quite warm, not hot to the touch or such, but just warm enough to make it where you don’t want to use it on your lap without something underneath it like a cooling pad or some other hard surface especially for an extended period of time. On a desk it still did get quite warm but I never noticed any throttling or reduced performance. I do appreciate the fact that across the entire bottom of the HP there is venting that extends from one side to the other that is about 1.5” in width to help give additional airflow. Overall, I think it’s a fantastic Notebook and definitely a step up for HP in the quality department compared to the time I was employed with them. You will certainly be pleased with this product. If you find that the 15.6” screen is a bit much for you, the 13.3” version of this model will certainly please just as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Outstanding 2-in-1 laptop

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    ** The Good ** HP must have listened to feedback, because the HDD is gone! Sure, this version comes with a 128 GB SSD, but I’ll take a low capacity SSD over a large HDD any day. The smaller capacity drive could be an issue for some people. After removing unwanted software and running updates, I only have a little over 54 GB of free space on the drive. If you work primarily in the cloud you’ll be fine, otherwise I would recommend swapping out the stock drive for something bigger or keep an external drive with you for work/school. The Ryzen 5 2500U with mobile Vega 8 completely crushes Intel’s integrated graphics. You’re still going to want to pick up a laptop with dedicated graphics (with at least a GTX 1050) if you want to do any real gaming. For light gaming, this is a decent option if you keep your expectations in check. I don’t play too many games, but here are the results from the games I currently play: -- Fortnite: mid-30s FPS at 1080p with medium settings -- Skyrim Special Edition (no mods): mid-40s FPS at 720p with low settings -- Guild Wars 2 (PoF): high-20s to low-30s FPS at 720p with low-medium settings -- Hearthstone: runs flawlessly at max settings What’s the point of a 2-in-1 if you don’t actually use tablet mode? Paired with a decent Bluetooth stylus (I’m using a Wacom stylus), I love using the Envy in “tablet” mode, but only when it’s sitting on a desk/table. A 2-in-1 this large does not make for a very comfortable tablet experience if you just plan to hold it for long periods of time. If you keep it to a table/desk/lap/whatever, then it’s great! The touchscreen is very responsive. I have sworn off buying paper notebooks, everything goes into MS OneNote. If you’re a student, and don’t mind a larger laptop, the Envy x360 paired with a stylus will help keep your notes clean and organized. The speakers are pretty good for a laptop, but I would still recommend using headphones if you’re watching videos or playing games. They can get pretty loud before you start getting sound distortion. I prefer to use the speakers when I’m making Skype calls with my family. Speaking of the Skype, the webcam can just “okay” (I’ve never been impressed with laptop webcams). Battery life is pretty good for a laptop of this size. While HP claims you can get up to 10 hours, I’m not getting that amount from my usage. I’m getting around 7 hours with the screen brightness around 50%, I usually have a bluetooth mouse connected, and listen to streaming music with headphones. Your mileage will vary. What makes the battery a positive of the laptop is how quickly it charges. I was able to go from 20% to full in a little over an hour. ** The Bad ** The screen does not get as bright as I would like. This was a pretty common complaint from last year’s Envy, so it’s a bummer that it wasn’t addressed for the 2018 Envy. Images, movies, games, and colors still look pretty good for “only 1080p”, but you might not want to work near a window on a sunny day. The trackpad, while responsive, feels rather small for a 15” laptop. There feels like a lot of wasted space below the keyboard that could be used for a much larger trackpad. HP still uses Synaptics drivers, but that doesn’t bug me enough to be a deal-breaker. ** Conclusion ** This is a really solid choice for a mid-range laptop for productivity. Don’t let the Radeon Vega sticker fool you, this isn’t a true gaming laptop, but you will be able to play more casual games compared to Intel’s integrated graphics on similar priced laptops. Even though this is a mid-range laptop, it looks and feels like a much more expensive laptop than it really is, thanks to its all aluminum build and really excellent keyboard. The touchscreen is very responsive and Windows Ink works great if you want to draw or keep all your notes organized in the cloud. With the smaller drive, working in the cloud will be ideal unless you want to carry around an extral drive or swap out the current 128 GB SSD.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Balance of Work and Play.

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    The HP Envy 2 in 1 AMD Ryzen laptop is a device for users who want the performance of a fast laptop that will satisfy their everyday needs without leaving any processing power on the table. Like with any HP Envy, this 2 in 1 is almost ready to use right out of the box. The initial setup only takes a few minutes. In my opinion, I believe that the HP Envy with the AMD Ryzen 5 processor is for the on the go user; student, people that work on the road or for the people that are new to acclimating to the 2 in 1 laptop environment. If this is your first time using a 2 in 1 then there’s nothing to feel intimidated about. In fact, I believe that you will quickly adjust and eventually wonder how you managed to get along without it. Each time you open the laptop, you’re going to be amazed at how fast it ‘wakes up’ and uses your face to gain excess to your profile. If facial recognition isn’t your thing then you can still use a password or create a PIN code. In laptop form, the Envy will do what you could always do with a laptop. I think the user will enjoy using the touch screen to gain immediate access to whatever link or tab instead of using the touchpad. The touchpad is responsive but I found myself having to go into the settings to lower the sensitivity because when I typed, the cursor would move to a different area of the paragraph when lightly touched. However, I do wish that HP would update their Number Lock button so that the user would know as to whether or not the num lock was on or off much like the Caps Lock key. Where I found the Ryzen 5 processor to be faster was when I would open the Xbox game app from the tiles menu. Compared to the Intel core i7 8th Gen, the Ryzen 5 was several seconds faster. You can stream games from your Xbox One to your Envy but there is some visual quality lost when doing this but at the same time, this eliminates the player’s need to occupy a television that someone else might want to use. What about if you want to use the Envy for gaming directly from the laptop? Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a gaming laptop, this isn’t the device to satisfy that desire. A lot of the System Requirements for games like State of Decay 2, Shadow Of War etc fell short for what was necessary for those games. That’s not to say that you can’t play games on the Envy but you will have to be aware of what games will push the processor to its limits without compromising an enjoyable experience. The Envy in tablet form provides a beautiful 1080 resolution viewing experience when watching Netflix, HBO, a movie from your iTunes collection or any preferred streaming service. The 15-inch screen is definitely accommodating when it comes to enjoying entertainment. As I mentioned before, the touchscreen is responsive for those moments when you might need to pause quick. Also, in tablet form, the Envy allows an accessible option for digital artists or notetakers that want to use an Active Pen or Passive Stylist on the touchscreen. It’s pretty amazing when you realize all the options that a 2 in 1 really has to offer. To some, the 128GB Solid State Drive might be low in 2018 but I see this as an affordable option for those middle of the road users that are seeking a solid computing experience without excessive power and a ton of memory that would be wasted on them. Hewlett Packard knows how to make gorgeous 2 in 1 laptops. The sharply backlit keyboard, the compact and slim design is always a sight to behold.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Solid stylish laptop

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    First of, this laptop is very sleek and stylish. Definitely attracts attention. The speakers on this thing are crisp and clear also loud! Lacks a little base but it's excellent sound quality. The screen is very vibrant colors are saturated enough for my liking. But viewing conditions under sunlight that's when the screen starts to suffer so don't use it outdoors. Performance very responsive. The Ryzen 5 processor from AMD does an excellent job in handling many programs open at the same time. Paired with 8 GB of RAM multitasking on this thing is smooth and fluid. This computer handles some decent gaming and light video editing ntoo thanks to its Vega 8 graphics card. Guys this laptop is a steal I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    High Performing, Light weight

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    This laptop delivers is many ways outside of its tech specs. The power and storage that is stock for this laptop is beyond what i was expecting for this manufacturers middle of the road laptop. 8gig ram, with a radeon vega was more than i was expecting. Set up was a breeze and the unboxing was great experience. I almost get more excited about the product if the unboxing is as epic as this one was. One thing i can say about this laptop is that you SHOULD judge this book by its cover. Its sleek profile and lightweight build makes this laptop super sexy and being paired with the dark ash color i couldnt resist thinking the inside was as awesome as the outside. The only super minos con i could think of was the power button. It is very small and i can see it possibly getting jammed easier than other power on set ups. All in all a super high performing laptop with a rustic outside that is sure to grab everyones attention in the room. Its exterior matched with its core processor and ram/vid card is a sure combination that is bound to make this a upper tier device.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Beautiful design and function

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    Very nicely designed laptop that packs quite a bit of features into it's sleek design. The ability to rotate the screen around alone makes this laptop very versatile. However, HP has included some extra touches that really help it shine. Using in in tablet mode with touch is very nice. The screen is very responsive. It also supports active stylus as well, which I haven't yet had a chance to use. But, I could see sketching on this to be really great. Especially with the different angles you're able to place the screen. It's like a portable mini studio. The Ryzen processor has performed very well for my use this far, with no noticable issues. I tried to do a little gaming with it, and it did ok, but that's not really the purpose of this laptop. If you're looking for a sleek, versatile laptop for creativity and productivity at a very reasonable price, you can't go wrong with this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This thing is awesome

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    I love my computer. I love that its a touch screen. I bought programs to write and it makes me excited to do it. My kid loves it too.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good laptop for $649

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    Positive - Dark Ash color looks great, USB -C, HDMI, microSD card slot, Not so heavy, touch screen is responsive, backlit keyboard, numeric keys on keyboard, Bang & Olufsen speakers sound good. Negative - Trackpad is not smooth enough, 128 GB SSD is to low at this price point (256GB would have been reasonable)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This model has hinge defects!

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    I take great care of my things, I’m the only one who has used the laptop (no children, etc.) and I only use it about twice a week. Today, the lower right hinge made a snapping noise when I opened it and some small plastic pieces fell out. Immediately realized the screen was separating from that corner. I can’t open it or close it completely but I can see that the screen is cracked and shattered in places along the bottom. My laptop is completely useless at no fault of my own and my warranty expired in December so HP won’t do anything about it. Do a search for HP Envy x360 hinge problems and you’ll find that this is definitely a manufacturing defect as there are several others with the same issues just outside of warranty. I will not purchase another HP product and will recommend to all of my coworkers, clients, and friends that they steer clear as well. I’m furious and left with completely useless garbage.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I'm not happy with my laptop

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    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

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    I am not happy with my laptop becuase it flickers a lot, the volume on the laptop goes up and down without me adjusting it.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    HP has Ryzen!

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    Setup: The HP Envy 2 in 1 was super easy to setup. Unpacking and setup took about 10 minutes. Windows 10 with Cortana narration makes going through the steps of setup and sign-in simple. I was greeted with HP’s Jump Start program during my first sign on. Jump Start will guide you through product registration, McAfee Anti-Virus sign up, and other paperwork like items. There is also an HP Support Assistant that will handle items such as driver updates, firmware updates, and allows access to a lot of technical information about the laptop. This tool is also a very easy way to access the laptop’s serial number and model number. Both numbers are printed on the bottom of the laptop, but you won’t be able to read it without a magnifying glass. Having this information available through HP Support Assistant will come in very handy when you interact with HP for support services. Microsoft Word signed me into my Office 365 account and verified and instantly registered Office on my new laptop. Within minutes, all of my office applications were available to me. Windows took care of syncing my shortcuts between my different Windows 10 system. Synced my desktop settings such as my desktop background. One Drive and Windows 10 email took a few minutes to setup. Windows Update also went very smooth. Look and Feel: This laptop has an excellent feel to it. It feels solid to the touch. The laptop is thin. It is heavy at 4.7 pounds. It is not so heavy that it prevents me from throwing this in a backpack or computer bag to work on the go. The unique hinge design allows the laptop to fold in half so that I can use it as a tablet. The hinges are made of metal. I do not have any worries about the laptop joints being week and breaking with use. Microsoft has done a great job on the tablet experience. The screen supports both touch and Windows Ink. Meaning, I can use a Windows Ink enabled pen to draw, write, and paint on the screen. I can also use the pen as a mouse in many applications. My Microsoft Surface Pen synced with this laptop with no issues. Writing was smooth. Input lag was minimal if any at all. Probably my favorite part of the look and feel are the two AMD badges on the wrist wrest. It is so refreshing to finally have something other than an Intel logo on a laptop. It is a small thing but it did make me happy to see them. Screen: The screen is pretty good. The screen resolution is 1080p. Not as high resolution as a Microsoft Surface and certainly not in the same league as a Mac Book. But, the screen is adequately bright and vibrant enough for most uses. I played a few videos on Netflix. The motion was clean with some occasional stutter and pixilation. But nothing unlike what I see on an expensive LED TV. The AMD Settings application does give me the ability to adjust the video experience by giving you access to multiple video presets such as Cinema, Vivid, and Home Video. It also gives you the ability to custom tailor your experience by giving you access to all the settings controls. Working through office applications was easy. The screen responded to pinching, zooming, and navigation commands without hesitation. Scaling is also spot on. Images and text were clear regardless of the zoom level. Images were sharp and colorful. The screen provides an acceptable and pleasant computing experience. The laptop screen is FreeSync enabled. This means that the integrated Vega 8 graphics processor can squeeze better frame rates and performance out of the screen than it could without the technology. By default, FreeSync is not enabled. I have no idea why. You will need to go into the AMD Settings application to turn it on. The laptop is not a gaming platform. It will play games from the Windows Store with ease. I tested using Halo Spartan Assault. The graphics were butter smooth. Response between my Xbox controller and the laptop were also very quick. I was limited to what I could test due to the limited size hard drive on this system. Then again, I didn’t pick up this laptop to game on. Performance: Performance out of box has been very good. I have not seen any slow-downs working with Windows or Windows applications. Multi-tasking has been excellent. My only gripe is the performance of Microsoft’s Edge browser; which stinks on every computer I have used. This is not an issue unique to HP or AMD. My primary use for this computer is Microsoft Office, web browsing, and lite entertainment. Microsoft Office applications start quickly and without any issues. The computer does keep up with my typing without any pausing or keystroke buffering. Spreadsheets load quickly. I have had no issues manipulating data or working with pivot tables. Microsoft OneNote, which I do use extensively, does not hesitate when jumping between notebooks, typing pages of data, drawing, manipulating images, or importing content from the web. Overall, I would say this notebook rocks when it comes to productivity! For lite entertainment, I do watch the occasional Netflix movie. I was able to work through multiple OneNote notebooks while streaming a Netflix movie. The movie video played without any interruptions. There was no stuttering or artifacts that I could detect. OneNote did not give me any issues either. Having other applications open and minimized did not seem to have an impact on performance either. I did spend some time watching CPU and memory performance in Task Manager. Ryzen ate through whatever I threw at it. It was a real treat to see a laptop with eight threads all churning through work. The 8 GB of memory also seemed to be more than adequate for my needs. Touchpad and keyboard: The keyboard feels comfortable. The keyboard does include a full number pad. The over-sized touchpad is off center, favoring the left side of the keyboard, and is comfortably located under the space bar. Everything is offset due to the inclusion of the number pad. The keys are a comfortable size, have a good travel, and are relatively quiet. You will not be keeping anyone awake typing on this keyboard unless you are one of those people who really pound your way through a document. The keyboard keys are backlit. I work at my computer under multiple lighting conditions. Backlighting solves all the issues I have associated with workspace lighting. The keys and keyboard are evenly lit. Each key’s value is easy to read. No one key looks brighter than any other key. Finally, there are no bright spots bleeding between the keys. This makes the keyboard’s lighting easy on the eyes. The touchpad can make a break a notebook. I have had issues with laptops, name your manufacturer, where the typing experience is ruined by the cursor jumping around the screen while typing. This does lead to content being auto deleted while typing, text being injected into parts of the document where I did not intend it to go, and sometimes the mouse choosing items off the ribbon in MS Word and causing some random feature being activated. Most people will tell you to lift your wrists when typing. It is not a wrist issue. It is an issue with the touch pad. HP and Synaptics seem to have nailed the drives on this model. I’ve written this entire review without a single typing incident. Thank you both for fixing this! There are some issues still with the touchpad. For example, if I am on a media rich web page, the finger gestures may stutter or not work at all. The good news if that these issues do not extend to the touch screen. If I am having an issue scrolling down a web page with the touchpad then I can perform the same activity directly on the touch screen with little to no issues. If I had to choose between the typing experience and web surfing performance, I will choose the typing experience. Sound: Bang & Olufsen have done a remarkable job in the world of laptops. The sound is not deep and rich by any measure. All speaker laptops are similarly constrained. However B&O have done a great job of making their laptop solution clear at all volume levels. The sound is not tinny. The laptop and speakers do not resonate when the speakers are at volume. For laptops speakers, these are excellent! Misc: I was able to connect to multiple Bluetooth enabled devices including my office’s stereo receiver to stream Pandora while I worked. I also connected to a portable Sony speaker, another HP Laptop, wireless headphones, and a smart TV. I tried to connect to a Microsoft Xbox Controller but was not able to do it with the one controller I have. I am unsure if it was an issue with the controller or the laptop. The controller connected via USB cable without any issues. I enjoyed an hour of Halo Spartan Assault with the controller without any further issues. Overall Impressions: I think HP has a home run with this laptop. The build quality, the system specs, and the laptop’s performance are outstanding at this price point. Multi-tasking is superb. I really love that HP took a chance on the new Ryzen APU. AMD has come a long way over the last few years and this mobile processor shows that AMD can stand toe to toe with Intel. I did add a second monitor to this laptop via HDMI cable. Video is clear, bright, colorful, and smooth. The sound is great for a laptop. I can easily connect, via Bluetooth, to external devices to stream content. I am very thankful that my workflow is no longer interrupted by garbage touch pad issues thanks to improved driver support from Synaptic. The HP Support Assistant software is very useful. System specs, help documents, interactive help, and warranty information are a few clicks away where they used to be a painful phone call to support. This is a great laptop and I hope to get years of excellent use from it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Terrific Performance

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    I was very excited to try this laptop with the new AMD Ryzen 5 processor, and it hasn't disappointed. The Ryzen 5 2600U is AMD's new high-end mobile processor running 4 cores and 8 threads. For years, AMD has not been competitive in this particular market, but the Ryzen 5 packs a punch. Add in the Vega 8 GPU, which clocks up to 1100 MHz, and things get very interesting fast. Speed and fluidity are impressive. During initial setup, Cortana can walk you through via voice prompts (and responding to your verbal answers), or you can click buttons if you prefer. I did a mix of both, and both input methods worked great. You're also prompted to set up facial recognition, which works pretty well on this computer thanks to the Windows Hello front camera setup.  Once you sign into your Windows account and get everything setup, the computer hums along very nicely. The only glitch I noticed was that it got particularly hot on the left side during setup. The fan was somewhat noisy and began running as soon as I powered the computer on for the first time and stayed on until I was done with setup. However, after setup, it was fine. I wonder if there's an issue with the setup script that causes the fan to run at high speed until setup is done. Of course, it has some bloatware on it. The first thing to get rid of - as always - is McAffee. For the love of all that is good, I'm begging manufacturers to stop putting that junk on computers. Anyway, it uninstalls pretty easily, and then you can install a better functioning anti-virus program of your choosing.  One piece of bloatware you may want to hold onto, though, is 25 GB storage free for one year from Dropbox.  And having Netflix pre-installed isn't such a bad thing. The design looks and feels good. It has a nice industrial look to it. Materials seem first-rate. I tried torquing the keyboard, and there were no noticeable squeaks. The hinge allows the screen to rotate into tablet mode but holds the screen steady while using it as a laptop. I've tried some touchscreens that wobble far too much; this one does not. It seemed as firmly held in place as a regular laptop. It comes with a 15.5-inch 1080p touchscreen that looks pretty good, but not as good as some of the high-end screens we see on more expensive laptops these days. Then again, this one is not super expensive, and the 1080p screen looks fine. Touch controls have worked seamlessly for me. It comes with the Bang & Olufsen speaker grill running the width of the computer across the top of the keys. It looks kind of cool and sounds a bit better than many other laptops. Granted, this is no B&O audiophile experience, but it's good for laptop speakers.  Battery life is rated at 10+ hours, which isn't bad at all for this size of screen and is a significant improvement over prior models.  The integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics chipset functions better than anything you're likely to find short of a dedicated graphics card. The Vega 8 processor really helps matters here, as it is dramatically faster than it's Intel counterparts.  This particular model also has a nice 128GB SSD.  There are a decent number of ports: 2 USB 3.0 Type A ports, 1 USB-C 3.1 port, 1 HDMI output, and a media card reader. Unfortunately, it uses a proprietary charger rather than charging by USB-C.  Of course, at 15.5 inches, this is not a portable as smaller laptops. If you primarily want to use this as a desktop replacement with perhaps some light to moderate gaming, it's a great fit. If it will have to travel everywhere you go, I might suggest a 13-inch screen, instead. But as long as you know that going it, I think you'll be pleased. With a slick, industrial design vibe, solid construction, and a killer processor with terrific onboard graphics, what's not to like? Well, it'd be nice to have a 4k display, larger SSD (that is an option on different models), and charge via USB-C. But those are really minor gripes - especially at this price point.  Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this computer. 

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good performance, value for the money

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    This is my first laptop with an AMD processor and to be honest, I was a little skeptical. But after using it for few weeks, I can say that Ryzen 5 is as good as Intel Core 5 series. I do not use this laptop for gaming, so I don't know how will it hold against graphics intensive games. Here are my key observations: * Setup * The setup was extremely easy as usually is the case with most of new laptops and desktops now a days. The Cortana assistant walked me through the setup process and you have a choice to use either your voice or keyboard to choose various options. I, personally, prefer keyboard over voice but I tried few options with voice and Cortana responded without any issues. I turned on "Face Recognition" feature (part of Windows Hello app) and it has been able to recognize my face in various light conditions. It doesn't work well in very low-light situations. The usual bloatware is still there. I removed McAfee anti-virus and installed available software and OS updates. I think the whole process took me somewhere 15-30 mins. * Screen * The max screen resolution is 1080p. I would say that the screen is somewhere between average and good. If you consider the price point, I tend to think that it's on the "good" end. I have tried it in multiple light conditions and have been able to work comfortably. I haven't tried it outside in the sunlight so not sure how will it hold up against that. * Keyboard * This laptop has a dedicated number pad on the right. That is why the keyboard is a bit off center. As I use number pad a lot, personally I like it. But this is really a matter of personal preference. Otherwise, the keyboard is great. It has backlight, the keys are big enough and does not create too much noise when pressed. * Sound * The B&O speakers are decent. I usually have music playing in the background while I am working and these speakers provide good sound. I usually play them at 50% audio level. I tried them at the max volume for a shorter period of time and didn't find any distortion. * Tablet Mode * At 15.5", I think it is a little too big to be used as a tablet. But it is again personal preference as I have used it for watching movies in the tablet mode while traveling on a train. The design (specially the hinges) looks solid. The touch screen is very responsive. I use it with a bluetooth stylus and am very happy with it's performance in the tablet mode. * Performance * As I mentioned in the beginning, I mostly use this laptop for work (MS Office, Java coding, running app servers etc). For these purposes, it has been an excellent performer. I am able to work on multiple applications at the same time without any lags/delays etc. The fan on this one seems to run more frequently than my older laptop which is a little bit annoying. A full reboot take around 20 seconds while waking up from sleep is almost instantaneous. This is primarily thanks to 128 GB SSD. Talking about SSDs, some people might find 128GB to be on the lower side. As I have my personal cloud storage and I use that for most of my needs, 128 GB is more than enough for me. It would have been good if there was an option for 256 or 512 GB SSD. * Conclusion * A solid laptop for the price range. The design looks and feels like a much more expansive laptop. The touchscreen is responsive and works great. As the storage is limited to 128 GB, working in the cloud will be ideal. It would have been great if it had a USB-C type charger but that's a minor gripe.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    HP Delivers the Goods

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    Unobxing the laptop you can really feel the quality of the build design. The finish is gorgeous, what they call Dark Ash, almost like a slate grey. It’s pretty thin for this range of laptop, but not so thin you’ll be blown away. But you can really see how they spent time on the fit and finish of this one. It does weigh just under 5lbs which isn’t too heavy, at least by my standards, but not the lightest out there either. But accept some extra weight since this is a 15” display with 3 cell battery that should give up to 11 hours of life on a charge. It also has a hinged design to allow the laptop to convert to a touch screen tablet. The hinges seem very solid, made of metal, and should withstand years of use. Setup was very easy. It runs Windows 10 of course, but this was my first laptop that walked me through initial setup using the Cortana voice interaction process. It was awesome. Cortana asks you a question, and you answer her, simple as that. After a few mins, and any necessary software or driver updates, you’re all set. I was blown away by the Cortana setup and how intuitive it was, and how accurate. If you’ve used Windows 10 you know what to expect from that so I won’t give any further review of the software, however the laptop does come with some neat integrations, like the HP support assistant. There is also a fair share of bloatware as well, but Windows 10 makes uninstalling all of the programs you don’t want or need a breeze. The display is very good, not amazing, but for this range of laptop its a great screen. Full 1080p HD with touch screen capability. The colors were very good and pretty accurate. The brightness was pretty good, although I do wish it did get a just a tick brighter, especially when using this outdoors. While this isn’t a gaming laptop, games looked very clear and crisp and using desktop software and browsing the web, the display doesn’t miss a beat. The touch screen works incredibly well. Very responsive. There is also an AMD settings section that allows you custom tailor the screen and its performance. It also has a full size HDMI output to allow you to run an external monitor and it works great. Performance is very solid. The Ryzen 5 chip seems to up to the challenge for anything you can throw at it. It also allows you to custom configure the thermal profile of the laptop, depending on the application or workflow you are using. You can set it to run cool, which will slow down overall performance; or you can set it to max performance with increased cooling and fans running to squeeze out the most capability possible – and a few other settings in between. I’ve tried them all and they seem to work great, and for the most part I leave mine set to the auto balance mode, which allows the computer to decide which performance profile to use based on what I’m doing at the time. The one area of performance that I wish was a little better was the wifi networking card. While I can maintain full 866.7 speed connections to my router, the actual download/upload speeds of the laptop can be inconsistent, or slightly below what I see on my other hardware around my house. I’ve played around with some settings to try and get a little better performance, but so far no luck. I’ll keep trying, but I’m using 1GB Comcast Xfinity service, and this laptop underperforms other computers in our home on wifi in the same location by 100-200 Mbps download. I love the backlit keyboard here primarily because of the full size number pad. The keys feel tight and responsive and give that satisfying travel and click feedback as you type. The touch pad is also very nice, gives accurate feedback to finger gestures and also has a very nice click feedback on use. it’s also a great size, not too small and not too large. It also has Bang & Olufsen audio via stereo speakers. While the audio is not going to blow you away, for a laptop the audio is very good. Watching videos or playing games sounds great when using the built in audio, and you also have a headphone jack for wired listening too. Overall this laptop is a feature rich powerhouse that for most people will be more than enough for their computing needs. The fit and finish is outstanding, similar to laptops much more expensive, and the performance does not disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Machine

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    Owned for 1.5 years when reviewed.

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    The tablet/laptop flexibility of this machine is nice. The screen is wide enough and the speed of the processor is not bad... AMD is not bad. Compare this product to Dell and Asus options before making the final decision, but if you go with it, it's not a bad deal. Because it is a tablet/laptop combo, keep in mind that if anything happens to it, i.e. if the screen cracks or if the ports are damaged, repairing may be just as if not more costly than buying new/replacement... Trust this one in a thicker case, but expect to enjoy the experience of use. Great processor for graphic design work and not too bad for large document publishing.... However, you will find that the 8 GB of RAM may be a bit on the low-end for large volume activity. If you are going with this machine because you are doing work for third-parties, it is a good idea to consider upgrading the memory to at least 16GB. The processor is solid.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for college students

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    I bought this for my son, who headed off to college as an engineering major, so I was pretty particular about what features the laptop needed to have. I was looking for a laptop that would last all day on campus, lightweight, backlit keyboard, touchscreen, solid state drive, 10-key numberpad for numerical input, and passable sound. I also wanted to make sure it had enough power to run programs like MatLab, Adobe suite, AutoCAD, and whatever he might need to over the next couple of years. I talk with him regularly and have asked him about his experience with the computer doing what he needed and he has explained that he has had no problems so far. Programs load quickly, battery life holds true, and it is doing exactly what it is supposed to. This laptop came with an AMD Ryzen 5, which is not going to be the fastest processor on the market, but it is a good processor for what the computer is being used to do. I'm a bit of an old school computer geek, having built systems with SCSI and MCA architectures as well as the x86 Intel processor line up through modern components, so I'm pretty technologically proficient and know what to look for in the price/performance areas, and this was a worthwhile investment for my son's education.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great all around device w/ its own little quirks

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    I bought this computer from the store location in August but had to return it for this current device because the first one had a defective fan and the touch pen was working intermittently. Also take note, the screen on this IS compatible with the surface pen. If either the surface pen or the hp pen skips while writing on the screen; especially when writing quickly or at normal pace, this isn't normal. It should always work at all writing speeds. But now that I have this current 2 in 1, I am a happy camper. this computer handles Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, and just normal online college stuff effortlessly. I keep my profile on silent so it almost never turns the fan on, and I keep Windows on powersave. I easily get 4-5 hours of use on battery. I have barely ever used it to its fullest since I hardly use the high performance mode. I have ran BF1 and CS:GO on it though and was able to play at 30-45fps. But note, this computer isnt meant to game on its just the ryzen 2500u is a great apu. If gaming make sure you have the pc in either tent, tablet, or even folded back at the very least, I would not recommend gaming in laptop mode without a nice cfm fan under it. The screen is a 6 bit panel so thats another bad part but I have a 10bit ultrawide connected to my desktop I can use if I need to do anything color sensitive. This pc has been connected to two external screens while also operating the built in screen and I didnt have any issues. Shortly after my exchange I had an issue with the rubber feet coming off and so i called HP and they shipped the kit off to me no charge. The kit costs $45 so I am really appreciative of how HP takes care of new purchases. I have since upgraded the computer with a 16gb 2667MHz ram kit, 256gb nvme, and added on a HDD. This thing runs so smoothly and quickly. If you are a student you will not be let down.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Smart design, small but fast SSD

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    The bottom line is that I really enjoy this laptop and, with just one caveat, I’d confidently recommend it to almost anyone looking for a general purpose PC. First, I love the color and the over design aesthetic. The screen hinges are nice and have a patterned swirl that makes it look more stylish and classy than just another 2-in-1 rectangle laptop. I also love the keyboard -- backlighting has become a crucial feature to me and the keys on the keyboard stand out to me as easy to read and as just a real joy to use. Performance is great in this price range and is really helped along by the small but speedy SSD. I mention “small” because that’s probably the one caveat I would have for recommending this as a general purpose PC. If you live your life almost entirely online and just need a computer as your gateway to the Internet then a 128GB SSD is plenty and you may not even consider it small. If you’re a heavy business, graphic, or technical user who finds yourself frequently hauling around lots of large files (think ISO libraries, virtual machines for demonstrations or cross-OS development, etc.) then 128GB can get uncomfortably cramped real quick. That’s not a fault of the laptop though because you should be aware of the drive size before you buy it, I’m just mentioning it to make sure you’re aware and factor it into your decision. But if you live in the cloud or just otherwise don’t need large amounts of local storage, the 128GB SSD is a great performer that pairs very well with this laptop. One thing I have long liked about HP computers is the HP Support Assistant for keeping the computer up-to-date with the latest patches. And if you have multiple HP products the HP Assistant can help you keep track of multiple systems -- computers and printers especially. If you’re like me -- the one in the family that everyone else looks to to keep the Internet, tablets, computers, phones, and printers connected and running smoothly -- that multiple device insight from a single computer is a genuine benefit. So it really comes down to two things -- if you’re not a hardcore gamer, and if you don’t need a lot of local storage, then this is a smartly designed and well thought-out 2-in-1 laptop that should meet your needs very well. For the money I would recommend this easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Best laptop I've bought in a while

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    I have really enjoyed my HP Envy. The display is good, it starts up quickly, and it's reasonably bug-free. I don't use the touch screen functionality much, but it works when I need it. I also use it mostly as a straight laptop and rarely flip it around and use it like a tablet. My favorite feature is the backlit keyboard, which is very easy to turn on/off. I've had it over a year and it still is quite responsive. It was definitely worth moving up to this laptop over one of the really inexpensive models. The only thing I have disliked about its design is that it comes with little rubber strips on the bottom to keep it from sliding around on a smooth surface. The glue on these strips is terrible and they started coming off within weeks. I spent several months trying to superglue them back in place before I finally gave up and just pulled them off. Overall, it's a minor complaint and I would recommend this laptop to a friend.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Simply Fantastic

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    Build quality is solid, minimal flex or creaking even when lifted from one corner. Access to internals is excellent. Replace or upgrade the ram, add or change hard drives or ssd's, or make repairs and replace parts. So easy to take apart. I doubled ram right away, and swapped m.2 drives to 512gb. Together that cost me $180. Performance is truly indistinguishable from the best laptops I've ever used in the thousands of dollars. Boot time feels nearly instantaneous. Vega graphics are good enough to run games like black ops 4 and destiny 2 at low settings. Set cpu at 50% power to allow the Vega the power it needs and voila, a budget gaming computer. Do this by creating a new power profile. You can switch back to default in a few seconds when youre needing full cpu. I use it to run cities skylines and it does a great job. I do recommend a cooking pad with fans if you intend to do any gaming. A pre-installed program called HP Command Center allows you to pick power and fan profiles. Want it to stay room temperature on your lap? Use comfort mode and it will run the fan at maximum even on light tasks to keep it very cool. Want quiet during class or while using tablet mode to read in the evening? Quiet profile keeps the fan off. Downsides include a windows hello camera that doesn't work probably 25% of the time, poor quality control that forced me to exchange twice, and after my previous laptop being a fast charging Lenovo, the charge times seem lengthy. Make sure you run a stress test (Google if you aren't familiar) when you buy it. Listen to the fan, make sure the TouchPad isn't loose and press every key many times to make sure none are spongy or squeaky. I had problems with all of those. My unit now is wonderful. Whole heartedly recommend. Do not buy unless on deep sale. Next Gen ryzen mobile is on its way since I purchased and with this computer having been out for a year or more, wait get it for 20% off or more. Watch best buy site after purchase and if the price drops within your return period, they will refund you the difference. Saved me the extra 15%.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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