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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 264 reviews

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Multi-purpose laptop with strong performance

    Posted
    nickcal
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    Getting started with the HP Envy is very straightforward just like other HP laptops. It runs Windows 10 so all the start up functions run in the background while you watch a temperature bar fill the screen. After answering a few preference questions, the computer runs its start up operations. From start to finish – including updates – the HP Envy took approximately 10 minutes to finalize its start up. After that was completed, I noticed one thing right off the bat – the temperature of the computer. I used a Infrared Thermometer to take the surface temperature of the laptop in a few different places. I got readings between 104 and 107 degrees Fahrenheit. I also used an infrared camera (FLIR One) to take a few shots of the heat signature from the top and bottom of the computer. After taking those readings, I did notice that the heat dissipated quickly. After the initial set-up, I began doing my testing. BASIC COMPUTING SKILLS One of the main things I use computers (and laptops) for is to type. I do a lot of writing and therefore, how responsive a keyboard is to me and how it feels is very important to my overall experience with a laptop. I enjoy the fact that the screen is touch sensitive. That makes it easy to transition between tablet, phone, and computer. I can't tell you how many times I have gone to touch a screen on a laptop to only be disappointed that the screen isn't a touchscreen. Given that comfortable typing is a big feature for me, I usually complete an online typing test to see what my speed is like. I then compare that to my speed on my MacBook Pro. In this instance, typing on the HP Envy was much more efficient than it was on my MBP. I had a speed of 70WPM on the Envy and on the MBP, it was 65WPM. The keyboard is quite responsive and the keys have a softer feel to them. It's very quiet to type on the Envy and the spacing of the keys is comfortable. CPU/GPU PERFORMANCE The HP Envy has been running very smoothly. It's been very responsive and able to handle the tasks I've thrown at it. Given that this computer is mainly built for gaming and application performance, those are the main areas that I was testing when I was using the laptop. To measure the performance of the GPU and CPU, I used two benchmarking tools – Geekbench 4 and NovaBench. Geekbench 4 Results The HP Envy 360x ended up with a single-core score of 2264 and a multi-core score of 6698. It also returned an OpenCL score of 31731. According to other Geekbench 4 results, the top scoring machine with an AMD Ryzen 5 processor is 4782/17291. In this regard, the HP Envy is performing below the top performing machine. The OpenCL test looks specifically at how well the GPU performs. The HP Envy has an AMD Radeon Vega 8 integrated graphics chipset with shared video memory. It's designed to provide solid image quality for Internet usage, movies, basic photo editing, and casual gaming. Looking at other AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPUs that have been tested on Geekbench, the average score is 33515. With that in mind, the HP Envy's GPU is performing a bit below the average. NovaBench Results NovaBench does a similar type of testing on your system but provides you with a different set of scores and analysis. The overall score of the HP Envy was 1090 and had a CPU score of 638 and GPU score of 203. I can’t say which test works better — they are just different. BATTERY PERFORMANCE According to the specs from HP, this laptop should work up to 10 hours (depending on the display panel that is installed). During my testing of this laptop, I tried to make note of how long the battery was lasting depending on the task being run at the time. When I first pulled the laptop out of its box, I placed it on charge for a big and then unplugged it as I started working with it. Starting with 81% battery, I noted that after about 3 hours, the battery had drained by 71%. At 10%, the computer gives you a warning about a low battery, so I plugged it into AC power at that point. During those 3 hours, I was running the tests I mentioned above and getting the computer set-up. I also began running Windows system updates. With this timing in mind, I think I can estimate an approximate battery life that will last a little over 4 hours if it's being vigorously used like I was doing. HARD DRIVE SPEED Finally, I wanted to test the hard drive's speed. This model of the HP Envy comes with 128GB PCIe SSD. According to the stress test I used (32GB), the top read/write speed of this SSD is 513/282 MB/s. This was a little disappointing considering that I did a test on a Razer Blade Stealth a few months ago and its read/write speeds with a 16GB stress test was 3153/1113 MB/s. It, too, had a PCI-e SSD. ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE The last two features I looked at with the HP Envy had to deal with how well the computer handled entertainment like streaming video and gaming. Using Netflix, I watched the introduction to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The movie opens with a vibrant color pallette, extrodinary special effects mixed with human actors, and an eclectic music soundtrack. This combination of elements makes it an awesome test for both the display and speaker set for the HP Envy. I was very impressed by how good the picture looked on the screen. It was immaculate. The audio was well-amplified and easy to understand so I would rate the speakers at 'above average' for a laptop. In addition to the video trial, I also downloaded and played a few rounds of Sonic Dash. The game graphics held up very well and gameplay was smooth. Since this game is very fast-paced, I would expect that the HP Envy would hold up well with other types of gameplay, too. CONCLUSION The HP Envy is a wonderful multi-purpose laptop. It's above average for a standard performance laptop, but not up to par with 'gaming' laptops or custom builds. I would recommend this for users who are looking for one machine to accomplish many different tasks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A word of warning...(WiFi adapter issues)

    Posted
    Spencer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    A few months ago near the end of August, I was shopping around for a laptop for college (Computer Science Major), I'd researched a few different laptops, but none really caught my eye like this one did. In short, it is a beautiful looking laptop that is incredibly light. The Best Buy rep at the store was very helpful in getting me the student discount and sale discount, with made me very happy. I took this laptop home and was excited to use it for the upcoming semester. I was very impressed with its clear, bright, full HD touch screen and comfortable keyboard, and good performance with its ssd and Ryzen cpu. I wish I could have gone on more about how I like this laptop, but a glaring issue and serious oversight by hp has made owning this thing a nightmare. About a month into my ownership of the laptop, the WiFi adapter began to give out. At the end of September I began to notice that the WiFi would randomly disconnect for about a minute. No big deal, I thought, I thought that maybe the signal dropped in my room for some reason, or maybe a hiccup in the drivers caused me to disconnect. However, over the next few days, the rate of the WiFi disconnects increased exponentially, up to a point where it would connect for about 15 seconds, then disconnect for 30, and not show any available networks. Of course this made the laptop virtually unusable, frustrated, this began my troubleshooting. I tried everything from updating windows, updating drivers, rolling back updates, updating the BIOS, running hardware diagnostics, and even resetting the computer to factory settings. Looking into windows event viewer showed me that the problem was the Intel Dual Band Wirelesss AC 7265 WiFi adapter. (see screenshot 1) Hours of troubleshooting did absolutely nothing to fix it, leaving me with only one option: sending my laptop to hp for repair. I contacted customer service, went through the usual questions, "did you reset windows?", "did you run the diagnostic tool?" etc. and eventually got sent a shipping box via expedited overnight shipping (nice!). I sent the laptop in along with a detailed summary of what I'd already tried and waited the usual 5 business days only to get it back.......still broken (not nice..) You can see screenshot 2 and see that the same errors in event viewer were popping up. According to the repair report they sent with the laptop, they replaced the wireless adapter, which is what I believed to be the problem too. Which at this point meant that I either got very unlucky and got another faulty adapter, or, that part wasn't the issue in the first place. Cue the customer service call... After an hour long customer service phone call trying to explain that my problem wasn't fixed the first time, I was sent another box, and another day later I send my laptop back, and a week later......well nothing. (By the way, apparently they can't actually just replace my laptop until after it's sent in for repairs 3 times within a year. Great policies right??) I still don't have my laptop back, and it's been 2 more weeks. And as of today (10/30) will be another week, totaling a month of me not having it. My repair has already been delayed twice without explanation. The customer service rep only tells me that it's pending repair, giving me no new info. So all in all, I've been WITHOUT my $700 laptop for as l have been with it. Absolutely unacceptable as a student and Computer Science major who needs access to a computer literally every single day. HP really needs to get their quality control department together and test these PC's longer before they release them. So if you wan't to take a risk and buy this laptop, the specs are good, the design is nice, and its fast for its price range, however, you are still taking a risk of getting faulty hardware. Unfortunately for myself, I was one of the unlucky ones.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An amazingly light, beautiful speed demon!

    Posted
    Shaunh20
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I recently got a large laptop for gaming but needed something for on-the-go that was lightweight and portable but yet powerful. I have been eyeballing the new Macs but they are just too expensive so I was looking for something much like it. The HP Envy x360 first caught my attention a few months ago on CNET and I thought I'd give it a try. The AMD Ryzen 5 would be my first attempt to go with an AMD machine since my disastrous Falcon Northwest back in 2005 which did not go well. But considering the price/value and the years since I figured I would give AMD a try once again. A solid state drive was a no-brainer and I really did not need a big hard drive since I hadn't planned on using this system for games or anything heavy hitting. Once I received the HP Envy x360 I must say that I was very, very impressed with the very beautiful aesthetics of the machine. Sure the Macs are beautiful and pretty much the standard for how a minimalist but yet powerful machine should look but the HP Envy matches it and, in some ways, even surpasses it. Setting it up was very easy and took minimal input from me. It was really nice to be able to fire it up, it boot very fast (that SSD, wow) and then answered some questions via Cortana and we were in Windows 10 and up and running in no time. Sure we had some updates to do and some drivers, etc to download so that took a couple of hours but it all was stuff that ran in the background while I watched TV and tinkered on my desktop. The HP Envy does come with some HP utilities installed but they seemed to be quite useful and unlike many of Dell's offerings I actually left most everything on the machine with the exception of the McAfee Virus software 30 day trial which was uninstalled and replaced with Bitdefender. Everything else was left on and seemed quite useful (utilities to demonstrate how to use the notebook, diagnostic tools, ways to contact HP, etc). Having had the machine up and running now for over a week I can say that it's super fast, probably the fastest machine I have ever run, aside from my SSD based desktop, and fully functional with really no issues at all. The face scanning software that the PC uses to unlock the laptop works phenomenally well, not once did it ever fail even when I was unshaven, shaven and everything in between. I really like that software and am actually considering buying some form of it for my desktop. The touch screen works amazingly well too, although I've not had the opportunity to use the stylus on the screen as that is an additional $69 (although check your model as some models do come with the stylus) The only real negatives I can think of in regards to this machine is, again it is not a gaming notebook. The video memory is low (2Gb) and there just isn't a lot of hard drive space to install much games. I believe I had about 70Gb free on the 128Gb hard drive once I was completely done installing all of my apps, virus checker, etc. Now as for it not running games: I mean modern games like Forza Motorsport 7, Overwatch, PUBG, etc. It runs Candy Crush and typical "light" games quite well. Speaking of graphics, the display, of course, is absolutely stunning. If you're looking for an on-the-go notebook I'd highly recommend the HP Envy x360. With incredible speed, absolutely stunning graphics, a light & portable design, beautiful aesthetics and outrageously long (12-13 hours) of battery life I cannot recommend it enough. Just be aware you may need to add an external drive of some sort if you use many apps, or just go ahead and get a bigger SSD, like the 256Gb version, out of the box. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Portable Laptop for casual use

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    dlowen
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    I will start out this review by saying that this laptop is not going to be for everyone. However. It blew my expectations away because of its design. I will start this review off by talking about the design. It is not a cheap laptop so of course you would not expect it to be cheaply designed. However, most sub $1000 laptops are made of plastic and cheaper materials. I am a big fan of the way MacBook’s are designed because of their premium feel. That is exactly how this laptop felt when I pulled it out of the box. It has a very nice aluminum design that is both light and very premium feeling. It is a very thin laptop hence the ENVY name and can easily be carried around. The only fault I found with the aluminum is that it is a finger print magnet. Just after carrying it around for a little the entire body was covered in fingerprints. The screen is a beautiful screen. It is a 13 in touch screen which looks and functions amazingly. I love how it has very thin bezels it makes the laptop look that much better. Possibly my favorite part of the entire laptop is the keyboard. It can be tricky to pack a great keyboard into such a small package, but HP managed to do it with this computer. The keys have just the perfect amount of travel, they are also very quiet and make for nice typing. The keys are also nicely spaced, and it is very easy and comfortable to type on for long periods of time. The keyboard is also backlit, but it does not seem like you can adjust the brightness. This is not a big deal. The trackpad is on the better side of trackpads. It has very nice feedback and the size is decent considering the overall size of this computer. I would still prefer to use a mouse over most trackpads, but it will work perfectly when needed. The laptop has a convertible design that allows the screen to do a complete 360. The hinges felt very durable and turned into a nice tablet with the screen placed in the completed folded position. I also like that you can pro it up and that would allow you to draw or use the touch screen without worrying about the keyboard. As far as ports this laptop has a decent amount of ports for its size. It comes with two full size USB ports, 1 USB C port, a head phone jack and a micro SD card slot. It a nice that it includes both regular USB and USB C. The only difference I would have liked to see is a full size SD instead of micro SD. Possibly the biggest design flaw is the charger! Almost every new laptop now can charge off USB C and this laptop still has a proprietary charger. This is a huge let down because with USB C you can more universally charge the computer and use mobile power banks to charge it. In terms of performance and features this laptop has some decent specs. I personally like intel processors better than AMD but this processor definitely packs power. I would not go as far as to say this laptop would be good for gaming or anything highly graphic intensive. However, it can handle day to day business or light video or photo editing although it could start to slow up. The one downside to this model is only 128gb SSD. I would recommend getting one with a larger SSD if you plan to download a lot of software or store any type of data on the laptop. The laptop comes with Bang and Olufsen speakers which sound great. The only downside I found to the speakers is that they do not get very loud. Even after tweaking some settings and turning them to full volume they will not fill up a room. As small and portable this laptop is I do not think this will be a problem at all. One feature that I did not know this laptop had was facial recognition. It also has infrared sensors so that it can work in the dark. The only downside to this software was that it had a hard time recognizing me if I changed my appearance such as wearing a hat. The more I played with it the better it became, and it worked extremely fast. One large disappointment was the amount of HP bloatware that came installed on the computer. It is easy to uninstall it all but if it was all grouped into one app or two that would be much better then about 10 that it came with. As far as upgradability, this laptop is not easily if at all upgradable. I would recommend spec’ing it out before you buy it because not much is upgradable, and I was not even able to get inside of the laptop because it uses a special tool. Overall, this is a very decent laptop for the price. It holds true to the high-quality name that HP is known for. I believe that it is a great laptop for students or business people who need something that is easy to carry around a portable. This would not be recommended for anyone that needs a highly spec’d out laptop for heavy gaming or intensive graphic usage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lightweight laptop with some downsides

    Posted
    AntCent
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've had this laptop for about 5 months. Most of the negative reviews are pretty spot on when it comes to heat and connectivity issues, but the latter can definitely be fixed (HP support is no help, btw. But after I figured this out - I ended up loving this device! It took a little while though and I still have a few gripes about it. Cons: -The fans are pretty loud and the bottom gets very warm, even when doing basic tasks like loading webpages or watching Youtube. -The rubber stips that protect the bottom of the chassis comes off after a while. I'm assuming the adhesive melts off from the issue stated above. I use super glue periodically to put it back, but still inconvenient. -The WiFi did drop...a lot during the first few months. I used to have to use the troubleshooter to reconnect 4-5 times an hour at one point! After searching on forums, I figured out it's a power saving setting that disables the wifi adapter when it thinks it's in power saving mode (it's not, but other users figure it's a malfunction). Once you find it and disable it, the wifi works almost normally (I still need to manually connect once the laptop turns on). HP support was completely useless in helping me through this for the first few months. All the advice they gave me were basic things that I did myself. They eventually tried to get me to reset to factory settings. I'm glad I didn't since that would not have fixed the issue. -The touch screen is not that intuitive. I wouldn't recommend drawing on this but as a tablet, it works fine. -Battery life is HORRIFIC. I can barely get 2.5-3 hours on a full charge. Luckily the cord/power adapter is very light and easy to carry (Although no USB type c charging! You have to use the HP adapter they give you). On a side note: the power adapter is removable and seems like you can connect a wall plug directly into it (like a MacBook adapter), but after talking to HP support, they do not offer these as a stand-alone product to purchase. So if you have one in the box, great! But if not, you'll end up having to carry both the adapter and power cord. Again, they're not that big compared to others, but just a hassle knowing you're not going to be able to last long without them. -Front facing camera is not great. Works fine for video calls and Windows sign in, but would not recommend taking actual pictures with it. Pros: -It's a beautifully designed laptop. I get lots of compliments on it. And the 2 in 1 feature work very well. It's made of some sort of metal on the outside and a good quality plastic on the inside. It feels like a premium product when you carry it around despite being so light. -It's also surprisingly durable for such a thin and light laptop. It so far hasn't gotten any major scratches or dents and I brought it around with me to class frequently. Though I haven't dropped it to truly test it (hoping that doesn't happen!). -The screen is a good size, though the brightness is not too great when it is unplugged and it can't be returned to the full brightness. -The keyboard is not bad at all. I had to remap the "end" key (basically disabling it) because it was too easy for me to hit it while typing longer passages and it got very frustrating. The keys are quiet and have a good feel. The trackpad is a good size, but the way it clicks is not stellar. I opted to use a mouse instead anyway. -The speakers get nice and loud, though may not be the clearest. The speaker grill is set up as a soundbar above the keyboard. The fan is on the left side, opposite your mouse hand. I have no idea why more companies are not using this design! It makes soo much sense! -The AMD Processor is quite fast. My unit boots up from being completely turned off in about 3 seconds. I'm on Chrome in about 5-8 seconds after turning on the power button! Overall this really is a great laptop once I figured out how to deal this certain issues. The battery is something I've grown to live with, but I really wish the charger came with a wall plug on my unit. I haven't pushed the laptop too hard, but when I had multiple programs, folders, webpages, and videos up it worked pretty flawlessly and was able to multitask incredibly well. I haven't tried gaming too much on it, but I wouldn't recommend anything too demanding and would use medium to low settings. It did get really hot and loud playing older games on Steam, so not sure how it would hold up for something modern. Ultimately you are getting a thin and fast laptop that also is loud and hot with low battery life. Most laptops in this price range struggle balancing these around, so you have to know what you are prioritizing. If you are a student or do not have high computer needs, but would like to work efficiently and be able to move about easily, this could be for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    360 feature might be a waste of $ for most

    Posted
    bridaw
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a great laptop. My Bamboo Ink stylus won’t arrive until next week, so I’ll post a comment to update my review. Our other Win10 laptop and Chromebook are also touchscreen, very handy. I like the 360 feature to switch between laptop and tablet but I don’t have much use for a windows tablet. I like our 360 Chromebook because I can use it as a laptop for 90% of my needs and play many of my android games. Charging: Two methods. 1) Dedicated power port for the included two-piece power cord. 2) USB Type-C port. This is convenient because I can use one AC adapter with a USB Type-C port + USB-C cable to charge my Chromebook, MateBook and this HP Envy. I can leave the HP single-purpose power cord behind. Screen: The 1920 x 1080 resolution screen looks great but the 16:9 aspect ratio wastes space. I’d much rather have a 3:2 screen with smaller bezels and more screen. This isn’t a phone where a 16:9 or 18:9 (2:1) ratio makes the overall device smaller and easier to hold in one hand. Tablet mode doesn’t benefit from this ratio either because you are still holding a device with 3:2 physical format while looking at a smaller 18:9 screen. I don’t use the camera enough to be happy sacrificing ½” of screen and then the HP logo wasting 1” of space. Give me that space in a 3:2 format screen. Online course, browsing the web, reading mail, games… EVERYTHING. How often do you wish you had LESS screen. Keyboard: There is enough travel to feel mechanical in this modern laptop age without feeling flat or mushy. I like the feel of these keys more than our MateBook. I’m middle aged so I appreciate the large font on these keys, easier to see. The keyboard backlight is too bright and doesn’t time out. Too bright is subjective but no timeout? There is only one brightness level -mostly too bright. I use the windows “Night Light” feature (blue light filter) in the evening and the bright glare spilling from underneath this keyboard is too much. When I am mostly working with the trackpad I toggle the keyboard light off and on again as needed. The down arrow direction key to the right of the trackpad is the worst offender followed by the ENTIRE top row of function keys. The glare from underneath these keys is distracting. Looking directly down at the keyboard isn’t a problem. I’m 6’2” and with the laptop in my lap, my viewing angle puts the glare directly in my eyes. The full-strength light spilling out from under the keyboard is much brighter than the diffused light from the surface of the keys. Distracting enough but the flaw is magnified when you have “Night Light” maxed on the warmest color setting. Sometimes I leave the key backlight on during the day and I still find it too bright. Trackpad: Tad too short. While customizing my wife’s start menu I ran out of room on the trackpad. Annoying but you learn to work around. I try to use a mouse whenever I can, but it would be nice to have more trackpad when scrolling up and down. Side to side is fine, plenty wide. Sound: Obviously subjective. My family compared the same songs on our Matebook X Pro and they both sound great. The MateBook sounds better but it costs more and doesn’t need to double as a tablet. Your youtube videos will sound awesome but for music -headphones, Bluetooth or Cast. Too many stickers. Once they are all gone the branding on the laptop is minimal. Heat vent: Most modern laptops vent heat near the hinge at the display. This has a side vent to support the 360/tablet mode and it works well. Reminds me of old laptops. Not a problem on a table but it might get toasty on your thigh. Really only an issue with games. Battery: It depends on usage, right? I find I need to charge (or use while plugged in) more than our 1st win10 touchscreen laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A True Surprise

    Posted
    laserwizard
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I've lived long enough to experience smaller, thinner, and more versatile computers with promises by companies that just go unfulfilled by the reality of their products. Going into this test, I had a pre-conceived notion of unpleasant things experienced about HP computers. For this reason of prior disappointments, I had no second thoughts about testing this model - I wanted HP to show me what they were made of! I want to say this LOUDLY and CLEARLY - this is ONE OF THE BEST LAPTOPS I've ever used for activities that do not include video editing or game play. This is hands down my favorite laptop ever when it comes to daily use and to do things that don't require loads of ram or processor cores to pull off the activity. VERSATILE - this laptop is right-sized - it is so portable, yet it also allows you to convert to a tablet in either portrait or landscape mode - ideal for certain activities like playing videos. FAST - with the SSD this is blazing fast at boot up and shut down - other activities are also helped - it is surprising how quickly the SSD is consumed once adding programs like I use in web design. I'll store the data elsewhere off the SSD in a more robust storage arrangement, but this unit is delicious to use in its responsiveness. TRACKPAD HEAVEN - while it took some getting used to about the larger than usual trackpad, the fact that it responds to right clicks and left clicks like a real quality laptop used to (much better than my ASUS or ACER units I have in my office). I no longer feel the desire to need a mouse to bypass a horrible trackpad. KEYBOARD - nice big buttons - back lit so well you can see what the keys say! Nice touch and precious little keyboard flex. Very solid. THE SCREEN - true HD - am now addicted to watching movies on this - crystal clear - nice color - pretty decent contrast - and it is a touchscreen! This unit is sweet! QUALITY - this is not a very expensive unit so the attention to detail on assembly and materials is first rate. I don't know if this is plastic or metal in construction (feels and looks like metal), but this is one unit that won't embarrass you in using. And that chocolate grey finish is very premium in execution. ARE THOSE REAL SPEAKERS? For once there is a laptop on a budget that produces nice sound that won't have you running for earphones. This has a Bang & Olufsen audio system and it is very good for the price - this is not a high performance machine, but these speakers do the computer justice nonetheless. CONCLUSION - I've been using computers since the days of fortran - I've never liked a computer this much - it is not a high performance diva - it is a solid do most things well product that won't disappoint. One of my colleagues bought a computer built by the fruit company that cost well over $1299 and was light and small like this - but hers looked like a toy compared to this. HP - you've done yourself proud with this high quality, light, versatile, and fast computer. This is a joy to use and now has become my go to unit for most things. You can buy a faster machine - you can buy one with more ram - you can buy one for more money or a bigger machine - but this might just be the best all around laptop on the market for under $1k. You also get two usb ports, a usb c, a microsd slot, and a battery that seems to give better than average charge life. The unit does not overheat. It is well balanced and made me a believer in HP being able to built superb computers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slim, lightweight sexy PC, finally!

    Posted
    Gizmo
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    The timing of this laptop could not have been better. Having completely switched to Macs when Windows 8 came out, I was ready to have a PC in my life. This is mainly due to some annoying pet peeves such as my NAS drive mappings wouldn’t stay mapped and I couldn’t get used to Excel shortcuts, some other annoyances here and there which I won’t get into. The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the HP Envy X360 is the light weight and sharp (even sexy) design. It’s one of the nicer, if not the nicest, Windows laptops I’ve seen. Not quite a Macbook Pro, but nowhere near the price either. In the box, you will find the laptop, a charger and a cord that snaps into the charger. A pen for the tablet is not included, its an optional accessory. First impressions: As I said above, the laptop design is very nice, very thin and fairly minimal (once all 4 stickers are removed). The dark grey color gives it a unique, high tech look. The fit and finish is very good, I didn’t notice any defects even up close. The keyboard is a good size and has a backlight that can be turned on or off but cannot be dimmed. The sound from the Bang & Olufsen speakers are adequate, not the best sound, but for some music while you’re working, sound for a movie playing, it’s fine. If you want better sound, connect a good Bluetooth speaker to it. To adjust the volume, there are physical keys as well as a keyboard shortcut, this is so the volume can be adjusted in tablet mode. The power button is tiny slit of a button located on the left edge of the laptop, I prefer a slightly bigger button on top near the keyboard but they probably located it on the side for the tablet mode as well. Perhaps I’m nitpicking, but the button feels kind of cheap, reminds me of something you’d find on an old Walkman. It does have a light on it so you can tell if the power is on or not. Usability and performance: One of my favorite features on this laptop is the facial recognition camera. It logs you into Windows automatically, even in a dark room. If you don’t like this, a normal password can also be used. Most of the time (9 out of 10), it recognized me right away; it occasionally asked me to move forward or backward. The tablet feature is neat, although I’m not sure I would use this functionality often. As a laptop, the 3lb weight is acceptable and fairly lightweight. As a tablet, 3lbs is on the heavy side. The “tent mode” is useful to watch videos. The Ryzen 5 processor and Radeon graphics is speedy and adequate for most needs. Booting up and launching applications are very quick. Normal usage, such as Word processing, spreadsheets, internet surfing, watching videos etc, the Envy is more than capable for. My son tried teaching me how to play “Fortnite”, it worked, I got a respectable 30-40fps but the graphics wasn’t very detailed. Fortnite auto-selected “Medium” on all the graphics settings for me. The left side of the laptop, where the vents are got hot and the fan kicked into high. Conclusion: Overall, I found this laptop to be very impressive. From the aesthetics to the solid performance, this is an excellent laptop. Usually I would list out “Pro’s and con’s”, with this laptop, I don’t have any “con’s” that I came across. Sure, it would be nice of the keyboard lights dimmed, or the light didn’t spill out from under the keys on an angle, but these aren’t really big issues, to me anyway. I think I found my daily use laptop! I’ve even recommended it to a family member who was shopping for a new laptop!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect (for just about everything!)

    Posted
    MemphisTechieRN
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    For the last 8 years or so I've been a true believer in HP products. Their towers, especially, due to the fact that they can be easily expanded w/ additional bays, slots etc included. This, however is my first HP laptop - and for those that are of the TLDR crowd: I LOVE IT! That should sell you right there, as I normally nit-pick a bit with every product (there are only 2 minor issues with this unit - mentioned further below). The first thing that got me was the size and weight. The unit is THIN. And lighter than any laptop I have ever owned. This is impressive due to the hardware it contains. It will be a pleasure to be able to travel with the ENVY in my carry-on briefcase/laptop bag. It truly seems durable. It is either metal, or a really hard plastic. I really feel that this laptop can/will last quite a few years while being a "daily driver". That's the durability and confidence the build quality exudes. Before I get into the technical details, the touch-screen itself is wonderful. FHD IPS! Everything is crisp, clear and --- really breathtaking! What makes it better is that the screen is Gorilla Glass! I do believe this is the first product I've seen in this class "out in the wild" offering such. The first nitpick is that none of my styluses (or is it styli?) that I own work with the laptop. I've tried many, but no dice. I'll keep looking and will update this review once I find one that does! There's a reason the SSD included in this laptop is super fast. It's not your regular SSD! It's in fact, a PCIe NVMe M.2 drive. Meaning it's not connected to your Sata port, but rather a much faster PCIe port. This also saves on weight, as the NVMe drives look like mini RAM sticks. The speed is super noticeable on large file transfers. And just everything in general! The included 128GB of storage may be a bit short for those with large music libraries etc, so I would recommend utilizing an additional storage solution for those type of things (like the included micro-SD card slot!!!!!) This also is my first experience with an AMD chipset. I am pleasantly surprised! I did notice at first (and this is another of my nitpicks mentioned above) that at first the laptop ran really hot (like, don't set it on your lap fellas or "the boys" will get roasted). Oddly - this issue went away once a windows update (1803) was run. Just about everything minus the latest games will run without breaking a sweat. I really am surprised as I was a "fan boy" of the other processor company and believed the hype. The Ryzen 5 performs just as well if not a tad bit BETTER than the comparable chipset from the other company. The audio quality, whilst still coming from a laptop really is quite good. The quad speaker array by B&O really shines. There isn't much EQ "trickery" so that is definitely a plus. All in all this laptop is as close to being perfect as this price range allows. It is a great value, and Best Buy's price at the time of this review is much lower than competitors. If you want a laptop that is durable, sleek, FAST, and somewhat "future proof" - then this is for you! You can't go wrong in getting it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very premium, with minor design concerns

    Posted
    MurphyR
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    All considered, this is a very nice laptop. There are definitely design issues that I don't understand, but it is a quality computer. Finish: You can tell this is designed as a premium laptop. The metal has a plesant and cool feel, and it doesn't attract fingerprints much. The speaker holes are drilled through the body in an appealing pattern. Sound: Speaking of speakers, these are good for how thin the laptop is. That being said, they are definitely tinny. You don't get much at all in the way of bass, but they are servicable for watching videos on YouTube. You aren't getting a full theater experience with this laptop, but that likely isn't the reason for buying it. Screen: The screen is nice and sharp. You have full HD (1920x1080) resolution, which looks good on a 13" display. Depending on the website you're looking at, you may see some blurring of the letters, or they may just appear larger and fuzzier than you'd expect, but this is no reason to dock the computer. Using word-processing software looks as crisp as I expected. Watching videos is fantastic, as there is no noticable dimming on the edges (only slight depending on perspective/angle of viewing). The screen is very reflective, however, so be prepared to position yourself to avoid glare. Connections: You have a power-cable port, micro-SD card slot, 2 USB 3.0 ports (marked with SS), a USB-C port, and a headset (in/out, 1/8th inch audio) jack. My understanding is that you can charge the computer with the USB-C, though there seems to be some digging through settings in order to enable this which I'm not inclined to do. This is my first issue with this computer. You don't have any external display ports. Keyboard: I'm not a big fan of how this keyboard feels. The keys don't move very far (understandable with how thin this thing is), so you have a fairly dead typing experience. I'm accustomed to using mechanical keyboards, so this is quite a change. However, my other laptop is a GPD Pocket (very small, but deeper) which feels more responsive while I'm typing. I prefer the normal keyboard layout that you have with the Envy, but would just prefer that the keyboard feel a bit more premium. The back-lighting is nice. Design Considerations: There are only a couple of design considerations that I think could make this computer better. The screen has a bezel at the top of about .5", which accommodates two cameras and light sensors (allowing for face recognition unlocking). This is nice. It is a little narrower on the sides. The bezel on the bottom, however, is over 1" of reflective black surface. This is just dead space. No screen, no speakers. It gives you a possible place to hold when you've flipped the computer into a tablet, but that isn't really necessary and I think this real-estate could be better used. Another consideration when flipping into a tablet or tent position (as I know some people do this to watch videos while working on another machine. When you position it in either of these ways, the speakers are on the back or facing away from you. I haven't pulled the computer a part to look inside, but it seems the speakers could have been put into the dead space below the screen so that they are facing you in any position. TLDR: Very premium feeling. I wish the keyboard had a little more travel to they keys, a video-output would be nice, and the speakers could be better positioned. Otherwise, this is a great machine. One last note to consider: I wouldn't use this computer on a leather or padded surface. The fan draws through the bottom and can be easily blocked in these situations, given the lack of obvious feet (there is a tactile strip to lift it slightly, but just slightly). If this is blocked, the computer can get hot rather quickly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worst laptop I've had from HP in 10 years

    Posted
    ComputerTech7
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    AMD's Ryzen processors are seriously giving Intel a run for their money, so when I found this HP ENVY laptop (emphasis in ENVY because HP prides themselves in this being the MID range between Pavilion and Specter), that was using the amazing tech AMD is putting out, with a great design and color, I felt like a match made in heaven. Little did I know I was in for a headache of a product. First of all, if you read reviews, please, please, do not disregard the fact that clearly there's an issue with this model, and HP is doing NOTHING about it, neither they can apparently figure out how to fix it properly. The main issue is the same thing everyone else is saying, this thing has a HUGE Wi-Fi issue (Signal and connection is dropped nonstop even if you're not browsing the web/using apps), and it's not fixable with updates, AT ALL, which leads me to believe that somewhere along the production of this model, either something was overlooked with compatibility or quality, IF this is really only an issue with the Wireless Adapter, hopefully not the whole motherboard. Secondly, the second issue with this one, maybe or maybe not related to the hardware issues previously mentioned, aside the Wi-Fi issues, it was crashing (BSOD), since the first week after purchase, and being the computer savvy person I am and trusting HP, I gave them the benefit of the doubt and ended up restoring the computer, maybe it was a corrupted OS, this happens all the time, IT WAS NOT, computer was restored twice and updated to the latest Windows 10 and HP drivers every single time, it kept crashing. I made the huge mistake of not returning it on time, so now I'm stuck with this beautifully crafted paperweight. Hopefully sending it out for repair under the Manufacturer warranty will actually help or get it fixed, but the awesome reputation HP had under my eyes is dinged forever. Do yourself a favor and if you want the ENVY line from HP, go with Intel, until they fix this issue or at least they acknowledge it and fix it (if possible), DO NOT BUY THIS MODEL.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect - with a few misses

    Posted
    Technopackrat
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    When AMD released their Ryzen platform CPUs I was hoping that a mobile solution would be available soon for the budget minded consumer. In comes HP with the ENVY x360 with Ryzen 5 and Vega graphics. First impressions were very positive. The 13.3" 2 in 1 form factor with touchscreen is perfect for the road warrior, not too big and heavy nor so small that the touchscreen is difficult to use and has active Windows Ink capability. Resolution could be better but 1920 x 1080 is good enough considering the 13.3" screen. The Ryzen 5 mobile CPU and 8GB of memory is snappy enought for most needs. The Ryzen Vega graphics built into the CPU handles daily use applications with ease and is suitable for casual gaming. Roughly 12" x 8 1/2" x 1/2" and weighing in at less than 3 lbs (less power supply, which is fairly small and lightweight unlike gaming laptops which require a heavy brick power supply) the size is perfect for throwing into a daypack, sling bag or briefcase. The metal case is attractive Sound is more than decent using Bang & Olufsen audio technology pushing out 4 speakers. Crisp and clear but for serious sound you may want to pair it with a good bluetooth speaker set. There are 2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 3.1 type C port and a micro SD slot. Other basic stuff... wifi, bluetooth, NFC and built in Webcam and microphone are included. A few things I don't like about this laptop: 1. Why does HP insist on putting a 128GB SSD in a Windows laptop. Okay, I get it, for those wanting something a bit more functional than a tablet the x360 13 makes a decent enough alternative however, by the time you load Microsoft Office on top of Windows 10 half the hard drive is used leaving about half the hard drive for any other applications (games) and data. Sync your One Drive, Google Drive or Dropbox and it eats into that space quickly. I would have loved to see this unit come with at least a 240GB SSD which should be adequate. I have yet pulled the bottom off the laptop but I'm hoping that HP at least made the memory and SSD easily accessable so I can upgrade them myself. 2. SD slot is micro and not a full size SD card. If you have a camera that uses SD cards you'll need a dongle to be able to read on this laptop. 3. There is no dedicated graphics output, not even a mini-HDMI port. So, for the road warrior that needs to project you will need another dongle to convert USB to HDMI or VGA (depending on how old the projector is). Yeah, sure you can flip the screen around into an inverted V and display to the screen but at 13" that will limit audience those sitting around a table... maybe. 4. Price!!!! For an AMD system it seems price point should be reduced somewhat, especially with a 120GB SSD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy so far!

    Posted
    EM5771

    I love the size and weight of this 2 in 1! The speakers are better than expected as I play my videos/music. Easily connected to bluetooth speakers if you want another option. Very easy to type on and navigate on which is very important for me as a college student. Everything seems to move quickly for the most part, there is minimal delay on some programs. Battery life seems okay--it charges quickly and has lasted me about 8 hours with continuous use. I had a little trouble with all of the predetermined apps & programs--most of which I don't use but over time I was able to get the start menu/task bar/desktop with the appropriate programs I wanted. The font seems a little small and when I went to change it the settings said it wasn't recommended to change them? You can just pinch your fingers on the screen to zoom in so the font grows so it isn't a big deal but I'm not used to having to adjust that so often. I'm a 27yo college student so I'm not sure someone with poor eyesight would enjoy that much. There is no 10 keypad to the right, something to consider if numbers are important to you on your laptop. Very easy set up to begin with Siri-like voice command to help. Easy connection to Wi-Fi, downloading programs. It seemed to heat up pretty quickly but there are various settings with the fan to help with this I saw. The camera IS NOT the quality it showed in store. The pictures it showed in the gallery in Best Buy don't look at all like the pictures you can actually take. There were all these beautiful clear high quality pictures shown but I think you'd be hard-pressed to take a good pic on this (only front facing). The sensitivity of the screen is amazing! You can just lightly touch in the general area & get what you want--not in a bad way. No lag switching between laptop mode & tablet mode. I'm not used to the Microsoft app store but it is easy enough to navigate. Handy tips & notifications available or you can turn off if you desire. I feel a little concerned about the memory on this computer but I chose speed over memory and you can always backup your documents instead. This is a great 2in1 for college because the ability to carry it around, type easily, download items quickly, etc. I really like it so far!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fair price, a little ruff on setup

    Posted
    BradleyFl
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    HP - ENVY x360 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - AMD Ryzen 5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive. This 2-in-1 tablet is an entry level 2-in-1. The specs seem to be good but the overall performance is below what you might expect for this price range. The Good. Light enough to be truly portable. Battery charges relatively fast. Holds the charge for a descent amount of time while in use, about 5 hours of my light use. I expect this time may go up once the battery is fully broken in, I expect to see 6 or maybe a little better. Good port selection, 2 USB 3, 1 USB C, Micro SD slot, Headset jack, and a real charging port. The specs say HDMI out but there is no HDMI port, possibly a port adapter does this. Good display, full HD. Lighted power button. Lighted keyboard. Large track pad. Full AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Fast enough to be usable. Solid aluminum build. The Not So Good. Build quality is lacking slightly. Mine has an obvious hinge misalignment on the left hinge. It seems to work just fine but it does stick out a bit. The power button is on the side and it’s hard to press, but it does light up once you press it. The track pad, although very large for the size of the device, moves the cursor when you try and click right or left. This takes a bit of understanding on how to place your finger so the cursor movement stays on what you want while clicking. The Bad. Right out of the box I liked it. I’m an Intel person and all this talk about AMD Ryzen got me interested in this. I ran all the bench marks for a non gaming machine. I can tell you that the only thing you’re saving by getting the AMD version is cost. The Ryzen chip ran about 20 to 60 pts slower than the Intel equivalent. At startup there was a severe stutter in the audio. This went away after about a minute. Software and firmware updates did not go well. Software we will blame on Microsoft, HP gets a pass on that. But firmware was a nightmare. It was a continuous firmware update screen at every startup. For 2 days I watched the firmware update every single time I started the machine. I downloaded the latest firmware and BIOS from HP support and installed them manually. After that it settled down, however now I had a firmware warning in windows. After looking into this I rolled back the firmware driver in windows. Now everything is working. I will blame the firmware and bios issues on HP. They did not do a good job of testing their updates. The software issues lay at Microsoft’s feet. The SSD is just too small to be used for anything truly productive, it’s more like a phone SSD. The bottom line. For the price point this is a good 2-in-1 tablet. You may have to deal with a little heartache while first setting it up, but HP and Microsoft may have that figured out in another week. It supports AC Wi-Fi so the Wi-Fi speeds are very good. It’s small enough and light enough to be in your backpack and barley noticed. My personal feeling is I would throw another $50.00 at it and get an Intel version. But that’s me, not you. If you’re an AMD fan then this will fit right in and you’ll save a little money to boot. I would not hesitate to recommend this to a friend. I do like it now that’s it’s running correctly. Just don’t expect it to be a desktop computer replacement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lightweight mobile-friendly design!

    Posted
    Orion
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    I’ve been using the HP Envy X360 for just about a week now and have been very happy with the overall performance and design. The laptop looks great with a dark ashy grey color and slim body. To me, the color almost looks like a very dark purple in some light. There is a damascus steel styled edge that gives a nice little touch adding to the premium look and feel of the laptop. I really like the size and feel of the keyboard, the keys almost feel mechanical, although not quite, and having the backlit keyboard is great. Typing on this keyboard is a breeze. The trackpad is wider than a lot of other laptops and the right and left click on the pad work like they do on a mouse. I like the wider trackpad and feel like it makes it easier to navigate the screen. I’m very happy with the display on this laptop. I love having the touch-screen ability and take full advantage of it when utilizing various apps and programs. The picture on this display is great, HD content is very sharp and the colors are vibrant and crisp. I’ve streamed videos and movies from VUDU, Netflix and Youtube without any issues. The speakers sound really nice too with B&O supplying the audio system, however connecting to a larger speaker via bluetooth is always an option. The bluetooth has been very quick to connect to multiple devices without any problems. The performance for me has been perfect. I’ve run multiple windows and task simultaneously, and haven’t run into any major performance issues. I have not tried any gaming and probably won’t, beyond what’s available in the app store. I don’t think the specs are quite good enough for any big games or for doing much video editing, but this computer is perfect for just about anything else. I really think having a solid state drive makes a big difference and helps the laptop to boot up and run quickly and smoothly. The SSD is on the lower side with only 128gb however there is a micro SD card slot that you can take advantage of for storing your files. The laptop comes with a two piece standard wall charging cord but you can also charge it using a USB-C cable. Having the USB-C port available for charging adds a lot of versatility and gives you more mobility since you won’t have to lug around the long, heavy-duty power cable. There is no HDMI port on this laptop so you will need to buy a USB-C to HDMI adapter if that’s something you need. I think this is a very nice everyday use laptop that is very mobile friendly with it’s lightweight design, USB-C charging and touch-screen display. I love the design and feel of the keyboard as well as the display and the audio system sounds better than most. I would definitely recommend this laptop to friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A beautiful and competent machine

    Posted
    enem156
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is a beautiful machine. The size works really well as a laptop or as a nice sized tablet. The build is very solid and clean in a gray metallic case. The hinges work smoothly and don't bind. It's size allows great portability and it could easily fit in either a brief case or a backpack. It's super thin and just looks good all the way around. It sits on front and rear full width rubber feet (for lack of a better term). It's easy to position solidly even if one corner is off the desk. A nice feature. The keyboard is backlit, which is always a welcome feature. There's no dimming or color change option for the backlight, but it illuminates the keys well. Due to it's compact size, there is no dedicated number keypad. The keys themselves are a little oversized but fit well, and I found it easy to type on it. The key response is a bit lack luster though, and had a somewhat mushy feel. I've felt worse, but it is noticeable. The mouse touch pad is a nice landscape size and is smooth and responsive. The button clicks are solid and are easy to find regardless of having no visible markers as to their whereabouts. All in all, a nice keyboard setup. The keys are not loose and the entire deck is solid and well designed. The display is really a pleasure to behold. It has a glossy finish that makes the colors rich and deep. Top end resolution is 1920 x 1080. The screen is made from Corning Gorilla glass which should help to keep it scratch free. The touch feature is very responsive and only requires the lightest of touches to respond. Very clean integration between the glass and the edge. It's a little light in the number of ports it has. There's two standard USB ports and a USB-C port, an audio combo jack, a MicroSD card reader and the power input jack. There's no HDMI jack on this model, which may be a problem if you need one for presentations. It seems an odd omission for a machine that's clearly meant for business professionals or students. The audio is by Bang & Olufsen Audio. It's quite good for the size of everything and has a nice spacious feel to it. A cool set of adjustment options including a graphic EQ are also included. Streaming video and audio is very smooth and fast. Typing in my username and password on the Netflix setup page had me at my account in literally two seconds. No lag in the video whatsoever. This machine has an AMD Ryzen 5 processor with 8GB of DDR4 memory, a solid state 128GB drive, Bluetooth, wireless-AC networking, and a built-in webcam with face recognition. The drive is little on the small side but with a SSD, the size is typically a trade off for speed and price. With a great many applications available today as web based versions, cloud storage is now becoming a way of life anyway. But aside from this minor shortcoming, this machine is fast. It's a really nice selection of components, and it has an extremely fair price point. It would be a good fit as a student machine, and except for the small drive, would make an adequate business machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overheats Easily

    Posted
    James
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    This laptop is priced at $829.99 (no sales/discounts/etc). I got it for almost $300 off, which was nice, but there are still a couple of issues that would cause some concerns for potential buyers. The number one issue I have with this laptop is its constant inability to stay cool. I don't want to call it overheating, but it gets relatively warm. Literally just watching Netflix/YouTube (with no other programs active) causes the laptop to be warm to the touch and uncomfortable after longer periods. This is not ideal when you're trying to watch a movie before bed and have the laptop resting on you. I use it for less than an hour a day at school and some light browsing (Amazon, note taking, nothing intensive) during class will leave my desk a bit warm. Maybe I received a bad unit, but I highly doubt it's supposed to run this warm when doing very light things. I have not installed much on the laptop since I bought it. Only Chrome and Discord. I don't play games or anything remotely intensive on this unit. The battery life is decent if you always put it on its battery saver mode, which is what I do. In that mode, I usually last 2-3.5 days without charging with 1.5-2 hours of use per day. Mixed web browsing and video streaming. The touchscreen is nice..most of the time. I found it was frustrating when scrolling through videos on YouTube and it would interpret a "pause" as a click. For example, if I'm scrolling through my subscription box and stop, it sometimes clicks on that video where my cursor would be when I stopped scrolling. Not sure if I could change some kind of sensitivity setting since it is a constant issue for me. Other than that, the touchscreen is useful when you're in bed just browsing whatever that you browse. I also do like the 360 flip. You can flip it to all sorts of angles to one that best fits your situation. If you do turn it into a tent, just beware that the speakers will be greatly impacted. It will sound kind of muffled and of course it wont be as loud since the speakers will be facing the opposite direction. Speaking of speakers, I was surprised by how loud these can get on such a thin laptop. They are positioned on the keyboard, so if you were to take advantage of the 360 flip and manipulate the position of your screen, again, keep in mind the audio could change drastically since you will be pointing your speakers away from you. In tent mode, I had to use my Airpods because the volume was just too low for me. If it were not for the $300 sale discount I got on this, I think I would have returned it simply because of its heating issue. If you can get it while its on sale, you may be able to justify the couple of issues it has.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, Light and Well Made

    Posted
    DMNFL
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This little 2 in 1 is fast and light, but also very well made. It feels nice to the touch and the finishing is grippy enough that it doesn't slip while holding in one hand. Setup was as with most windows computers. I followed the prompts and signed in with my Microsoft account. As always, I ran for updates first (after getting my favorite browser extensions loaded). After those ran their course, the first thing that I noticed is how fast this computer is. I was pleasantly surprised. We have an older desktop and my work computer that are not the fastest. Solid State is the way to go. Everything loads quickly and just as importantly, works quickly while you're using it. People forget about that. Also, it loads fast. I think from pushing the power button to seeing the home screen is 10 seconds. This is my first 2 in 1. I have a touchscreen laptop and a tablet with an attachable keyboard. This is not my preferred format. The keyboard is better than the detachable one, which I actually quite like. This is just better. Flipping around to tablet mode brings the prompt from windows to go into tablet mode. You can choose to have it change to tablet mode automatically or for windows to keep asking. If I have anything to complain about, it's the clarity of the screen. I thought that 1080 on this screen would be sharper than it is. In most use, it's actually clear enough. It's mostly with text that I feel that I would like a bit more sharpness. But with that said, for the price I would get this model again with the screen that it has. Battery life has been great and the charging time are faster that I would have thought. I haven't been without it when I needed it yet, and I have not used it while charging. Since it loads so fast, I've actually been turning it off rather than letting it hibernate or go into standby mode as I would with many other laptops. That has also saved a lot of battery. Overall, I really like this and even though I complained about the screen, it has replaced my higher resolution tablet and laptop. The size is great and it's so nice to work on something so fast. I hope that it maintains its speed as my other solid state computer has. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elegant design meets functionality

    Posted
    GrizzlyD
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    This laptop is sleek and stylish, which is what initially caught my eye. A dark ash case coupled with a slim profile creates a design that is elegant and easy to handle. Despite it’s thin contour, it is still balanced with enough heft to provide sturdiness whether using it as a laptop or tablet. It never feels bulky, yet the durable hinges imbue a sense of quality that is found throughout the components of this compact machine. As someone who relies on my devices for multi-tasking, editing, and presenting, there are a few features that stand out to me. First is the incredibly tactile, backlit keyboard. It has everything I need to quickly navigate. It is coupled with the extra wide keypad, so I still haven’t needed to connect a mouse yet, which is typically my first step when using a laptop. Finally, the 16:9 screen with this high resolution gives me plenty of space to open multiple tabs and do side by side editing. The gorgeous black bezel gives the illusion of a bigger screen and creates a polished look if I open this up with clients. Wish the device activated automatically when I opened the screen, but pressing a quick button and then having the camera recognize and log me in is a time saver that is much appreciated. The built-in speakers don’t blow me away, but are more than sufficient for playing internet videos and listening to music as I create presentations and marketing materials. The processing speed is also zippy and keeps up with my photo and video editing needs, both through installed software and cloud based applications. Unlike my previous device, this one will run all day on a single battery charge, leaving me untethered and free to work wherever is convenient. Overall, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality and efficiency of this solid laptop. I’m not an expert on the most up-to-date specs and internal components, but my husband is meticulous at researching all that. So far this gift from him has been more than sufficient for every task I’ve thrown at it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Would make a great laptop for college student

    Posted
    cw77
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    Overall, this is a very nice laptop. Between it’s small size, light weight, and good battery life, I can easily see this being a great laptop for a student. Even around the house, where portability isn’t as crucial, I find myself reaching for this laptop before my full size laptop. Miscellaneous notes/observations: -Despite what is listed in the features section, there is NO HDMI PORT. -Size/weight is just about perfect for portability. -Good, quality feel, without being too heavy. Yet not so light that it feels fragile. -Battery life is pretty impressive. Got a solid 4+ hours while performing updates, installing software, and working in web browsers - still had 25% battery left. 6 hours should be attainable. -Has two USB 3 ports, one on each side. -Only one USB C port, which can also be used for charging if you have your own charger. -Has micro SD card slot, not a full size. -Has dedicated home/end/pgup/pgdn keys. According to my kids, nobody uses these anymore anyway, but I’m old, so I’m glad they’re there. -Speaking of being old, I prefer to use my Function keys old-school; F1, F2, etc.. After much searching I finally found that you have to go in to bios to lock the Fn keys on, rather than defaulting to system functions like brightness, volume, play/pause, etc… -Same deal if you want the battery icon to show estimated time remaining on battery, rather than remaining percentage; head to bios. -Keyboard has average feel to it, and is backlit, but may be a bit too bright if working in a dark room. -Palm rejection on trackpad works remarkably well. This is usually one of my biggest gripes about trackpads, but no issues here. -Not a Windows Precision trackpad, so tracking is acceptable, and there are limited customization capabilities for multi-finger trackpad gestures. -Speakers are probably slightly above average for a laptop this size. -Volume and power buttons are on the side. -Display isn’t super-bright; may not be too usable in sunlight. -Charging is via a traditional dedicated port. The charger is a small brick, and does have a leader cord on it to plug in to the wall, so you don’t lose valuable plug space. -Does not come with any kind of case/sleeve, or a pen. Although it is pen compatible, so you could buy one separately. I have one from a different brand laptop, and it seemed to work fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend