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This is a review of the Black Friday HP Envy x360 2-in1 convertible laptop. This notebook comes in two configurations. The 6th Generation Intel core i5 model also known as Skylake has Integrated graphics, the 6th generation core i7 model with Nvidia graphics. The laptop offers more than what a conventional can offer, the Envy x360 totally delivers.
The laptop can be used in four modes. Notebook mode which looks like a traditional laptop for productivity and work. Stand mode, perfect for watching movies and video conferencing. Tent mode to play you favourite games and apps. Finally, there is tablet mode for on the go. And switching between the various modes is a very polished experience. HP specially designed hinge so that transitions are synchronized with precise movement. And the transition between desktop mode and tablet mode is very seamless because it will automatically ask if you want to switch to tablet mode when the computer detects that you are trying to change modes. Tablet mode disables the keyboard, so you do not worry about accidentally touching them. This laptop’s ability to switch between the different modes really makes it modern and you will find yourself using them on a regular basis.
The build quality and hardware of the HP Envy x360 is excellent. The entire laptop has a brushed aluminium finish which is stunning. It is built with high quality materials so it definitely does not feel cheap. HP also use their full name Hewlett Packard for their logo and the laptop is incredibly thin and light. It’s just under an inch thick and weighs just under 5 pounds. It is very possible to bring this with you when you travel, though just make sure get a case or bag for it because it is not the most durable thing in the world. I have had mine for about two weeks and already had a couple of scratches and dings. The Envy x360 is packed with ports. On the left side, you have the power button, Kensington lock, exhaust vent. The fan is quite noisy in comparison with some of the previous laptops I have owned and it gets 10 times worse when you are playing a game, so just keep that in mind. Next you get your USB 2.0 port, SD Card reader, physical volume up and down buttons particularly useful in tablet mode and your hard drive activity light. On the right, you get your charging port and charging indicator light. Ethernet port. HDMI Port. Two USB 3.0 ports. Windows button again especially useful in tablet mode and last but not least, your 3.5-millimetre headset /microphone combo jack. On the bottom, you get a lot of rubber feet helping to stabilize the laptop. Another vent to dissipate heat. And I really have to compliment HP for their Cool Sense technology which is working beautifully to always keep the laptop at a comfortable temperature. I have yet to feel uncomfortable using this laptop. There are also two speakers on both sides. Unfortunately, the battery is not removable, and although HP claims that you can get over 8 hours of usage with a single charge, I have only been able to get 5 hours. The touchpad works very well. Two- finger scrolling, pinch and zoom as well as all other multi touch gestures are all very smooth. I also like the how the touch pad is extra giving you more room to move around. The keyboard is also very good. You get appropriate key travel and the overall typing experience is also very good. Having an indicator light on the caps lock key is my favourite feature of the keyboard and having a numeric keypad is also very nice. The keyboard is backlit and to activate the light just click f5 and click it again to turn it off. I do wish HP would give you the option to adjust the brightness and colour of the light. There is no keyboard flex at all another testament to the Envy x360’s build quality. HP put in a 1920×1080 15.6-inch Full HD WLED-backlit IPS Display. It is a bright, vibrant and sharp display for sure. And being an IPS display, it gives you terrific viewing angles. It is also a touchscreen, so if you are tired of using your touchpad, you can use touch. It is good to have this option as it is easier to use the touch screen for some things and for some things it is easier to use the touchpad. The display also supports digital pen or stylus inputs. The drawback of having touch screen is that you have to clean your display frequently because of all the fingerprints. The webcam is situated above the display and is capable of 720p HD video.
Performance has been good on the HP Envy x360. It comes preinstalled with Windows 10 Home edition. Windows 10 is running very well. I have had no hiccups, blue screens or anything like that yet. It has a 6th Generation Intel Core i5 6200U dual core processor with 8 gigabytes of RAM. It is incredibly speedy and breezes through most of my tasks, including web browsing, word processing and watching YouTube. It is an extremely capable laptop. The benefit of having a touch screen is that you can play touch based games like Asphalt 8. Although, since the laptop is pretty large, being in tablet mode for a long time is awkward and cumbersome. I am confident light to medium intensive games should fine. With integrated graphics however, games like Rocket League even struggles a bit on the lowest graphic setting averaging at about 25 FPS. So, if you are serious gamer, I would get the Core i7 model with dedicated Nvidia G force graphics.
I think the Envy x360 is a fantastic laptop if you are someone looking for a convertible notebook with premium features and extras like being able to rotate the laptop 360 degrees, the Hewlett Packard Envy x360 should be near the top of your list.