HP Envy x360 Review (15-eu0027nf): A 15-inch Laptop That Depends on Its 2-in-1 Format

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Construction

Exit the gold in the 13-inch version. That said, the 15-inch Envy x360’s chassis is almost identical. We discover it this time with a black dress, still in anodized aluminum, accompanied by its hinges, which make it possible to rotate the screen 360 °. It can thus be used as a tablet or in tent mode to play videos without disturbing the keyboard.

In tent mode: convenient for watching videos.

In tent mode: convenient for watching videos.

The touchpad is responsive, but we found a game of a millimeter or two that makes the click something uncomfortable to touch. It is difficult to say whether only our test model is the victim of this small defect; yet we did not have that problem with the 13-inch Envy x360. The keyboard is comfortable to use, and the backlight of the keys can be adjusted in three levels. You will notice the absence of a numeric keypad despite the size of the chassis: the extra space is taken up by the speaker grilles.

The touchpad is not very well finished.

The touchpad is not very well finished.

A fingerprint reader is located next to the arrow keys, convenient for quickly unlocking the computer. However, the webcam does not have an infrared module and is not compatible with Windows Hello. She films in 720p, and it shows in the picture quality, not very good in bright light and even less in the dark. A physical cache can be implemented by clicking on the appropriate key at the top of the keyboard.

The webcam has an integrated physical cover.

The webcam has an integrated physical cover.

The connection is a model here, as there is almost everything you can use: two USB 3.2 ports, an HDMI 2.0b port, a USB-C 3.2 DisplayPort port (which does not allow charging), an SD card reader and a mini-jack plug. Wifi 6 is present, while Bluetooth is standard 5.2.



The connection is complete.


The connection is complete.

Accessing the components is really not easy. It is necessary to remove two Torx screws, then the two rubber pads (with the risk of breaking them) in order to unscrew the remaining Phillips screws. RAM and M.2 SSD are covered by a metal plate to limit the heating of the components and are both replaceable – a good point for the PC’s scalability. In addition, the battery is easy to remove.

The PC is difficult to disassemble.

The PC is difficult to disassemble.

The fans are strangely close together, but the computer’s heat remains very confined with a peak of 38.8 ° C at the keyboard. The PC is not too noisy either, but its breath is clearly audible: we noted 37.1 dB emitted by the ventilation in full benchmark during CineBench.

The PC does not heat up much.

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Performance

With its six-core Ryzen 5 5500U clocked at 2.1 GHz, the Envy x360 can not handle heavy handling, but it is still more than enough for office automation. Accompanied by 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it scored 88 on our CPU performance index, making it more efficient than competing Intel Core i7-1165G7s. However, it is not on par with the H-Series from Intel or AMD, which have much higher TDPs.

The built-in GPU makes it possible to play unconditional games such as Diablo IIIat about 30 fps (high graphics), or Overwatch with almost 60 fps (low graphics). Finally, the SSD offers speeds of 1.8 GB / s in read and 1.6 GB / s in writing, which is nothing out of the ordinary.

Editor's rating: 2 out of 5

Screen

The touch screen of the Envy x360 displays a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels). Unfortunately, there are many problems to face. First of all, the color accuracy is frankly poor with a delta E of 7.6, although the average temperature is decent (6190 K). The gamma is also mediocre, and the medium grays are underexposed, which can be annoying for, for example, photo or video post production. The remanence at 27 ms also turns out to be too high, but this is the case on most office laptops.

With an average reflectance of 52.6%, the coating of the plate is very light, and unfortunately it is not the maximum brightness (291 cd / m²) that will catch up. Finally, only the 1320: 1 contrast is pretty good.



Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

Mobility / Autonomy

With almost 1.9 kg on the scale and dimensions of 35.9 x 22.8 x 1.8 cm, this 15.6-inch Envy x360 is not the most transportable. However, it fits in a classic backpack, and its tablet format allows it to be used without suffering from the knees. Unfortunately, the charger is still proprietary and weighs 281 g.

In terms of autonomy, this PC did not perform miracles with its 51 Wh battery. When playing video on Netflix via the Chrome browser, the volume pushed to 50% and screen set to 200 cd / m², it lasted only 7 h 30 min, which is correct, but far from the best students.

Strengths

  • Very complete connection.

  • The versatility of the 2-in-1 format.

  • Good headphone jack.

  • Scalable components.

Weak points

  • Mediocre screen.

  • Reflective tile.

  • Hard to disassemble.

Conclusion

Global brand

Editor's rating: 3 out of 5

How does grading work?

We appreciated the 13-inch HP Envy x360 and its Oled display, but this 15-inch version is less attractive, especially due to the absence of Oled technology. If the 15-inch 2-in-1 format is a key point for you, the HP Envy x360 (15-eu0027nf) may be a good option, especially as its office performance is very good. Otherwise, the computer is generally average, and its screen clearly stains the image …

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