HP Envy x360 15.6″ Laptop Reader Testers: the right compromise between power and mobility

Didier Guenoun, Le Raincy (93)

In its compact housing, the large screen is the real added value of this PC, which hits the mark during presentations to customers.

Didier Guenoun

Autonomy, ergonomics and power… Here’s what I ask my laptop to perform optimally. Until now, I used another 13-inch HP model, which served as a point of comparison, even though it was smaller. Its format is very thin and it is easy to transport, but the battery hardly lasts more than 4 hours. But I need 6 to 8 hours of autonomy. With the HP Envy x360, the autonomy is excellent, I have never run out! I think we are over 6 hours with wifi activated and good light. The battery saver is very effective in optimizing battery life!

I measured the charging time from 0 to 50% and it took 30 min. Ultra-fast charging, I knew it for mobile phones, and this is the argument that made me choose my current smartphone. So for me this fast charging is an important purchase criterion. To be honest, I was still embarrassed about my old PC arriving at a customer and having to plug it in. From now on, there is no need to beg for a catch; I can start my presentation immediately and even continue with another client, with confidence. As a backup, I have an external battery compatible with this computer. Another good point!

HP Envy x360 – power and mobility – Didier Guenoun

In terms of chassis and ergonomics, I also had some good surprises! For example, since the HP Envy x360 is a 15-inch model, I thought I’d pull out an old laptop bag from 10 years ago. Finally the computer entered my current bag planned for a 13.3 inch. The edges are thin and the chassis is very compact.

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The ergonomics are impeccable in every way. The touchpad is sensitive in all positions, including the touchscreen. Even vertically, in a classic position, you can point and work with your fingertips on the screen. And when there is free time, you can put it in tent mode and take the opportunity to watch a video or do e-learning.

In its compact housing, the large screen is the real added value of this PC, which hits the mark during presentations to customers. For the weight, it feels like wearing a 13 inch. The Envy x360 is really light and it’s very nice. Personally, I managed without the charger, so no extra weight. The hinges exude solidity, and I didn’t hesitate to change the screen’s position in all directions. The tablet mode allows you to read and sign documents very naturally with your clients, we really have the perfect tool for anyone who wants to work in zero paper mode.

To test this PC I had to back up my data. I simply transferred them with a USB-C dongle to the HP Envy x360. Having 1 TB of storage and super-fast USB-C ports is really handy. No more hassle with on-the-go backup disks.

Finally, for good measure, I had to do a lot of math on a database to prepare my files. I started the process early in the evening and usually it takes 2-3 hours. But thanks to the power of the Intel Core i7 processor, which was able to take all the energy needed to perform its calculations, since I had removed the battery saver, the database update took only half an hour!

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Antoine Hild, Mulhouse (68)

The size and quality of the screen provide undeniable comfort for working outside the office.

Antoine Hill

My professional activity regularly takes me out on the main roads and forces me to work in places that are not always particularly suitable. I have already tried several solutions to work on the go. This new HP was an opportunity to test a new configuration.

The size and quality of the screen provide undeniable comfort for working outside the office. The screen itself is actually very comfortable to use. For some time I got used to using a tablet more mobile than the PC. However, there are limitations such as screen size, which makes working with multiple documents cumbersome. Finally, this Envy x360 is a good compromise.

On the other hand, its large size and its very beautiful brightness mean that all the people passing by or sitting with you in a TGV car can see what you are doing. So I would advise professionals who need a minimum of discretion to equip themselves with a privacy filter or to choose an HP model that integrates it directly.

I often find myself working in tight spaces, such as in court, where lawyers generally have very little space to consult their files. You have to deal with a sometimes voluminous paper file and the PC, which takes up a certain amount.

Thus, a 15.6-inch model is not necessarily ideal, otherwise I would have had to use a stylus and the PC in tablet mode, I think that would have been much more convenient!

Ditto, during a meeting at a construction site, without a stylus, we miss out on smooth operation in tablet mode. The purchase of the compatible HP pen will therefore be something to consider for future users.

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HP Envy x360 power and mobility

HP Envy x360 – power and mobility – Antoine Hild

For the positive points, it should be noted that the touchpad is quite easy to use, and the presence of conventional USB ports allows the use of a security key without resorting to an accessory. It starts up quickly, but depending on the lighting and the tilt of the screen, the Windows Hello feature is sometimes slow to detect the face. Personally, I would have liked a fingerprint reader to make things easier.

For very mobile use, the PC has shown its limits. Having said that, having a laptop, larger than a tablet and powerful on the go, provides a noticeable work comfort.

Once connected and with a stable connection, everything is super smooth. I processed a city plan file with A0 format maps in PDF and plans without problems with several files opened in parallel, which the computers I work on today refuse and which turn out to be unmanageable on my Tablet !

Elodie Courel, Pamiers (09)

Autonomy is excellent. I didn’t need to charge it during the 3 hours of driving I spent watching videos.

Elodie Courel

I used the computer on a train trip three weeks ago. I used it in tablet mode to watch videos. If not its weight, maybe a little heavy, it is perfect for this type of nomadic use. Being able to fold it saves space and the touch screen is very responsive, more so than the pad which sometimes has a latency.

The screen, of more than correct size, compensates and explains the weight. Transported in a bag with a shoulder strap, the latter is no longer a problem.

Autonomy is excellent. I didn’t need to charge it during the 3 hours of driving I spent watching videos/playing games. When I got back home, I recharged the computer very quickly thanks to the fast charging technology. Ideal for e.g. recharging the device between two trains!

Finally, the ignition is also very fast.

In summary

This week we asked the testers to evaluate the HP Envy x360 convertible PC in “nomadic” use: on the train, on the go, in appointments… The result is that the PC is practical, suitable for mobile situations and offers enough autonomy (the advertised autonomy is 8 h 30 min). The testers appreciated the compromise it offers between a very mobile, ultra-light and compact tool and a powerful, reliable PC with a comfortable screen.

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