HP Envy X360

Review of the HP Envy X360, a good hybrid laptop (just for office use)

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The Envy X360, from HP, benefits from a good finish, an OLED panel and a Core i5 (eleventh generation…) powerful enough to ensure essential uses, all this at an attractive price.

As its name suggests, the Envy X360, from HP, is a hybrid laptop PC. Understand that its touch screen can rotate 360° and fall on the back of its case to become a tablet. Its 13-inch OLED screen allows you to take notes, for example. However, like any product that does two things at once, it combines the constraints of two form factors. A little too bulky for a tablet. A touch screen which is not always of interest… Also, we will consider it for its main use, as an ultraportable.

WF News – Lionel Morillon – The HP Envy X360 displays a Full HD OLED screen.

Presentation: well finished and ultraportable

Light, with its aluminum chassis and rather thin for a hybrid PC, the Envy X360 gives an impression of quality and good workmanship. With its thickness of 1.87 cm at the highest, HP had to compose to offer a connection that holds up. There are two clamshell USB-A 3.2 ports, a Thunderbolt 4 port in USB-C format, a microSD card reader, and a mini-jack socket. On the wireless side, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 are included.

The keyboard and touchpad are responsive and pleasant to use. So much the better, because the Envy X360 is designed for office automation. The layout and travel of the keys are good, we enter text with pleasure. We also note the presence, next to the directional arrows, of a fingerprint reader that will allow you to identify yourself using Windows Hello. The Webcam (720p) does not support facial recognition. It doesn’t really allow you to film yourself with good quality either as soon as the amount of light drops. And even in bright light, we could have hoped for better.

The Envy X360, from HP, is quite thin, which implies some adjustments for the connectors.WF News – Lionel Morillon – The Envy X360, from HP, is quite thin, which implies some adjustments for the connectors.

Screen: the strength of OLED… and some flaws

HP has chosen a touchscreen OLED panel (therefore) for its hybrid ultraportable. Its Full HD definition (1920×1080 pixels) is perfectly suited to this screen diagonal. We would have liked a slightly higher resolution: the 166 dots per inch allow the pixels to be seen and somewhat underline the effects of aliasing, particularly on the fonts.

The panel is quite bright. At 443 cd/m2, it’s not the best, but is still 15.9% brighter than the average hybrid laptop tested by 01Lab. It’s quite decent, especially if we add that the brightness can go up to 578 cd / m2 when you display HDR content.

For the contrast, impossible to ask for more, the OLED panel offers what is done better. On the other hand, color fidelity is far from perfect by default. With a Delta E 2000 of 4.16, the Envy X360 is 4.6% less accurate than the average, and it’s clear that the colors displayed are quite far from their true value. It is not extremely serious, however, unless you intend to work on a few images or make a few small video montages.

Thanks to its hinges, the screen of the HP Envy X360 can play the contortionists.WF News – Lionel Morillon – Thanks to its hinges, the screen of the HP Envy X360 can play contortionists.

Performance: for office automation, and nothing more…

With its Core i5-1135G7, and its integrated Iris Xe chipset, all supported by 8 GB of RAM (only, and that’s a shame, especially since it’s soldered), the Envy X360 is clearly cut out for bureautics. It will overcome your heaviest spreadsheets, even if the amount of onboard memory could be a hindrance at some point.

PCMark 10 gives it an overall score of 4,459 points, giving it a 10% advantage over the average hybrid PC we’ve tested in recent months.

Thanks to its integrated chipset you will be able to push its limits a little by requesting it for small video editing or heavier tasks. But then you will have to be patient, its score for content creation in PCMark is only 4,566. You will also have to accept that it starts to ventilate… Fortunately, it remains relatively silent. We recorded a maximum noise of 32.7 dB.

Finally, the last point which confirms that the X360 is cut out for office automation and that large heavy files should be avoided is the speed of its M.2 SSD module, which can be replaced easily. With just under 1.2 GB/s in writing for a Full HD 1080p file and 1.85 GB/s in reading, Word files and other tables will open quickly, but the rest may clog a little…

The finish of the HP Envy X360 is very pleasing to the eye.WF News – Lionel Morillon – The finish of the HP Envy X360 is very pleasing to the eye.

Autonomy: good, but could do better

Finally, let’s finish with our two autonomy tests. The first, versatile, simulates everyday uses (Web, mail, office automation, etc.) until the battery is exhausted. In this case, the Envy X360, from HP, lasts 9 hours all round. It’s honest and should allow you to work a good half day away from a power outlet, but not last the whole working day, that’s for sure. This result is also 4.6% lower than the average for this product category. Finally, our second test, video streaming, only gives the HP hybrid 6:50. It’s quite far from being good… And even almost 11% worse than the average of its competitors.

The HP Envy X360 compared to the average of the other hybrid laptops tested by 01lab.WF News