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HP Envy x2 15-c000ng Convertible Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/03/2014

Fan-less. HP's 15.6-inch convertible wants to score with an energy-efficient processor from Intel's new Broadwell lineup, which enables a fan-less design in the Envy. A Full HD, IPS screen and good battery life are also part of the bundle.

For the original German review, see here.

Just how HP's Envy x2 15c000ng is to be classified is really a personal point of view. It could be a small, compact all-in-one PC for the desk at home, a not very pocket or handbag-friendly tablet, a laptop or even a convertible. We think the Envy is a convertible. The device is not a complete stranger to us. We just recently tested a 13.3-inch sister model dubbed HP Envy x2-j001ng, and it made a good impression. Our report reveals whether the 15.6-inch model also accomplishes that.

We count 700 to 900-Euro (~$861 to ~$1107) convertibles as the Envy's rivals, such as Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P and Lenovo's Flex 2 14. The latter is a 14-inch device. The Flex 2 model that we tested sported a GeForce graphics core, but it is also available without a dedicated GPU.

Case

The Envy's casing is largely comprised of silver aluminum. A black plastic bezel surrounds the screen. The speakers are behind a perforated cover on both sides of the screen. The tablet part is quite slim with a height of 1.5 cm. However, the user will not want to hold it for a longer time due to its weight of approximately 1.8 kg (2.45 kg with docked keyboard). That will not be necessary because the tablet features a stand, which enables various angles. There is no risk that the stand will fold over. A bit of force is needed to adjust it. We naturally cannot say what that will look like after a few years of use.

The keyboard is attached to the tablet with a magnet. The fastening supplies the keyboard with energy and recharges the keyboard's battery. The tablet and keyboard are actually linked via Bluetooth, and thus a physical connection between the two is not really needed. The touchpad is not located below the keyboard, but rather at its side. That has an advantage: The lower half of the keyboard can be folded and the Envy can then be used even in tight spaces. The keyboard's underside is made of gray-white textile. The upper side is covered by soft, black leatherette. The keyboard can also be used as a protective cover for the screen. It closes on the tablet via a magnetic clasp.

HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
The device features a stable stand
The device features a stable stand

Connectivity

Despite the limited room compared with a convertible with a foldable screen, HP has managed to integrate the most important interfaces. Two full-sized USB 3.0 ports (not micro-USB) are installed. Even an SD memory-card reader (not micro-SD) has moved in. Contenders like Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P and Lenovo's Flex 2 14 do not have much more to offer either. They provide a third USB port and an Ethernet socket. The interfaces in HP's laptop are distributed over both lower sides of the tablet part.

Left: volume rocker, memory-card reader, combo audio
Left: volume rocker, memory-card reader, combo audio
Right: power-in, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Right: power-in, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
The power button is on the upper edge
The power button is on the upper edge
Lower edge: docking port
Lower edge: docking port

Communication

Intel's Dual-Band Wireless-AC 7265 module that supports the 802.11 a/b/g/h/n/ac Wi-Fi standards is inside the Envy. The connection was always stable within a 15-meter radius around the router. We did not ascertain speed losses either. An Ethernet socket is not available. However, a Bluetooth 4.0 module is installed. The Envy sports a webcam that shoots a noisy picture with a resolution of up to 1920x1080 pixels. The tablet part does not have a rear-facing camera.

Accessories

The computer is shipped with only a quick-start poster and warranty information. The device has also been made for use with a digitizer pen, which has to be purchased separately. At test time, there was no compatible pen listed on HP's website.

Operating System

Windows 8.1 (64-bit) is preloaded on the Envy. A recovery DVD is not included.

Maintenance

There is no maintenance cover. However, it is possible to remove the back of the tablet part. That is not advisable because the screen could be damaged. According to the hardware manual, HP recommends suction cups for separating the display from the back.

Warranty

Like Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P and Lenovo's Flex 2 14, the Envy comes with a two-year warranty, including a pick-up service. The warranty period can be upgraded to three years for approximately 120 Euros (~$147).

Input Devices

Keyboard

HP installs a backlit chiclet keyboard in its Envy. The level, sleek keys feature a short drop and clear pressure point. Their resistance could be a bit crisper though. The keyboard yields a bit when typing on it. Additionally, the keyboard is not quite even in the bed, and thus it wobbles a bit more intensely at the edges. Folding the wrist rest under the keyboard prevents that to a small degree. In total, HP delivers a quite satisfactory keyboard. We have dealt with worse keyboard docks. It is sufficient for home use, but prolific writers will not be happy with it.

Touchpad

The multi-touch ClickPad (a touchpad without dedicated mouse buttons) is not below the keyboard, but rather on its right. It has a surface area of approximately 7.6 x 10.2 cm (portrait mode). Thus, it offers enough room for gesture control. The sleek surface does not thwart fingers from gliding. The pad features a short drop and clear pressure point.

Touchscreen

We did not encounter any problems with the Envy's touchscreen. It responded immediately to inputs.

The keyboard features a backlight.
The keyboard features a backlight.
The ClickPad supports multi-touch.
The ClickPad supports multi-touch.

Display

The Envy is equipped with a 15.6-inch screen that has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The screen's brightness of 222.8 cd/m² is disappointing. 250 cd/m² would be the absolute minimum for this purchase price. The recently tested 13.3-inch HP Envy x2-j001ng model (368.3 cd/m²) shows how the job is done properly. The brightness of the screens in Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P (200.6 cd/m²) and Lenovo's Flex 2 14 (215.3 cd/m²) is even lower.

240
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 247 cd/m² Average: 222.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 81 %
Center on Battery: 234 cd/m²
Contrast: 1300:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.35 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 2.88 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.49
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Screen
-141%
-10%
-61%
-140%
-6%
-38%
Brightness
223
201
-10%
215
-4%
280
26%
242
9%
305
37%
143
-36%
Brightness Distribution
81
87
7%
88
9%
88
9%
85
5%
87
7%
84
4%
Black Level *
0.18
1.33
-639%
0.21
-17%
0.792
-340%
0.59
-228%
0.37
-106%
0.3
-67%
Contrast
1300
154
-88%
1029
-21%
362
-72%
447
-66%
819
-37%
513
-61%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.35
5.6
-29%
4.56
-5%
3.08
29%
12.78
-194%
2.82
35%
4.84
-11%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.88
5.38
-87%
3.51
-22%
3.36
-17%
13.46
-367%
2.06
28%
4.53
-57%
Gamma
2.49 96%
2.18 110%
2.53 95%
2.5 96%
3.18 75%
2.47 97%
2.22 108%
CCT
6784 96%
7737 84%
6401 102%
6087 107%
19149 34%
6271 104%
7307 89%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41
37
48

* ... smaller is better

However, the contrast (1300:1) and black level (0.18 cd/m²) are excellent. Lenovo's Flex (1029:1; 0.21 cd/m²) can match the Envy here. The Transformer (154:1; 1.33 cd/m²) supplies extremely poor rates. We cannot provide a statement about the color-space coverage of the Envy's screen because our measuring device could not perform any measurements.

The installed screen's color reproduction is already appealing in state of delivery. With a DeltaE 2000 shift of 4.35, the screen only misses the target range marginally (DeltaE less than 3). The screen does not exhibit a bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

The Envy sports a viewing-angle stable IPS screen. Thus, it can be read from every position. Using the Envy outdoors is only conditionally possible. The reflective surface together with the screen's low brightness prevent any more.

Viewing angles: Envy x2
Viewing angles: Envy x2
The Envy outdoors
The Envy outdoors

Performance

Hewlett Packard has a 15.6-inch office device that offers enough power for applications from the office and Internet fields with its Envy x2 15-c000ng. Our review sample is available for approximately 800 Euros (~$984). We did not discover any other configurations.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
System information: HP Envy x2 15-c000ng

Processor

The Core M-5Y10 processor in the Envy comes from Intel's brand new Broadwell CPU lineup. The "Y" reveals that the processor is a very frugal model. Intel states a TDP of just 4.5 watts. Thus, the Core M clearly undercuts the "Y" models of the Haswell generation (TDP: 15 watts). That is achieved with a low base clock of 800 MHz, among other things. However, its speed can temporarily be boosted up to 2 GHz via Turbo. It is a dual-core processor that supports Hyper-Threading (every core can process two threads simultaneously).

The CPU always processed the single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks with its full speed. The multi-thread tests were performed with 1.5 to 1.6 GHz (battery mode) and 1.6 to 1.7 GHz (AC mode). A look at the different benchmarks scores shows that the Core M beats a Core i3-4030U - providing the Core M can make use of its full speed.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5625
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3977
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3130
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.8 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.95 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
14.05 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
18.31 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
167 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
63 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
63 Points ∼34%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
82 Points ∼44% +30%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
67 Points ∼36% +6%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
91 Points ∼49% +44%
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
104 Points ∼56% +65%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
105 Points ∼57% +67%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
86 Points ∼46% +37%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
76 Points ∼41% +21%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
74 Points ∼40% +17%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
167 Points ∼10%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
239 Points ∼14% +43%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
171 Points ∼10% +2%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
180 Points ∼11% +8%
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
235 Points ∼14% +41%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
239 Points ∼14% +43%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
232 Points ∼14% +39%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
191 Points ∼12% +14%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
162 Points ∼10% -3%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
0.95 Points ∼4%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.19 Points ∼4% +25%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
0.76 Points ∼3% -20%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.13 Points ∼4% +19%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1.18 Points ∼4% +24%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.8 Points ∼3% -16%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
0.85 Points ∼3% -11%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
1.8 Points ∼3%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.55 Points ∼4% +42%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1.85 Points ∼3% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2.09 Points ∼3% +16%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2.62 Points ∼4% +46%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.03 Points ∼3% +13%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
1.7 Points ∼2% -6%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
3130 Points ∼44%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3853 Points ∼55% +23%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2813 Points ∼40% -10%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
5625 Points ∼16%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
6773 Points ∼19% +20%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6285 Points ∼18% +12%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
4098 Points ∼15%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4972 Points ∼18% +21%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4505 Points ∼17% +10%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3779 Points ∼14% -8%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
3297 Points ∼12% -20%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
2064 Points ∼44%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2606 Points ∼56% +26%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2507 Points ∼54% +21%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1792 Points ∼38% -13%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
1775 Points ∼38% -14%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10 (IE 11)
185.4 ms * ∼5%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (Chrome 38)
195.1 ms * ∼5% -5%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
104.7 ms * ∼3% +44%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10 (IE 11)
1760 Points ∼28%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (Chrome 38)
4388 Points ∼71% +149%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
2538 Points ∼41% +44%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10 (IE 11)
3580.6 ms * ∼6%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
2222.8 ms * ∼4% +38%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (Chrome 38)
1586.4 ms * ∼3% +56%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10 (IE 11)
8474 Points ∼19%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (Chrome 38)
23767 Points ∼53% +180%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP (IE 11)
11188 Points ∼25% +32%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system ran smoothly and we did not encounter any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores are also good and are on par with laptops that feature Core i3 (Haswell) processors. The relatively weak graphics core prevents slightly better results.

PCMark 7 Score
3168 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2000 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1956 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1866 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
2000 Points ∼35%
HP Split x2 13-m210eg
HD Graphics 4200, 4210Y, Micron RealSSD C400 MTFDDAT064MAM-1J2 64 GB
1943 Points ∼34% -3%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2053 Points ∼36% +3%
Lenovo M30-70
HD Graphics 4400, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2023 Points ∼36% +1%
Acer Extensa 2510-34Z4
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2092 Points ∼37% +5%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2158 Points ∼38% +8%
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
2175 Points ∼38% +9%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2274 Points ∼40% +14%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2500 Points ∼44% +25%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2633 Points ∼46% +32%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2846 Points ∼50% +42%

Storage Devices

The just 15 mm thick casing of the tablet part does not allow installing a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive with a height of 7 or 9.5 mm. HP installs an only 5 mm thick model from Western Digital in the Envy. To be precise, it is a hybrid hard drive. It spins with 5400 revolutions per minute and has a capacity of 500 GB. A 16 GB SSD cache is also on board. It ensures faster loading of frequently used applications. The drive's low height does not lead to losses in the transfer rates. They are on par with the rates of other 5400 rpm hard drives.

Transfer Rate Minimum: 14.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 116.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 81.5 MB/s
Access Time: 20.3 ms
Burst Rate: 48.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 1.6 %

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 5300 is responsible for video output. It supports DirectX 11.2 and clocks with speeds ranging from 100 to 800 MHz. The 3DMark benchmark scores are roughly on par with those of a HD Graphics 4400 GPU that draws on a working memory that operates in single-channel mode. The HD Graphics 5300 has a working memory available that operates in dual-channel mode and allows it to close in on the 4400 core. Otherwise, its performance would be between the HD Graphics 4200 and 4400 cores.

3DMark 06 Standard
4803 points
3DMark 11 Performance
771 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
34160 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3358 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
439 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
771 Points ∼3%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
960 Points ∼4% +25%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2260 Points ∼9% +193%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
756 Points ∼3% -2%
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
811 Points ∼3% +5%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
770 Points ∼3% 0%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2322 Points ∼9% +201%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
439 Points ∼2%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
1286 Points ∼6% +193%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
428 Points ∼2% -3%
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
485 Points ∼2% +10%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
495 Points ∼2% +13%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1309 Points ∼6% +198%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
1620 Points ∼3%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4675 Points ∼10% +189%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
3358 Points ∼9%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4600 Points ∼12% +37%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3673 Points ∼10% +9%
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
3900 Points ∼11% +16%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
3791 Points ∼10% +13%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5452 Points ∼15% +62%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
34160 Points ∼17%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
41150 Points ∼21% +20%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
35549 Points ∼18% +4%
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
30567 Points ∼15% -11%
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
34025 Points ∼17% 0%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
44738 Points ∼23% +31%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
4803 Points ∼13%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4747 Points ∼12% -1%
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
18.31 fps ∼11%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
23.83 fps ∼14% +30%
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
50.21 fps ∼30% +174%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
21.05 fps ∼13% +15%
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
18.3 fps ∼11% 0%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
52.36 fps ∼32% +186%
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
3977 Points ∼25%
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4284 Points ∼27% +8%

Gaming Performance

The installation of a very frugal processor already indicates that the Envy was not made for computer games. Only very few games can be played in a low resolution and low quality settings. Games available in the Windows Store should normally run without problems. Like in the 3DMark benchmarks, the Envy delivers frame rates on par with a HD Graphics 4400 core that draws on a working memory that operates in single-channel mode in games.

Buyers looking for a gaming-capable alternative for the Envy have plenty of devices to choose from in the 800-Euro (~$984) price range. However, the selection is smaller if it is to be a convertible. An alternative would be Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP500LN. This convertible is equipped with a GeForce 840M and costs approximately 800 Euros (~$984).

low med. high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 43.612.6fps
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 18852.321.8fps
Resident Evil 5 (2009) 48.121.410.3fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 40.921.5fps
Alan Wake (2012) 11.26.4fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 19.412.66.5fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 37.418.111.8fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 99.528.318fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 24.714.311.9fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 18.211.7fps
Thief (2014) 10.86.94.4fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 16.9105.3fps
The Evil Within (2014) 86.5fps
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Tomb Raider
36%
200%
3%
14%
-5%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x
11.8
14.5
23%
29.3
148%
12.3
4%
12
2%
10.3
-13%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
18.1
25.7
42%
59.7
230%
18.8
4%
23.1
28%
18.3
1%
1024x768 Low Preset
37.4
53.1
42%
120.3
222%
37.5
0%
42.2
13%
36.6
-2%

Emissions

System Noise

The Envy does not produce any noise. A fan is not installed, and the small hard drive is virtually inaudible.

Temperature

The Envy performed our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in both AC and battery modes in the same manner. While the processor clocked with 800 MHz, the graphics core ran with 450 to 500 MHz. Thus, it is not surprising that the Envy barely heats up. The temperatures remained clearly below 40 °C at every measuring point on the casing. It looks similar in the Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP550LALenovo's Flex 2 14 gets warmer due to its dedicated GeForce graphics core. Flex 2 models without a dedicated graphics core should be on par with both contenders.

Max. Load
 23.7 °C28.9 °C35.6 °C 
 23.9 °C27.5 °C33.8 °C 
 28.2 °C28.7 °C31.4 °C 
Maximum: 35.6 °C
Average: 29.1 °C
35.8 °C33.8 °C25.7 °C
33.9 °C33 °C25.6 °C
31 °C29.2 °C26 °C
Maximum: 35.8 °C
Average: 30.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  36 °C | Room Temperature 20.8 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

HP installs a total of four speakers ("Dual Stereo") in the Envy. They are located behind a perforated cover on the screen's right and left sides. Overall, they are average models that produce a relatively thin sound. There is no bass. Not even the preloaded Beats Audio software can change anything about that. However, the speakers' quality is sufficient for watching YouTube videos and videoconferencing.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

We are used to an idle power consumption of below 10 watts from Haswell ULV laptops like Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP550LA. The Envy can keep up with that with the new Broadwell processor. The energy requirement of HP's computer only increased to 19 watts in the stress test. The reason: The CPU and GPU clock with very low speeds. The Envy's power supply could deliver up to 45 watts. In any case, the Envy is not a power guzzler.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.0001 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.2 / 8.2 / 8.6 Watt
Load midlight 17 / 19.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Envy's battery lasted for 10:05 hours in idle modeLenovo's Flex 2 14 (7:45 h) is drained considerably faster. Idle mode is ascertained using Battery Eater's Reader's test with minimum screen brightness, enabled energy-saving mode, and disabled wireless modules. The Envy shut down after 3:23 hours of load. Again, the Flex 2 (1:03 h) cannot match that. The load runtime is determined with Battery Eater's Classic test. Here, the screen's brightness is set to maximum, and the high-performance profile and the radio modules are enabled.

HP's convertible stopped the Wi-Fi test after 6:21 hours. The Flex 2 (5:42 h) and Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP550LA (4:33 h) lag behind that. Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds, the energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m² in this test. We check the video playback time by running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are disabled and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Envy lasted for 6:15 hours. The battery in the Flex 2 (5:02 h) is drained sooner.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 05min
WiFi Surfing
6h 21min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 15min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 23min
HP Envy x2 15-c000ng
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y10
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Lenovo Flex 2 14
GeForce 840M, 4010U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro
HD Graphics 5300, 5Y70, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
HP Envy 15-u001ng x360
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A7E630
Toshiba Satellite P30W-B-104
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Battery Runtime
-28%
-30%
-5%
-24%
-20%
-42%
Reader / Idle
605
465
-23%
635
5%
486
-20%
634
5%
452
-25%
Load
203
63
-69%
155
-24%
104
-49%
94
-54%
49
-76%
WiFi
381
273
-28%
342
-10%
379
-1%
351
-8%
342
-10%
276
-28%
H.264
375
302
-19%
379
1%
310
-17%
301
-20%
231
-38%

Verdict

HP's Envy x2 15-c000ng is the first device with a Core M-5Y10 processor that we have tested to date. The CPU fared well and can provide enough computing power for routine use. At the same time, it allows a fan-less design. Consequently, the Envy is virtually noiseless because the hard drive is also almost inaudible. Furthermore, the convertible does not heat up much and does not need much energy. The device translates the latter into a good battery life. A high-contrast, viewing-angle stable, IPS screen complements that. Only the screen's brightness is a bit too low. In our opinion, the Envy is not as much a laptop replacement, but more a (portable) PC for home use. The Envy weighs roughly 2.5 kg with the keyboard dock. There are quite a few 15.6-inch laptops with less weight in the up to 800-Euro (~$984) price range.

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In review: HP Envy x2 15-c000ng. Test model courtesy of HP Store.
In review: HP Envy x2 15-c000ng. Test model courtesy of HP Store.

Specifications

HP Envy x2 15-c000ng (Envy x2 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 5300, Core: 100-800 MHz, 10.18.10.3741
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, dual-channel, no memory banks, soldered memory
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, 10 point multi-touch, Samsung, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-Y PCH-LP (Premium)
Soundcard
Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, e-compass
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.5 x 414.5 x 245.3 ( = 0.81 x 16.32 x 9.66 in)
Battery
50 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: 4 speakers, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Cyberlink Media Suite 10, Cyberlink MediasEspresso 6.7, Cyberlink YouCam, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.46 kg ( = 86.77 oz / 5.42 pounds), Power Supply: 311 g ( = 10.97 oz / 0.69 pounds)
Price
799 Euro

 

The device's stand...
The device's stand...
...allows different angles.
...allows different angles.
The stand will unlikely fold over.
The stand will unlikely fold over.
The keyboard...
The keyboard...
...protects the screen when closed. It is kept in place by a magnetic clasp.
...protects the screen when closed. It is kept in place by a magnetic clasp.
The wrist rest...
The wrist rest...
...can be folded.
...can be folded.
The loop is made for an optionally available digitizer pen.
The loop is made for an optionally available digitizer pen.
Keyboard's docking port.
Keyboard's docking port.
The keyboard has a dedicated power button.
The keyboard has a dedicated power button.
A backlight for the keys is installed.
A backlight for the keys is installed.
The speakers are on both sides of the screen.
The speakers are on both sides of the screen.
The power supply weighs approx. 311 grams.
The power supply weighs approx. 311 grams.
It has an output of 45 watts.
It has an output of 45 watts.

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Pro

+High-contrast Full HD IPS screen
+Appealing design
+Decent battery life
+Fan-less operation
+Low power consumption
+Keyboard backlight
 

Cons

-No recovery DVD

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What we like

The casing, the virtually non-existent operating noise and the high-contrast, Full HD, IPS screen.

What we'd like to see

A solid state drive would perfectly fit to the device.

What surprises us

Nothing.

The competition

Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P, Lenovo Flex 2 14, HP Envy 15-u001ng x360, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Convertible, Dell Inspiron 13 7347, Toshiba Satellite Click 2 Pro P30W-B-104, Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN.

Rating

HP Envy x2 15-c000ng - 11/27/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
79 / 98 → 81%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
56 / 80 → 70%
Weight
60 / 78 → 58%
Battery
89%
Display
83%
Games Performance
52 / 68 → 76%
Application Performance
65 / 87 → 75%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 91 → 55%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
71%
76%
Convertible - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-12- 3 (Update: 2014-12- 3)