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15.6-inch Convertible With Pen Support: The HP Envy x360 15 (2020)

Testing the HP Envy x360 15 (2020): Bad performance utilization of the Ryzen 5-APU
Testing the HP Envy x360 15 (2020): Bad performance utilization of the Ryzen 5-APU
The Envy offers a Ryzen 5-4500U APU, 16 GB of working memory (dual-channel mode), and an NVMe SSD. In addition, there is a very good battery life. Not only can the touchscreen be operated with finger input, but also with an input pen that is available separately.
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Hewlett Packard uses an elegant, matte-black metal case in the Envy. It did not turn out particularly maintenance friendly. In order to remove the bottom of the case, you have to first remove the two rubber strips at the bottom, since most of the screws hide behind them.

The computer is run by a Ryzen 5-4500U APU whose performance unfortunately remains behind its capabilities, since it is only able to offer performance bursts for brief time periods. During constant load, the clock speed drops fairly quickly. Usage of computer games is only possible to a limited extent, since the frame rates keep dropping repeatedly.

The IPS touchscreen scores with a good contrast, stable viewing angles, and decent color reproduction. However, the maximum brightness and color space coverage turn out too low. The touchscreen can be operated with the fingers as well as the HP Pen (1MR94AA; approx. 30 to 40 Euros; ~$35-47), which can optionally be purchased separately.

The convertible does not offer a Thunderbolt 3 port. Instead, HP has equipped it with a USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 port that supports DisplayPort and Power Delivery via USB C. The Envy can be recharged using the included proprietary power supply as well as a universal USB charger. The battery life turns out very good, and with a WLAN runtime of almost 9.5 h, most users should be able to get through the day without a charger.

You can find more information and many benchmark results in our detailed review of the HP Envy x360 15-ee0257ngHP Envy x360 15 (2020) im Test: Ryzen-5 mit schlechter Leistungsentfaltung.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 793 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 212 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Sascha Mölck, 2020-09-25 (Update: 2020-09-23)