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Reviews for the HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Source: Pocket Lint
The HP Envy 13 is all the laptop most people need for a very compelling price. It can do things several pricier options simply can't, largely thanks to its built-in discrete graphics card.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/20/2017
Source: PC Online.com.cn zh-CN→EN
Positive: Nice performance; high autonomy; good hardware. Negative: High price; overheats while using.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/04/2017
With its more than decent specs for its given size and price bracket, the HP Envy 13 seems to have struck a chord with the ultrabook market. It seems like yesterday when most ultraportables had to sacrifice graphics horsepower for elegance and style. So, what exactly does the HP Envy 13 pack under the hood that allows it to beat the competition? To begin with, it is equipped with an Intel Core i7-7500U processor with 8GB of memory, 360GB of superfast NVMe-based storage and, the star of the show, the Nvidia Geforce MX150. Just looking at the HP Envy 13 chassis would most likely rub ultrabook users the wrong way: With its all-aluminum construction and conformist egalitarian design, it is no wonder HP always wins in the elegance and design department. For its given price bracket, the HP Envy 13 is actually cheaper than major competitors such as the Macbook Pro 13 or even the Dell XPS 13, yet is able to pack powerful graphics. In terms of portability, the HP Envy 13 weighs about 1.38 kg, which means you will be more than willing to bring it with you everywhere. In the IO department, the HP Envy 13 is endowed with 2 USB Type-C ports, 2 USB Type-A 3.1 ports, a microSD slot, and a headphone jack, which is not too shabby. It seems that the HP Envy 13 absolutely destroys the Macbook Pro as far as connectivity goes. As for the display, the HP Envy 13 is equipped with a standard IPS-FHD panel which is decent, nonetheless. Overall, the display’s contrast is good, but color vibrancy is just about okay. It should be noted that the display also has touch capability, which is a plus. Brightness-wise, the HP Envy 13 is not chart-topping, but performs reasonably well.
Next on the list is user input: With a full-sized keyboard that looks posh, the HP Envy 13 is indeed trying to compromise as little as possible. The good key travel distances and feedback can surely make a typist’s day without feeling as if typos are all over the place. The keyboard is additionally equipped with backlighting for the night typists out there. While the touchpad is small, it should be understood that, for a notebook of this size, there are some components that are going to take a hit eventually. The included trackpad and clickpad combo is not all that bad on the HP Envy 13, as the clicks are well defined. It should be okay for the clickpad and touchpad separation purists out there. Naturally, the highlight of the HP Envy 13 is its included graphics horsepower, which, it is safe to say, performs well. Some games are able to run on high settings without feeling sluggish, while with certain games you are going to have to make sacrifices with the graphics quality, although being able to play at medium to high settings should satisfy most users, if not all. Of course, all this would be for naught if the battery life were abysmal. But the HP Envy 13 beats the Macbook Air 13, it lasts just over 12 hours on light tasks, so it should last you throughout the day. A special comment should be made on the built-in speakers from Bang & Olufsen, which are another plus point for travelers who want to binge on some media content on the go. The overall sound quality is good, and while the maximum volume will not leave you quivering, it certainly is a welcome addition. To conclude, with its given hardware and price bracket, the HP Envy 13 makes a compelling argument for the best ultrabook of the current generation, but users might want to wait and see how the competition strikes back.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce MX150: Pascal GP108 based laptop graphics card and mobile version of the desktop GeForce GT 1030. Offers 384 shader cores and 2 GB GDDR5 with a 64 Bit memory bus. Manufactured in 14nm. With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
7500U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.7 to 3.5 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion.
Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.
In the laptop segment, HP was the world's largest manufacturer from 2014 to 2016 with a market share of 20-21% from 2014 to 2016, but they only exceed Lenovo by a small margin as of recently. HP is not present in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.