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HP Envy 13-d000ng Notebook Review

Oliver Moebel (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 12/22/2015

Value for money. The Envy 13 from HP is a fresh candidate for the subnotebook crown. We can say this upfront: It cannot quite keep up with the current leaders like the Dell XPS 13 and Apple MacBook in respect to the performance. But it does not have to – because our review unit convinces in another section: It is rare that you get a 13-inch system with so many pixels for the money.

For the original German review, see here.

Our last review of a 13.3-inch device from HP’s multimedia-oriented Envy series was actually three years ago. Larger devices (like the recent HP Envy 17-n107ng) on the other hand are regular guests in our editorial offices and can usually manage good, but rarely excellent overall scores. We were therefore eager to review the new Envy 13, and HP sent us a configuration with the Intel Core i5-6200U, 4 GB RAM and a glossy QHD-IPS panel. The retail price of 1,000 Euros (~$1092) was particularly surprising, since it is rather inexpensive compared to the rivals.

HP’s pricing certainly challenges Dell and Apple: The brand-new XPS 13-9350 (FHD version) as well as the MacBook Pro Retina 13, which is still excellent, are our current leaders in the subnotebook segment. The QHD-version of the XPS 13-9350 just missed our Top 10 ranking at 87 percent, but we still use it as a reference in this article due to the similar display. Another interesting competitor actually comes from HP: The HP EliteBook 820 G2-J8R58EA is currently third in our subnotebook Top 10.

HP Envy 13-d000ng (Envy 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 300 - 1000 MHz, 10.18.15.4248
Memory
4096 MB 
, 4 GB DDR3L-1600 (dual-channel, soldered)
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 3200 x 1800 pixel, Samsung SDC415A, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Always-powered USB port; Trusted Platform Module (2.0)
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 12.9 x 327 x 226 ( = 0.51 x 12.87 x 8.9 in)
Battery
45 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 3-cell battery
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p (HP TrueVision HD)
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.3 kg ( = 45.86 oz / 2.87 pounds), Power Supply: 300 g ( = 10.58 oz / 0.66 pounds)
Price
999 Euro

 

Case

If a manufacturer of a premium subnotebook wants to be on the safe side in terms of the design, they just copy the design from Apple. HP does not make any experiments with the Envy 13 and follows the role model pretty closely – and the result is appealing. The chassis is primarily made of brushed aluminum, which not only looks great, but it also hardly flexes under pressure. The bottom cover and the lid on the other hand are much more flexible (and feel more like plastic). There are no artifacts on the screen when you apply pressure at the back, but this Envy is not very torsion-resistant. Otherwise, there is not a lot to criticize about the build quality: The hinges are taut and only allow a slight wobbling of the screen, which can be opened up to 135 degrees. Small gaps support the generally decent build quality.

HP extensively advertises the low height of the Envy 13 – it seems like the marketing department was focused on the terms "thin" and "flat". Well, the device is flat (or thin) at just 13 millimeters (~0.5 in) – no competitor can beat our review unit. That does change, however, when we have a look at the other dimensions, where the Envy 13 actually has the largest footprint within our comparison. Moreover, even though it certainly does not look dull it is not as delicate as the slightly lighter (by 100 grams/~3.5 oz) XPS 13 with its thin InfinityEdge display. It seems that "thin" is a very subjective term after all.

Connectivity

HP offers the essential port selection, but you will not find any special ports. Three USB ports are available for external file transfers; one of them is always powered, so you can also use the Envy 13 as an external battery. An SD-card reader, one HDMI-out (1.4) and a combined stereo jack: That's it. All the ports are located at the rear areas of the sides, so there should not be any problems when you use an external mouse. 

HP also offers a special USB-Gigabit-LAN cable, so you can at least compensate the missing RJ45 port. However, it is not a simple adaptor, but a USB network card (the Envy does not even have an Ethernet adaptor according to the System Control). Third-party solutions are often much cheaper, though. The rival Dell XPS 13-9350 shows that there is a better solution, despite the limited space: A Thunderbolt/USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, for example, in combination with a combo adaptor for HDMI, VGA and RJ45.

Left side: Kensington Lock, card reader, powered USB 3.0, audio combo
Right side: 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI-out, power

Card Reader

We check the transfer rates of the SD-card reader with our fast reference card Toshiba Exceria Pro 64 GB UHS-II. It manages 83.4 MB/s (read) and 62.5 MB/s (write) on average. The transfer of our picture folder (1,090 MB) from the card to the local hard drive takes about 20 seconds, which is an average result. The Envy is far away from the best as well as the worst devices (compare around 72 seconds for the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G vs. 10 seconds for the Dell XPS 13-9350).

Webcam

The webcam of the Envy 13 has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
The webcam of the Envy 13 has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

"Catch all the details with brilliant clarity – even in low-light-situations." This is at least the marketing slogan from HP for the TrueVision HD Webcam of the Envy. Okay, you might already guess that "all details with brilliant clarity" do not really suit the 720p resolution. The blurry quality of the first picture (taken under normal illumination) is not so surprising though. A comparison with the same object in twilight is disappointing as well. You could at least recognize some surface structures in the first picture, but now there are only blurry areas. At least the dual-array microphone can convince with the promised transparent voice during chats or recordings.

HP TrueVision HD Webcam, normal lighting
HP TrueVision HD Webcam, normal lighting
HP TrueVision HD Webcam, twilight
HP TrueVision HD Webcam, twilight
For comparison: Blackberry Q10, twilight
For comparison: Blackberry Q10, twilight

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Communication

Intel's Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 handles wireless network connections, both via Wi-Fi with the 802.11ac standard and transfer rates of up to 867 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0. The signal quality was very good in both 2.4 and 5 GHz networks, and the connection was subjectively fast and stable over two floors. We already mentioned that the Envy does not feature an Ethernet adaptor for even faster network connections – potentially an issue when you want to use the device productively.

Security

The Envy 13 has one important advantage over the rivals from Dell and Apple, for example, in an office environment: The fingerprint reader including its handy software to manage passwords – so web log-ins are also possible via fingerprint. A Trusted Platform module (2.0) is integrated as well to improve the security. Compared to the rival HP EliteBook 820 G2 you will have to waive a SmartCard reader, but it is also a real business notebook and almost twice as expensive.

Maintenance

To access the internals of the Envy 13, you have to loosen around a dozen small Philips screws at the bottom (two are hidden underneath the support feet). After that, you can remove the cover with a sharp object – the small gaps are helpful in this case. There are, however, not many reasons to open the device and possibly even damage the nice aluminum chassis except for the necessary cleaning of the fan. You can only replace the wireless module, the M.2 SSD as well as the battery; all the other components including the memory are soldered onto the mainboard.

The bottom cover looks like welded at first.
The Envy 13 is pretty cramped inside.

Accessories

The preloaded Windows 10 x64 in the Home Edition is also available on a recovery partition (not hidden). Otherwise, there is nothing in the box except for some warranty information.

Warranty

The standard warranty period is two years including a Pick-up & Return service – another indication of the business orientation of the Envy 13 and a real additional value for potential buyers. The service can also be extended by another year for around 80 Euros (~$87); you will even get an additional three-year insurance against damages for 130 Euros (~$142).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard is a compact chiclet model with additional background illumination. The key travel is short, which is typical for a subnotebook. The pressure points of the sufficiently sized keys are well defined, but there is flexing when you press a bit harder. All in all, this results in a rather spongy typing experience.

Touchpad

The trackpad with multi-touch support is generously sized and responsive up into the peripheral areas. Inputs are precise thanks to the smooth surface and multi-touch gestures are well executed. Less convenient is the fact that more pressure in the upper third of the pad will have an impact on the (not dedicated) buttons and triggers a left click. Perhaps this is a feature, but the author cannot really make sense of it; it resulted in some accidental inputs during our review period.

The typing experience of the Envy 13 is very comfortable.
The touchpad is also precise in the peripheral areas.

Display

Subpixel array

One highlight of the HP Envy 13-d000ng is certainly its (glossy) quad-HD display. 3200x1800 pixels result in a pixel density of 269 PPI. Icons and fonts scale well in Windows 10, so the picture is easily visible and razor-sharp on the 13.3-inch screen. The Envy 13 is also available with a matte FHD panel (as well as 8 instead of 4 GB RAM); HP charges 1,000 Euros (~$1092) for both configurations. 

We can see another specialty of the display under the microscope. The majority of panels only have red, green and blue sub pixels; all three colors combined result in the color white. This classic color arrangement does also result in a dampening of the light and therefore a lower luminance for white contents. This phenomenon can be reduced by adding an additional white subpixel in the display matrix – as we can see in the macro shot of the Envy display. The reward of this measure is a brilliant white as well as a good (even though not overwhelming) display brightness. The brightness distribution of the panel is unfortunately not very even; it drops significantly towards the left side, even though it is not a big deal in practice.

270
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
294
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
301
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 301 cd/m² Average: 275.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 292 cd/m²
Contrast: 462:1 (Black: 0.63 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.76 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.5
ΔE Greyscale 2.61 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
88.7% sRGB (Argyll) 57.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.31
HP Envy 13-d000ng
13.3, IPS, 3200x1800
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
13.3, IGZO , 3200x1800
Dell XPS 13-9350
13.3, IPS, 1920x1080
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
12.5, IPS, 1920x1080
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
13.3, IPS-Panel, 2560x1600
Response Times
84%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37.6 (14.8, 22.8)
40 (10, 30, Schwankungen auf kleinstem Niveau (Akku/Netz ident))
-6%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (8.8, 17.2)
30 (7, 23)
-15%
PWM Frequency
1316 (50, 78)
4900 (100)
272%
Screen
20%
12%
9%
33%
Brightness
276
281
2%
276
0%
298
8%
342
24%
Brightness Distribution
82
90
10%
88
7%
83
1%
81
-1%
Black Level *
0.63
0.18
71%
0.191
70%
0.33
48%
0.361
43%
Contrast
462
1583
243%
1453
215%
909
97%
1000
116%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.76
4.89
-77%
4.88
-77%
3.68
-33%
1.82
34%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.61
5.16
-98%
4.26
-63%
2.47
5%
1.8
31%
Gamma
2.31 104%
2.15 112%
2.59 93%
2.4 100%
2.49 96%
CCT
6731 97%
7106 91%
6562 99%
6310 103%
6417 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57.5
59
3%
41.6
-28%
41.6
-28%
61.9
8%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88.7
93
5%
65.79
-26%
64.9
-27%
96.9
9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
52% / 37%
12% / 12%
9% / 9%
33% / 33%

* ... smaller is better

The sRGB color space coverage is good at 88.7%, so the Envy 13 QHD can also be used for (semi) professional picture and video editing: It might also be suited for the presentation of design drafts for customers on the road thanks to the compact dimensions. This is, however, not the case for pre-print stages or if you need the highest color accuracy – the AdobeRGB color space is only covered by 57.5%.

AdobeRGB coverage
sRGB coverage
sRGB: Dell XPS 13-9350 (QHD-IPS panel)
sRGB: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 (2015)

Both the black value and the contrast are worse compared to the direct rivals. That this is not a typical issue of QHD panels is proven by the Dell XPS 13 with such a display, because it is at the top of the comparison in this respect. Our review unit can, however, convince with very low color deviations ex-works – ColorChecker determines a DeltaE deviation of 2.76 (values under 3 are good). The value even drops to 2.38 after the manual calibration.

ColorChecker pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
ColorChecker calibrated
ColorChecker calibrated
Saturation Sweeps calibrated
Saturation Sweeps calibrated
Grayscale calibrated
Grayscale calibrated

Due to heavy reflections, the display is not the best outdoors. Not even a place in the shade is sufficient to prevent reflections when the sun is shining – you will have to adjust the viewing angle accordingly. The maximum luminance is at least not reduced on battery power; it is sufficient for a clear sky.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 8.8 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 42 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
37.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 22.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 33 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1316 Hz50 % brightness setting
78 cd/m² brightness

The display backlight flickers at 1316 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 50 % (78 cd/m²) and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1316 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

As the flickering occurs only on very low brightness settings, it should not be an issue in typical office settings. Nonetheless, use in low light conditions may be straining to the eyes.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8632 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The IPS panel from Samsung with the designation SDC415A leaves a good impression in respect of the viewing angle stability. The visibility is always very good, even from wide angles. The color brilliance does suffer noticeably the further you shift from the center though. The panel from Sharp in the XPS 13 QHD does not show this behavior.

Performance

The combination of a modern Core i5-6200U and a 256 GB M.2 SSD promises a good all-rounder with smooth handling as well as video playback without delays. Gaming in high resolutions is, as expected, not possible with the integrated HD Graphics 520. The device is also not suited for professional audio editing due to measurable audio dropouts (see LatencyMon screenshot); but this scenario usually requires an external audio interface anyway. The amount of RAM is a bit low at just 4 GB. It runs in a dual-channel configuration, which can improve the system performance a bit. 

There is also a more powerful version of the Envy 13 with the QHD panel, which is equipped with 8 GB RAM and the i7-6500U. This model has the designation Envy 13-d004ng and is not much more expensive, so it actually offers a better price-performance ratio. The previously mentioned FHD version uses the Core i5-6200U from the review configuration, but in combination with 8 GB RAM. Otherwise, there are no differences.

Processor

The Core i5-6200U is based on Intel's Skylake architecture and is manufactured in a 14 nm process. The dual-core has a nominal clock of 2.3 GHz that can be raised to 2.7 or 2.8 GHz (multi-core and single-core) if necessary. The TDP is specified at 15 watts.

A look at the Cinebench results shows that our review unit can keep up pretty well with the rivals: It is unsurprisingly on par with the Dell XPS 13 FHD, which is equipped with the identical CPU. The difference is only 20% even compared to nominally faster rivals, which is hardly perceptible in practice. We also want to mention that the full performance is also available on battery power.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
105 Points ∼53%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
125 Points ∼63% +19%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
116 Points ∼58% +10%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
123 Points ∼62% +17%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
126 Points ∼63% +20%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
280 Points ∼13%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
303 Points ∼14% +8%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
287 Points ∼13% +3%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
287 Points ∼13% +3%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
321 Points ∼15% +15%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.26 Points ∼56%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1.46 Points ∼64% +16%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1.28 Points ∼56% +2%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.41 Points ∼62% +12%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
1.49 Points ∼66% +18%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
1.37 Points ∼60% +9%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3.13 Points ∼1%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3.52 Points ∼1% +12%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3.19 Points ∼1% +2%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3.14 Points ∼1% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
3.53 Points ∼1% +13%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
3.34 Points ∼1% +7%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4275
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9625
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6459
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5565 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
12303 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6957 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
26.78 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.13 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.26 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
105 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
280 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
36.8 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.9 %
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System Performance

The solid performance impression is also supported by the PCMark results. The Envy is once again on par with the Dell XPS 13 FHD; it is interesting that the XPS 13 QHD with the i7 CPU cannot manage a lead and is sometimes even behind the two i5 versions. At the top is the MacBook Pro Retina. Its Core i5-5257U is still from the Broadwell generation, but has a higher clock (2.7 GHz base, Turbo up to 3.1 GHz). But what do simple numbers mean? Responsive handling is much more important in practice, and the review unit leaves a great impression in this respect.

PCMark 7
System Storage (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5169 Points ∼72%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4414 Points ∼62% -15%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5279 Points ∼74% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
5525 Points ∼77% +7%
Computation (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
14003 Points ∼49%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
16178 Points ∼57% +16%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
10900 Points ∼38% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
19295 Points ∼68% +38%
Creativity (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
8763 Points ∼62%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
8955 Points ∼63% +2%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
8223 Points ∼58% -6%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
10626 Points ∼75% +21%
Entertainment (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3500 Points ∼33%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3528 Points ∼33% +1%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3269 Points ∼31% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
4280 Points ∼40% +22%
Productivity (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3905 Points ∼36%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
2294 Points ∼21% -41%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4040 Points ∼37% +3%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
5016 Points ∼46% +28%
Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4889 Points ∼61%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4977 Points ∼62% +2%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4989 Points ∼62% +2%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4414 Points ∼55% -10%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
5620 Points ∼70% +15%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3734 Points ∼57%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3735 Points ∼57% 0%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4078 Points ∼63% +9%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4133 Points ∼63% +11%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
4105 Points ∼63% +10%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3541 Points ∼37%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3658 Points ∼38% +3%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3306 Points ∼35% -7%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
4593 Points ∼48% +30%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2883 Points ∼48%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
2822 Points ∼47% -2%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
2983 Points ∼50% +3%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2987 Points ∼50% +4%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
3363 Points ∼56% +17%
PCMark 7 Score
4889 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2883 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3541 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3734 points
Help

Storage Devices

The M.2 SSD from Samsung has a capacity of 256 GB and returned good transfer rates in benchmarks, but we still determined that the exact same model inside the HP EliteBook 820 G2 performs much better. The drive of the Envy 13 particularly struggles when it copies small files. The faster processor should not be the reason; the chipset is more likely – even though it seems a bit strange that the Broadwell-U PCH should be superior to the more modern Skylake counterpart inside the Envy. Upcoming updates of the chipset or the SSD firmware might be able to improve the situation. The Envy 13 cannot compete with the extreme performance of rivals that are equipped with NVMe drives. The SSD is one of the few components that can be replaced by the user.

HP Envy 13-d000ng
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
Dell XPS 13-9350
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Apple SSD SM0128G
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
47%
33%
23%
47%
Write 4k QD32
240.4
293.6
22%
151.5
-37%
266.5
11%
254.4
6%
Read 4k QD32
355.5
485.7
37%
244.7
-31%
384.3
8%
343.6
-3%
Write 4k
73.8
121
64%
113
53%
136.4
85%
32.43
-56%
Read 4k
24.1
42.16
75%
38.52
60%
29.14
21%
20.95
-13%
Write Seq
265.9
311.4
17%
307.7
16%
268.3
1%
656.8
147%
Read Seq
467
763.8
64%
1097
135%
523.4
12%
1403
200%
AS SSD
58%
45%
39%
114%
Copy Program MB/s
121.11
149.15
23%
147.78
22%
285.47
136%
Copy ISO MB/s
134.26
317.82
137%
269.25
101%
522.19
289%
4K Write
62.53
97.63
56%
0.98
-98%
110
76%
30.2
-52%
4K Read
18.95
38.21
102%
34.61
83%
27.42
45%
20.6
9%
Seq Write
256.37
301.24
18%
152.56
-40%
205.89
-20%
616.35
140%
Seq Read
473.82
735.32
55%
1243.08
162%
512.09
8%
1233.21
160%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
53% / 51%
39% / 39%
31% / 31%
81% / 80%
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Sequential Read: 467 MB/s
Sequential Write: 265.9 MB/s
512K Read: 394.2 MB/s
512K Write: 265.9 MB/s
4K Read: 24.1 MB/s
4K Write: 73.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 355.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 240.4 MB/s

GPU Performance

The integrated HD Graphics 520 is one of the faster chips of its kind and the performance can keep up with dedicated entry-level chips like the GeForce 820M. Interesting for our review unit: The GPU supports hardware decoding of 4K H.265 videos. The GPU performance also benefits from the dual-channel memory configuration since there is no dedicated VRAM.

Compared to the Broadwell GPU from the HP EliteBook 820 G2, for example, we can clearly see an improvement in the 3DMarks. The Envy falls slightly behind the two Dell XPS 13 laptops that we reviewed with the same integrated graphics. The MacBook has a clear advantage over the other comparison devices since it uses the "premium-iGPU" Iris Graphics.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
793 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
847 Points ∼3% +7%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
861 Points ∼3% +9%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
619 Points ∼2% -22%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
981 Points ∼4% +24%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5710 Points ∼12%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
5896 Points ∼12% +3%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
5931 Points ∼12% +4%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4806 Points ∼10% -16%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
6190 Points ∼13% +8%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Physics (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3728 Points ∼23%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4258 Points ∼26% +14%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3845 Points ∼23% +3%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3758 Points ∼23% +1%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
4084 Points ∼25% +10%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1299 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1395 Points ∼3% +7%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1398 Points ∼3% +8%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
953 Points ∼2% -27%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
1706 Points ∼3% +31%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Envy 13-d000ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1447 Points ∼5%
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1556 Points ∼5% +8%
Dell XPS 13-9350
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
1558 Points ∼5% +8%
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1059 Points ∼4% -27%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Iris Graphics 6100, 5257U, Apple SSD SM0128G
1828 Points ∼6% +26%
3DMark 11 Performance
1447 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
54790 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5710 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
793 points
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Gaming Performance

Even newer games can be played on the Envy 13 as long as you can live with low settings and the minimum resolution for notebooks (1366x768 pixels). The graphics are still pretty good on the 13.3-inch screen in this case; the subjectively very rich and vivid colors of the QHD screen clearly improve the gaming experience on the Envy despite the low resolution.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 78.139.924.110.4fps
Sims 4 (2014) 16254.226.57.7fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 45.427.216.29.3fps

Emissions

System Noise

The fan of the Envy 13 is never silent by default, even while idling. It is still very quiet and you will have to hold your ear against the fan exhaust at the back or work in a very quiet environment. Similar to the majority of subnotebooks, our review unit is pretty restrained in this scenario. The noise level is also constant at 31.5 dB(A), so there is no annoying pulsating of the fan. You can clearly hear the Envy 13 under load, which is partly caused by the varying fan speed. It is still not annoying, but you can notice it. For comparison: The two XPS 13 models are not only generally quieter under load, but the fan speed is also constant.

It is possible to adjust the fan behavior of the Envy manually, which was pointed out by one of our readers. You can deactivate the default always-on of the fan in the BIOS; after that it should really be deactivated most of the time while idling and only spin if necessary. This means the user can decide whether he prefers a constant murmur or silence with the occasional activation of the fan.

HP Envy 13-d000ng
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
Dell XPS 13-9350
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
Noise
0%
13%
7%
-3%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
31.5
31.8
-1%
28.2
10%
29.2
7%
29
8%
Idle Average *
31.5
31.8
-1%
28.3
10%
29.2
7%
29
8%
Idle Maximum *
31.5
34.8
-10%
28.4
10%
29.2
7%
29
8%
Load Average *
35.6
34.8
2%
30.2
15%
34.7
3%
42.5
-19%
Load Maximum *
38.8
34.8
10%
30.2
22%
35.1
10%
45.6
-18%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
31.5 / 31.5 / 31.5 dB(A)
Load
35.6 / 38.8 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft SL-451 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The clock levels off at slightly under 2 GHz and the temperature at 77 °C during the stress test.

The temperature development of our review unit was generally not an issue. It gets slightly warmer than the rivals (except for the Dell XPS QHD, which creates much more heat under load because of the faster i7-6500U) and we can even measure around 50 °C (122 °F) at the fan exhaust under maximum load. However, the higher temperatures are concentrated at the center of the rear, where they are no big problem. Our stress test also shows that the Envy handles the thermal load very well even after one hour, despite the slightly higher temperatures. The base clock of the processor is reduced from 2.3 to 2.0 GHz after around 10 minutes, but is steady at this level over the course of the test. The CPU only took a couple of resting periods where it dropped to 1.7 GHz for around one minute. This compensated temperature peaks and resulted in an average value of 80 °C (176 °F), which should not be a problem for the lifespan of the chip. For comparison: The XPS 13 FHD with the same CPU had to throttle to 1.4 GHz to stay below the 80 °C mark.

HP Envy 13-d000ng
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
6500U, HD Graphics 520
Dell XPS 13-9350
6200U, HD Graphics 520
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
5500U, HD Graphics 5500
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
5257U, Iris Graphics 6100
Heat
-8%
9%
8%
15%
Maximum Upper Side *
49.8
57
-14%
45.2
9%
43.2
13%
45.1
9%
Maximum Bottom *
50.9
56
-10%
45.2
11%
45.1
11%
39.6
22%
Idle Upper Side *
33.3
34.1
-2%
30.4
9%
31.2
6%
28.5
14%
Idle Bottom *
32.7
34.3
-5%
31.2
5%
32.5
1%
28.3
13%

* ... smaller is better

Max. Load
 33.3 °C49.8 °C40 °C 
 30.1 °C32.8 °C34.4 °C 
 28.7 °C28.7 °C29.9 °C 
Maximum: 49.8 °C
Average: 34.2 °C
36.9 °C50.9 °C29.9 °C
33.3 °C34.6 °C28.6 °C
29 °C28.8 °C26.4 °C
Maximum: 50.9 °C
Average: 33.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  41.7 °C | Room Temperature 19.9 °C | Fluke 62 Max

Speakers

Can live up to the big name: The speakers made by Bang & Olufsen.

The sound system is provided by Bang & Olufsen, one of the most prestigious manufacturers of audio components for the volume market. Compared to the Envy 17, where the 4.1 speaker combination could really impress the author, our review unit only gets two speakers. But the result of this minimum spec is very convenient in all genres. The transparent sound characteristics already surprise in the default settings and you can clearly differentiate individual instruments. As expected, the small modules have a problem with the bass, but the software offers a very comprehensive equalizer for manual adjustments. Furthermore, you get different presets for music, voice and movies, which are subjectively well adjusted.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

As it should be for an Ultrabook, the Envy 13 QHD is a very frugal device and there are no anomalies compared to the rivals. The EliteBook consumes significantly less power while idling, which is most likely a result of the lower resolution 12.5-inch HD screen. We can see up to 40 watts under load (especially at the start of the stress test), but the 45-watt power adaptor is sufficient. The average consumption was 32.1 watts at the end of the stress test.

HP Envy 13-d000ng
6200U
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
6500U
Dell XPS 13 9343 Core i7
5500U
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
5500U
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
5257U
Power Consumption
0%
1%
23%
-4%
Idle Minimum *
5.4
6.8
-26%
6.6
-22%
3.1
43%
2.8
48%
Idle Average *
10.1
10
1%
9.3
8%
5.8
43%
7.8
23%
Idle Maximum *
11.1
10.5
5%
11
1%
6.5
41%
8.1
27%
Load Average *
32.1
30.2
6%
32.2
-0%
30.5
5%
52.4
-63%
Load Maximum *
40.1
33.6
16%
33.2
17%
46.3
-15%
62.8
-57%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.4 / 10.1 / 11.1 Watt
Load midlight 32.1 / 40.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

The stamina of the Envy 13 QHD is a bit disappointing. The results are actually not that bad, but sometimes clearly behind the direct rivals. One reason is the rather small 45-Wh battery, but it is surprising that the EliteBook lasts more than 4 hours longer while idling despite the similar battery capacity and the less efficient CPU. The QHD display of the Envy probably consumes quite a lot of power. The CPU is the biggest consumer in this case – advantage for systems with a Skylake processor.

More important in practice should be the result of our Wi-Fi test, where we use a script to load random websites in a fixed interval at an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m². The Envy falls behind in this browsing scenario and has to be recharged after around 5.5 hours – probably a real issue in practice. The MacBook Pro 13 Retina manages the best result with almost 9 hours, which is sufficient for a full business day on battery power.

HP Envy 13-d000ng
45 Wh
Dell XPS 13 2016 i7 256GB QHD
56 Wh
Dell XPS 13-9350
56 Wh
HP Elitebook 820 G2-J8R58EA
46 Wh
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch 2015-03
75 Wh
Battery Runtime
27%
43%
15%
88%
Reader / Idle
517
784
52%
782
51%
921
78%
1690
227%
H.264
342
293
-14%
581
70%
WiFi v1.3
324
432
33%
451
39%
338
4%
539
66%
Load
108
103
-5%
150
39%
97
-10%
94
-13%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
8h 37min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 20.10240.16384.0)
5h 24min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 42min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 48min

Pros

+ aluminum chassis with very good build quality
+ QHD display with high color accuracy
+ low temperature and noise development in all situations
+ business-capable security features
+ excellent speakers
+ very good price-performance ratio

Cons

- mediocre webcam
- input devices could be better
- low amount of RAM, not expandable
- below-average battery runtime

Verdict

In Review: HP Envy 13-d000ng. Test model courtesy of HP Germany.

The HP Envy 13-d000ng is an average device when you just look at the test results. Its QHD panel stands out from the masses, but does not set any records (even though the high sRGB coverage and the low color deviations are good). The performance benchmarks are within the expectations, only the integrated SSD seems to be slightly behind its possibilities. However, the impression is a bit different in practice. 

The handling of the device is just very convenient and the system is very responsive – neither the SSD nor the small amount of memory (4 GB) turn out to be bottlenecks. The display not only has an extremely high resolution, but subjectively also provides great pictures, so you can easily overlook drawbacks like the flexing keyboard. The Envy can also score in productive environments thanks to the fingerprint scanner and TPM. And the sound system is just great.

The other big advantage – which is really surprising – is the comparatively low price for the Envy 13 QHD of just 1,000 Euros (~$1092). If you really want a Windows subnotebook with a QHD screen, the only rival is pretty much the Dell XPS 13 QHD – and it costs 500 Euros (~$546) more. The very good MacBook Pro 13 Retina sells for 1,100 Euros (~$1202), but it only makes sense if you also use Mac compatible apps. Why should you use a device from the last generation with Bootcamp Windows if you can have the modern and lower priced Windows alternative Envy 13 QHD?

Perhaps because of the comparatively mediocre battery runtime of the Envy. All the rivals are better in this regard – and there is still no Windows device that can beat the MacBook Pro 13 Retina. However, this is the only real issue of our review unit. If you prefer stationary use or only use it occasionally on your way home, the HP Envy 13 subnotebook is a solid companion.

HP Envy 13-d000ng - 02/16/2016 v5
Oliver Moebel

Chassis
85 /  98 → 87%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
49 / 80 → 61%
Weight
71 / 78 → 84%
Battery
86%
Display
82%
Games Performance
58 / 68 → 85%
Application Performance
79 / 87 → 91%
Temperature
84 / 91 → 92%
Noise
90%
Audio
80 / 91 → 88%
Camera
71 / 85 → 84%
Average
77%
83%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Oliver Moebel, 2015-12-22 (Update: 2016-01- 2)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.