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HP Envy 13t (i7-8550U, MX150, SSD, FHD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Tanja Hinum-Balaz (translated by Katherine Bodner), 10/10/2018

Fancy. HP's slim 13.3-inch subnotebook features a fancy exterior and good connectivity. Hewlett-Packard has fitted a quad-core processor and a dedicated GPU into the slim case. Good battery runtimes, a fast SSD and a matte Full HD IPS screen complete the package.

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Hewlett-Packard has been offering the good-looking, slim 13.3-inch notebook named Envy 13 for several years now. Our current test unit is the newest model of this series. The device has been given a complete overhaul but still looks similar to its predecessor. Find out how the new model fares in our test review. Among the Envy 13's competition are the Lenovo IdeaPad 720s-13ARR, the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN, the Huawei MateBook X Pro and the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018.

HP Envy 13-ah0003ng (Envy 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 2048 MB, Core: 937-1038 MHz, Memory: 1253 MHz, GDDR5, 64-Bit bus, ForceWare 411.70, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Dual-Channel, soldered on with no free memory slots,
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, M133NVF3 R0, IPS, 120 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, 512 GB 
, 421 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC285 @ Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: combined audio jack, Card Reader: MicroSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.9 x 307 x 212 ( = 0.59 x 12.09 x 8.35 in)
Battery
53.2 Wh, 3454 mAh Lithium-Ion, 15.4 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, McAfee LiveSafe (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.21 kg ( = 42.68 oz / 2.67 pounds), Power Supply: 330 g ( = 11.64 oz / 0.73 pounds)
Price
1199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - HP has given the Envy 13 a fancy metal case

At first glance, there is no difference between our test unit and its predecessor. Again, Hewlett-Packard has chosen to go with an aluminum case, an angular look and thin bezels. But a closer look does reveal some differences. Today's test unit has sharper edges and uses the bottom edge of the display cover as a stand when the notebook is open, lifting the back of the base unit up off the table.   

The redesign makes the case look slimmer than its predecessors, although it is actually thicker by about one millimeter. The impression of slimness is further supported by the fact that the USB Type-A ports have a flap that needs to be opened when connecting something.

The 13.3-inch notebook does not seem to have any workmanship issues. The gap dimensions are uniform and we did not notice any unclean edges. The case's stability could still be improved: The base unit twists a little too much for our taste - we would have expected it to be stiffer. The lid can also be warped, but this does not affect the displayed content. Pressure on the back of the display does not have any impact on the image either. The hinges are tight and keep the display in position. The maximum opening angle is 125 °.

Size Comparison

Connectivity - the HP only has USB 3.1 Gen 1

We noticed a step back in terms of port selection compared to the predecessor. The Envy 13t only offers a single USB Type-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 1) while its predecessor was equipped with two of these connectors. The number of Type-A ports (also USB 3.1 Gen 1) has remained at two. A fingerprint reader has been added on the right side.

The USB Type-C port is not only used for data transfer. It also supports the DisplayPort-via-USB-C function, which means that the port can be used as a DisplayPort via an adapter (not included). The port can also be used to recharge the battery. This worked well in our test.

The notebook needs a USB power supply with a minimum output of 65 watts to run properly. A weaker model should do too, as long as it is only used to recharge the battery while the notebook is turned off. We tried connecting a 45-watt power supply while the notebook was turned on. It supplied sufficient power for the notebook to run and recharge the battery simultaneously. However, the notebook should not be put under load when using a 45-watt power supply, as this could lead to a system crash.

Left: combined audio jack, 2x USB 3.1 Gen (1x Type-A, 1x Type-C), SD card reader (microSD)
Left: combined audio jack, 2x USB 3.1 Gen (1x Type-A, 1x Type-C), SD card reader (microSD)
Right: fingerprint reader, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), power supply
Right: fingerprint reader, USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A), power supply

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SD card reader

The Envy does not offer a full-fledged SD card reader. However, there is a microSD reader, which is pretty fast. It has a maximum transfer rate of 86 MB/s when copying large blocks of data and can transfer 250 jpg files (each about 5 MB) at 78.3 MB/s. The competitors' card readers offer similar results. We test all card readers with our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64 GB).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
78.3 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
78.1 MB/s ∼100% 0%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72 MB/s ∼92% -8%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
69.7 MB/s ∼89% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (8 - 186, n=93)
62 MB/s ∼79% -21%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
86 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.9 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
84.9 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (17.7 - 251, n=93)
82.6 MB/s ∼96% -4%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80 MB/s ∼93% -7%

Communication

The Wi-Fi module in the Envy is equipped with an Intel chip (Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265). It supports the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 a/b/g/h/n as well as the fast ac standard. We tested the transfer rates in ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices in the vicinity, close proximity to server PC) and received good results. The subnotebook does not have an Ethernet connector. Should you need this, you will have to use a USB adapter.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
660 MBit/s ∼100% +29%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
609 MBit/s ∼92% +19%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
547 MBit/s ∼83% +7%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (71 - 950, n=80)
532 MBit/s ∼81% +4%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
525 MBit/s ∼80% +3%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
522 MBit/s ∼79% +2%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
510 MBit/s ∼77%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
326 MBit/s ∼49% -36%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
279 MBit/s ∼42% -45%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
682 MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
655 MBit/s ∼96% +7%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel 8265 Tri-Band WiFi (Oak Peak) Network Adapter
630 MBit/s ∼92% +3%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
611 MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (72 - 949, n=80)
522 MBit/s ∼77% -15%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
513 MBit/s ∼75% -16%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
492 MBit/s ∼72% -19%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
325 MBit/s ∼48% -47%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
295 MBit/s ∼43% -52%

Webcam

The Envy is equipped with a 0.9-MP webcam that takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The images lack sharpness and are grainy.

Accessories

The device comes with only a quick-start guide.

Maintenance

The Envy does not have a maintenance hatch. Should users want to do maintenance work or exchange some components, they will have to remove the entire bottom of the base unit. HP has made opening the case unnecessarily complicated. As with many HP notebooks that we have tested in the past weeks, most of the Envy's screws are hidden beneath two strips of rubber. These can be removed, but you should be careful not to rip the rubber. Another set of these rubber strips from HP would be quite pricey.

After removing the strips of rubber, all screws must be removed. Then the bottom cover can be lifted off with the help of a flat spatula. We would recommend starting below the right hinge.

Warranty

The Envy is equipped with a two-year warranty that includes pickup service. There are various extended protection plans that can be purchased on the HP website.

Input Devices - the HP keyboard is suitable for daily use

Keyboard

The Envy 13 has a backlit chiclet keyboard. The flat, smooth keys have short travel and a noticeable pressure point. The actuation force is good. The keyboard gives way a little in the middle while typing, but this did not bother us particularly. The backlight has one brightness level and can be activated via a function key. Overall, HP has included a very decent keyboard suitable for daily use.

Touchpad

The multi-touch ClickPad takes up about 11 x 5.5 cm. This offers plenty of space to use gesture control. Fingers glide easily over the smooth surface. Inputs are registered even in the corners. The ClickPad has short travel and a distinct pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display - the HP device has good colors ex-works

The matte 13.3-inch display of the Envy has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a 120 Hz refresh rate. Its brightness (309.7 cd/m²) and contrast (1257:1) are good. Competitors such as the Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN and the Lenovo IdeaPad 720s-13ARR offer similar values. The Huawei MateBook X Pro, however, has a significantly brighter display with a better contrast ratio.

The screen also uses PWM at brightness levels below 90% with a frequency of 1000 Hz. As this frequency is rather high, it should not cause headaches or eye problems even for sensitive users.

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Backlight bleeding
Backlight bleeding
330
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
316
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
282
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 330 cd/m² Average: 309.7 cd/m² Minimum: 13.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 285 cd/m²
Contrast: 1257:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.64 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 0.99
ΔE Greyscale 1.71 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
82% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 52% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.32
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
LTPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
IPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
-29%
-20%
-19%
2139%
-21%
-65%
-43%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
31 (15, 16)
48 (23, 25)
-55%
42 (20, 22)
-35%
40.4 (19.2, 21.2)
-30%
31 (14, 17)
-0%
44 (22, 22)
-42%
56.8 (27.6, 29.2)
-83%
39.6 (18.4, 21.2)
-28%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (14, 10)
32 (17, 15)
-33%
25 (12, 13)
-4%
25.6 (11.6, 14)
-7%
20 (11, 9)
17%
24 (13, 11)
-0%
31.6 (17.6, 14)
-32%
29.3 (14.8, 14.5)
-22%
PWM Frequency
1000 (90)
1000 (90)
0%
65000 (10)
6400%
198.4 (99)
-80%
220 (18, 100)
-78%
Screen
-66%
5%
-48%
-62%
-34%
-4%
-99%
Brightness middle
289
281
-3%
550
90%
442.7
53%
324
12%
329
14%
330
14%
370
28%
Brightness
310
264
-15%
512
65%
428
38%
293
-5%
306
-1%
304
-2%
355
15%
Brightness Distribution
85
83
-2%
88
4%
84
-1%
78
-8%
86
1%
88
4%
90
6%
Black Level *
0.23
0.23
-0%
0.32
-39%
0.31
-35%
0.32
-39%
0.3
-30%
0.25
-9%
0.23
-0%
Contrast
1257
1222
-3%
1719
37%
1428
14%
1013
-19%
1097
-13%
1320
5%
1609
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.64
4.83
-195%
2.28
-39%
2.24
-37%
5.52
-237%
4.07
-148%
1.8
-10%
6.9
-321%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.31
8.89
-169%
4.36
-32%
7.19
-117%
10.91
-230%
7.05
-113%
4.3
-30%
12.2
-269%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.99
0.8
19%
1.11
-12%
1.4
-41%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.71
6.63
-288%
3.27
-91%
9.7
-467%
3.36
-96%
2.76
-61%
2.5
-46%
7.4
-333%
Gamma
2.32 95%
1.85 119%
2.35 94%
1.42 155%
2.23 99%
2.56 86%
2.11 104%
1.76 125%
CCT
6291 103%
6794 96%
6819 95%
6227 104%
6687 97%
6915 94%
6588 99%
7529 86%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
52
56
8%
62
19%
61.6
18%
55
6%
56
8%
61.8
19%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
82
86
5%
98
20%
95
16%
83
1%
86
5%
97.3
19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-48% / -58%
-8% / 1%
-34% / -44%
1039% / 446%
-28% / -32%
-35% / -18%
-71% / -85%

* ... smaller is better

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 1000 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Envy vs. AdobeRGB
Envy vs. AdobeRGB
Envy vs. sRGB
Envy vs. sRGB

The screen already offers great colors ex-works. Its DeltaE-2000-deviation of 1.64 is within the ideal range (DeltaE below 3). The display does not have a blue cast and grayscales are well-balanced as well. These values can be further improved by calibrating the screen, which brings color deviation down to 0.99 and improves grayscale balance even more. The AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces are not covered by this panel. We measured coverage of 52% (AdobeRGB) and 82% (sRGB).

The color profile we provided above (based on our calibration) can improve the panel's colors. Please make sure that you have the exact same display model (manufacturer + model number) as in our test unit. Otherwise, our color profile could make colors even worse instead of improving them. Different panels from different manufacturers are often used within the same notebook model series.  

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - ColorChecker (after calibration)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps (after calibration)

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
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 10 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15 ms rise
↘ 16 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. » 17 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

HP has equipped the Envy 13 with an IPS panel with stable viewing angles. This means that display content can be read from any angle. While the display brightness is sufficient for indoor use, things become more difficult outdoors. At most, the screen can be used on an overcast day or in the shade.

The Envy outdoors (direct sunlight)
The Envy outdoors (direct sunlight)
The Envy outdoors (with the sun behind the device)
The Envy outdoors (with the sun behind the device)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance - the HP Envy's hardware cannot reach its full potential

HP's Envy 13 is a slim 13.3-inch subnotebook. Its processor offers sufficient processing power for all common applications. The dedicated graphics card also enables gaming. Our test unit is currently available for about $1400 with the starting price for other configurations lying at around $1000. However, the cheaper models do not include a dedicated GPU.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

The Envy is powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7-8550U (Kaby Lake Refresh) processor. This CPU belongs to the ULV models with a TDP of 15 watts and should cover the needs of most users. The 8550U processor provides more than enough performance for office and Internet applications. The CPU clocks at a base rate of 1.8 GHz and a turbo rate of up to 4 GHz.

The multithread CineBench tests are executed at a clock rate between 3.2 and 3.5 GHz for the first few seconds. Then the clock rate drops to 2.2 - 2.3 GHz. The single-thread tests are completed at clock rates between 3.7 and 3.9 GHz. This is the same whether the device is running on battery or connected to an external power supply.

Single-thread
Single-thread
Multithread
Multithread
Intel XTU
Intel XTU

We test whether the turbo boost can be used over a longer period of time by running the CineBench R15 multithread test in a loop for 30 minutes. The results dropped by 20% between the first and fourth run, then remained more or less constant at around 440 points for the remainder of the test. This shows that the turbo is used but only at low speed.

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HP Envy 13-ah0003ng Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø445 (425.56-530.84)
HP Envy 13-ad006ng Intel Core i7-7500U, Intel Core i7-7500U: Ø342 (339.93-347.87)
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7 Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø485 (464.55-537.4)
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5 Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø465 (452.33-537.54)
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR AMD Ryzen 7 2700U, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U: Ø367 (350.28-545.62)
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø544 (471.01-630.23)
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø470 (392.82-506.64)
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018 Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø497 (490.92-522.49)
Clock rates during the CB15 loop
Clock rates during the CB15 loop

If you need lot of power for a short period, the processor will offer the expected performance. However, the CineBench-R15 loop shows that the CPU works at lower speeds during long-term loads than comparable notebooks with the same processor.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6609
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
15505
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6221
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
64.33 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.17 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.92 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
75.71 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
531 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
160 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
160 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (108 - 172, n=62)
160 Points ∼100% 0%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
150 Points ∼94% -6%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
146 Points ∼91% -9%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Intel Core i7-7500U
145 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 (min: 143.11, max: 143.49) Points ∼90% -10%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
141 Points ∼88% -12%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
135 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
132 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (20 - 169, n=230)
111 Points ∼69% -31%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
630 Points ∼100% +19%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (301 - 761, n=64)
571 Points ∼91% +8%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
546 Points ∼87% +3%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
531 Points ∼84%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
522 (min: 490.92, max: 522.49) Points ∼83% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
516 Points ∼82% -3%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
516 Points ∼82% -3%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
514 Points ∼82% -3%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Intel Core i7-7500U
353 Points ∼56% -34%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (32 - 721, n=237)
303 Points ∼48% -43%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.92 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (1.43 - 1.95, n=30)
1.832 Points ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.79 (min: 1.65, max: 1.93) Points ∼93% -7%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.72 Points ∼90% -10%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
1.66 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.09 - 1.92, n=265)
1.141 Points ∼59% -41%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
7.17 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4.38 - 8.56, n=30)
6.31 Points ∼88% -12%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.29 Points ∼88% -12%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
5.87 (min: 5.83, max: 6.19) Points ∼82% -18%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
5.8 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (0.33 - 7.17, n=404)
2.49 Points ∼35% -65%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
6418 Points ∼100% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4202 - 8211, n=30)
6332 Points ∼99% +2%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
6221 Points ∼97%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
5552 Points ∼87% -11%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
5542 Points ∼86% -11%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
4379 Points ∼68% -30%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (322 - 6418, n=446)
3074 Points ∼48% -51%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
19873 Points ∼100% +28%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (11694 - 24180, n=30)
17908 Points ∼90% +15%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
16904 Points ∼85% +9%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
16272 Points ∼82% +5%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
15505 Points ∼78%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
9812 Points ∼49% -37%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (661 - 20773, n=428)
6779 Points ∼34% -56%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
13194 Points ∼100% +12%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (8918 - 14144, n=11)
12332 Points ∼93% +5%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
11795 Points ∼89%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
10423 Points ∼79% -12%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1018 - 13194, n=65)
5506 Points ∼42% -53%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
3871 Points ∼100% +10%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (2471 - 4020, n=11)
3663 Points ∼95% +4%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
3520 Points ∼91%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3136 Points ∼81% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (592 - 3943, n=65)
2465 Points ∼64% -30%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
14332 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (10747 - 15294, n=9)
13316 Points ∼93% -7%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
13251 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
8210 Points ∼57% -43%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2529 - 14332, n=23)
7039 Points ∼49% -51%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4439 - 4858, n=9)
4686 Points ∼100% 0%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
4684 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
4569 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3331 Points ∼71% -29%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1179 - 4684, n=23)
3301 Points ∼70% -30%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
15166 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (10869 - 16294, n=10)
14156 Points ∼93% -7%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
13897 Points ∼92% -8%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
12292 Points ∼81% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (2593 - 15166, n=13)
8639 Points ∼57% -43%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
8582 Points ∼57% -43%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (4555 - 4997, n=10)
4847 Points ∼100% 0%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
4842 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U
4700 Points ∼97% -3%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U
3981 Points ∼82% -18%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1529 - 4842, n=13)
3502 Points ∼72% -28%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
3357 Points ∼69% -31%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Subnotebook
  (797 - 30250, n=123)
2148 ms * ∼100% -92%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41.16299.402.0)
1356 ms * ∼63% -21%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Intel Core i7-7500U (Edge)
1282.8 ms * ∼60% -14%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
1236 ms * ∼58% -10%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U (Edge 42)
1121 ms * ∼52%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (877 - 2114, n=38)
1082 ms * ∼50% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge)
1028.8 ms * ∼48% +8%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
948.9 ms * ∼44% +15%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U (Edge 41)
910.7 ms * ∼42% +19%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U (Edge 41)
38710 Points ∼100% +16%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
38376 Points ∼99% +15%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge)
35817 Points ∼93% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (17296 - 42043, n=33)
34147 Points ∼88% +2%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U (Edge 42)
33496 Points ∼87%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Intel Core i7-7500U (Edge)
33100 Points ∼86% -1%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
32470 Points ∼84% -3%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41.16299.402.0)
27037 Points ∼70% -19%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3963 - 41665, n=115)
23993 Points ∼62% -28%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
Intel Core i7-8550U (Edge 41)
262.84 Points ∼100% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge)
248.05 Points ∼94% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U
  (142 - 288, n=51)
237 Points ∼90% +1%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
Intel Core i7-8550U (Edge 42)
233.53 Points ∼89%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41)
217.1 Points ∼83% -7%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Intel Core i5-8250U (Edge 41.16299.402.0)
212.9 Points ∼81% -9%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Intel Core i7-7500U (Edge)
192.92 Points ∼73% -17%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Intel Core i7-8550U
187.68 Points ∼71% -20%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (34.8 - 277, n=102)
182 Points ∼69% -22%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (Edge 42)
159.88 Points ∼61% -32%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

We have nothing to criticize in terms of system performance. The combination of a quad-core processor, RAM in dual-channel mode and an NVMe SSD ensures a smooth-running system. The dedicated GPU even enables gaming. Accordingly, the PCMark benchmark results are good.

PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 7 Score
6030 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4051 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5048 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5069 points
Help
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
5069 Points ∼100%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
4900 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4826 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4811 Points ∼95% -5%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4811 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (4063 - 5228, n=17)
4771 Points ∼94% -6%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4417 Points ∼87% -13%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4391 Points ∼87% -13%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4339 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1283 - 5363, n=173)
3933 Points ∼78% -22%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
4051 Points ∼100%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3796 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3780 Points ∼93% -7%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
3773 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (3145 - 4130, n=18)
3674 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3656 Points ∼90% -10%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3478 Points ∼86% -14%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3183 Points ∼79% -21%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3155 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1027 - 4182, n=199)
2987 Points ∼74% -26%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3071 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2036 - 3518, n=16)
2976 Points ∼97% -3%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
2872 Points ∼94% -6%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2815 Points ∼92% -8%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2735 Points ∼89% -11%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2410 Points ∼78% -22%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
2297 Points ∼75% -25%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
2206 Points ∼72% -28%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (729 - 3071, n=45)
2199 Points ∼72% -28%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
2115 Points ∼69% -31%
Productivity
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
6378 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (5079 - 7244, n=16)
6186 Points ∼97% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5995 Points ∼94% -6%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
5957 Points ∼93% -7%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5886 Points ∼92% -8%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5834 Points ∼91% -9%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5727 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
5664 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1690 - 6729, n=45)
4779 Points ∼75% -25%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3605 Points ∼57% -43%
Essentials
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
7614 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (6423 - 8412, n=16)
7407 Points ∼97% -3%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
7165 Points ∼94% -6%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
7083 Points ∼93% -7%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
7013 Points ∼92% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
6955 Points ∼91% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6887 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
6855 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (3092 - 8549, n=45)
6332 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5395 Points ∼71% -29%
Score
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3802 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (3071 - 4106, n=16)
3681 Points ∼97% -3%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3546 Points ∼93% -7%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3467 Points ∼91% -9%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
3445 Points ∼91% -9%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
GeForce MX150, 7500U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
3282 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
GeForce MX150, 8250U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3191 Points ∼84% -16%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
GeForce MX150, 8550U, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3160 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1150 - 3860, n=49)
2921 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Vega 10, 2700U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2584 Points ∼68% -32%

Storage Devices

The Envy's storage device is an NVMe SSD from SK Hynix. It is an M.2-2280 model and has a capacity of 512 GB. 421 GB of this is available to the user ex-works. The remaining storage is used for the Windows OS and the recovery partition. 

The transfer rates of the SSD are decent, although it does not belong to the fastest SSDs around. Particularly its sequential transfer rates are significantly slower than what many modern NVMe SSDs can offer nowadays. The SK Hynix website has an explanation: The SSD supports PCI Express 3.0 x2 while comparable competitors usually support PCI Express 3.0 x4. Therefore, they reach higher transfer rates.

The NVMe SSD
The NVMe SSD
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Sequential Read: 756.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 650.4 MB/s
512K Read: 603.4 MB/s
512K Write: 597.5 MB/s
4K Read: 44.71 MB/s
4K Write: 118.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 398.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 341.8 MB/s
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Average SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-8%
27%
29%
28%
-39%
56%
43%
0%
Write 4K
112.9
155.7
38%
148.7
32%
116.5
3%
87.53
-22%
78.41
-31%
170.9
51%
132.33
17%
113
0%
Read 4K
38.69
26.5
-32%
35.3
-9%
42.18
9%
31.39
-19%
30.77
-20%
46.43
20%
41.72
8%
38.7
0%
Write Seq
653.9
312.3
-52%
459.8
-30%
1079
65%
1281
96%
264.5
-60%
995.7
52%
1146.67
75%
654
0%
Read Seq
641.9
927.9
45%
1317
105%
1030
60%
1453
126%
465.7
-27%
941.9
47%
1117.65
74%
642
0%
Write 4K Q32T1
305.9
208.7
-32%
423
38%
225.7
-26%
169.4
-45%
262.8
-14%
469.1
53%
352.16
15%
306
0%
Read 4K Q32T1
351.6
478.8
36%
494.2
41%
302.9
-14%
241.8
-31%
283.8
-19%
539.8
54%
420.02
19%
352
0%
Write Seq Q32T1
868.5
305.1
-65%
458.5
-47%
1174
35%
1337
54%
262.7
-70%
1582
82%
1173.7
35%
869
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
1683
1601
-5%
3141
87%
3394
102%
2786
66%
558.5
-67%
3218
91%
3368.2
100%
1683
0%

Graphics

The Envy has a dedicated GeForce MX150 from Nvidia. This GPU supports DirectX 12 and clocks at a base rate of 937 MHz. The turbo boost can reach up to 1038 MHz. The GPU has 2048 MB GDDR5 memory available.

The limited speed of the GPU immediately gives away the fact that HP has chosen to install the so-called "1D12" version of the MX150. This is a slower version of the "normal" MX150 that is made with slim, compact notebooks in mind. These devices usually offer too little space for a cooling system that could cool the normal MX150 on top of the processor. The predecessor of our current test unit was already equipped with this 1D12 version. The same goes for other models: Lenovo IdeaPad 320s-13IKBAsus ZenBook 13 UX331UNXiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018.

The results of the 3DMark benchmarks are normal for the 1D12 version. The normal MX150 core is about 30% faster. Find out more about the 1D12 version here.

Sky Diver
Sky Diver
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark 06 Standard
17106 points
3DMark 11 Performance
3761 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
66492 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13232 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2596 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1293 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
943 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2796 - 4876, n=38)
4172 Points ∼100% +19%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
3539.5 (min: 3537, max: 3543) Points ∼85% +1%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3512 Points ∼84%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
3483 Points ∼83% -1%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3461 Points ∼83% -1%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-7500U
3459 Points ∼83% -2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3450 Points ∼83% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2918 Points ∼70% -17%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
2796 Points ∼67% -20%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
2688 Points ∼64% -23%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-8250U
2471 Points ∼59% -30%
Asus VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-FZ119T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2339 Points ∼56% -33%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (230 - 4494, n=318)
1162 Points ∼28% -67%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2323 - 3739, n=35)
3300 Points ∼100% +15%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2874 Points ∼87%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
2873 (min: 2870, max: 2876) Points ∼87% 0%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-7500U
2841 Points ∼86% -1%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2826 Points ∼86% -2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
2793 Points ∼85% -3%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
2740 Points ∼83% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
2339 Points ∼71% -19%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
2324 Points ∼70% -19%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-8250U
1720 Points ∼52% -40%
Asus VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-FZ119T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
1588 Points ∼48% -45%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1567 Points ∼47% -45%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (222 - 3459, n=206)
942 Points ∼29% -67%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (16227 - 22183, n=34)
19462 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
18346 Points ∼94% +6%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3 2018
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
18120 (min: 18100, max: 18140) Points ∼93% +5%
HP Envy 13-ad006ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-7500U
17750 Points ∼91% +2%
Huawei MateBook X Pro, i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17345 Points ∼89% 0%
HP Envy 13-ah0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
17325 Points ∼89%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
16553 Points ∼85% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320S-13IKB
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
16227 Points ∼83% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKB 80XL01NEGE
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
13979 Points ∼72% -19%
Lenovo Ideapad 720S-13ARR
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
9364 Points ∼48% -46%
HP Pavilion 15-cc107ng
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-8250U
9012 Points ∼46% -48%
Asus VivoBook Flip TP501UQ-FZ119T
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i5-7200U
8165 Points ∼42% -53%
Average of class Subnotebook
  (1484 - 21461, n=228)
6932 Points ∼36% -60%

Gaming Performance

The Envy enables users to play computer games. It can display most games smoothly in HD resolution (1366x768p) and middle to high settings. Games that are only moderately demanding can be displayed at even higher settings. Current games such as Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Monster Hunter World can only be played at reduced resolution and/or settings. The refresh rate is comparable to those of other notebooks that are equipped with the 1D12 version of the GeForce MX150. 

We used the game The Witcher 3 to check the consistency of the refresh rates. In order to do so, we let the game run for about 60 minutes in HD (1024 x 968p) and minimum settings. The game character is not moved throughout this period. The refresh rates drop by about 20% in the first few minutes and then remain constant for the remainder of the test.

The drop in the refresh rates correlates with the GPU speed. At the beginning of the test, the graphics chip clocked at speeds that were significantly over the clock rates specified by HP. The clock rate subsequently dropped and stabilized at around 850 - 900 MHz.

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