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HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 Notebook Review

Sven Kloevekorn, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/16/2015

Slowed down. Anyone thinking about buying HP's new, unusual 15-inch convertible will need patience. The sluggish hard drive slows down the system unnecessarily. A high-quality screen should not be on the priority list, either. Fortunately, there are also positive aspects to report.

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Besides Toshiba and Asus, HP is one of the few manufacturers that have been recurrently offering convertibles with a 360° foldable 15-inch touchscreen - unusual in this category. The construction allows optional use in tablet mode, which folds the keyboard and touchpad to the underside. This needs a bit of getting used to despite their automatic deactivation. A further advantage of this design is the various modes between both final states. For example, the 360-degree convertibles can be propped up like a tent, and the tilt angle can be adapted exactly to the needs when used as a tablet on a table. On its x360 notebook webpage HP publicizes various models in different sizes and configurations. The review sample with a "15-w" in its name is apparently offered only in the current version, although HP somewhat inconspicuously hints at an optional Full HD IPS screen.

A dedicated graphics card like the Nvidia GeForce 930M in the review sample is even rarer than the limited mobile 15-inch size installed in this laptop category. An on-chip GPU is normally used for achieving an as slim as possible build and a potentially lower weight. Intel's Core i5-5200U Hyperthreading capable dual-core CPU ranks over the performance of the lower mid-range graphics card, and is supported by a not very generous 4 GB of single-channel RAM. Otherwise, the configuration will not win any awards. The conventional hard drive with only 500 GB of capacity and limited interface diversity can be mentioned as examples. On the other hand, the laptop acrobat can score with a stylish metal casing, just like its previously tested precursor HP's Envy 15-u001ng x360.

All comparison devices used for this test are based on the same casing design. Both older, but now available with updated Broadwell innards, Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP500LN and TP550LA-CJ070P convertibles are in a similar price and weight range. These are joined by the lighter 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 3 14 with an Nvidia 940M and SSD for approximately 1000 Euros (~$1124), and the considerably more expensive Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102 launched in August 2014 also with an SSD and a price of around 1250 Euros (~$1405). While the review sample and the Transformer Book TP550LA both have a TN screen with a resolution of 1600x900 and 1366x768 pixels respectively, the other convertibles are equipped with Full HD IPS screens.

HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 (Envy 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 930M - 2048 MB, Core: 928-941 MHz, Memory: 1800 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 347.26, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3L 1600 SDRAM, single-channel, 2 memory banks, 1 unoccupied
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, 10 points, Samsung SDC4C51, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo in/out audio, 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Sensors: accelerometer for HP 3D DriveGuard, position sensor, compass
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.9 x 382 x 250 ( = 0.94 x 15.04 x 9.84 in)
Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HP TrueVision HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Avast! SecureLine VPN (1-month subscription), McAfee LiveSafe, Bang & Olufsen, CyberLink Media Espresso, CyberLink Media Suite, CyberLink PowerBackup, Foxit PhantomPDF Express for HP, Fresh Paint, Ludo, Mahjong, mysms, Netflix, Skype, TripAdvisor, 7-Zip, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.29 kg ( = 80.78 oz / 5.05 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

We cannot confirm with certainty whether the casing of the heavy 2.3 kg (~5.1 lb) HP Envy 15 x360 is really made of aluminum or if it is just covered over the corresponding surfaces. The looks and feel as well as the high stability seem to favor the first assumption. In any case, the silver, subtly brushed metal finish (HP: horizontal hairline pattern) that adorns the base's upper side and the lid give a very elegant impression, and is not very susceptible to fingerprints. As is typical of HP, consistently rounded edges predominate the looks.

HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360

The identically colored tray is pulled to the base's upper edge and creates its outer limit. A plate that surrounds the keyboard, and can be removed after releasing some screws on the underside, is inserted there. The only, hardly noteworthy manufacturing flaw that we discovered is found here. The cover is not fitted absolutely flush. The agreeably robust lid rocks only for a moment after shocks, and can still be opened with one hand, although the base lifts while doing so. The touchscreen stands at an ergonomic angle of 45° to the table (stand mode) when the lid is opened by 315°. The convertible then rests on the keyboard, and is very convenient to use. Once again, the somewhat tightly pulled, solid-looking hinges prove themselves: The screen at most wobbles slightly when tapping gently around the screen.

Connectivity

As to be expected considering the slim build, the user will have to be satisfied with the bare minimum. At least a Gigabit Ethernet port and 2 USB 3.0 (right) and 1 USB 2.0 are present. Most importantly, all interfaces are situated in the rear area, which largely prevents inserted cables and flash drives interfering when, for example, using an external mouse.

The Windows button is between the USB and audio port on the right, while the power button is far back on the left, and the volume rocker as well as the SD card slot are situated on the left front. Using an external USB 3.0 hard drive did not work ideally for the author. We rarely came even close to the otherwise normal transfer rate of almost 100 MB/s when copying larger files.

Right: On/off, Kensington, USB 2.0, SD card, volume, HDD LED
Right: On/off, Kensington, USB 2.0, SD card, volume, HDD LED
Left: Audio in/out, Windows button, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, charging LED, power in
Left: Audio in/out, Windows button, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, charging LED, power in

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Communication

Unfortunately, dual-band Wi-Fi and the latest ac standard (Gigabit Wi-Fi) are not available. The installed Realtek RTL8723BE module only supports the often overrun 2.4 GHz band and the 802.11 b/g/n standards. The Envy presented a rather mixed performance in the author’s personal test setup. Unlike other laptops, it is unable to maintain high transfer rates the further we moved away from the router. We cannot recommend the device for particularly borderline Wi-Fi reception situations, but no issues should evolve under normal conditions.

Accessories

In addition to the mandatory power supply, the plain box contains only the usual setup and support notes. All kinds of accessories can be found on HP's product page, but none that are specifically made for the review sample. Items, such as a white 15.6-inch HP Spectrum sleeve for 24.99 Euros (~$28), can be ordered there.

Maintenance

As mentioned in the "Case" section, the upper side inserted in the base has to be removed to access the innards. At least four visible screws on the underside have to be released, but rubber caps and stoppers might conceal some more screws. The battery cannot be accessed, either. Thus, the user will have to decide whether a manufacturer service involving costs is called upon, or whether the warranty and guarantee are put at risk by DIY.

Warranty

HP includes a one-year limited warranty on part, labor, and pick up and return service. This period is extended by one year when an HP Care Pack is purchased for steep 117.81 Euros (~$132) including additional services like phone support.

Input Devices

Touchpad settings
Touchpad settings

Touchpad

At a first glance, the keyless ClickPad with its unusual width seems to suggest that it is an HP Control Zone touchpad with multiple zones. However, this is not so, it lacks the special features that are described in this video. Instead, a Synaptic driver used in many laptops is installed. It provides enough configuration options for gestures with up to four fingers. There is a relatively wide area on the right that is not touch sensitive, which reduces the actual usable area significantly.

We cannot criticize the gliding properties of the almost smooth surface even with moist fingers. Fast movements were also implemented, drag & drop via double-click and hold also functioned impeccably and the accuracy and responsiveness did not give any reason for complaint. This also applies to the rather softly coordinated replacement mouse keys with a short drop and palpable pressure point.

Touchscreen        

The technically impeccably functioning touchscreen detects up to ten fingers simultaneously. However, it presented the tester's somewhat moist finger with a very unpleasant frictional resistance while gliding over it. The skin virtually stuck to the glass and did not really follow the finger's movement. A point is deducted from the partial rating since the surface completely spoiled finger use for the tester (apart from simple tapping).

Keyboard

HP has installed an optically perfectly matched, silver island-style keyboard with flat, slip resistant keys that have a short drop and a minimally cushioned stroke in its Envy 15 x360. The pressure point is sufficiently separated from the crisp stroke to provide a clear feedback. Typing produces a clacking noise that is louder on the larger keys than on the smaller ones. The keyboard is not obtrusively loud, but it is only conditionally suitable for noise-sensitive environments.

The unit cannot be warped using realistic force. The lettering for the F1 - F12 function keys set as a second assignment by default is much too tiny. The single-level, white-bluish keyboard backlight makes an uneven impression. It only increases the contrast of the actually dark lettering in really dark surroundings.

Display

Although good viewing angles would be needed, particularly in tablet mode, HP has opted for a (glossy) TN screen that destroys any big hopes in this direction. The still acceptable 1600x900 pixels (16:9) distributed over 15.6 inches result in a somewhat outdated 118 ppi. We do not have any complaints about image sharpness at a normal viewing distance of approximately half a meter (~20 in). However, the image looks rather pixelated when moving closer to the screen.

The brightness does not give reason for joy. We expect a minimum brightness of 200 cd/m² even from laptops cheaper than the review sample. The installed screen, however, mostly misses that. Of our comparison devices, only the Transformer Book Flip TP500LN is even darker, and only Toshiba's device offers a very good brightness. As mentioned in the introduction, a Full HD IPS model is optionally available. However, this is apparently only in theory since the corresponding offers are not listed. Although the measured illumination of 82% is only average, we did not observe any clouding or screen bleeding in a black image.

220
cd/m²
186
cd/m²
181
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
183
cd/m²
193
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
194
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 220 cd/m² Average: 195.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 145 cd/m²
Contrast: 359:1 (Black: 0.51 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.45 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 13.81 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
54% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 34% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.33

One of the few possible advantages of TN screens is a low black level. Unfortunately, the screen also disappoints here. The much too high 0.51 cd/m² confirm the impression so that we can barely speak of really deep black. The low brightness combined with the too bright black results in a very modest contrast of just 359:1. The aforementioned Toshiba accomplishes 1172:1. Although our Yoga 3 is not the brightest device, it achieves an excellent 1138:1 thanks to its very low black level of 0.21 cd/m².

The poor color reproduction typical of TN screens leads to a heavy bluish cast with average DeltaE rates of up to 14. The ICC profile linked in the box could remedy this. A look at the color space coverage, mostly relevant for dedicated image editors: 34% of the large AdobeRGB color space (sRGB: 54%) is very weak even for TN conditions, and completes the screen's overall shattering impression.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 vs. AdobeRGB
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 vs. AdobeRGB
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 vs. sRGB
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 vs. sRGB
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LNAsus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070PLenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
Screen
71%
27%
-8%
52%
Brightness middle
183
293
60%
154
-16%
205
12%
239
31%
Brightness
196
287
46%
143
-27%
201
3%
227
16%
Brightness Distribution
82
91
11%
84
2%
87
6%
88
7%
Black Level *
0.51
0.25
51%
0.3
41%
1.33
-161%
0.21
59%
Contrast
359
1172
226%
513
43%
154
-57%
1138
217%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
12.45
5.4
57%
4.84
61%
5.6
55%
5.4
57%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.81
4.33
69%
4.53
67%
5.38
61%
4.71
66%
Gamma
2.33 94%
2.39 92%
2.22 99%
2.18 101%
2.51 88%
CCT
16998 38%
6670 97%
7307 89%
7737 84%
6354 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
34
55
62%
48
41%
41
21%
37
9%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
54
83
54%
59
9%

* ... smaller is better

The screen outdoors
The screen outdoors

The review sample's weight and size do not exactly predestine it for outdoor use. However, when some fieldwork is on the agenda, the user will need patience, at least on bright days. The low brightness combined with the very glossy surface is responsible for poor legibility, which can only be prevented by very careful positioning. 

As can be seen in our collage, we are dealing with abysmal viewing angle stability here. Just vertically shifted viewing angles not only lead to an unusually strong decrease of contrast and brightness, but also result in distorted colors. The reproduction is absolutely devastating when looking up or down on the screen. The choice of this screen is incomprehensible for us, especially in view of the multiple options of use that the special hinge allows.

Performance

Clock rates in Cinebench R15 loop
Clock rates in Cinebench R15 loop

Processor

The frugal Intel Core i5-5200U with two physical cores, Hyperthreading and a clock of 2.2 to 2.7 GHz is one of the most popular Broadwell processors. Its low TDP of 15 watts makes it suitable for compact and slim laptop, ultrabooks, and convertibles. The CPU requires less energy compared with its direct i5-4200U Haswell precursor (2 x 1.6  to 2.7 GHz, Hyperthreading, TDP: 15 W) despite an increased performance of 5 to 15% due to somewhat higher frequencies thanks to the new 14 nanometer manufacturing and minor, architectural improvements. It integrates the economic Intel HD Graphics 5500 that is automatically enabled for less demanding (2D) graphic calculations via Optimus technology.

The specified maximum clock is 2.5 GHz when both cores were loaded, and were maintained stably in our Cinebench R15 loop. This is what an ideal Turbo utilization should look like. Consequently, the measured performance is exactly at the expected level. The comparison chart below illustrates good Turbo Boost performance when compared to competing models with very similar CPUs.The performance does not change in battery mode.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.15 Points ∼47%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.26 Points ∼52% +10%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
Intel Core i5-4210U
1.19 Points ∼49% +3%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.25 Points ∼51% +9%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.84 Points ∼10%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.82 Points ∼10% -1%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
Intel Core i5-4210U
2.55 Points ∼9% -10%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.86 Points ∼11% +1%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Intel Core i5-5200U
103 Points ∼47%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
Intel Core i5-5200U
109 Points ∼50% +6%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
Intel Core i5-4210U
86 Points ∼39% -17%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
Intel Core i5-4210U
82 Points ∼38% -20%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
Intel Core i5-5200U
108 Points ∼50% +5%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Intel Core i5-5200U
258 Points ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
Intel Core i5-5200U
253 Points ∼6% -2%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
Intel Core i5-4210U
232 Points ∼5% -10%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
Intel Core i5-4210U
239 Points ∼5% -7%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
Intel Core i5-5200U
254 Points ∼6% -2%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4158
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8631
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.15 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.84 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
103 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
258 Points
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System Performance

The erratic scores of the only partially reliable PCMark 8 might not reflect this, but subjectively HP's Envy 15-w000ng x360 disappointed the tester primarily due to its very sluggish operation compared with today's standards. The abysmal performance of the conventional HDD is the problem; we will deal with this below. Annoying delays were repeatedly noticed. Unfortunately, the Envy has only 4 GB of RAM and therefore the swap file had to be accessed more frequently, which in turn slowed down the system.

Disregarding PCMark 8, the scores of Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP500LN in particular are striking. Despite comparable core components, including a conventional hard drive it has an edge of 56% over the review sample. Lenovo's Yoga 3 clearly benefits from its SSD. PCMark 7 thus confirms our subjective impression.

PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2558 Points ∼30%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2652 Points ∼31% +4%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3991 Points ∼46% +56%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
4575 Points ∼53% +79%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3914 Points ∼60%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3676 Points ∼56% -6%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3541 Points ∼54% -10%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3338 Points ∼51% -15%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
4184 Points ∼64% +7%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2841 Points ∼47%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2846 Points ∼47%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2500 Points ∼41%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
3041 Points ∼50%
PCMark 7 Score
2558 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3914 points
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Storage Device

The installed Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 with a modest capacity of 500 GB and 5400 rpm delivers an abominable presentation. This is incomprehensible since the drive achieves considerably higher transfer rates in some other laptops. We did not find any settings that might have an impact on the HDD's performance. Could it be that HP's 3D DriveGuard that cannot be disabled but uninstalled slows things down? When looking at the average sequential read performance based on HD Tune, the HDD is among the slowest four models that we have assessed in the past twelve months. The drive still achieved 90 MB/s in the Aldi laptop Medion Akoya E7416.

We used CrystalDiskMark 3.0 for the other rates that continued to disappoint us. The performance in reading small random data blocks (4K read) is important for loading the OS and programs. Once again, it is only enough for a place among the last three devices in the same field. It does not look much better in 4K read using multiple threads simultaneously (4K QD32 Read). When comparing the HDD's performance in the review sample with that of the comparison devices in the test, every single one can set itself apart in every test, sometimes with considerable leads.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
Read 4k QD32 (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.471 MB/s ∼0%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
0.878 MB/s ∼0% +86%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
0.8 MB/s ∼0% +70%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.642 MB/s ∼0% +36%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
354.63 MB/s ∼37% +75193%
Read 4k (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.241 MB/s ∼0%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
0.432 MB/s ∼0% +79%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
0.4 MB/s ∼0% +66%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.328 MB/s ∼0% +36%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
35.18 MB/s ∼1% +14498%
Read Seq (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
63.89 MB/s ∼2%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
95.43 MB/s ∼3% +49%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
109.2 MB/s ∼3% +71%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
98.11 MB/s ∼3% +54%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
524.8 MB/s ∼15% +721%
HD Tune Transfer Rate Average - --- (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
69.9 MB/s ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
70.5 MB/s ∼3% +1%
HD Tune Access Time - --- (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
17.6 ms * ∼7%
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
19.8 ms * ∼8% -13%

* ... smaller is better

Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Transfer Rate Minimum: 40.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 98.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 69.9 MB/s
Access Time: 17.6 ms
Burst Rate: 286.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.7 %

Graphics Card

Nvidia's GeForce 930M (GM108 chip) is a graphics card from the lower mid-range of the current generation. Just like the very similar but higher clocked 840M, it is based on the Maxwell architecture and supports DirectX 11. Our review sample is equipped with the maximum memory level of 2 GB dedicated DDR3 RAM clocking at 1800 MHz, which is connected via a narrow 64-bit bus. Thanks to the integrated PureVideo HD video engine (VP6), the 930M does not have any problem with 4K videos. According to GPU-Z, our review sample clocks at 928 MHz (Turbo: 941 MHz), but the clock rates did not exceed 900 MHz in the FurMark stress test.

The performance measured using 3DMark 11 and 2013 are exactly on par with the few previously assessed 930M cards in other laptops. While the Intel HD 4400 in Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070 falls far behind in 3DMark 11 with 59% lower performance, the 940M in Lenovo's Yoga 3 manages a small lead. Of the 3DMark (2013) benchmarks, Cloud Gate is most suitable for the 930M's performance category. It is on par with the 840M in Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP500LN and the 940M in the Yoga. The performance is not reduced in battery mode.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
2061 Points ∼4%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
Intel HD Graphics 4400
852 Points ∼2% -59%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
2213 Points ∼4% +7%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
8294 Points ∼4%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
8292 Points ∼4% 0%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
8446 Points ∼5% +2%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
59278 Points ∼8%
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
NVIDIA GeForce 840M
52978 Points ∼7% -11%
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
41100 Points ∼5% -31%
3DMark 11 Performance
2131 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
50600 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5790 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1268 points
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Gaming Performance

At best, the 930M copes with up-to-date, graphically demanding games in medium settings using 1366x768 pixels. Graphical blockbusters, such as "The Witcher 3", "Evolve" or the extremely performance-driven "Assassin's Creed: Unity", are hardly rendered smoothly even in unsightly minimum settings. Games like "F1 (2014)", the "Fifa" games or the popular "Dota 2" can be played in high or maximum settings using 1366x768 pixels. Which games run smoothly on which graphics card can be found in our FAQ section.

low med. high ultra
Crysis 3 (2013) 36.422fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 118.258.731.915.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 79.245.436.512.6fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 40.832.720.1fps
Dota 2 (2013) 63.132.1fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 53.338.226.1fps
Thief (2014) 35.222.618.3fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 98.458.327.615fps
Fifa 15 (2014) 66.643.8fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 3723.8fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 45.732.818.9fps
F1 2014 (2014) 90 severe graphical problems66 severe graphical problems4530fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 57.325.2fps
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) 50.130.6fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 23.7fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 38.626.7fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 43 small graphical problems35.320fps
Evolve (2015) 32.223.3fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 61.346.316.9fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 137.442.221.4fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 26 small graphical problemsfps

Emissions

System Noise

Regardless of the selected power profile, the fan in HP's Envy 15 x360 spins continuously. However, it becomes audible in idle mode at a distance of perhaps more than 50 centimeters (~20 in). We generated a permanently high CPU load via Prime95 after enabling the high performance plan. This led to a sudden speed increase after approximately one and a half minutes. A clear noise was then audible even at a greater distance, which was not annoying. It increased even further when FurMark was added without becoming really distracting. The author could tolerate the soundscape quite well since there were no side noises. The other convertibles in the field are similarly quiet in idle mode, but the review sample drowns them out at maximum load.

Noise Level

Idle
32.2 / 32.3 / 32.3 dB(A)
HDD
32.4 dB(A)
Load
37.8 / 47.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Clock rates Prime95 only
Clock rates Prime95 only
Clock rates Prime95 + FurMark
Clock rates Prime95 + FurMark

Assuming that the laptop will probably be placed on a table when demanding games and software are used, the quite warm temperatures of 41 °C (~106 °F) in some places on the underside will not be very relevant. The wrist rest is more important here, which never exceeds a pleasant 31 °C (~88 °F) in all load states. The user will at most be faced with body temperature in the keyboard area when holding the Envy 15 x360 in the hand in tablet mode.

Even the more exacting and unrealistic CPU stress test via Prime95 could not shake the thus far ideal Turbo utilization. Once again, the clock rates remained stably at the dual-core Turbo frequency of 2.5 GHz. The temperature never exceeded the harmless 69 °C (~156 °F). Although it climbed to still uncritical 86 °C (~187 °F) when adding the GPU stress test FurMark, the processor still clocked at 2.5 GHz. This is as good as it gets.

Max. Load
 35.3 °C
96 F
37.6 °C
100 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 37.8 °C
100 F
35.8 °C
96 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
 28.1 °C
83 F
28.1 °C
83 F
30.1 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 37.8 °C = 100 F
Average: 33 °C = 91 F
34.6 °C
94 F
41.7 °C
107 F
40.8 °C
105 F
32.8 °C
91 F
38.7 °C
102 F
35.3 °C
96 F
30.8 °C
87 F
30.3 °C
87 F
29.6 °C
85 F
Maximum: 41.7 °C = 107 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  53.5 °C = 128 F | Room Temperature 25.3 °C = 78 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37.8 °C / 100 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.7 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.7 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.1 °C / 86.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-1 °C / -1.8 F).

Speakers

The Envy cannot boast with an especially high maximum volume, but it will be enough for filling smaller rooms with sound. The sound impression while playing various music pieces (preset: Music) proved quite balanced, probably thanks to Bang & Olufsen Sound. It was only rarely slightly piercing and even fairly dynamic despite the speaker's physical inability to produce real basses. The required compression, however, causes a somewhat squashed-sounding playback, especially in songs with a high dynamic range. The speakers could not render the entity of Madonna's songs from the Album "Ray of Light". Overall, the Envy renders music, videos and games appropriately, and the need for external playback peripherals is unlikely to evolve right away.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

A somewhat mixed power consumption impression evolves when equally sized laptops with the i5-5200U are used as a comparison basis. In any case, 0.3 watts in standby is too high. Our Envy 15 x360 belongs to the most frugal devices in idle min and idle avg, and is midfield in the other load states. Asus' Transformer Book Flip TP500LN in particular has relatively high consumption that stands out from the comparison laptops. The 65-watt power supply has enough reserves to recharge the review sample while playing a game.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.3 / 6 / 7.8 Watt
Load midlight 30.3 / 42.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

First a glance at the battery capacities of the laptops in the test - Envy: 48 Wh; Yoga: 47 Wh; Radius: 45 Wh; TP500LN: 48 Wh; TP550LA: 38 Wh. Consequently, the first three are comparable with the review sample. Our Envy 15 x360 takes the second place with a very good result in idle mode. The TP500LN steps out of line here as well as under load with strikingly short runtimes. The Envy wins the everyday Wi-Fi test using our new procedure (Our test criteria) with a very slight lead. With the exception of the mediocre 107 minutes of load runtime, the review sample achieves overall very good battery runtimes even in the total comparison.

HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P50W-C-102
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP500LN
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP550LA-CJ070P
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
Lenovo Yoga 3 14-80JH0035GE
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZYTE256HMHP
Battery Runtime
-1%
-48%
12%
Reader / Idle
771
693
-10%
452
-41%
888
15%
WiFi v1.3
394
358
-9%
381
-3%
Load
107
124
16%
49
-54%
134
25%
WiFi
276
273
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 51min
WiFi Surfing
0h 00min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 47min

Pros

+ Very stylish, solid metal casing...
+ ...on which fingerprints are barely noticed
+ Various modes, e.g. tablet
+ Good, backlit keyboard
+ Most ports placed favorably
+ Perfect Turbo utilization even in the stress test
+ No performance reduction in battery mode
+ Decent speakers
+ Decent battery life

Cons

- Much too heavy to hold in one hand (tablet mode)
- No DIY maintenance incl. battery without disassembling
- Viewing angle dependent, dark, low-contrast screen
- Touchscreen's surface prevent finger from gliding
- Extremely slow hard drive...
- ...that slows down the entire system

Verdict

In review: HP Envy 15-w000ng x360. Test model courtesy of HP Store.
In review: HP Envy 15-w000ng x360. Test model courtesy of HP Store.

The highlight of the flexible HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 convertible is undoubtedly its representative, solid and well built casing. Apart from the gliding-unfriendly touchscreen surface, the input devices are also compelling. Unfortunately, the overall abysmal screen spoils its use in tablet mode, where the virtually non-existent viewing angle stability would have been especially vital. Then, it looks much better with the measured (!) performance. Turbo utilization is perfect, the core temperatures remain low, and although the load soundscape is not exactly quiet, it is not very distracting. Thanks to the dedicated GeForce 930M, many up-to-date games can be played when limiting the graphics.

We cannot give our current configuration of the Envy 15 x360 a purchase recommendation. The restrictions of the installed screen and the sluggish hard drive are too serious.

As an alternative, we would recommend the slightly higher-priced, more mobile 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 3  80JH0035GE version equipped with an IPS Full HD screen, the faster GeForce 940M, and an SSD to potential buyers keen on gaming. Although it also has some drawbacks despite a decent total rating of 81%, it will probably please its owner more than the Envy. Looking at the ratings of the convertibles in the test, it is obvious that it is not only HP that needs improvements.

HP Envy 15-w000ng x360 - 09/08/2015 v4(old)
Sven Kloevekorn

Chassis
82 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
73%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 76%
Weight
61 / 35-78 → 60%
Battery
87%
Display
62%
Games Performance
78 / 68 → 100%
Application Performance
69 / 87 → 79%
Temperature
90%
Noise
82%
Audio
77 / 91 → 85%
Average
75%
74%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sven Kloevekorn, 2015-09-16 (Update: 2018-05-15)