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HP Envy 15 x360 Convertible (Core i5-6200U) Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 11/27/2015

A big step forward.Hewlett Packard has eliminated some weaknesses that we had found in a previously tested Envy model. Thanks to a Skylake processor, IPS screen and solid-state drive, the new version of the Envy 15 x360 gives a considerably more finished impression. However, with a price tag of almost 1000 Euros (~$1061), the laptop is not exactly a budget device.

For the original German review, see here.

HP's Envy 15 x360 is a convertible that is equipped with a 360-degree rotatable display. We had tested a Broadwell model from the series only a few weeks ago. The device was not particularly impressive. A viewing angle dependent TN screen and a sluggish hard drive ruined the impression considerably. Our current review sample features a Skylake processor, and it can serve with a viewing angle stable IPS panel and solid-state drive. Our report reveals whether this is enough to make up for the sister model's poor impression.

The Envy does not have many rivals since there are not many 15.6-inch convertibles that feature a dedicated graphics core on the market. For example, we would name Lenovo's. Conventional 15.6-inch laptops, such as Lenovo's Z51-70 and Acer's Aspire V3-574G as competition.

Since both Envy 15 models that we have tested are identical in build, we will not go into details about casing, connectivity, input devices or speakers. The relevant information can be found in the review of the HP Envy 15-w000ng x360.

HP Envy 15-w103ng x360 (Envy 15 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 930M - 2048 MB, Core: 928-941 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, 64 bit interface, ForceWare 358.91 (10.18.13.5891), Optimus
Memory
12288 MB 
, DDR3-1600, dual-channel, two memory banks (both filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, capacitive, LG Philips, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP, 256 GB 
, 200 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC282 @ Intel Skylake PCH-H - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), 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 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Cyberlink PhotoDirector, Cyberlink Power Media Player 14, Cyberlink PowerDirector 12, Cyberlink YouCam, Dropbox 25 GB, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.22 kg ( = 78.31 oz / 4.89 pounds), Power Supply: 343 g ( = 12.1 oz / 0.76 pounds)
Price
999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

Pixel arrangement
Pixel arrangement

The Envy is equipped with a 15.6-inch touchscreen with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The screen's contrast of 800:1 is good. However, the panel is too dark. A rate of 204.7 cd/m² could still be acceptable in the low-cost sector, but not in a 1000 Euros (~$1061) device. A brightness rate of 300 cd/m² would be more appropriate here.

180
cd/m²
200
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
195
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
206
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 224 cd/m² Average: 204.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 80 %
Center on Battery: 208 cd/m²
Contrast: 800:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.97 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 7.37 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
59% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.34

The color reproduction in delivery state is average. The DeltaE 2000 shift is 6.97 (target range: DeltaE less than 3). Calibrating the screen should improve this rate. The screen does not exhibit a bluish tint.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Thanks to the viewing angle stable IPS panel, the Envy's screen can be legible from every position. However, the device is not suitable for outdoor use. The screen's low brightness and glossy surface have a negative impact here.

The Envy outdoors
The Envy outdoors

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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 not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 32 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. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
37 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 38 ms rise
↘ 36 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. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.7 ms).
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
IPS, 1920x1080
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
TN-LED, 1366x768
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
IPS, 1920x1080
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
IPS, 1920x1080
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
TN LED, 1920x1080
Lenovo Z51-70
TN LED, 1920x1080
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
37 (38, 36)
Response Time Black / White *
28 (24, 32)
PWM Frequency
Screen
-39%
6%
37%
-24%
-22%
-7%
Brightness middle
208
183
-12%
274
32%
353
70%
218
5%
229
10%
257
24%
Brightness
205
196
-4%
240
17%
335
63%
206
0%
214
4%
247
20%
Brightness Distribution
80
82
3%
73
-9%
88
10%
89
11%
85
6%
84
5%
Black Level *
0.26
0.51
-96%
0.27
-4%
0.31
-19%
0.46
-77%
0.45
-73%
0.45
-73%
Contrast
800
359
-55%
1015
27%
1139
42%
474
-41%
509
-36%
571
-29%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.97
12.45
-79%
7.51
-8%
4.59
34%
11.08
-59%
10.51
-51%
7.36
-6%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.37
13.81
-87%
7.43
-1%
3.73
49%
11.72
-59%
11.32
-54%
7.82
-6%
Gamma
2.34 94%
2.33 94%
2.37 93%
2.42 91%
2.48 89%
2.47 89%
2.4 92%
CCT
6823 95%
16998 38%
6670 97%
6268 104%
13526 48%
12795 51%
6939 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
34
-11%
37
-3%
55
45%
37.8
-1%
38
0%
38
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
54
-8%
59
0%
83
41%
59.3
1%
59
0%
59.2
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-39% / -39%
6% / 6%
37% / 37%
-24% / -24%
-22% / -22%
-7% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

HP's Envy 15 x360 belongs to the 15.6-inch convertibles. The 360-degree rotatable display allows different modes of use. The laptop has more than enough computing power for everyday use, and can render games smoothly. Our review sample carries a price tag of approximately 1000 Euros (~$1061). The Broadwell model of the Envy that we tested costs around 800 Euros (~$849). We could not discover any other configurations.

Processor

The Envy 15 is powered by a Core i5-6200U (Skylake) dual-core processor. This mid-range processor is a good choice for an all-round device such as the Envy. The available computing power should be more than sufficient for most users. The processor clocks at a base speed of 2.3 GHz that can be boosted to 2.7 GHz (both cores) or 2.8 GHz (one core only). The Turbo is utilized in both AC and battery mode. We tested a Broadwell sister model of the Envy a few weeks ago that features the former generation CPU of the one installed here - the Core i5-5200U processor. Therefore, a direct comparison would make sense here. The Skylake model achieved up to 13% better results in our performed CPU tests. The improvements of the Skylake architecture and the slightly higher work speeds are noticed here.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6050
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9985
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4405
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
24.59 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.2 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.3 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
32.69 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
292 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
116 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
116 Points ∼53%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
103 Points ∼47% -11%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
119 Points ∼55% +3%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
124 Points ∼57% +7%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
105 Points ∼48% -9%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
96 Points ∼44% -17%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
108 Points ∼50% -7%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
115 Points ∼53% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
292 Points ∼7%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
258 Points ∼6% -12%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
234 Points ∼5% -20%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
299 Points ∼7% +2%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
260 Points ∼6% -11%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
259 Points ∼6% -11%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
258 Points ∼6% -12%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
286 Points ∼7% -2%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1.3 Points ∼53%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.15 Points ∼47% -12%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.36 Points ∼56% +5%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.41 Points ∼58% +8%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.24 Points ∼51% -5%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1.13 Points ∼46% -13%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
1.26 Points ∼52% -3%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.32 Points ∼54% +2%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3.2 Points ∼12%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.84 Points ∼10% -11%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2.53 Points ∼9% -21%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3.29 Points ∼12% +3%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.73 Points ∼10% -15%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
2.84 Points ∼10% -11%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2.78 Points ∼10% -13%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3.2 Points ∼12% 0%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4405 Points ∼41%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4158 Points ∼38% -6%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4486 Points ∼41% +2%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4573 Points ∼42% +4%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4174 Points ∼39% -5%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
4176 Points ∼39% -5%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
4131 Points ∼38% -6%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4391 Points ∼41% 0%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
9985 Points ∼20%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
8631 Points ∼17% -14%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
7894 Points ∼16% -21%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
10119 Points ∼20% +1%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8500 Points ∼17% -15%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
8509 Points ∼17% -15%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
8699 Points ∼17% -13%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
9948 Points ∼20% 0%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5860 Points ∼19%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5666 Points ∼18% -3%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6029 Points ∼19% +3%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5009 Points ∼16% -15%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
5268 Points ∼17% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
5590 Points ∼18% -5%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2753 Points ∼57%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2947 Points ∼61% +7%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2914 Points ∼60% +6%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2500 Points ∼52% -9%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2654 Points ∼55% -4%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2563 Points ∼53% -7%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
91.7 ms * ∼1%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
109.9 ms * ∼1% -20%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
96.6 ms * ∼1% -5%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
96.4 ms * ∼1% -5%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
110.1 ms * ∼1% -20%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
119.8 ms * ∼1% -31%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
107.6 ms * ∼1% -17%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
192.1 Points ∼58%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
102.3 Points ∼31% -47%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1265.4 ms * ∼2%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2592.8 ms * ∼4% -105%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2323.9 ms * ∼4% -84%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2268.5 ms * ∼4% -79%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2577.2 ms * ∼4% -104%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2609.1 ms * ∼4% -106%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2390.9 ms * ∼4% -89%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
28301 Points ∼57%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
12219 Points ∼25% -57%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
14329 Points ∼29% -49%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
14741 Points ∼30% -48%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
12716 Points ∼26% -55%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
12452 Points ∼25% -56%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
13992 Points ∼28% -51%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2718 Points ∼44%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2659 Points ∼43% -2%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2655 Points ∼43% -2%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2335 Points ∼38% -14%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2499 Points ∼40% -8%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The combination of a fast solid-state drive and a potent Core i5 processor ensures a fast-running system. We did not encounter any problems. Accordingly, the PCMark benchmark results are good. Lenovo's Z51-70 scores better than the Envy because it is equipped with a Radeon graphics core. The PCMark 8 benchmark in particular benefits from AMD GPUs. Increasing the Envy's system performance is not possible.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3200 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3801 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4154 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
3200 Points ∼53%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3209 Points ∼53% 0%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3152 Points ∼52% -1%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3130 Points ∼51% -2%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3612 Points ∼59% +13%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
3187 Points ∼52% 0%

Storage Device & Memory Card Reader

A solid-state drive in an M.2 format with a capacity of 256 GB serves as the system drive. Roughly, 200 GB is available for the user. The rest of the storage is reserved for the Windows installation and the recovery partition. The SSD's transfer rates are good.

The memory card reader in the Envy achieves a maximum transfer rate of 88 MB/s when copying large data blocks. Copying 250 JPG images (approx. 5 MB each) is performed with approximately 68.4 MB/s. This makes the memory card reader one of the fastest models of its kind. As always, we used our reference SD card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II) for testing the transfer rates.

Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
Sequential Read: 514.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 240.7 MB/s
512K Read: 391.3 MB/s
512K Write: 240 MB/s
4K Read: 27.64 MB/s
4K Write: 95.15 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 367.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 239 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Skylake model of the Envy 15 also features a GeForce 930M GPU. It is a mid-range model that supports DirectX 12. The graphics core operates at speeds of up to 941 MHz. The scores in the 3DMark benchmarks correspond to the GPU's performance. The 930 GPU only marginally outperforms its GeForce 830M precursor. The results are very close. Both cores are based on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture. However, the GeForce 830M core clocks at a much higher speed (1150 MHz vs. 941 MHz). Consequently, it might be believed that the 930M core should lag far behind its precursor. The GeForce 930M compensates this speed disadvantage with a larger Shader count (384 vs. 256).

The GeForce graphics core together with Intel's HD Graphics 520 GPU create a graphics switching solution (Optimus). Nvidia's core takes care of performance-driven applications, such as computer games. Intel's GPU is responsible for routine and battery mode. The cores are switched automatically; the user does not have to intervene.

3DMark 11 Performance
2270 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
48190 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6077 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1294 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
2270 Points ∼7%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2131 Points ∼7% -6%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
2370 Points ∼8% +4%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2097 Points ∼7% -8%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2172 Points ∼7% -4%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3269 Points ∼10% +44%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2450 Points ∼8% +8%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
1294 Points ∼5%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1268 Points ∼5% -2%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1366 Points ∼5% +6%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1209 Points ∼5% -7%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1011 Points ∼4% -22%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1514 Points ∼6% +17%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
1432 Points ∼5% +11%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
4962 Points ∼8%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5174 Points ∼9% +4%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4779 Points ∼8% -4%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3768 Points ∼6% -24%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
5360 Points ∼9% +8%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
6077 Points ∼10%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5790 Points ∼10% -5%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5939 Points ∼10% -2%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6238 Points ∼11% +3%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4377 Points ∼7% -28%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5932 Points ∼10% -2%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
6160 Points ∼10% +1%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
48190 Points ∼4%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
50600 Points ∼5% +5%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
45336 Points ∼4% -6%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
43118 Points ∼4% -11%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
30669 Points ∼3% -36%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
47495 Points ∼4% -1%

Gaming Performance

The Envy can render many games smoothly in the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) using low to medium quality settings. Games with low hardware requirements allow even more. The screen's full resolution is at most possible in single tracks. Very performance-driven games, such as "Batman: Arkham Knight" and "The Witcher 3" will never achieve sufficiently high frame rates. Overall, the gaming performance could be better considering that HP asks almost 1000 Euros (~$1061) for its Envy. "Conventional", 15.6-inch laptops equipped with a GeForce GTX 950M core, such as Acer's Aspire VN7-571G, cost that much.

low med. high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 138.493.173.344.9fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 123.25833.415.6fps
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 40.233.817.6fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 40.425.87.94.8fps
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) 48.229.3117.5fps
Sims 4 (2014) 184.590.140.133.9fps
The Evil Within (2014) 40.229.315.9fps
The Crew (2014) 34.726.417.87.5fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 2716.796.9fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 2621105fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 6040.516.411.7fps
Mad Max (2015) 34.516.415.4fps
World of Warships (2015) 102.675.334.721.7fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 99.757.836.4fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 40.622.39.74.8fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 46.729.213.19.7fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 32.319.811.19.2fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 46.228.512.811.2fps
Assassin's Creed Syndicate (2015) 21.817.39.64.3fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
58 fps ∼10%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
58.7 fps ∼10% +1%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
61.5 fps ∼11% +6%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
55.3 fps ∼10% -5%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
36.7 fps ∼6% -37%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
50 fps ∼9% -14%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
64.8 fps ∼11% +12%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
123.2 fps ∼20%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
118.2 fps ∼19% -4%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
128.8 fps ∼21% +5%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
108.7 fps ∼17% -12%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
70.7 fps ∼11% -43%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
130.7 fps ∼21% +6%
Sims 4
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
90.1 fps ∼49%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
184.5 fps ∼93%
The Witcher 3
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
16.7 fps ∼6%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
17.6 fps ∼6% +5%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
15 fps ∼5% -10%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
27 fps ∼7%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
26 fps ∼7% -4%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
29 fps ∼7% +7%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
24.5 fps ∼6% -9%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
9.8 fps ∼3% -64%
World of Warships
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
75.3 fps ∼39%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
78.1 fps ∼40% +4%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
37.6 fps ∼19% -50%
1366x768 Low Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
102.6 fps ∼43%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
103.4 fps ∼44% +1%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
48.4 fps ∼20% -53%
FIFA 16
1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
57.8 fps ∼17%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
57.9 fps ∼17% 0%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
50 fps ∼15% -13%
1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
99.7 fps ∼25%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
88.5 fps ∼23% -11%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
92.6 fps ∼24% -7%
Mad Max - 1366x768 Normal Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
34.5 fps ∼11%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
34.4 fps ∼11% 0%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
32 fps ∼10% -7%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
21.8 fps ∼7% -37%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
36.3 fps ∼11% +5%
Metal Gear Solid V
1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
40.5 fps ∼68%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
39.9 fps ∼67% -1%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
48.2 fps ∼80% +19%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
27.4 fps ∼46% -32%
1024x768 Low / Off (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
60 fps ∼100%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
58 fps ∼97% -3%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
39.8 fps ∼66% -34%

Emissions

System Noise

The Envy's fan runs continuously at a low speed while idling. Disabling "Fan always on" in the BIOS options does not change that. However, the fan is only audible in silent environments, and it is not heard in normal ambient noise. Naturally, this changes under load. The noise level increased up to 46 dB(A) in the stress test. This level is not reached immediately. The fan needs quite some time before speeding up. The fan does not speed up as soon as a computer game is played. For example, we rarely heard the fan while performing our gaming benchmarks.

Noise Level

Idle
32.9 / 32.9 / 32.9 dB(A)
Load
37 / 46 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

The Envy in the stress test
The Envy in the stress test

The laptop performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in the same manner in both AC and battery mode. Both the CPU (2.7 GHz) as well as the GPU (941 MHz) clocked consistently at their maximum Turbo speeds. The Envy heated up moderately at most. 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit) was exceeded on only two measuring points. The laptop does not get more than lukewarm during routine use. There are no differences between the Skylake and Broadwell Envy  in terms of temperature development.

Max. Load
 37.5 °C
100 F
39.9 °C
104 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 35.1 °C
95 F
38.6 °C
101 F
30.6 °C
87 F
 
 25.9 °C
79 F
24 °C
75 F
26.2 °C
79 F
 
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 32.5 °C = 91 F
29.6 °C
85 F
40.1 °C
104 F
45.2 °C
113 F
27.5 °C
82 F
34.8 °C
95 F
37.7 °C
100 F
25.7 °C
78 F
25.6 °C
78 F
25.8 °C
78 F
Maximum: 45.2 °C = 113 F
Average: 32.4 °C = 90 F
Power Supply (max.)  49.3 °C = 121 F | Room Temperature 20.8 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.5 °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 39.9 °C / 104 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 45.2 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.1 °C / 75 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 26.2 °C / 79.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(+) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (+2.8 °C / 5 F).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Both Envy models are identical while idling and present virtually the same power consumption rates. However, it must be kept in mind that the Skylake Envy features a higher resolution screen. Consequently, the Skylake Envy has higher load power consumption. The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts. Overall, the Envy's power requirement is on the expected level of the hardware platform installed.

Note: We used a new measuring instrument to determine the power consumption of the Skylake Envy. Therefore, the results of both Envy models are not directly comparable.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.15 / 8.2 / 8.2 Watt
Load midlight 34.6 / 48 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

We simulated the load required for opening websites in the real world Wi-Fi test. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Envy achieved a runtime of 6:38 hours, which is on par with its Broadwell sister model.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
6h 38min
Battery Runtime - WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
HP Envy 15-w103ng x360
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
398 min ∼142%
HP Envy 15-w000ng x360
GeForce 930M, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
394 min ∼140%
Lenovo Flex 2 Pro-15
GeForce 840M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
321 min ∼114%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
379 min ∼135%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
334 min ∼119%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
289 min ∼103%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
281 min ∼100%

Pros

+ IPS panel
+ operates very quietly
+ low temperature development
+ fast SSD
+ decent application performance
+ decent battery life

Cons

- dark screen
- 12 month warranty only

Verdict

In review: HP Envy 15-w103ng x360. Test model courtesy of HP Store.
In review: HP Envy 15-w103ng x360. Test model courtesy of HP Store.

The new Skylake processor leads to a higher computing performance without reducing the battery life. The somewhat higher power consumption compared with the Broadwell Envy is a result of the higher resolution screen and our new measuring instrument. The Envy benefits significantly from the solid-state drive. Overall, the system operates smoothly and fast. There is an obvious difference compared to the Broadwell Envy that is slowed down by a sluggish hard drive. HP has also upgraded the screen. The TN panel installed in the Broadwell Envy has made way for a viewing angle stable IPS screen. The device's low temperatures and conservative fan management should also be mentioned.

Overall, the changes that HP has made in hardware give the Envy a clearly more finished touch, and it can be confidently recommended for buying.

However, our current review sample also has its shortcomings. The Envy is still shipped with only one-year warranty - too short for a 1000 Euros (~$1061) device. 70 Euros (~$74) would have to be invested in an upgrade to two years. Unfortunately, HP has also installed a dark screen in our current review sample. We expect more from a 1000 Euros (~$1061) laptop. The rate should definitely be around 300 cd/m².

HP Envy 15-w103ng x360 - 11/19/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
82 / 98 → 84%
Keyboard
76%
Pointing Device
73%
Connectivity
61 / 80 → 76%
Weight
62 / 35-78 → 63%
Battery
90%
Display
79%
Games Performance
81 / 68 → 100%
Application Performance
88 / 87 → 100%
Temperature
90%
Noise
83%
Audio
77 / 91 → 85%
Average
79%
79%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-11-27 (Update: 2018-05-15)