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HP Envy x360 13 Convertible Review: Display highlight with AMD Ryzen support

Sebastian Bade, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Mark Riege), 06/29/2019

A convertible with an AMD APU! The HP Envy x360 uses an AMD processor and at the same time has to struggle with the known prejudices against bad displays. However, we can quickly discard this argument, since not only does the 13.3-inch display offer an excellent brightness at 675 cd/m², but it also offers 120 Hz. Find out in our detailed review whether the performance of the SoC is able to stand up to Intel.

With the HP Envy x360, HP now also offers a convertible with an AMD CPU in the 13-inch format. With the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, the device is able to handle most demands from everyday tasks, and its performance is comparable to an Intel Core i5-8250U. Our test unit, which we received directly from HP, is equipped with 8 GB of working memory and a 512 GB SSD. Thanks to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, the 2-in-1 device is also well-suited as a multimedia device. HP has not cut corners with the display and has equipped the convertible with a very bright multi-touch screen.

The HP Envy x360 is suited for the home user, but also as a business device. A useful feature such as HP Sure View prevents unwanted prying eyes from looking from the side and makes sense.

At a price of about 1000 Euros (~$1138; currently starting from $550 in the US, with a configuration like the test unit costing about $980), the device is well-positioned, since there are not many competitors in this price segment of convertibles in the 13-inch format. However, this does not mean that there are no competitors. With the Latitude 3390, which we also recently tested, Dell has a device with an attractive price in its portfolio. And Lenovo is also well-positioned in terms of 1000-Euro devices with the ThinkPad L390 Yoga. The Dell Inspiron 13 7386, the Lenovo Yoga C930, and the Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga are slightly more expensive, but also better equipped. Despite this, we decided to include these devices in our comparison, in order to see whether the HP Envy x360 can stand up to these competitors that are supposedly better.

HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng (Envy x360 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 - DDR4 (Shared-Memory) MB, Core: 1400 MHz, Memory: 1200 MHz, AMD Adrenalin 14.84.20.01
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, soldered-in
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, 10-finger multi-touch, InfoVision, M133NVF3 R2, IPS, 120 Hz, glossy: yes
Mainboard
AMD CZ FCH
Storage
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, 512 GB 
, NVMe-SSD, 430 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek Audio
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: gyroscope, acceleration sensor, magnetometer
Networking
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.7 x 306 x 212 ( = 0.58 x 12.05 x 8.35 in)
Battery
53 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell battery
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Bang & Olufsen, four speakers, HP Audio Boost, Keyboard: 6-row chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, power supply, HP 3D DriveGuard, HP Audio Switch, HP JumpStart, HP Support Assistant, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.294 kg ( = 45.64 oz / 2.85 pounds), Power Supply: 306 g ( = 10.79 oz / 0.67 pounds)
Price
999 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - High-quality feel and visually modern

HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13

In terms of the color design of the Envy x360 13, HP speaks about Nightfall Black. It cannot be called a real black, since the surface shimmers in a dark brown or a very dark purple, dependent on the light angle. The aluminum-finish surfaces present the user with the impression of holding a high-quality device.

In our opinion, the base could have been slightly stiffer, since you can warp it without much use of force. However, this also might have been intended by the manufacturer, since a stiffer base might break easier under some circumstances. But the give seems a bit much, and the Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga offers a better impression overall in this regard.

Things look similar for the display lid, although it offers some stiffness due to the glass. However, you can still warp it slightly. When you apply some point pressure, the case appears robust and absorbs the pressure without visible wave-forming on the display.

Since this is a convertible, the HP Envy x360 13 is equipped with two 360-degree hinges. These can be moved with relative ease, so you can open the lid with one hand. Despite the ease of moving it, the display does not wobble for long.

As with many other 2-in-1 devices, you should be careful with the keyboard in certain display modes. For example, in the tablet-mode, the keys are on the bottom.

Overall, the HP Envy x360 13 appears quite modern, which is to some extent also thanks to the small bezels. The Dell Latitude 3390 that we recently tested has some catch-up to do in this regard.

HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13
HP Envy x360 13

Size Comparison

Compared to the other test candidates here, the footprint of the HP Envy x360 13 is the smallest, barely measuring 30.6 x 21.2 cm (~12 x 8.3 in). At 14.7 mm (~0.58 in), the thickness is also less than that of the Lenovo Yoga C930 (14.9 mm, ~0.59 in). Its light build is also noticeable, since at 1.3 kg (~2.9 lb), our test unit weighs as little as the Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga. However, the 65-watt power supply adds another 306 grams (~0.67 lb). 

324 mm / 12.8 inch 224.8 mm / 8.85 inch 20.4 mm / 0.803 inch 1.6 kg3.56 lbs322.4 mm / 12.7 inch 224 mm / 8.82 inch 19.2 mm / 0.756 inch 1.5 kg3.2 lbs321.8 mm / 12.7 inch 224.2 mm / 8.83 inch 18.8 mm / 0.74 inch 1.5 kg3.35 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg3.1 lbs310.4 mm / 12.2 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 15.95 mm / 0.628 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs306 mm / 12 inch 212 mm / 8.35 inch 14.7 mm / 0.579 inch 1.3 kg2.85 lbs

Connections - Really sufficient

The connection equipment of the HP Envy x360 13 is not very rich, to say just this much. Still, the convertible offers three USB connections overall, one of which is USB Type-C and also able to handle DisplayPort signals. In this way, the convertible at least compensates for not offering an HDMI connection. The two other USB Type-A connections offer 3.1 speeds, with one of them placed on the left side and the other on the right side. The right port also supports HP Sleep and Charge.

In terms of useful connections, the HP Envy x360 13 does not offer much more. Those who want to use an external display or LAN, have to make do with using adapters.

Left: USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, audio combo port, power button, fan vents
Left: USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, audio combo port, power button, fan vents
Right: microSD, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (5 Gbit/s signal rate, Power Delivery 3.0, DisplayPort 1.4), USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (HP Sleep and Charge), power connector
Right: microSD, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (5 Gbit/s signal rate, Power Delivery 3.0, DisplayPort 1.4), USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (HP Sleep and Charge), power connector

SD Card Reader

The card reader on the right side is only able to handle microSD cards and offers a solid performance. It runs at USB-3 speeds and using our reference storage card (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64 GB), the HP Envy x360 13 achieved an average read rate of 87.4 MB/s. This places it first in our comparison, although when copying JPG files, it only achieved second place.  

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
81.4 MB/s ∼100% +5%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
77.7 MB/s ∼95%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
72.3 MB/s ∼89% -7%
Average of class Convertible
  (7.5 - 197, n=122)
60 MB/s ∼74% -23%
Dell Latitude 3390
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.5 MB/s ∼30% -68%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
87.4 MB/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.6 MB/s ∼97% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
81.2 MB/s ∼93% -7%
Average of class Convertible
  (21.7 - 246, n=120)
74.5 MB/s ∼85% -15%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
30.7 MB/s ∼35% -65%
Dell Latitude 3390
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.7 MB/s ∼32% -68%

Communication

The HP Envy x360 13 is equipped with a Realtek wireless LAN adapter, which also supports Bluetooth connections (4.2). Even though our test unit only achieves the next to last place here, the performance is not bad. It is only that the other comparison devices deliver slightly more performance when transferring or receiving data.

Overall, the performance of the Realtek wireless LAN adapter is sufficient for most use cases. However, those who prefer a wired network connection have to make do with a USB adapter, since the HP Envy x360 13 does not offer an Ethernet connection. The same goes for mobile surfing, since unfortunately, there is also no LTE option.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
649 MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
644 MBit/s ∼99% +11%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
630 (min: 523, max: 670) MBit/s ∼97% +8%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
617 MBit/s ∼95% +6%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
581 (min: 541, max: 615) MBit/s ∼90%
Average of class Convertible
  (28.7 - 678, n=136)
487 MBit/s ∼75% -16%
Dell Latitude 3390
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
355 (min: 165, max: 564) MBit/s ∼55% -39%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
680 MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
680 MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
640 MBit/s ∼94% +4%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
638 (min: 570, max: 673) MBit/s ∼94% +4%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
613 (min: 570, max: 664) MBit/s ∼90%
Dell Latitude 3390
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
593 (min: 555, max: 612) MBit/s ∼87% -3%
Average of class Convertible
  (36.4 - 685, n=136)
496 MBit/s ∼73% -19%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø581 (541-615)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø613 (570-664)

Security

Fingerprint scanner
Fingerprint scanner

Since the HP Envy x360 13 is not primarily targeted towards the business segment, the security features cannot be compared to those of an HP ProBook. However, the Envy x360 13 still offers some useful features. For example, we can find a fingerprint scanner, which supports Windows Hello, on the right palm rest. With the integrated HP Sure View, the display also offers some protection from unwanted eyes, blocking the view of the screen from the sides. In practice, this works relatively well, but the normal use is also impacted by this feature. A gray veil distorts the colors and this is also visible when looking at the screen directly. Thus, this feature is probably more of an emergency solution, which you would only want to use rarely.

As security software, McAfee LifeSafe is used. 

Accessories

In addition to the device itself, the box only includes the corresponding 65-watt power supply. Additional accessories, such as a mouse or a bag, have to be purchased separately.

Maintenance

The HP Envy x360 13 offers hardly any maintenance options. For example, those who want to clean the fan have to first remove the bottom of the case, which is connected to the base via screws and holding clips. Since some of the screws are directly below the rubber non-skid strips on the bottom, we did not try to open the device in this case. You cannot even upgrade much of the hardware anyway. At most, you can replace the storage solution. However, at 512 GB in our case, it is sufficient.

Warranty

HP delivers the Envy x360 13 with a 24-month limited warranty on parts. The coverage of the device can be extended to a total of 36 months, which requires a one-time payment of 84 Euros (~$96; HP Care Pack). Within the warranty period, the pickup and delivery service is included. 

Input Devices

Keyboard

Keyboard of the HP Envy x360 13
Keyboard of the HP Envy x360 13
Keyboard of the HP Envy x360 13 (illuminated)
Keyboard of the HP Envy x360 13 (illuminated)

The 2-in-1 device from HP is equipped with a 6-row chiclet keyboard that is color coordinated with the base. Despite the compact size of the device, the keys offer a generous amount of touch space with 16 x 15 mm (0.63 x 0.59 in). The function keys in the top row and the up/down arrow keys are slightly smaller. 

While typing, the keys give a high-quality impression and there is nothing that rattles or wobbles. The typing noise is also comfortably quiet. Only the space key offers a slightly different impression, but this is often also the case in other devices. Still, it does not rattle in our test unit. In our opinion, the feedback of the separate keys could have been a little more pronounced. While the pressure point is noticeable, a little more resistance would have felt better in terms of the typing experience. 

Nonetheless, the keyboard of the HP Envy x360 13 is quite usable, but those who are used to the good input devices from Lenovo have to make some compromises here. The good impression of the input device is rounded off by a white background illumination which can be adjusted in two brightness levels.

Touchpad

Touchpad of the HP Envy x360 13
Touchpad of the HP Envy x360 13

With the built-in touchpad, HP has made optimal use of the available space. The size of the ClickPad is 5.5 x 11 cm (2.2 x 4.3 in). Of course, HP could have made the input area even wider, but there is no reason to exaggerate. Since the space above the keys is used for the speakers, there is not much space left below the keyboard. There were no limitations in everyday usage that could be traced back to the input area being too small.

In addition, the input area is comfortably smooth and without a surface structure, making it also fit perfectly into the overall visual impression. We had no problems with sloppiness in the corners and the two input keys also made a good impression. Upon key press, a noticeable and clear click gives decent feedback to the user.

Touch Display

Touch display of the HP Envy x360 13
Touch display of the HP Envy x360 13

The 13.3-inch touch display offers an additional option to operate the HP Envy x360 13. The display responds promptly to touch input and translates the commands quickly. When switching the orientation, the device also responds quickly, adjusting the display orientation according to the format.

Just like the Dell Latitude 3390, the HP Envy x360 13 also does not offer any support for an Active Pen. Here, both the devices from Lenovo (ThinkPad L390 Yoga, ThinkPad X390 Yoga) have an advantage.

Display - Reflective, very bright, and at 120 Hz

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Very good: no clouding
Very good: no clouding

The HP Envy x360 13 is equipped with a 13.3-inch IPS touch display. The resolution is 1920x1080 pixels, which corresponds to a pixel density of 166 PPI. In addition, the display offers a 120 Hz refresh rate. Except for the Lenovo Yoga C930 (13.9 in), all the comparison devices offer a display of the same size. Due to its higher resolution, the Dell Inspiron 13 7386 offers twice the pixel density per inch. There are currently no other display options in the portfolio of the HP Envy x360 13. With a diagonal of 13.3 inch, you do not really need a UHD panel anyways. Also, not all the apps will scale perfectly at a pixel density that high. 

As a special feature, the display of our test unit offers protection from prying eyes that can be turned on or off as needed. You can find additional information on this feature in our Security section. 

In the test, the InfoVision display impressed us with a very good brightness. Our test unit achieved an average of 675 cd/m², which is the best result by far in our comparison here. However, the brightness distribution is not as good. Only 75% is not a top value, and our competitors are able to deliver better results. But at least, we did not see any shadings in our test due to the not quite even brightness distribution.

In terms of "clouding," our HP Envy x360 13 test unit did not have any problems. On the other hand, the panel uses PWM for brightness control. We detected PWM at a frequency of 4065 Hz at brightness levels of 90% and lower. Since this frequency is fairly high, there should not be any problems even for more sensitive users.

637
cd/m²
669
cd/m²
597
cd/m²
648
cd/m²
633
cd/m²
641
cd/m²
800
cd/m²
729
cd/m²
718
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
InfoVision, M133NVF3 R2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 800 cd/m² Average: 674.7 cd/m² Minimum: 26 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 75 %
Center on Battery: 635 cd/m²
Contrast: 1151:1 (Black: 0.55 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.12 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1, calibrated: 1.83
ΔE Greyscale 3.89 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
91% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.39
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
InfoVision, M133NVF3 R2, IPS, 120 Hz, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
LP133WF7-SPA1, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 3390
BOE06A7, NV13FHM, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
LEN4094, NV133FHM-N5A, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
Chi Mei CMN1385 / 133DCE / Dell 3GRT6, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
B139HAN03_0, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.9
Response Times
-55%
-53%
-63%
147%
-21%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
35 (18, 17)
59.2 (30, 29.2)
-69%
42 (22, 20)
-20%
51.2 (26.8, 24.4)
-46%
57 (27, 30)
-63%
40.8 (20.4, 20.4)
-17%
Response Time Black / White *
22 (12, 10)
30.8 (16.8, 14)
-40%
32 (18, 14)
-45%
36.8 (19.2, 17.6)
-67%
30 (15, 15)
-36%
27.6 (15.6, 12)
-25%
PWM Frequency
4065 (90)
208 (90)
-95%
1000 (99)
-75%
26000 (20)
540%
Screen
-13%
-66%
-28%
-2%
-33%
Brightness middle
633
319
-50%
276
-56%
313
-51%
318
-50%
316
-50%
Brightness
675
306
-55%
274
-59%
295
-56%
278
-59%
291
-57%
Brightness Distribution
75
90
20%
82
9%
90
20%
81
8%
83
11%
Black Level *
0.55
0.15
73%
0.29
47%
0.22
60%
0.18
67%
0.36
35%
Contrast
1151
2127
85%
952
-17%
1423
24%
1767
54%
878
-24%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.12
6.1
-96%
5.84
-87%
6.2
-99%
2.91
7%
5.9
-89%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.37
9.7
-52%
26.72
-319%
10.7
-68%
6.11
4%
12.9
-103%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.83
1
45%
5.15
-181%
2.5
-37%
2.91
-59%
1.3
29%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.89
8.6
-121%
3.54
9%
8
-106%
4.37
-12%
8.6
-121%
Gamma
2.39 92%
2.62 84%
2.43 91%
2.38 92%
2.26 97%
2.1 105%
CCT
6476 100%
6613 98%
6747 96%
7100 92%
6448 101%
6854 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
61.9
5%
39
-34%
59.1
0%
70
19%
60.7
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91
96.8
6%
61
-33%
90.6
0%
93
2%
94.5
4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-34% / -19%
-60% / -63%
-46% / -36%
73% / 30%
-27% / -31%

* ... smaller is better

HP Envy x360 13 vs. sRGB (91%)
HP Envy x360 13 vs. sRGB (91%)
HP Envy x360 13 vs. AdobeRGB (59%)
HP Envy x360 13 vs. AdobeRGB (59%)

The display quality is good, and thanks to the very good brightness, the image appears very high in contrast. Due to the high display brightness, the black value of 0.55 also turns out significantly higher compared to the other devices. At 1151:1, the contrast ratio is still at a good level and corresponds exactly to the expectations we have on an IPS panel. The Lenovo ThinkPad X390 and the Dell Inspiron 13 7386 are able to score with significantly better values here.

When we take a closer look at the Delta-E-2000 deviations of the grayscale and the colors compared to the sRGB color space, we can venture a guess that HP uses a pre-calibrated display here. In the state of delivery, our measurements are only slightly above the target value of 3. However, we still went ahead and recalibrated the display. The results are values that are again improved.

With the exception of the Dell Latitude 3390, the coverage of the color space is almost identical in all the devices. Our HP Envy x360 13 is able to cover 91% of the sRGB color space, and the expanded AdobeRGB color space is still covered up to 59%. In the direct comparison, the Dell Inspiron 13 7386 is able to dominate here.

Overall, the display convinced with good to very good values and should thus be able to meet the demands in the semi-professional segment.

CalMAN: Grayscales (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (uncalibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Saturation (calibrated)

Those who want to also use the HP Envy x360 13 outdoors have to live with some limitations despite the very good display brightness. The reason is the very reflective display surface. In direct sunlight, working is hardly possible, so you should search for a shady place.

HP Envy x360 13 in direct sunlight
HP Envy x360 13 in direct sunlight
HP Envy x360 13 in the shade
HP Envy x360 13 in the shade
HP Envy x360 13 in the shade
HP Envy x360 13 in the shade

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
22 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 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. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
35 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 17 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. » 27 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (40.1 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 4065 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 4065 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 4065 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9451 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

In the test of the viewing angles, the HP Envy x363 13 produced a solid result. Some disadvantages only became apparent in the four corner images. However, this should not limit usage, since you can only see the veil forming from very steep and slanted viewing angles.

The HP Envy x360 13 in the viewing angle test
The HP Envy x360 13 in the viewing angle test

Performance - Fast only for a short time

Our test unit is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512 GB SSD. With the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, the SoC possesses a more powerful iGPU for the 3D performance than Intel with its UHD graphics series. For the intended uses, the performance of our test unit is sufficient, and the 2-in-1 device is also able to handle several tasks simultaneously without any problems. However, the installed drivers still do not cooperate optimally, causing us to register higher latency values with LatencyMon.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
DPC Latencies

Processor

The HP Envy x360 13 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700U. This quad-core processor offers a basic clock speed of 2.3 GHz and is able to reach up to 4.0 GHz in Turbo mode. Being based on the Zen+ architecture, this SoC is produced using the 12-nm process. With a TDP of 15 watts, this processor is very well suited for compact and slim devices.

In the performance comparison, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U is only able to score high in multi-thread applications. Here, the SoC in our convertible is even faster than the Intel Core i5-8265U (Whiskey Lake) in the Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga. As so often, AMD is surpassed by Intel in the single-thread performance. This is also the case here, and with 139 points in the Cinebench-R15 single benchmark, the Envy x360 13 is left in the dust by the competitors.

As good as the multi-thread performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U in our convertible might be, unfortunately it does not last long. In the Cinebench-R15 multi loop, the performance already drops significantly after the first run. Overall, our test unit drops to the last place under prolonged load.

You can find additional benchmarks on the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U here.

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HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U: Ø440 (425.31-674.59)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø517 (498.14-623.19)
Dell Latitude 3390 Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø456 (443.4-564.5)
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i5-8265U: Ø537 (459.65-563.59)
Dell Inspiron 13 7386 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø476 (458.39-555.24)
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø484 (468.03-611.66)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
179 Points ∼100% +29%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
Intel Core i7-8565U
167 Points ∼93% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
157 Points ∼88% +13%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼81% +4%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼80% +3%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
139 Points ∼78%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (127 - 146, n=4)
139 Points ∼78% 0%
Average of class Convertible
  (19 - 179, n=292)
104 Points ∼58% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
676 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (537 - 683, n=4)
643 Points ∼95% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
634 Points ∼94% -6%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
613 Points ∼91% -9%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
Intel Core i7-8565U
555 Points ∼82% -18%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
554 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
513 (min: 498.14, max: 623.19) Points ∼76% -24%
Average of class Convertible
  (33 - 761, n=299)
292 Points ∼43% -57%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
431 Points ∼100% +26%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
351 Points ∼81% +2%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
343 Points ∼80%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (285 - 368, n=4)
341 Points ∼79% -1%
Average of class Convertible
  (78 - 431, n=9)
306 Points ∼71% -11%
CPU (Multi Core)
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (1047 - 1560, n=4)
1306 Points ∼100% +18%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
1301 Points ∼100% +17%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
1117 Points ∼86% +1%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1110 Points ∼85%
Average of class Convertible
  (220 - 1504, n=9)
902 Points ∼69% -19%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
36250 Points ∼100% +32%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
31901 Points ∼88% +16%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
28198 Points ∼78% +3%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
28052 Points ∼77% +2%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
27490 Points ∼76%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (23657 - 27500, n=4)
26171 Points ∼72% -5%
Average of class Convertible
  (3067 - 42822, n=178)
21667 Points ∼60% -21%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Convertible
  (809 - 9177, n=187)
2493 ms * ∼100% -92%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
1348.1 ms * ∼54% -4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (1285 - 1405, n=4)
1327 ms * ∼53% -2%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
1321.2 ms * ∼53% -2%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1299.2 ms * ∼52%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
1197.8 ms * ∼48% +8%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
1071.9 ms * ∼43% +17%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
4.2 fps ∼100% +52%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
4.2 fps ∼100% +52%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
3.89 fps ∼93% +41%
Average of class Convertible
  (0.58 - 4.9, n=13)
3.42 fps ∼81% +24%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (2.76 - 3.9, n=4)
3.32 fps ∼79% +20%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
2.76 fps ∼66%
Blender 2.79 - ---
Average of class Convertible
  (762 - 4929, n=12)
1511 Seconds * ∼100% -48%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1017.7 Seconds * ∼67%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
942.3 Seconds * ∼62% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
860.5 Seconds * ∼57% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
857 Seconds * ∼57% +16%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (671 - 1018, n=3)
797 Seconds * ∼53% +22%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
17245 MIPS ∼100% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
16245 MIPS ∼94% +17%
Average of class Convertible
  (7982 - 19347, n=11)
15706 MIPS ∼91% +13%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (12738 - 17153, n=4)
15166 MIPS ∼88% +10%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
15003 MIPS ∼87% +8%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
13842 MIPS ∼80%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
4765 MIPS ∼100% +30%
Average of class Convertible
  (3568 - 5167, n=10)
4160 MIPS ∼87% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
4133 MIPS ∼87% +13%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel Core i5-8250U
3726 MIPS ∼78% +2%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
3668 MIPS ∼77%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  (3038 - 3668, n=4)
3423 MIPS ∼72% -7%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
 
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 32Bit
46.98 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 32Bit
5.72 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.23 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
5.02 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
36.55 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 32Bit
1.23 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
139 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
676 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
47.79 fps
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System Performance

When we looked at the multi-thread performance under constant load, the CPU performance left a bad taste. Fortunately, the total system performance is not impacted by this, and our HP convertible places itself in the middle of our test field.

Subjectively, the system ran quickly and reliably during the period of our testing. This is also the result of the PCIe SSD. 

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3082 - 3501, n=4)
3234 Points ∼100% +5%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3094 Points ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3005 Points ∼93% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
2982 Points ∼92% -4%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
2976 Points ∼92% -4%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
2795 Points ∼86% -10%
Dell Latitude 3390
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
2731 Points ∼84% -12%
Average of class Convertible
  (605 - 4342, n=89)
2453 Points ∼76% -21%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
7066 Points ∼100% +20%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6288 Points ∼89% +7%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
6188 Points ∼88% +5%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
5875 Points ∼83%
Dell Latitude 3390
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
5867 Points ∼83% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (5459 - 5952, n=4)
5731 Points ∼81% -2%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
5715 Points ∼81% -3%
Average of class Convertible
  (1121 - 7077, n=91)
5199 Points ∼74% -12%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
9029 Points ∼100% +21%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8355 Points ∼93% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8201 Points ∼91% +10%
Dell Latitude 3390
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
7526 Points ∼83% +1%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
7472 Points ∼83%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
7420 Points ∼82% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (6927 - 7472, n=4)
7190 Points ∼80% -4%
Average of class Convertible
  (2489 - 9291, n=91)
6869 Points ∼76% -8%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
4134 Points ∼100% +12%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3840 Points ∼93% +4%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3692 Points ∼89% 0%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3685 Points ∼89%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3522 - 3829, n=4)
3660 Points ∼89% -1%
Dell Latitude 3390
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
3541 Points ∼86% -4%
Average of class Convertible
  (872 - 4347, n=92)
3132 Points ∼76% -15%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
2603 Points ∼63% -29%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
5071 Points ∼100% +4%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
4869 Points ∼96%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4854 Points ∼96% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4843 Points ∼96% -1%
Dell Latitude 3390
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
4799 Points ∼95% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (4418 - 4869, n=4)
4680 Points ∼92% -4%
Average of class Convertible
  (1007 - 5281, n=221)
3707 Points ∼73% -24%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
3863 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 3390
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
3797 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3780 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3774 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3668 Points ∼95% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (3325 - 3993, n=4)
3631 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Convertible
  (741 - 4741, n=268)
2776 Points ∼72% -28%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3863 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4974 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4869 points
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Storage Solution

The HP Envy x360 uses an SSD that offers 512 GB of storage. Even though the M.2 format SSD uses the PCIe connection, it does not reach the performance of the two Lenovos. Particularly while writing, the SSD in our test unit loses compared to the two faster devices. The reason is the connection to the PCIe adapter, since with PCIe x2, the SSD in our device can only use half the bandwidth. In the Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga, the built-in storage communicates at PCIe-x4 speed.

Compared to storage solutions that only run at SATA speeds, the SSD in our test unit is still clearly superior. In the direct comparison with the Dell Latitude 3390 and the Lenovo Yoga C930, our HP convertible wins clearly.

For additional comparison and benchmarks, see our comparison table.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 3
CDM 3
CDM 5
CDM 5
CDM 6
CDM 6
CDI
CDI
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Dell Latitude 3390
SK hynix SC311 SATA
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Average SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
 
AS SSD
80%
-51%
55%
16%
-11%
15%
Copy Game MB/s
392.87
687.38
75%
202.24
-49%
636.57
62%
340.01
-13%
458 (282 - 700, n=3)
17%
Copy Program MB/s
253.09
418.32
65%
137.36
-46%
322.1
27%
209.69
-17%
275 (244 - 327, n=3)
9%
Copy ISO MB/s
521.16
1724.83
231%
293.96
-44%
1025.08
97%
539.41
4%
779 (521 - 955, n=3)
49%
Score Total
1913
2712
42%
860
-55%
2889
51%
2228
16%
1373
-28%
2149 (1913 - 2384, n=5)
12%
Score Write
829
920
11%
304
-63%
1440
74%
841
1%
427
-48%
863 (829 - 932, n=5)
4%
Score Read
741
1213
64%
367
-50%
969
31%
928
25%
657
-11%
863 (698 - 977, n=5)
16%
Access Time Write *
0.048
0.021
56%
0.071
-48%
0.028
42%
0.033
31%
0.056
-17%
0.0374 (0.033 - 0.048, n=5)
22%
Access Time Read *
0.049
0.035
29%
0.093
-90%
0.041
16%
0.045
8%
0.069
-41%
0.0488 (0.04 - 0.061, n=4)
-0%
4K-64 Write
700.37
593.8
-15%
217.51
-69%
1193.44
70%
671.07
-4%
266.32
-62%
698 (669 - 737, n=5)
0%
4K-64 Read
567.3
872.71
54%
294.82
-48%
745.21
31%
776.29
37%
434.3
-23%
701 (567 - 788, n=5)
24%
4K Write
74.74
175.23
134%
51.34
-31%
133.81
79%
108.53
45%
94.98
27%
98.8 (74.7 - 125, n=5)
32%
4K Read
32.24
66.33
106%
23.88
-26%
51.82
61%
39.58
23%
38.04
18%
38.7 (32.2 - 44.3, n=5)
20%
Seq Write
540.38
1510.68
180%
354.88
-34%
1122.63
108%
618.9
15%
661.05
22%
666 (540 - 740, n=5)
23%
Seq Read
1412.01
2742.43
94%
479.54
-66%
1724.1
22%
1122.44
-21%
1849.93
31%
1235 (494 - 1698, n=5)
-13%

* ... smaller is better

SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Sequential Read: 931.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 735.4 MB/s
512K Read: 707.3 MB/s
512K Write: 588.8 MB/s
4K Read: 35.75 MB/s
4K Write: 86.08 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 230.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 292.8 MB/s

Graphics Card

In addition to the CPU, the AMD SoC also contains the integrated graphics unit that is called AMD Radeon RX Vega 10. The iGPU possesses 640 shader units that have a clock speed of 1400 MHz. Since the iGPU does not have its own VRAM, the performance is also dependent on the built-in working memory. In our test unit, this runs in dual-channel mode and has a clock speed of 2400 MHz. With these preconditions, the HP Envy is able to place itself significantly ahead in the test. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 simply offers more performance than the iGPU of the Intel systems.

Compared to dedicated graphics adapters, the performance of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 is on the level of a GeForce MX150.

You can find additional benchmarks on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 here.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
4056 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (2688 - 4056, n=11)
3403 Points ∼84% -16%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1877 Points ∼46% -54%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1806 Points ∼45% -55%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1734 Points ∼43% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1721 Points ∼42% -58%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1597 Points ∼39% -61%
Average of class Convertible
  (173 - 7483, n=320)
1231 Points ∼30% -70%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (578 - 779, n=3)
679 Points ∼100% +17%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
578 Points ∼85%
Average of class Convertible
  (85 - 1682, n=28)
464 Points ∼68% -20%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
349 Points ∼51% -40%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
330 Points ∼49% -43%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (1567 - 2581, n=11)
2049 Points ∼100% +5%
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1950 Points ∼95%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1343 Points ∼66% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1278 Points ∼62% -34%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1216 Points ∼59% -38%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1111 Points ∼54% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
1083 Points ∼53% -44%
Average of class Convertible
  (132 - 5965, n=229)
991 Points ∼48% -49%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
14056 Points ∼100%
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
  (9364 - 18581, n=11)
13562 Points ∼96% -4%
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
10332 Points ∼74% -26%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
10322 Points ∼73% -27%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
10003 Points ∼71% -29%
Dell Latitude 3390
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
8947 Points ∼64% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8265U
8677 Points ∼62% -38%
Average of class Convertible
  (1023 - 37388, n=281)
6618 Points ∼47% -53%
3DMark 11 Performance
3737 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
69242 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9802 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1669 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
813 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
647 points
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Gaming Performance

Despite the significantly increased 3D performance of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 compared to the Intel UHD Graphics 620, the 3D performance is only sufficient to display non-demanding games such as "League of Legends" or "Dota 2" smoothly. When running those, you should forego the native display resolution and the settings slider should remain on medium details. There are also some driver problems from time to time. In our case, it was impossible to get benchmarks for "BioShock Infinite" and "Rise of the Tomb Raider" in the resolution of 1366x768 pixels.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 11314fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 67.443.823.322.3fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 45.98.3fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 23.416.814.8fps

Emissions - Low power consumption but always audible

Noise Emissions

The small fan is always present, and even if we only measure 32.2 dB(A) in idle operation, the high-frequency noise of the fan is subjectively louder than the measurements can show. Under load, the fan revs up further and reaches the highest value in our comparison at almost 42 dB(A). 

Noise Level

Idle
32.2 / 32.2 / 32.2 dB(A)
Load
40.8 / 41.9 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Dell Latitude 3390
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Noise
10%
9%
13%
9%
12%
off / environment *
30.5
29.2
4%
30.6
-0%
29.5
3%
30.3
1%
29.3
4%
Idle Minimum *
32.2
29.2
9%
30.6
5%
29.5
8%
30.4
6%
29.3
9%
Idle Average *
32.2
29.2
9%
30.6
5%
29.5
8%
30.4
6%
29.3
9%
Idle Maximum *
32.2
29.2
9%
30.6
5%
29.5
8%
30.4
6%
29.7
8%
Load Average *
40.8
35
14%
33.3
18%
30.6
25%
34.3
16%
31.8
22%
Load Maximum *
41.9
35
16%
33
21%
30.6
27%
34.2
18%
32.7
22%

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203232.233322537.433.73337.43133.333.633.833.34031.131.431.531.15029.72930.729.76328.929.228.228.9802827.827.62810027.426.727.227.412525.325.92725.316024.925.225.124.920023.723.823.523.7250242423.12431523.42421.923.440024.423.321.224.45002524.120.32563025.62519.425.680026.827.51926.8100029.630.118.729.6125030.63118.130.6160031.932.317.931.9200030.931.21830.9250032.833.417.832.8315033.433.917.933.4400030.731.218.130.7500028.528.81828.5630025.425.818.125.480002222.718.3221000019.620.118.419.61250018.418.718.118.41600018.318.518.118.3SPL4242.430.842N(Sone)3.53.61.33.5median 25.4median 25.8median 18.4median 25.4Delta2.62.81.92.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseHP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng

Temperature

3DMark 11 after the stress test
3DMark 11 after the stress test

In terms of the case temperatures, the HP Envy behaves similar to the Dell Inspiron 13 7386, although the temperatures turn out slightly higher in our test unit. This does not become an annoyance, and at about 43 °C (109 °F), the maximum values are also at a good level. The two ThinkPad models became significantly warmer at a maximum of more than 50 °C (122 °F).

In the stress test, the convertible has to show how it can handle loads. We already received an initial taste in the Cinebench-R15 multi loop. In the hour-long test with Prime95, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U heated up to a maximum of 77 °C (171 °F). So there is still plenty of room up to the maximum possible temperature of 105 °C (221 °F). However, HP already interferes here and reduces the temperature limit, so that the CPU is throttled in our case. At an average clock speed of 1.46 GHz, the APU runs significantly below the basic clock speed (2.3 GHz).

If you also add load on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, the clock speed drops further, since the low TDP has to be shared between both components. However, the temperatures remain at about the same level as in the Prime 95 test before. At 60 °C (140 °F), only the GPU component is slightly cooler.

After the load test, the negative effect of this behavior became apparent. The result of the 3DMark 11 is significantly worse in comparison to the cold start.

Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: Prime95 solo
Stress test: FurMark solo
Stress test: FurMark solo
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Stress test: FurMark+Prime95
Max. Load
 40.4 °C
105 F
43 °C
109 F
39.2 °C
103 F
 
 36.9 °C
98 F
39 °C
102 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
 33.3 °C
92 F
31 °C
88 F
32.2 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 43 °C = 109 F
Average: 37 °C = 99 F
39.3 °C
103 F
43.6 °C
110 F
41.9 °C
107 F
35.2 °C
95 F
36.5 °C
98 F
37.2 °C
99 F
33 °C
91 F
33.3 °C
92 F
34.1 °C
93 F
Maximum: 43.6 °C = 110 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  45 °C = 113 F | Room Temperature 23.9 °C = 75 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37 °C / 99 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 43 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.7 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (33.3 °C / 91.9 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (-4.3 °C / -7.7 F).
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Vega 10, 3700U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Dell Latitude 3390
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix SC311 SATA
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
UHD Graphics 620, 8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
Heat
3%
11%
6%
13%
14%
Maximum Upper Side *
43
41.7
3%
40
7%
46.7
-9%
40.5
6%
41.8
3%
Maximum Bottom *
43.6
50.1
-15%
46.1
-6%
50.7
-16%
41.6
5%
40.9
6%
Idle Upper Side *
33.1
27.8
16%
25.7
22%
23.8
28%
26.3
21%
25.6
23%
Idle Bottom *
32.5
30.2
7%
26
20%
25.6
21%
26.2
19%
24.5
25%

* ... smaller is better

Heat development - top (idle)
Heat development - top (idle)
Heat development - bottom (idle)
Heat development - bottom (idle)
Heat development - top (load)
Heat development - top (load)
Heat development - bottom (load)
Heat development - bottom (load)

Speakers

Speaker ports at the bottom
Speaker ports at the bottom

HP has equipped the Envy x360 13 with a total of four speakers. Two of them are placed at the bottom and two more are installed above the keyboard. This gives the Envy a clear advantage compared to devices that only have two speakers at the bottom. The sound can always be projected clearly, regardless of the surface the device stands on. However, we liked the solution in the Lenovo Yoga C930 even better, where the speakers were integrated into the 360-degree hinge.

Overall, the speakers are fairly usable and suited for video calls. You can also reproduce music on the Envy x360, although the speakers emphasize the highs slightly too much. There are still hints of bass and it is not supressed completely.

You can connect external speakers via a 3.5 mm audio combo port (microphone/headphones) to the 2-in-1 device.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.63333.62533.53333.53133.133.833.14030.731.530.75029.930.729.96329.128.229.18027.427.627.410030.527.230.512537.42737.416041.925.141.920039.623.539.625047.323.147.331555.321.955.340063.921.263.95006520.36563063.819.463.880060.91960.910006618.766125065.918.165.9160070.317.970.3200068.81868.825006917.869315064.717.964.7400063.618.163.6500061.91861.9630061.518.161.580006018.3601000054.918.454.91250053.918.153.91600053.118.153.1SPL77.830.877.8N(Sone)37.91.337.9median 61.5median 18.4median 61.5Delta7.71.97.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (70.26 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Power Management

Power Consumption

65-watt power supply
65-watt power supply
65-watt power supply
65-watt power supply

In the test, our HP Envy presented itself as very energy efficient. During idle operation, the convertible is content with 2.8 to 12.4 watts. Under load as well, the consumption remains relatively low with a maximum of 50 watts. We also measure this consumption under short-time load. It continues to level out at about 24 watts. In our comparison, only the Dell Latitude 3390 is able to keep up with our test unit if we only look at the measurement values under load. In the overall comparison, the Envy x360 13 clearly deserves its first place. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.2 / 2.8 / 12.4 Watt
Load midlight 24.2 / 50 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
3700U, Vega 10, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, IPS, 120 Hz, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Latitude 3390
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix SC311 SATA, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, SK Hynix BC501 HFM512GDJTNG, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.9
Average AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Power Consumption
-42%
-24%
-41%
-96%
-41%
-45%
-35%
Idle Minimum *
3.2
3.46
-8%
3.9
-22%
4
-25%
6.5
-103%
3.3
-3%
4.77 (3.2 - 5.9, n=11)
-49%
4.69 (1 - 23, n=367)
-47%
Idle Average *
2.8
5.88
-110%
6.5
-132%
7.1
-154%
12.2
-336%
6.8
-143%
7.68 (2.8 - 10.6, n=11)
-174%
7.85 (1.3 - 32.3, n=367)
-180%
Idle Maximum *
12.4
9.12
26%
8.6
31%
10.7
14%
12.7
-2%
9.5
23%
9.79 (7.3 - 12.9, n=11)
21%
9.36 (1.8 - 61, n=367)
25%
Load Average *
24.2
45.6
-88%
25
-3%
33.8
-40%
39
-61%
40.8
-69%
32.6 (24.2 - 40.6, n=11)
-35%
26.3 (1.4 - 94, n=365)
-9%
Load Maximum *
50
65.9
-32%
48.1
4%
48.8
2%
39
22%
57
-14%
43.9 (38.5 - 50, n=11)
12%
31.3 (6.8 - 117, n=366)
37%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

3DMark 11 in battery operation
3DMark 11 in battery operation
Cinebench R15 in battery operation
Cinebench R15 in battery operation

While with 53 Wh, the built-in battery is not the smallest here, the HP Envy is unable to achieve the runtimes we had hoped for when we considered how well the device did in terms of the power consumption. On the other hand, with a good seven hours, the battery life in our realistic WLAN test is not bad either. But during an extended work day, you should keep the charger within reach. For this test, we reduced the display brightness by five steps, which corresponds to a brightness of about 150 cd/m². With the same settings and additionally a deactivated WLAN adapter, the HP Envy x360 13 achieved a runtime of a good 6.5 hours in the H.264 test. Thus there is nothing in the way of enjoying a longer movie evening.

With the values measured here, our test unit remains slightly behind the average of the class. An additional point is the slightly throttled performance of the APU in battery operation. However, this should not be considered very noticeable.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 32min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (EDGE: 44.17763.1.0)
7h 17min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
6h 32min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 10min
Maximum battery life
Maximum battery life
Minimum battery life
Minimum battery life
WLAN battery life
WLAN battery life
H.264 battery life
H.264 battery life
HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng
3700U, Vega 10, 53 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh
Dell Latitude 3390
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga-20NT000XGE
8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Dell Inspiron 13 7386
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 38 Wh
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh
Average of class Convertible
 
Battery Runtime
12%
7%
8%
-32%
52%
13%
Reader / Idle
632
1002
59%
949
50%
402
-36%
1432
127%
764 (117 - 1985, n=287)
21%
H.264
392
600
53%
356
-9%
444
13%
329
-16%
632
61%
446 (206 - 1070, n=110)
14%
WiFi v1.3
437
492
13%
402
-8%
431
-1%
235
-46%
550
26%
453 (153 - 1010, n=241)
4%
Load
130
91
-30%
110
-15%
89
-32%
91
-30%
124
-5%
146 (49 - 677, n=278)
12%

Pros

+ elegant, modern design
+ small size for a 13.3-inch device
+ high-quality workmanship
+ suitable input devices
+ good speaker placement
+ excellent 120-Hz panel
+ bright, high-contrast display
+ IPS display with stable viewing angles
+ low color space deviations
+ NVMe SSD
+ good system performance
+ energy efficient
+ USB Type-C with charging and DisplayPort
+ illuminated keyboard
+ fingerprint sensor
+ attractive price

Cons

- cooling unit overextended under load
- throttling in the stress test and the Cinebench-R15 multi-loop
- slightly low battery life
- limited expansion options
- highly reflective display
- no Active-Pen support
- can always be heard (even in idle operation)

Verdict - A good display and an AMD APU

The HP Envy x360 13, provided by HP Germany
The HP Envy x360 13, provided by HP Germany

The HP Envy x360 13 is an affordable convertible for less than 1000 Euros (~$1138). With its AMD Ryzen 7 3700U and AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, the 2-in-1 device offers a good performance for everyday tasks. You can also play older games smoothly with the iGPU of the AMD SoC. After all, this combination offers a better 3D performance than a current SoC from Intel.

This device makes a good impression already judging from its visuals, appearing very modern due to its thin display bezels. Those who can make do without a plethora of connections are well-served with the three USB connections that are available. On the other hand, we would not complain about a Type-C connection with Thunderbolt either. But at least the conventional USB Type-C connection that is there supports DisplayPort. This is the least we would expect since there are no direct HDMI or DisplayPort connections.

The good energy efficiency and the usable speakers should be positively noted. The concept with four speakers offers a good listening experience, independent of the mode used (notebook, stand, tablet, and tent mode).

Unfortunately, the HP Envy x360 13 was unable to convert the low power consumption into a long battery life. A good seven hours of battery life will not last you through a complete workday without a recharge.  

One of the biggest surprises in the HP Envy x360 13 is the excellent display that runs at 120 Hz. With its very good brightness values and the high-contrast display, working on the device is simply fun. Unfortunately, users have to expect some limitations when working outdoors, since the highly reflective display surface takes its toll despite the excellent display brightness. However, the display still deserves a complaint, since there is no support of an active pen in the Envy x360 13.

An affordable convertible with an AMD CPU in combination with a good display, all this is what the HP Envy x360 13 offers.

One of the biggest disadvantages of the HP Envy x360 13 is the significantly throttled AMD APU under load. But those who are not dependent on a constant high performance are well-served with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U. 

HP Envy x360 13-ar0601ng - 06/28/2019 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
84 / 98 → 85%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
50 / 80 → 62%
Weight
72 / 35-78 → 85%
Battery
89%
Display
86%
Games Performance
68 / 68 → 100%
Application Performance
80 / 87 → 92%
Temperature
82%
Noise
84%
Audio
51 / 91 → 56%
Camera
41 / 85 → 48%
Average
74%
84%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2019-06-29 (Update: 2019-06-30)