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The HP Envy 13 looks good, but isn't particularly outstanding otherwise

The HP Envy 13-ba0001ng has passed most of our tests. (Source: HP)
The HP Envy 13-ba0001ng has passed most of our tests. (Source: HP)
HP has updated their compact subnotebook Envy 13. While the device doesn't show any major weaknesses, it can't really convince us with great strengths either - except for its good looks.
Marcus Schwarten (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 ...

The HP Envy 13 from 2020 is a well-equipped subnotebook with a 13.3-inch display. On paper, the device boasts an Intel Core i7-10510U, a NVIDIA GeForce MX350 and 16 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM. This is a lot better than last year's version. We were also pleased with the device's exterior thanks to its elegant and well-made metal case.

Our review of the HP Envy 13 showed that HP doesn't make the most of this hardware in practice. It can't quite keep up with similarly equipped subnotebooks in terms of performance and usually remains below the average for devices equipped with the Nvidia GeForce MX530. At least in terms of system performance the device manages to take the lead compared to some notebooks with the same GPU. There are better alternatives available if you are looking for a particularly long battery life. 

Overall, the HP Envy 13-ba0001ng is a very reliable notebook that is capable of handling most everyday applications. Even one or two games can be displayed fairly smoothly. We appreciate its compactness and the elegant case as well as the high-contrast IPS display, although this is not suitable for use outdoors due to its reflectiveness. If that is not an issue for you, you could be very happy with the Envy 13.

Find out more in our detailed review of the HP Envy 13.

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Marcus Schwarten
Editor of the original article: Marcus Schwarten - Senior Tech Writer - 1885 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I have been fascinated by technology for around 25 years – especially technology that makes life easier rather than more complicated. Mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches are particularly close to my heart as is the booming subject of smart homes. I have been working in these areas for several years now as a news and reviews editor. I have been active with various websites, including the smart home blogs homee, Nuki, and siio, as well as tech portals such as Giga and TechRadar. I have been writing news and laptop reviews for Notebookcheck since 2020.
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Katherine Bodner
Translator: Katherine Bodner - Translator - 285 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I completed my master's degree in translation at the University of Vienna a few years ago and have been working as a translator for English, German and French ever since. I first started translating for Notebookcheck in 2017 and have learned more about computers than I ever imagined, and I have even become the person my family turns to for advice when it comes to consumer electronics. Other than that I also focus on everything connected to sustainability and renewable energy.
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Marcus Schwarten, 2020-12-10 (Update: 2020-12- 9)