There are a lot of convertible notebooks out there. But surprisingly enough there doesn’t seem to be a lot of 2-in-1s available that comes with a dedicated graphics card. And that’s where HP Envy x360 15-bp102na is different. Let’s check out its pros and cons then.
- CPU – Intel Core i5 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.6 GHz
- GPU – 4 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
- Memory – 8 GB DDR4
- Screen – 15.6-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080) with 10-point touchscreen
- Storage – 256 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It’s a relatively moderately configured model from the Envy x360 convertible series featuring an Intel 8th gen i5 processor. It’s accompanied by 8 gigs of DDR4 memory. There’s a 256 GB SSD available for your storage needs although it felt a bit low to me. It was fairly fast and snappy.
- GPU – The dedicated MX150 GPU is a good option for occasional gaming and light multimedia tasks. It can handle some of the less demanding titles like BioShock Infinite (~90 fps in 1080p Medium), Dota 2 (~95 fps in 1080p Medium) and Overwatch (~95 fps in 1080p Medium) even in the Medium settings and the rest of the games in Low preset.
- Battery – The battery backup is pretty average if not good. The 56 Wh battery was able to keep it alive for nearly 7 hours while doing some internet surfing via Wi-Fi. If you are doing some minor tasks then you can easily manage to push it up to 8 hours.
- Noise – Despite housing a dedicated GPU the fans generally stay anonymous. Even under load, the max noise level was recorded near 37 dB which is honestly pretty low.
- Display – To be honest, the display brightness is pretty darn low. At 260 nits it would make your life way harder while using it in a well-lit environment like a sunlit place. But other than that the colour coverage and contrast ratio of the panel is pretty good.
- Portability – It weighs nearly 4.8 lbs (2.16 kg) which honestly speaking seemed a bit high to me considering the fact that it’s a 2-in-1 convertible. This weighty machine makes it harder for you to use it in one hand.
- No Thunderbolt 3 – Now it’s one thing that you always expect to be there these days. But sadly enough, in this case, there aren’t any Thunderbolt supported ports in Envy. Even though it comes with a USB 3.1 Type-C port it isn’t as told Thunderbolt enabled.
It’s clear by now- if you want your notebook to be able to do your project works as well as play some games you should go with Envy x360. And it’s cheaper than the much more expensive Dell XPS notebooks. But the subpar display might be an issue for you. In that case, XPS should be your goto laptop.