HP decided to launch another 2-in-1 series along with the Spectre, the Envy x360. Although the market is filled with numerous well known (but obviously not worthy) convertible the chief competitor to the Envy still is the Dell XPS notebooks. Let’s find out how Envy x360 15-bp103na performed in the competition.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.8 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 features an Intel Core i7 processor along with an 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD. The included 256 GB NVMe SSD though is not really the fastest. Even then the notebook is pretty snappy while doing light tasks like net surfing, video streaming or even a bit of photo editing.
- GPU – The dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU is one of the deciding factors in a convertible as they rarely ever come equipped with a dedicated GPU. It’s the tricked out version of their older 940MX GPU effectively making it capable of handling some of the slightly older titles like BioShock Infinite (~75 fps in High settings) and Overwatch (~60 fps in High settings) even in the high settings. But for the rest, even the medium preset would be overkill.
- Noise – Considering the graphical aspect of Envy x360 I have to say the machine stays pretty quite even in the load conditions. The max noise level was recorded under the 40 dB mark even while gaming.
- Display – The display is an interesting case. While the colours are pretty vibrant due to the relatively higher colour coverage (85% sRGB) and contrast ratio (1200:1) the brightness is pretty darn low for a higher mid-range convertible. At only 260 nits it’s not really the best option for working in a brightly lit environment.
- No Thunderbolt 3 – Well, it’s a really a bummer that a notebook like Envy that would cost you over a thousand pound doesn’t feature even a single Thunderbolt-enabled port. Also, it doesn’t come with a separate Display port.
It surely falls behind due to the dim display and the lack of Thunderbolt 3 in comparison to XPS. It comes down to one’s personal preference in the end- if you want a kick butt convertible for your home and office use then XPS is definitely the better choice. But if you want some graphical ability in your notebook as well then Envy x360 15 should be the laptop that you would like more.