The HP Envy x360 is an impressive midrange laptop, with all the bells and whistles you should expect in a laptop at this level. Still, like anything, it has its pros and cons. While it is a solid laptop, it certainly has its shortcomings, and might not be the right pick for everyone.
I managed to get my hands on one of these laptops to put it through its paces and see how it holds up to other models in this price range. The good news? It is worth the money — as long as you get the right one. And as long as you actually need all of the features this thing has.
In today’s article, we’re going to take a close look at this laptop. We’ll check out all of its features and specs, and find out who it is best suited for. Let’s get to it!
HP Envy x360: Overview
The HP Envy x360 is a multipurpose laptop/touchscreen tablet hybrid. It could be an amazing addition to your daily routines if you consider a few of the device’s key aspects.
Release Date And Price
This version of the HP Envy is relatively affordable, running at around $500 or so as of the time of this writing. The touchscreen feature alone could be enough to convince you to take the plunge, depending on how often you would use it. HP Envy x360 is a continuous range by the brand, and the first edition was launched all the way back in 2014 (ancient times as far as laptops are concerned).
In 2021, the newest model of the range was released, complete with several updates based on customer reviews and feedback. The model I have is squarely in the middle and represents the average that you’ll see available on a site like Amazon.
Back in 2014, HP integrated touchscreens into their laptops for the Envy x360 range. The first edition of the laptop/tablet hybrid did relatively well, giving the brand the incentive to further develop its idea. Its potential showed even upon its initial launch. Customers also got something to be excited about when they opened the box. Now, cutting-edge technology allows this hybrid technology to be even more impressive, improving each time a new model is developed.
Of course, the talk of the town is the Envy x360’s touchscreen capabilities. You can flip the lid back and completely flatten the screen on top of the keyboard, transforming it into a fully-fledged tablet.
This is great news for artists; if you’re looking for something to draw on that also has the practicality of a laptop you’d use for business tasks, this is a wonderful option. Plus, there are several different kinds of styluses that are compatible with the tablet, allowing you to create whatever your heart desires.
While the star of the show is its convertible nature, the x360 has all the fixings of a fully-fledged laptop. You get WiFi, Bluetooth, and a webcam, so it is ready for all your Zoom calls and work-from-home lifestyle. The oversized trackpad is precise and comfortable, and paired with the full-size keyboard, it is just about as pleasant to use as a desktop PC.
|14.13″L x 8.98″W x 0.72″Th
|15.6″ touchscreen LED
|Card Slot Type
|Internal battery type
|140 Watt Lithium Ion
|Windows 10 (upgradeable to 11)
|256 GB (expandable)
|Officially up to 10 hours
HP Envy x360: Review
This compact laptop is a good starting point. People who have never owned a laptop or a tablet before will really be wowed, but those who are looking for an affordable upgrade will also be impressed. You can expect some decent performance out of it; it’s above average, for sure, but it’s also not premium quality. When shopping for a laptop, the price point often reflects the quality that you’ll receive. The $500 range is a good, happy medium — usually!
Of course, it’s important to use your own personal standards to grade the quality of any new tech that you’re buying. For example, if you’re a student on-the-go all the time, this could be extremely practical for you, despite it not being state-of-the-art levels of amazing. It’s still really good, with features that would benefit most people.
Simply put — it’s nice! The design of the hybrid device encapsulates the vision HP clearly had. It isn’t big and clunky, ideal for a commuter. Plus, it is effective in what it sets out to do. With astoundingly high ratings on Amazon, people tend to agree that its mechanisms are reliable.
Something like this is meant to be as reliable as it is pretty. So, that said, it thoroughly checks both boxes. It may be a bit difficult to find a hardshell case for this device, but if that’s not a top priority, the design is one of the most impressive features of it.
You really don’t even need a case. It looks good as is. The example I got has a brushed aluminum finish in a subtle brown tone, making it look premium—maybe more premium than it really is.
Besides the obvious benefit of being touchscreen, the Envy x360 also gives you a reasonable quality, bright, and colorful display. Sometimes, budget-friendly laptops have issues where their screens are really dull, with little room for brightening. This one really shines, however, allowing users to use it in open-air environments, like a sunny park.
Of course, there could be some exceptions, but for the most part, any outdoor setting would still be a good fit for the Envy x360. Similarly, color displays are really accurate and beautiful to look at — more good news for artists who need a tablet!
Ports and Connectivity
You get a ton of useful ports on this laptop. It is getting harder to say that about many modern laptops (looking at your MacBook Air). But this one still has all of the classics: USB, HDMI, and even a headphone port. If you have older peripherals, you’ll be able to plug them in without any problems.
Unlike other budget-friendly PC laptops, the performance of the Envy x360 is something to write home about. You can expect it to be fast, reliable, and enjoyable. But I can’t really make a blanket statement like that. Since this model has been in production for years — with tons of different iterations — you probably won’t get the same experience if you have a lower specced system.
All of the models available on Amazon right now are impressive. And the test model I have is equally so. With an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD, it is lightning quick. But still, it is nothing like a gaming laptop. It is middle of the road.
If you want to game, you can. The Radeon graphics will pull their weight. But don’t expect to break any records.
Out of the box, most available models come with either Windows 10 or 11. Even though it is older, Windows 10 is still very reliable for any of your needs. If you’re doing basic online tasks, or if you’re doing more complex graphics-heavy work, you can expect Windows 10 to get the job done. While the Windows OS has since been updated, this specific version is just as good as the others.
You don’t necessarily need the most recent version of Windows to have a great user experience. This is especially true for the Envy x360, which is good enough internally to support upgrading to the latest Windows 11 update if Windows 10 doesn’t quite cut it for you.
This is another area where the Envy x360 shines above its competitors. Other budget-friendly laptops tend to lack in the battery department. Some even do better while plugged in, which defeats the purpose of a laptop’s intended portability.
This one, however, claims to last up to 10 hours unplugged. Of course, you’ll have a different experience as your device ages, but for the most part, the battery life makes the device worth the spend. As for my test model, the results weren’t so peachy. I only got up to about 4 hours maximum. But that’s normal: manufacturers can’t really be trusted to give a conservative battery estimate.
HP Envy x360: Pros And Cons
- No fingerprint scanner
- Stylus doesn’t come in the package
HP Envy x360: Is It A Buy?
One person’s perfect laptop/tablet hybrid is another person’s nightmare. This one specifically would receive a C+/B- grade overall, but it has some key points to think about before you commit to buying one.
Buy It If…
This is an absolute must-buy for entry-level artists who are looking for a tablet to get started. Artistic passions deserve an outlet to be pursued, and a good drawing tablet doesn’t need to be super expensive. The thing that really justifies this purchase is the multipurpose nature of its design. You can do a million different things with it, not just drawing or organizing the way people normally would with a tablet.
Similarly, students would love the Envy x360. You can easily throw it into your backpack or a tote to carry on public transportation on your way to campus. Plus, it’s not super heavy; you can carry this on your shoulder as you walk to and from each class. Any commuter would do well with this specific model, and honestly, HP should advertise it more for commuters, especially if you have a hybrid remote/WFH setup.
The laptop has more going for it than working against it. Though it’s not perfect, it is the higher end of the quality spectrum for laptops under $1000. Plus, the accessibility of it makes it a considerable purchase, regardless of what you need the laptop for. It’s worth taking a look at it and analyzing the specs to see if you’re compatible with it.
This laptop is pretty entry-level. Your technological literacy doesn’t need to be super high to get the best experience with it. Though it’s not the most remedial-level laptop we’ve ever reviewed, there’s very little learning curve to get over before you become a pro.
Don’t Buy It If…
This isn’t a great option if you need the top-of-the-line model every single time you buy new tech. If you’re very advanced in your technological literacy, or you need to do extremely complex tasks, it’s a no-go for you. For example, if you’re doing intense web development, you might want something a little more advanced to get the job done right.
It can be a bit frustrating to put the tablet to sleep when it’s deactivated from the laptop mode. If you’re not blown away by the concept of having a 2-in-1 device, this might not do the trick for you. Your ultimate decision should be made based on how often you would use the tablet feature, and how much the tablet feature would contribute to your perception of the device.
There are better hybrid laptops that are more convenient for people who need more, like gamers and web developers. Sometimes, an average or slightly above average device is the perfect pick for people. Others, however, really do need more advanced technology to do what they need.
You may even find that this device is almost right. That’s why it gets a B- rating; it’s got some really amazing features, making it worth the $500 so it’s listed for, but there are other options out there for people who require…more. HP is moving in the right direction with this series of laptops, and maybe over time, they will continue to improve their work, because the concept really was innovative when it was first released ten years ago.
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