When the HP Envy x360 13 2 in 1 convertible was delivered to my desk recently, I was as eager to explore the interesting features as I was excited to reunite with an HP.
My last personal relationship with the brand ended in a devastating crash, leading me to flee entirely.
It looks and feels very compact at first glance, an element I’m always looking for in a standard laptop. As a content creator, I need a laptop that fits into the agile and always-on-the-move schedule that requires holistic technical adaptability.
Power and performance are next considerations.
Lehlogonolo Mohlala, a trusted day one and attorney based in Johannesburg, who’s used the laptop, told me that she enjoyed how the design works well if you trot around frequently. “It’s great when working remotely or traveling. Being able to convert and use it in a plane or car while on transit is a great plus”, she said.
Adding; “It is not a conversional tablet as the screen is as big as a laptop thus giving a great view. The quality of the screen, colour definition and clarity is easy on the eyes and the definition is great for a lawyer who is always reviewing and typing documents.”
Further to the thin and close packed silhouette, the HP Envy x360 also boasts a superb exterior. Its smooth and gleaming texture gives it a premium feel when it’s in your hands.
It’s a ‘x360’ purely because of its functional capability to transform into a tablet with smooth ease. But my encounter with this premium HP was also a full circle -360- moment for me. The last time I actually used an HP laptop was in 2013.
It was an entry level HP laptop that sufficed for most of my student needs. However, when I began exploring more demanding creative technologies and softwares, which included music production and animation tools, its limits undercut its relevance.
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Until that point, however, it had done a decent job for the price point.
The HP Envy x360 therefore marks the first time I’ve really used the brand’s premium products for both professional and personal purposes.
The attraction lies in a host of features which promise to make it ideal for the millennial.
It knows what we want – a good looking compact laptop that converts into a tablet, and can bend to your needs. It also comes with powerful features which fit the complex requirements that attend to our ever evolving relationship with technology.
I, for one, need a whole lot of space as I use many software programmes and tools to manage multi-platform projects that overlap amongst others graphic design, video editing and editorial functions. The device promises ‘lightning-fast responsiveness’ to accelerate your engagement with it.
Is it worth buying?
MEET THE HP ENVY x360
- With four ways to work, the ENVY x360 13 convertible bends beautifully to your needs with power and performance. This additional versatility is great for artists who require portable devices to create or students who need flexibility when taking notes
- A full touch screen display enables users to bring their content to life in mesmerizing quality with 178° wide-viewing angles and Quad HP Speakers supplied by Bang & Olufsen
- Protect your privacy with a built-in Privacy Camera Kill Switch and an integrated fingerprint reader for a seamless login experience
- Accelerate everything you do with lightning-fast responsiveness. With the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processor, the ENVY X360 delivers performance in a slim and sleek design
- Get a laptop built for how you live. 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors put extra power where you want it most. Explore, connect and create all at the same time.
The HP Envy x360 focuses its design and features to the most pressing needs of a modern day consumer, who is looking for a user-friendly, visually appealing machine that elevates their interaction with technology while complimenting their fast-paced lives.
The laptop is pretty. The smooth surface on the lid and chassis are visually appealing, giving it a cute ultra modern finish. The downside to that, however, especially with the matte body, is the fact that it tends to retain and reflect fingerprints.
The entire laptop is smaller than the Apple MacBook Air (2017), giving it serious competitive edge when the convertible design is thrown in the mix.
The compact design also supports the logistics involved with turning it into a tablet, which happens with the kind of ease that wouldn’t bring attention to you during a meeting. The dual hinge system also allows you to position the lid in interesting angles.
Although the dark ash is a beautiful colour, it’s the only colour currently available.
The brightness and colour display was decent enough for me. Thanks to the full HD resolution, the pictures appear sharp and crisp. This is ideal for all kinds of things, from streaming to surfing social networks that are driven mainly by imagery.
The touch response was decent during my use of the laptop. Its a feature that I didn’t use much because I was generally more drawn to laptop mode, but there were no instances when input didn’t register.
The quality of the webcam is also impressive, producing clear visual outputs through varying lighting.
As far as booting is concerned, the laptop boots into Windows pretty quickly, which does not place any frustration when you need to resume work.
I’m also particularly excited about the built-in Privacy Camera Kill Switch, which enables the user to take some steps to protecting privacy. With all the alarming user data breaches in the radar, this feature offers some kind of relief.
The laptop is stylish, compact and convertible, making it ideal for modern use and interactions with technology.
The display is brilliant, and the touch responsiveness works fine. Professionally, you will also love how it can adapt to various atmospheres and environment, and the laptop can enhance personal experience. The main downside during our testing is the battery life, which was disappointing.
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