This 2019 version tweaks a few parts without altering the original appeal, that of a lower-cost laptop with the same visual impact as a much more expensive one. Warhammer II runs at 21.4fps, medium settings, dropping to 12.8 at “high” visuals. The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is another recommended alternative, though you might want to wait a few months for the rumored Surface Laptop 3. A. Right from first boot-up we could tell this is a higher grade of screen than we saw in the 2018 version, though. We would not recommend this version to all that many people as the entry-level model is likely to be sufficient. You can play games like The Witcher 3 on this laptop. As is stands we can only see these models available direct from HP but retailers such as Amazon and Currys should stock them soon. That gets you 8GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel Core i5 8th-gen CPU (aq0000na). I had no issues executing Windows 10 gestures, like pinch-to-zoom or a four-finger tap to open the Action Center, on the 4.3 x 2.2-inch surface. PC Mark is designed to be a fairly contextualised test, emulating apps you might use day-to-day. You can use these inputs to connect legacy peripherals -- like mice, keyboards or external webcams -- without a dongle, but we worry about the long-term reliability of this extra moving part. This is where you can depress the pad a bit before it reaches the clicker mechanism. New York, There’s even a webcam “killswitch” on the side, handy if you’re worried about hackers (or the government) accessing the Envy 13 camera. Visit our corporate site. The laptop's fans kicked on at this point, but they weren't bothersome. Also installed on the Envy 13's Windows 10 Home OS are several Microsoft apps, including Simple Solitaire, Candy Crush Friends and Your Phone. Other third-party apps include Booking.com, Netflix and McAfee Security. The FHD model endured for 11 hours and 11 minutes whereas the 4K model lasted only 4 hours and 36 minutes on our battery test, which involves continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness. The red of the Microsoft News icon looks extremely vivid and punchy, to an extent that may even seem oversaturated if you’re used to a less colour-rich screen. Display quality has been bumped-up, with much better colour reproduction, brightness and contrast. HP provides an app called Audio Switch, which simply lets you switch your audio input/output between the internal speakers and headphones. The ZenBook S UX391UA (45 fps) fell flat on this real-world test but ran better than the base model Envy 13 (31 fps). HP hasn’t changed the design fundamentals. We played the racing game Dirt 3 at 92 frames per second on the MX250 model, which is well above our 30-fps playability, the category average (69 fps) and what the Surface Laptop 2 (82 fps) achieved. © The trackpad experience is hugely improved in some ways, but its surface is now plastic rather than glass. The HP Envy 13 is in some ways a very routine update of a crowd-pleaser laptop. Along with 11-plus hours of battery life (on the FHD model), the Envy 13 has a sleek, ultraportable chassis, fast performance, and powerful speakers. A chrome trim around the touchpad and some unobtrusive Envy and HP branding give this reasonably-priced notebook a premium aesthetic. © Copyright 2020 IDG Communications Ltd. All Rights Reserved. The HP Envy 13 weighs 1.3kg (1.27kg according to our scales) and is 14.9mm thick. MORE: Best Ultrabooks: Lightweight and Travel Laptops. HP equipped the Envy 13 with the entry-level Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU. If there's one positive, it's that the lens captures natural colors and even extracted the different shades of gray in my T-shirt. The bad news: it makes virtually no difference. 68.2% coverage of Adobe RGB and 70.3% of DCI P3 are strong for a laptop at the price too. HP has switched to the new Nvidia MX250 GPU. In the US, the top-spec model is available on Amazon for $1,399 or slightly less on Newegg. In one other respects we’re slightly disappointed by the Envy 13. Devon Gilfillian's funky jam "Here and Now" boomed smooth, soulful tunes throughout my small apartment. And it’s not even much more powerful than the last, especially considering the CPU and GPU have both been upgraded. Still, key rivals like the Huawei MateBook 13 and Dell XPS 13 rely on integrated graphics, and the ZenBook S13 has the older MX150. HP has switched the trackpad driver, and in doing so has eradicated all the false clicks and bad scroll behaviour we just-about tolerated in the older models. This is all most people need, and it’s the spec we’d recommend to almost every prospective HP Envy 13 buyer. We reviewed two versions of the HP Envy 13: the base FHD version with a Core i5 CPU and a 4K model with a Core i7 processor. The base Envy 13 we tested went for $799 when it was released in August 2019. This is only slightly better than the 3759 of the Core i5 version we reviewed last year. We lose out too, though, as the glass surface of the old model has been replaced with plastic. Just look around the keyboard. Best of all, the Envy 13 starts at a reasonable $799, which is hundreds less than the competition. It measures 13.3 inches across and has an IPS LCD Full HD panel. Importantly, this is still an affordable Windows 10 laptop with impressive specs including an Nvidia MX250 graphics cards where many rivals rely on integrated GPUs. Aside from an extra column of keys, there’s no space to spare. 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