HP Envy 13t 2019 review – Complete Guide and Review
HP’s Envy laptop range is the most inexpensive solution to its Ultrabooks standard spectrum range.
But more and more premium features have been tricked down into Envy laptops over the years, and the latest Envy 13 t holds that up with plenty to give at a more inexpensive cost.
Price and availability
The new HP Envy 13 t starts at $999 (£ 849, AU$1,799) but has often been on offer in the U.S. for $250 off all systems (notice: there is a non-touch screen in the U.S. core setup, while UK and Australia have touchscreens). The unit we are reviewing starts at $1,189 as configured before any discounts, and includes an 8th generation, Intel Core i7 quad-core CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and Nvidia GeForce MX250 printers.
That brings it well below the 13 spectra of $1,499 with a lighter Intel Core i7 and half the storage. Meanwhile, the $978 Dell XPS 13 may fit in the same price ballpark, but the base setup starts with an Intel Core i3 processor paired with just 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of space.
The $999 (around £ 785, AU$1,403) Huawei MateBook 13 comes in close parity between price and specs, while the newly announced Modern 14 from MSI offers 10th-Gen Intel Comet Lake processors, a thin-and-light design and a starting price point of $749 (around £ 620, AU$1,110).
Design and display
At just 2.59 pounds and 14.5 mm thick, the HP Envy 13 t falls into the thin-and-light group. We threw the Envy into a backpack that weighs more than it, and it feels light enough on our back to double-check it’s even in the backpack before heading out for the day.
The chassis is produced of smooth to contact anodized aluminum. At the laptop’s foundation, it’s durable with minimal grip, but the laptop’s display part is more likely to bend and twist (although less than we encountered with the Acer Swift 5).
The hardness of the aluminum is one downside. We started to get a tiny button on the front side of the laptop that, when using the clickable trackpad, we always touch with our thumb.
It’s extremely large when it comes to the trackpad, providing plenty of room (and booting precision engines) for use. However, opposed to how broad it is, the vertical dimension looks brief. There’s also a tiny, rectangular fingerprint detector on the top of the trackpad, which we usually discover functions on the first attempt.
Each part of the computer involves a USB Type-A socket with an uncommon system that partially seals the channel when not in use— it’s an exciting option to make the notebook so small while still including full-size USB slots, although it can be difficult to fit in. Also on the left side is a 3.5 mm headphone jack and USB-C port.
The energy port on the correct hand of the lightweight 65W power adapter. There is also a microSD card space and a little button that disables the webcam that lies above the screen physically. The webcam itself is a straightforward 720p array that can do the work, but even in great visibility circumstances, it has hazy information.
There are four screens on the front side of the laptop with two down-firing screens and more in a lengthy, stylish cabinet above the keyboard. The displays are noisy and transparent impressively. We witnessed a few scenes of The Boys out on a balcony on the highway below with less street transport, and we could find enough still.
The screen utilizes a unique hinge to raise the laptop at an angle, enabling greater airflow through the lower pipes. HP has cleverly introduced two tiny rubber straps to the rear of the screen to avoid scraping the aluminum if it rests on a metal panel.
This hinge design’s downside is that the computer is awkward to use on a table. We either have to place it on our shoulders far forward or concentrate all the stress on our feet on the bottom rim along one row.
For individuals who mostly use their laptop on desks and benches, it may not be a big issue, but it could rapidly become a dealbreaker for seat customers.
The rear of the screen has a smooth but somewhat unsightly plastic strap close the edge of the screen that extends nearly the entire distance. But surely this will improve the machine’s efficiency as it is a pass-through for radio applications such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. What’s strange is that in more designs we don’t see this (although it’s on the HP Spectre 13).
The 13.3-inch screen is a competitor itself, but it demonstrates where the affordability of the Envy outcomes in deficiencies. On the ends, it has slender bezels with a mildly longer bezel on top and a much thinner bezel on the underside. For these bezels, it won no prizes, particularly with Asus ‘ ZenBook row wants.
A Ultra HD display can come with the HP Envy 13 t, and we have the Full HD version. It’s pretty sharp on a display of this size for everything we need, and it doesn’t arrive with the big hit to battery life for which 4 K screens are renowned.
The display can get quite loud, but by being shiny it is somewhat limited. Although it can get loud enough for outdoor use, the heat (and hand foods— after all, it’s a touchscreen) can still render it mildly tough. And, HP does not offer an alternative to show anti-glare.