HP’s latest machine is a good convertible laptop, but it rarely ascends beyond that level.
Build quality and design, for instance, are impressive – the Envy looks the part and feels sturdy – but other laptops are certainly slimmer and lighter. And the keyboard, while good for typing, is a bit too wobbly to challenge the best notebooks.
The screen has very good contrast but its work potential is hampered by weaker colour accuracy, and battery life is middling.
The low-power processor, meanwhile, is fine for general purpose work tasks, and the graphics chip can handle those sorts of applications too – but anything beyond this kind of software will prove too much for the dual-core Intel silicon.
HP’s system is good rather than great, then, but that’s fine – especially at this price. It’s a tempting and impressive bit of kit if you need a versatile and good-looking system for work, general computing and media.
The model we’ve reviewed here is available from Tesco for £1,149.
- Good-looking and sturdy design
- Hinged touchscreen works well with stylus
- Screen has impressive contrast
- Keyboard and touchpad are both solid
- Core i5 processor has the power for general computing
- Low-power processor has its limitations
- Battery is middling
- Screen doesn’t have great colour accuracy
Kitguru says: HP’s machine is a solid bit of kit, from its sturdy and good-looking design right through to the keyboard and trackpad, but it’s never able to truly impress: the screen’s good contrast is undermined by poorer colours, the keyboard is a tad wobbly, and the low-power processor quickly finds its limits. However, it’s not too expensive, so it’s a solid option if you’re after a versatile work notebook without breaking the bank.