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HP Envy x360 (15-w001na) review

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Price when reviewed : £599
inc VAT

A large convertible laptop with decent performance, but it doesn't excel in any area

Large convertible laptops have always been something of a hard sell. There’s the risk that you’ll pay significantly more than you would for a conventional laptop but end up with something less powerful and too heavy to comfortably hold like a tablet.

HP hopes the 15.6in Envy x360 will change your mind. The laptop tips the scales at 2.3kg, so you’ll need strong forearms to use it in tablet mode for any length of time. As with any convertible laptop, there are four modes to choose from: laptop, tent, tablet and stand, depending on whether you’re working, watching a film, surfing the web on your sofa or following a recipe in the kitchen, for example. You don’t have to worry about accidentally pressing buttons on the keyboard when in a non-laptop mode, as Windows 10 disables the keyboard automatically when the hinge is bent a little beyond 180 degrees.

HP Envy x360 keyboardThe hinge is easy to operate but sturdy enough not to wobble. Build elsewhere is standard HP Envy fair; the whole device is awash with brushed aluminium. Tapering edges and sharp curves give the laptop a modern shape, but we feel the amount of metal detracts from the laptop’s appeal, as there’s no variety to break things up. Even the keys are silver, so the characters on each don’t contrast with the background as well as on a black and white model. Each key is backlit, although this should be only used in low light as the bright grey backlighting effect makes the key symbols blend into the keys themselves, making them very difficult to see in the light.

The laptop’s touchpad is wonderfully responsive, with two-fingered scrolling a particular highlight. Reactions to your inputs are instantaneous and feel natural, and you never feel like the touchpad is lagging behind your inputs. The touchscreen is responsive, too, so makes a viable alternative to using the touchpad.

HP Envy x360 lidThe screen itself is a little underwhelming. It’s bright, with a 258cd/m2 measured maximum brightness, but its colour coverage is a middling 64%, some way behind the rival convertible Toshiba Satellite Radius 15. The display has an impressive 1004:1 contrast ratio, however, and the wide viewing angles mean you won’t have to adjust the hinge every time you move. As with all capacitive touchscreens, the Envy x360’s has a glossy coating. This can make colours look more vibrant than on a matt screen, but there are two side-effects: the screen is more susceptible to overhead lighting and sunlight, and fingerprints and smudges are very obvious, especially when you’re looking at darker images and films onscreen.

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Core specs
ProcessorDual-core 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U
Memory slots (free)1 (0)
Max memory8GB
Sound3.5mm headset port
Pointing deviceTouchpad
Screen size15.6in
Screen resolution1,920×1,080
Graphics adaptorIntel HD Graphics 5500
Graphics outputsHDMI
Graphics memoryShared
Total storage1TB hard disk
Optical drive typeNone
Ports and expansion
USB ports2x USB3, 1x USB2
Networking802.11ac, gigabit Ethernet
Memory card readerSD
Other portsNone
Operating systemWindows 8.1 (free upgrade to Windows 10)
Operating system restore optionWindows restore
Buying information
Parts and labour warrantyOne year collect and return
Price inc VAT£599
Part numberM1N37EA#ABU

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