HP Envy 13 (2016) Review – It’s Just Good

The HP Envy 13 is one of the latest laptops to enter a competition full of portable machines wherein quality meets affordability. It is a sleek notebook that comes with a no-compromise hardware configuration. At its core, it is powered by a 2.3GHz 15-watt Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB of speedy solid-state storage drive, 8GB of RAM, and a very sharp 1080p screen. All of which are placed inside a container that’s just 2.8-pounds. Furthermore, it is one of the thinnest laptops ever made as it is only 12.9-millimeters thick. So what’s the tradeoff for these more than adequate specs? The truth is it all looks good on paper as performance level fall short of some of the more decent ones.

HP Envy 13 (2016) Review - It's Just Good

The HP Envy 13 (2016) Makes a Good First Impression

When you read the specs on paper, you would be wowed by how the HP Envy 13 is well equipped. However, once you get to spend a few days with it, you may regret the decision if you bought it. Frankly speaking, it’s not as good as its competitors.

But don’t go thinking that the HP Envy 13 (2016) is not a bad choice for a sleek notebook. There are still a lot to love about it, but the thing is there are a lot of better ones found at the same price class. But if there is a thing that’s worth noting for this particular model, it is its fingerprint sensor. It will allow you to swipe your way into Windows without letting you type your password. While this is no longer something new, it is quite enjoyable to experience a responsive technology.

Aside from the fingerprint sensor, you will find that typing with the backlit keyboard is a joy to behold. The same notion goes for the touchpad. The audio system is also good as you can enjoy listening to your tracks with the use of the laptop’s Bang & Olufsen speakers.

But when it all boils down to performance, it is what you would expect from Intel’s latest 15-watt Core i5 processors. It is nothing to knock your socks off about; while it can perform pretty decently. Opening up a bunch of programs or apps will let its speeds turn into a crawl. Still, it is fast enough for everyday tasks.

Overall, the 2016 model of the HP Envy 13 is pretty good, but not good enough. There are other better laptops found in the same price class that sport the thin and light features. These machines can be found manufactured by Dell, Lenovo, and even HP themselves.


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