By Modern Standards: The Envy 13 Ultrabook family / Notebooks and PCs

The Envy 13 Ultrabook family appeared a few years ago – and immediately gained popularity due to the successful ratio of dimensions, weight, filling and price. The similarity with the MacBook (either Air, or Pro) in the eyes of many only added an extra plus to the piggy bank of the device.

 

In the latest update, HP seemed to be guided by the desire not to spoil anything. The manufacturer used the already proven element base, added a couple of strokes to the exterior, installed modern components and tried to keep the price bracket at a competitive level.

# Background and specifications

Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description.Approximate priceApproximate price [101 000-108 000 rubles

The processorHP Envy 13-ab003ru
Intel Core i7-7500U Kaby Lake (Dual-Core), 2.7 GHz @ 3.5 GHz
Chipset South Bridge – Intel Sunrise Point LP
The graphic The adapter Intel HD Graphics 620
Displaying the display board IPS-type-matrix manufactured by Samsung (SDC415A), 13.3 inches, 3200 × 1800 pixels (QHD +), 60 Hz, glossy, glass protective surface
Operative memory 16 GB LPDDR3-1866 (933 MHz), dual-channel mode, unplugged on the board
The data storage system 1 × SSD Toshiba XG3 (THNSN51T02DUK), 1024 GB, M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
The optical drive No
The connector of the flash-card microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC
Interfaces 2 × USB 3.0;
1 × USB 3.1 Type-C Gen1;
1 × HDMI 1.4 (4K @ 30 Hz);
1 × combo-jack 3.5 mm (audio input / audio output)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265)
Bluetooth 4.2 LE + HS
The network adapter No
The sound Realtek HD Audio + stereo speakers Bang & Olufsen
Additionally Webcam: 1.3 megapixel HP TrueVision HD
Power Supply The battery is non-removable, 3 cells, lithium-ion, 57.8 W · h (4410 mAh, 13.1 V)
External power adapter 45 W (2,33 A, 19,5 V)
The size, mm 326 × 226 × 13.9 mm
Mass, kg 1,34 kg + power supply unit with 0.29 kg cable
Operating system Windows 10 Home x64
The official manufacturer’s warranty 12 months

The updated HP Envy 13 was introduced in mid-October 2016, and its sales started closer to the beginning of 2017. The main change is the transition to the use of Intel 7th generation processors with Kaby Lake architecture, as well as increased battery capacity while maintaining the size and weight at the predecessor level.

Ultrabook does not pretend to be the “most-most” – in the HP lineup there are more expensive products like ultra-thin Specter 13 and the lightest Elitebook Folio, let it be made based on the Core m processor. Nevertheless, against the background of many of its competitors Envy 13 looks more interesting because of the smaller thickness and mass.

The top version with a new Core i7-7500U, 16 GB of RAM, high-speed NVMe SSD-drive for 1 TB and a QHD + IPS-type-screen with glass protective surface fell into our hands. The cost of such a copy begins with 100 thousand rubles. You can get Envy 13 last year filling and for less money – the price starts from 50 thousand. For this money, the amount of RAM will be four times less, Core i7 will give way to Core i3-7100U, SSD will lose weight to 128 GB, and the screen resolution will drop to the optimum, from our point of view, the standard Full HD. This proposal may look tempting, but consider immediately that it will not be possible to increase the amount of RAM – in order to save space under the battery, it is uninstalled on the motherboard. For those who buy a laptop for more than a year, we recommend looking towards versions with a large amount of RAM.

Graphics in the novelty is represented by the built-in adapter Intel HD Graphics 620, which has no significant differences from the previous generation iGPU – the figures are different, but the essence is the same. The screen in our modification, despite the very high resolution, received the usual W-LED-backlighting and color coverage, close to sRGB. He also does not have touch control, although among the new versions of Envy 13 there are laptops with a sensitive display, though they weigh a little more.

In addition to a small “facelift”, the manufacturer updated the set of interfaces. There was one USB 3.1 Type-C of the first generation (with a bandwidth of up to 5 Gb / s, like USB 3.0), and instead of a full-sized SD card reader, a newer smaller card reader, microSD, was installed. Well, perhaps, the main change: the capacity of the battery was increased from 45 to 57.8 W · h, which should significantly increase the battery life of the Ultrabook. To prevent this can only voracious screen with a resolution of 3200 × 1800 pixels …

# Packaging and delivery set

Ultrabook comes in a small cardboard box in black with high-quality printing and one photo of the device.

One of the stickers you can find the full name of the model (Envy 13-ab003ur), serial number of the specimen, product number, country of production (China) and more.

The second contains brief information on modifications and explanations for various technical aspects.

The scope of delivery is as simple as possible: power supply, power cable, brief instructions for use with the device and a brochure with phone numbers of HP representative offices in different countries.

# External appearance

In terms of appearance, Envy 13 is a classic ultrabook of the last couple of years with several interesting design elements. Retaining the dimensions at the level of the previous generation, the designers of the company updated the exterior (by the way, together with the HP logo – it is also new). Of the most expressive elements – the chrome beveled top cover with the inscription Envy instead of a smooth fillet in the version with Intel Skylake processors.

The case of the device is made of aluminum and magnesium alloys. Versions with QHD + and screens with touch controls are complemented by a glass protective surface. The manufacturer preferred the gray color scheme, not highlighting the keyboard with black color, as on the same HP Elitebook Folio.

The plastic chrome bevel is fitted with plastic stops that play the role of legs and raise the back of the device when the screen is opened. At the top of the cover, you can find a plastic strip behind which the antennas of the wireless interfaces are hiding.

The hinges of the new Envy are rather tight, which is generally good, but because of the small mass of the device, it has to be held with the second hand when lifting or lowering the lid. The maximum opening angle is about 135 degrees.

The thickness of the laptop does not exceed 12.95 mm, however, this is without taking into account slightly protruding legs (another plus 1-1,5 mm). Compared to most representatives of this class, the Envy looks slim – the same ASUS UX303UA is 6-7 mm thicker. As for the mass, it varies from 1.34 to 1.49 kg, depending on the modification. There are no records Envy 13 does not.

For adhesion to the working surface, in addition to the already mentioned legs on the lid, there are two large rubber strips on the front edge of the lower face, installed on special platforms.

The laptop has two status indicators – a diode installed near the power connector and signaling charging, and a second one, built into the power button and responsible for the operation indication. Both on the front face. All connectors are centered on the left and right sides.

Among them, the user can find: two full-sized USB 3.0, one USB 3.1 Type-C Gen1, HDMI 1.4 and a combined 3.5-mm audio connector. The place of a full-fledged SD card reader, as we have already said, took its microSD-analog.

The stereo pair Bang & Olufsen answers for the sound in Envy 13. The speakers are located on either side of the keyboard and hidden behind the figured lattices in an aluminum casing. The sound is directed at the user – this is an obvious plus. The maximum loudness is large, but the spectrum is dominated by the midrange, while the low is almost nonexistent. But there is no rattles or other distortions. In general, for the ultrabook it is a very decent level of the audio system.

The quality of assembly of the device is good: surface treatment is ideal, the gaps at the joints are uniform, everything is done at the highest level. The working surfaces are quite practical – a successful combination of color and non-marble, resistant materials.

# Input Devices

The review hero is equipped with an island-type keyboard familiar with some other HP ultrabooks, with keys for the color of the case and white illumination without brightness adjustment – it has only two states: on and off. Talk about the hard substrate of the keyboard is not necessary – it flexes slightly on almost its entire surface.

The distance between the keys is about 2.5 mm, their height is slightly more than 1 mm, the working stroke is about 1.2 mm. The size of the main buttons is standard – 15 × 15 mm, the keys of the upper row are smaller – 14 × 7 mm. The layout is quite ordinary, so you do not have to get used to it for a long time. The only thing that some can confuse – the increased size of the arrows left / right.

All control keys (F1-F12) work by default when the modifier is pressed – the Fn button. Without it, you can quickly adjust the brightness of the backlight and the volume of the built-in speakers, turn on or off the backlight of the keys and so on. Pressures are clear, with a moderate force returning force and a deaf sound. On the laptop it is quite possible to print for a long time without any discomfort – the keyboard leaves after itself pleasant impressions.

The HP Envy 13 touchpad has an elongated shape – 110 × 55 mm. It is framed by a metal edging with rounded corners. The working surface is glassy, ​​it pleasantly cools the fingers. The buttons are hidden, the left “click” works almost on the entire surface, and the right one – only in the lower right corner. Pressures are relatively soft and soundless, the course of the surface is minimal. A time-tested Synaptics touchpad is used. Claims to his work we have not arisen.

The Envy 13 webcam is an ordinary 1.3 megapixel module of medium quality. On both sides of it there are two directional digital microphones for better sound recording and suppression of external noise. In general, nothing special, so it’s time to move on to testing the device.

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