In light of the recent release by AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation of Mobile Processors, we take a look at the recent releases by AMD under the first generation of mobile processors, the HP Envy x360 2018.
The HP Envy x360 is a light and compact convertible laptop in a very elegant design. Most laptops nowadays come with Intel processors and Nvidia graphics, the HP Envy x360 is fully equipped with AMD components. The unit we currently have is equipped with AMD’s Ryzen 5 2500u with Vega 8 graphics.
We would initially like to commend HP for giving customers more choices in terms of configurations. Offering both Intel and AMD variants.
- 13.3-inch IPS display
- AMD Ryzen 5 2500U / AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
- Intel Core i7-8550u with Nvidia GeForce MX150
- 8GB DDR4 SDRAM
- 256GB SSD / 360 GB SSD
- Windows 10
- 4-cell 52.2 Wh Li-ion polymer battery
- Bang & Olufsen Quad Speakers
- HP Imagepad with multi-touch gesture support (AMD Variant)
- HP Active Pen (AMD Variant)
- 720p webcam with far-field microphones
- 802.11ac (2×2) Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.2
AMD: ₱ 56,990 / Intel: ₱70,990
The Envy x360 is easily distinguishable by its
The aluminum chassis is very compact with a thin bezel surrounding the 13.3-inch display. Portability is things we liked about the HP Envy x360, weighing only 1.3kg and can be slipped into any decent-sized handbag.
It has an easy-to-rotate screen but we found it a bit too loose. When we tapped the screen with our fingers to use the touch functions, it shook at each contact.
The HP Envy x360’s keyboard gives a sufficient and felt typing experience. The keyboard has a similar feel to the Spectre x360 device. A good point to note is that it won’t work during the tablet mode. This prevents any accidental presses.
The 4.7 x 2.3-inch
HP’s Envy notebooks provide similar performance, sufficient speed for multi-tasking. The AMD version of the Envy x360 we tested is equipped with a Ryzen 5 2500U CPU and 8GB of RAM, while the counterpart features an Intel Core i7-8550U with 16GB of RAM.
It does the job with daily tasks and with the added 256GB SSD, it was just felt a bit short of what we really needed. 256GB is not enough to store files anymore. Comparing it to the Intel version though, it still performed better in terms of a transfer. Taking 2 minutes and 19 seconds (AMD) and 2 minutes and 49 seconds (Intel) to copy 4.7GB of multimedia files, for rates of 32 megabytes per second (AMD) and 27.7 MBps (Intel).
We wouldn’t really recommend gaming on these two PCs though. We did test it out on a little bit of DOTA 2 and Counter Strike : Global Offensive and it managed well between low to mid settings.
The Ryzen-powered HP Envy offers better aesthetics compared to the Intel variant. They both pack adequate performance for daily tasks in a small chassis. It is a gorgeous showpiece but difficult to readily recommend when it stumbles so often in terms of practicality.
The HP Envy x360 is best for those looking for great audio and a sleek design. Unfortunately, it does not fit with those that need vibrant screens and long battery life.
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