Overall feel of the HP Envy 13
This first thing you will realise about the looks of the HP Envy 13 is the polished aluminium body that fits perfectly aesthetic on any surface. Texture is good when held and the overall finish feels premium. Coming in at 12.9mm, this thin machine is built from the ground up just for you. Portable and lightweight, the HP Envy 13’s frame is made to be for work and play. At the bottom, you’ll find the vents for the fan which is neatly tucked into the rear of the ultrabook. To remove the casing, you will need to unscrew the base off.
On the left side of the HP Envy 13 sits the deep SD card slot, followed by the USB 3 port and the audiojack. On the right, there is the power socket and a full-sized USB 2 port and 2 USB 3 ports. Overall the feel of the HP Envy 13 is rigid and sturdy.
HP Envy 13 Specs – Exceeding the expectation
For this day and age, we need a laptop that is powerful and durable while being environmentally friendly. The HP Envy 13 does exactly this. Coming in with the 6th generation 2.3 GHz i5-6200, 13.3 inch non-touchscreen monitor, integrated Intel Graphics 520, 8 GB DDR3 RAM and 128G SSD. This combination gives performance both in read speeds and write speeds. The system feels quick overall but it is recommended to upgrade the graphics card if heavy video editing and gaming is intended. Speaking of gaming, light games like CS-GO work well but more demanding games such as Fallout 4 require lower resolution to get the right framerate. We would not recommend the HP Envy 13 for gaming but for any other tasks, this nippy laptop does well. Battery life seems to be a little low as it hits 7 hours if the fans are manually turned off. Although the fans are turned off, the HP Envy 13 does not overheat during normal processes. This compact laptop is overall a good device for daily work and simple tasks, but may need upgrades if heavy gaming and designing is done.