HP 2020 ENVY Range – 13, 15, x360 – a step up from ordinary

HP 2020 ENVY 13, 15, x360 range
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HP has released the HP 2020 ENVY range in 13, 15, x360 formats. These are not mere updates but use its new aluminium ‘angular’ chassis, micro-Edge display and 10th generation Intel Core processors. And as is usual for HP, dozens of configurations so you should get what you want.

The HP 2020 Envy range is a refinement of the 2019 range. The Envy series sits about halfway up the HP range – Essential, Pavilion, Envy, Spectre and EliteBook, so you are getting many of the high-end specs for the price. So much so that HP has redefined it from an ‘everyday’ laptop to the premium series.

The previous trade-off was an injection moulded polycarbonate chassis – it is aluminium alloy.

HP 2020 ENVY 13, 15, x360 range
The elevated keyboard allows better cooling

HP’s Envy site is here.

HP Envy 13 (Models are 13-baXXXXTU – 2019 is 13-arXXX)

  • Price: from $1599
  • 13.3” 1920×1080, 300 nit, 72% NTSC (option 4K OLED)
  • Intel i5-1035G1 or i7-1065G7
  • Intel UHD graphics (option NVIDIA GeForce MX330)
  • 8GB DDR4 onboard (16GB to order) and micro-SD reader
  • 256/512GB PCIe NVMe M2.2280 (user upgradable) Optane Option
  • Wi-Fi 6 AC, BT 5.0, 2xUSB-A 3.0 and 1xUSB-C 3.2 Gen 2, 3.5mm combo audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • 30.65 x 19.46 x 1.69 cm x 1.3kg
  • 65W Battery and fast charge (50% in 30 minutes) for up to 19.5 hours use
  • Security: HP camera shutter, fingerprint reader and mic mute
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 1-year warranty
  • From HP online, HB Hi-Fi and Officeworks
  • HP ‘Shop’ list here

HP Envy 15 (2020 models 15-epXXXXTX)

As above (differences only show)

  • Price from $2799
  • 15.6” 4K OLED, 400nits, 10,000:1, Delta E <2 (calibrated)
  • Intel 10th Gen up to i9 H-series
  • Intel UHD Graphics and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
  • Up to 32GB DDR4 and micro-SD
  • 2TB PCIe NVMe. RAID 0 (2xSSD) available
  • Wi-Fi 6 AC, BT 5.0
  • HP Dynamic Power allocates power between the CPU and GPU. The IR thermal sensor supports Performance Control which allows you to adjust the temperature according to needs
  • Gaming PC-grade thermals – a vapour chamber and two 12-volt fans reduce throttling
  • Ports HDMI, 2XUSB-A 3.1 and 2xUSB-C 3.1
  • Battery capacity unknown by claims 18.5-hours and 50% fast charge in 40 minutes

This should fall into the awesome category, and we have a review unit.

HP Envy 13 and 15 x360

No definitive specs yet.

HP Envy 13 x360 has an AMD Ryzen 4000 series.

HP Envy 15 z360 has a choice of AMD Ryzen and Intel 10th Gen and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.

Price: from $1599 (13 x360) and $2299 (ENVY 15 x360).

GadgetGuy’s take – HP 2020 ENVY range are great products

I have a soft spot for HP products – we have two Spectre x360s in the family. A few years ago HP was boring, utilitarian and meh.  Since 2017 it has become fun and sexy again producing innovative designs at reasonable prices.

 It is not that they are any better, or worse than Lenovo, ASUS, Acer, Dell, etc., but that they are genuinely well made and well-priced.

The move to the new aluminium chassis allows for better thermal control and a smaller device. The micro-Edge screen means nearly 90% of the top is all-screen. And the 4K OLED option should be a delight.

My only caveat with the Envy range is that it has USB 3.1 (presumably Gen 2 – 10Gbps) instead of 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3. If you need that speed for an external GPU or fast storage, then it’s the Spectre, Elite or Z range for you.

You can read other HP reviews here including the HP x360 Spectre and DragonFly.