HP Envy x360 13-inch AMD Ryzen and Radeon Vega Graphics (review)
4.2Overall Score

Price (RRP): $from $1,599
Manufacturer: HP

HP have embraced AMD’s new Ryzen CPU and Radeon Vega GPU. Enter the HP Envy x360 13-inch AMD Ryzen and Radeon Vega Graphics. For the price, it is a stunner.

I have had the notebook for a few weeks. I like HP’s x360 hinge format, new injection moulded 3D alloy chassis, great screen, long battery and copious power from the new AMD Ryzen 5 APU.

What is an HP Envy x360?

Envy sits above the HP and Pavilion sub-brands and below the Spectre (prosumer and business) and EliteBook (enterprise). It targets consumers who want the good, better best scenario. They may want a Spectre but settle for an Envy for value. Good marketing strategy.

HP has several Envy x360 AMD variants (this list is a small sample – there are many more)

  • 13-ag0012au, Ryzen 3/2300, 8/256GB, 13.3-inch FHD touch, $1,599
  • 15-cp0010au, Ryzen 3/2300, 8/128GB, 15.6-inch, FHD touch, $1,598
  • 15-cp0013au, Ryzen 7/2700U, 26/256GB, 15.6-inch FHD touch, $2,398
  • 15-cp0005au, Ryzen 7/2700U, 8/256GB, 15.6-inch FHD touch, $2,499
  • 15-cp0011au, Ryzen 7/2700U, 16GB/1TB, 15.6-inch FHD touch, $2,899

It is a choice of

  • 3 or 15.6-inch FHD touch screen or a 4K touchscreen (15.6-inch has HDMI port) both with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT
  • 8/16GB DDR4 dual channel RAM
  • 128/256/512GB or 1TB PCIe 3.0 4 lane NVMe M.2 SSD
  • One-year warranty (upgradable to two and three years)
  • Active Pen (included on some models)
  • Dark Ash or Natural Silver
  • Windows 10 Home or Pro (for business use to join a domain)

On HP’s Australian website it sells HP Envy x360 with Intel Core processors a well.

AMD is Ryzen from the ashes

AMD is quietly assembling a cadre of loyal manufacturers. HP is using Ryzen four-core 15/25W mobile processors (for convenience Ryzen numbering is similar to Intel’s i3, i5 and i7 Core processors).

  • 3/2200U, 2.5/3.4GHz, Vega 3 graphics
  • 3/2300U, 2/3.4GHz, Vega 6
  • 5/2500U, 2/3.6GHz, Vega 8
  • 7/2700U, 2.2/3.8GHz, Vega 10

Ryzen is a seriously good processor design that has put AMD back on the map. It is no longer the ‘cheap’ x86 alternative.

It enables laptop makers to design thinner, lighter, more battery efficient and faster notebooks. Its built-in SenseMI AI Technology learns, predicts and adapts to user actions, delivering optimal power and performance for compute and graphics intensive applications.

Radeon VEGA supports 4K (external), HDR, Vulcan, DirectX 12 and its Adrenalin edition software.

Back to the review: HP Envy x360 13-inch AMD Ryzen and Radeon Graphics

Model 13-ag0xxx, Part number 4NL18PA#ABG

This unit has

  • AMD Ryzen 5/2500U (similar in performance to an i5-8250U)
  • Vega 8 graphics (about 10% slower than a GeForce MX150)
  • 8GB RAM

HP Envy x360 13-inch

I have had been using this for a month. Initial tests were good, not outstanding. Early international reviews said it was prone to hanging etc. Yes, I had minor issues too.

I put that down to early software. HP issued a firmware/software update on 5 August. This has made significant improvements. So, take any reviews before that date with a grain of salt.