It supports Wi-Di and Miracast.

Tale of two notebooks

The Ryzen/Vega APU has a 15 to 25W thermal design power. Let’s call them Thermal profile #1 and Thermal Profile #2.

On battery (#1) the whole unit is effectively throttled to the lowest CPU and GPU speeds. This is fine to lengthen battery life. Temperatures never rise above 30°, and fan noise is imperceptible.

On 240V power (#2) it unleashes the full power of the Ryzen APU up to 3.6Ghz. Temperatures go to 40° and fan noise increases accordingly.

This is also the case with Intel processors, but from my testing, the differences are not as significant.

On power

HP Envy x360 13-inch AMD

On battery

HP Envy x360 13-inch AMD

Summary: On power, it has heaps of horsepower to do any of the typical consumer uses. Graphics performance is average. On battery, it still has plenty of horsepower, but graphics performance drops to ‘terrible’ levels.

We understand the lower video performance will improve with new Vega drivers.

Crystal Disk Mark Samsung 256GB PCIe 3.0 x 4 lanes

HP Envy x360 13-inch AMD

This is blistering disk performance helped by using four PCIe lanes. You don’t typically find this on a lower cost laptop.


One 1-year standard parts and labour (1-1-0) limited return to base warranty. Analysis and remote diagnostics now use web Chat.

GadgetGuy’s take. AMD Ryzen/Radeon Vega graphics cut it!

I tested the Ryzen 5 which is equivalent in power to Intel i5-8250U. Apart from some early firmware issues (that completely disappeared), it performs better than expected.