The HP Envy x360 2018 is a thin and light convertible laptop that features some of the latest mobile technology in a seriously polished design. The HP Envy x360 2018 is notable for having configurations that come with AMD hardware. HP has Jettisoned Intel from the CPU slot. When you take the Envy x360 out of the box you can tell that HP has done an excellent job of crafting a gorgeous-looking laptop.
The aluminum body feels robust and premium, with a minimalist design that suits this category of laptop well. The 13-inch HP Envy x360 2018 weighs 1.3kg, and measures 14.9mm when closed. The bezels on each side of the screen (called ’micro-edge’ by HP) are impressively thin, helping to shrink the overall footprint of the laptop while placing the screen front and center. It’s an impressively thin and light laptop, but it doesn’t feel insubstantial; in fact, it feels robust thanks to the reinforced metal body, while Corning Gorilla Glass protects the screen.
Despite the thinness of the HP Envy x360 2018 it still features a decent number of ports. On the left-hand side there’s a full-size USB port, headphone jack, power button and microSD card slot. On the right there’s the power port, USB-C port and volume rocker.
The HP Envy x360 2018 is also a 2-in-1 device, with the two hinges connecting the screen to the keyboard (one of which is engraved with the word ‘Envy‘) allowing the device to be used in laptop mode, as well as tent mode, where the keyboard is bent backwards, turning the HP Envy x360 into an upside down ‘V’ shape, tablet mode and stand mode, where the keyboard is used as a stand, with the screen angled at 90 degrees. This gives the HP Envy x360 2018 a level of versatility that standard laptops lack, and the device is thin enough that when used in tablet mode it feels comfortable.
HP is keen to show that the HP Envy x360 2018 isn’t just a laptop for productivity, but also a formidable machine when it comes to entertainment. It features a Full HD IPS screen (with the aforementioned micro-edge bezels), which offers 178-degree viewing angles. The display is a touchscreen, which makes it easy to use in tablet mode (which Windows 10 automatically detects when the HP Envy x360 is in tablet mode, and changes the screen orientation and layout for a better touchscreen experience), and the keyboard turns itself off, so you don’t accidentally type things in when using it as a tablet.
CPU: 2.2GHz AMD Ryzen 7 2700U (quad-core, 4MB L3 cache, up to 3.8GHz)
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
RAM: 8GB DDR4 (2,400 MHz)
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED with touch panel
Storage: 512GB SSD (NVMe PCIe)
Ports: 1 x USB-C 3.1, 2 x USB 3.1, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card reader
Connectivity: 802.11ac (2 x 2 MIMO) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: 720p webcam with far field microphones
Weight: 2.87 pounds (1.30kg)
Size: 14.13 x 9.68 x 0.74 inches (359 x 245.87 x 18.8mm; W x H x D)