HP Envy15T Convertible Notebook Review ( HP Envy Core i7 8GB Ram 1TB )

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Big screen 2-in-1 Notebooks, the aim of the shopper who wants it all, often come with trade-offs. The HP Envy 15T ( HP Envy Core i7 8GB Ram 1TB – our test unit ) is a convertible notebook with smooth looks, large 15-inch display, and sweet sound. Unfortunately, the screen is quite meaningless, the hinges are weak, and the battery life is short, even by the admittedly low standard for large notebooks. Still, this notebook offers an adequate number of perks and at a lower price than most of its competitors, so it is worth checking out.

Design

The Black AMD model has better cooling and is more robust, so the silver design in the field of other PC laptops is lost. When you turn the HP Envy 15T screen to go from laptop mode to tablet mode; you’ll find that the 360-hinge is loose. When you go to tap the touchscreen, it shakes with each press.

With a weight of 4.7 kg and measuring 14.2 x 9.8 x 0.8 cm, both models of the HP Envy 15Tare heavier than the 15-inch HP Spectre x360 which measures 14.0 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches (4.2 lbs.), the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 which measures 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches (4.7 lbs.) and the 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 720 which measures 14.3 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches (4.6 lbs.).

Display

The Intel HP Envy 15T emits a paltry 186 cd/m² of brightness, while the AMD model is dependent to a shockingly low max 128 nits. It is not surprising that this leads to images, headers, such as their colors darker significantly from 30 degrees to the left and right. Both brands come under the 253-nit average. The 247-nit ghost x360 and the 272-nit Yoga 720 are brighter, while the 148 Inspiron 15 sits between the Envies.

Keyboard, Touchpad

The Envy x 360-keyboard provides a sufficient experience. A headphone-using colleague sitting next to me said: “Whatever your test, this is the most annoying keyboard you’ve ever used. It sounds like you are drumming your fingers directly on the desk.” During the 10 Fast Fingers test, I hit a rate of 73 words per minute. While the keys are not as deep as we expected, 1.2 to 1.1 millimeters, at least 1.5 mm is what we are looking for, the necessary actuation force is 77 to 79 grams, and we look for at least 60 grams. The 4.7 x 2.3-inch touchpad gives accurate entry as I navigate the desktop. It also provided a solid feel to each click and rapid recognition of Windows 10’s Navigation gestures.

Audio

The speakers in the envy x360 notebooks are by audio wizards Bang & Olufsen. They have been tuned for and filled our medium-sized conference room with large reproductions of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer. “Flute solos; crystal clear sound, trumpets hit strong and when Gabriel came through, precise falsettos. There is a preloaded Bang & Olufsen audio utility, but you can simply forget that it’s there. The music is optimal for music and movies. It boosts vocals and music hits all of the instruments.

The lifespan of the battery

You must carry the power cords, wherever you go because it doesn’t meet standards notebook batteries conform to. The Intel model charges in 5 hours and 49 minutes from zero, while the AMD model charges after 5 hours and 11 minutes. These are less than 6:34 mainstream notebook average and also below the Inspiron 15 (6:14), the specter x360(8:41) and the Yoga 720(8:59).

Webcam

The 2.0-megapixel webcams in the HP Envy 15T notebooks are to be fixed. The photos feature washed-out colors and a grainy sound, reminding you of the archiving shots you took in your college history for Photography 101 classes. A time nobody wants to remember.

Software

The HP Envy 15Ts feature a range of pre-installed software, with both useful utilities and the same junk that you find in any PC notebook. So keep you support assistant for his driver download, tools, and links for technical support, as well as recovery manager for the options for managing backups and recovery disks. But remember, Support Assistant couldn’t fix the problem we experienced with the spotty touchscreen. A lot of fun was had when uninstalling Bubble Witch Saga and Keeper password manager.

Configuration Options

When tested an $859 HP Envy 15T, with a version of the Intel Core I7-8550 U CPU, 16GB of RAM (an $80 bump from the standard 12GB), 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive and an IR camera (a $50 upgrade), the AMD-variant tested costs $729 and features a Ryzen 5 2500 U processor, Radeon Vega 8 graphics and 8GB of RAM. They featured similar and sufficient performance up to the point where you would easily recommend the AMD model over the Intel to buy because you get the black paint and an additional $130 in your wallet.

I would use the $ 130 to buy a 1TB hard drive or a 256GB PCIe SSD, the NVME M.2 is much faster. The $669 Model Packs an Intel Core I 5-8250 U CPU, 8GB RAM, no IR scanner and a 1TB hard drive, 7200 RPM. While this could be enough power for you, don’t bet on getting the $200 4K display upgrade because it will destroy the already meager battery life.

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Bottom Line

The HP Envy 15T is a large notebook that best for those in search of solid sound and an attractive design.

Unfortunately, it is through its dark, uninspired, loose hinges and short battery life.

Although you will spend $999 more for the model, than the Yoga 720 with better features such as the better battery, endurance, a brighter display and faster performance, if you want a large canvas, also known as tablet PC at an affordable price, HP Envy 15T is worth considering.

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