HP Envy 13 is an elegant Windows 10 PC that doesn’t compromise on performance
The business around PCs may not be as happening as it is around smartphone these days. Sales might be plummeting, but still no device has been able to replace it when it comes to creating things and being productive. People can argue in favour of tablets, but they are still more for consumption than creation.
HP’s Envy series has been all about great looks while trying to showcase HP’s engineering might. With Envy 13, HP basically took the big and beautiful Envy 17 and crunched it into a smaller size to create an elegant Windows 10 laptop. So is this the best Windows 10 laptop right now? Let me try and answer.
What is good?
You are buying this laptop primarily for its design. It’s one of those well designed laptops in the market, you won’t think twice paying for. If you want a Macbook Air running Windows, this is that computer. From the silver metallic finish to the wide trackpad, there is uniformity and elegance. HP Envy 13 has a flair that is just hard to miss, it bleeds smoothness everywhere in its design. Sure, it makes others envious, even those Macbook Air owners.
The design has been mastered so well that this one is currently the lightest laptop in the market. It’s lighter than Apple’s acclaimed Macbook Air and it is seriously going after it. The Envy 13 weighs 1.36 kg and if you are someone switching from a 2.5+ kilo machine, you might probably keep checking the backpack if something is even there inside. Also the Envy 13 is just half an inch thick, yes just 0.5 inches or 13 mm to be precise. HP has undoubtedly built one of the finest Windows hardware in times.
HP has got three of the key aspects right—display, keyboard and trackpad. The HP Envy 13 comes with a 13.3-inch Full HD anti-glare display, a real pleasure for your eyes. Just shoot your browser to YouTube and most videos start natively in 1080p and you can experience the rich and vivid colours.
HP has also done a great job with Envy 13’s keyboard and trackpad. There was a day when my office system wasn’t ready and I used Envy 13 as my work computer. I was more productive than ever before. Arguably the best thing with Windows 10 computers has to be their trackpads. The trackpad on Envy 13 is second to none in the business. Its smooth and gets every Windows 10 gesture right.
What is not good?
The thing I didn’t really like with this one is its battery. It lasted me around six hours at the most and sometime I was searching for the plug point just after four hours.
Should you buy?
HP Envy 13 is definitely the computer Apple would have made with Windows inside. This is HP and it is really beautiful and elegant. It nails not just design but performance too.
So is it the best Windows 10 laptop? I would reserve my view on this till I check Dell’s XPS 13 which has similar offerings and if you can hold on for sometime, HP’s own Folio G1 showcased at CES 2016 could be the next best Windows 10 laptop.