Reading: HP ENVY 13 Review (2018): When the technology feels artistic feelings | HP ENVY 13 evaluation (2018): When the technology feels artistic feelings

As the representative of mainstream thin and light notebooks, HP's ENVY series has been highly praised by users for its exquisite design and excellent user experience. In the context of the homogenization of notebook products, the emergence of the new HP ENVY 13 brings us It’s a different surprise.

If you have an impression, you should not be unfamiliar with 'Damascus Knife' because we have already introduced this design in the previous evaluation of HP ENVY x360 (AMD Ruilong processor blessing! HP Envy x360 13 variants this evaluation ), and the newly launched HP ENVY 13 (2018) has brought this concept to the extreme, adding more artistic thinking to product design.

First, product appearance: more artistic thinking

The 2018 HP ENVY 13 continues the ENVY series in its appearance. While retaining the classic elements of metal body, CNC drilling technology, hidden shaft, etc., it also adds more artistic thinking and human care.


New HP ENVY 13

Compared with the previous generation, HP ENVY 13 (2018) has further reduced body size and sharper outline lines, and the new waistline design of Damascus Knife Plus is very individual, which shows the user's distinctive temperament.


Sharper body


Damascus knife

HP ENVY 13 (2018) uses a 13.3-inch full-screen display with a resolution of 1920×1080, with narrow sides on both sides, 92% sRGB color gamut, showing good results.


Narrow frame full fit display


92% sRGB color gamut

The new HP ENVY 13 continues the backlit keyboard design, making full use of the C-face space, and the input experience is more comfortable, which is consistent with the previous generation.


Edged keyboard design

Another obvious change is the interface of the fuselage. The USB3.0 interface of HP ENVY 13 (2018) adopts an open design, which makes the body more light and thin. While reducing a Type-C interface, it has joined The new fingerprint identification module is more in line with the actual needs of users.


Body interface design

summary: The overall design style of the new HP ENVY 13 has been adjusted. More artistic elements reflect the humanistic feelings of the HP ENVY series, and also make HP ENVY 13 (2018) stand out from many products.


Second, hardware configuration: better performance release

Like the previous generation, the new HP ENVY 13 is equipped with the latest Intel 8th generation Core processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150, 8GB RAM, and NVMe SSD. The configuration continues the positioning of the mainstream thin and light version of the series. The configuration is as follows:

Product configuration
HP ENVY 13 (2018)
processor
Intel® CoreTM i5-8250U
RAM
8GB
Graphics card
NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150
Display
13.3-inch FHD (1920×1080) IPS display
hard disk
360GB NVMe SSD
Pre-installed system
Windows 10 Family Chinese Edition
price
-

Eight generations of Core processor

Intel's eight-generation Core processor does not need to be described in terms of performance. The i5-8250U in the evaluation prototype has excellent performance in performance testing (CINEBENCH R15) (multi-core: 702cb, single core: 148cb), higher than similar products. The average level (multicore: 500cb, single core: 142cb), fully demonstrates the strong performance of the eight generations of Core.


Processor theoretical performance test

● NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150

In terms of graphics cards, HP ENVY 13 (2018) uses the 8W version of the MX150 alone. There is a certain gap between the performance and the 25W version, but it brings better battery life and heat dissipation. There is not much problem in meeting the daily needs of users.


GPU-Z

8GB RAM + NVMe SSD

Storage configuration, the evaluation prototype uses 8GB of memory and 360GB NVMe SSD, is the mainstream configuration combination of thin and light. In the solid state drive test (CrystalDiskMark), this 360GB NVMe SSD sustained read speed of 1898.7MB / s, continued The write speed is 579.8MB/s, which is about 4 times that of ordinary SATA SSD, which can bring users a smooth experience.


CrystalDiskMark

Comprehensive performance theory test

In terms of overall performance, the new HP Envy 13 scored 3,351 points in the PCMark 10 benchmark, with 6830 points (application launch scores, video conferencing scores, web page scores) and productivity of 5,854 points (spread scores). Write scores), digital content production 2554 points (photo editing scores, rendering and visual scores, video editing). Overall performance is good (more than 3000 points), to meet the daily work needs of users.


PCMark 10 benchmark

summary: The new HP ENVY 13 has little change in hardware configuration, but the overall performance has improved, giving full play to the potential of the hardware.


Third, endurance and heat dissipation performance

● Endurance:

The portable body of the thin and light notebook puts forward higher requirements for the endurance of the products. Therefore, in addition to the appearance of the product and the hardware configuration, the endurance is also an important reference indicator in this evaluation. In order to understand this more intuitively. The battery life of the notebook, so we tested the battery life through the PCMark 8 Home mode.

During the test, the software will run the test project cyclically until the battery is exhausted, giving a relatively realistic endurance.

In the endurance test, HP ENVY 13 (2018) test score of 4 hours and 22 minutes, endurance performance is very good, higher than the average price of the same price thin and light, is also very suitable for travel users. At the same time, it should be noted that the scene of long-term cycling and high load during daily use is not common, so the actual use time is much higher than the following endurance test results.


PCMark 8 endurance test scores

● Thermal performance and stability

Thermal performance is an important factor affecting notebook performance. This puts higher demands on HP ENVY 13 (2018). In order to examine the actual thermal performance of this product and the stability under high load, we are full of this thin and light. Load test, the initial conditions of the test are as follows:

Test tool: AIDA64, FurMark, room temperature: 27°C, CPU load: 100%, Test time: >1 hour

AIDA64 and FurMark are two commonly used copying tools. AIDA64 can test the heat dissipation capability of the product through System Stability Test, and provide real-time updated voltage and temperature to monitor the heat dissipation performance of the product.

The test prototype continued to run for 1 hour, 22 minutes and 23 seconds with the CPU fully loaded.


AIDA64 system stability test

It can be seen from the image generated by the infrared thermometer that at room temperature of 27-28 ° C, the high temperature region is mainly concentrated near the heat dissipation hole (the highest temperature is 49.4 ° C), which reduces the impact on the C-face keyboard area (average The temperature is 40.6 ° C), the actual use will not be affected by the temperature, the overall heat dissipation performance is good.

It is worth noting that the use of long-term high load during actual use is relatively rare, so the temperature in the test results usually does not occur.


Body C surface temperature distribution

summary: The HP ENVY 13 excels in battery life and heat dissipation, which is higher than the average of similar products.


Fourth, PConline evaluation room summary

● Advantages

1, more artistic design, distinctive product temperament

2, better performance release

3, higher than the average price of the same price of heat and battery life

4, joined the fingerprint identification module

● insufficient

1, 8W version of the MX150 graphics card

2, lack of HDMI, DisplayPort and other expansion interfaces

3, there is no substantial change in the thickness and weight of the fuselage

● Product information and test results

Product configuration
HP ENVY 13 (2018)
processor
Intel® CoreTM i5-8250U
RAM
8GB
Graphics card
NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150
Display
13.3 inches (1920x1080)
hard disk
360 NVMe SSD
weight
1.31kg
operating system
Windows 10 Family Chinese Edition
Performance Testing
Default setting (the higher the score, the better the performance)
CINEBENCH R15 (processor)
702cb (multicore) / 148cb (single core)
CrystalDiskMark (solid state drive)
Continuous read speed: 1898.7 MB/s, continuous write speed: 579.8 MB/s
PCMark 10 (comprehensive performance test)
3351
PCMark 8 (end of life test)
4h22min

● Evaluation summary

In order to cater to the mainstream market, more and more notebook products adopt a very similar design style, which leads to the gradual homogenization of many products. In this context, the emergence of the new HP ENVY 13 is eye-catching. While getting rid of the stereotyped design thinking, we can feel more artistic thinking and humanistic care from this product.