HP Envy x360 13 (2019) review

Chip maker AMD is on a roll at the moment, having recently announced its new third-gen Ryzen CPUs. But that’s a desktop processor. What of its mobile offerings?

Enter the HP Envy x360 13 2-in-1 convertible. It’s not an entirely new laptop. Indeed, we’ve seen it before last year. But it has been upgraded with AMD’s latest 3000 series APU. The previous version of the Envy x360 13 made do with the AMD Ryzen 2000 series chip and didn’t entirely blow us away with either its outright performance or battery life.

Question is, has AMD upped its game with its new mobile processor? If so, what was already a very appealing and nicely engineered 2-in-1 13-inch laptop will step up another level and offer an intriguing alternative to the obvious Intel-powered options, including the Lenovo Yoga 920. What’s more, with AMD’s Vega graphics integrated into its mobile CPUs, dare we dream the a bit of light gaming capability has been thrown into the equation?

The revised HP Envy x360 13 is fresh out of the blocks and pricing has yet to settle. In the US it’s currently a steal in this configuration with the AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU and 8GB of RAM at just $699. 

UK pricing hasn’t been released, though the equivalent previous generation model with the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U is listing at £799. We’d expect that to come down pretty shortly, so UK buyers may want to hold out a little after initial availability. In Australia, meanwhile, you’re looking at around AU$1,799.

The US price compares fairly favourably with the obvious alternatives. The Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 can be had a little cheaper with an AMD chip. But it’s not quite as upscale a laptop, lacks thin bezels and has yet to be launched with AMD’s 3000 series chip. 

The Lenovo Yoga 920 will typically set you back an additional $150 to $200 for a comparable specification, though that is a 14-inch model and exclusively powered by Intel CPUs.

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