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The new HP Envy 360 weighs a mere 2.86 lbs and is 307mm wide and 16mm thick which is a little heftier than many ultraportables and HP made good use of the extra space to add more USB ports. In addition to full-sized USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports on both sides of the laptop with drop down hinges similar to what you see on ethernet ports, there a USB-C port on one side, as well as an SD card slot and a headphone jack. The laptop doesn’t have an ethernet port, the base model depends on dual-band 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity, with an option to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 for $40.
The Envy 360 is powered by a Ryzen 5 4500U set to a 15W TDP and depends on the onboard Vega 6 GPU to power it’s glossy 13.3″ 1080p screen. The model TechSpot reviewed has 8GB of DDR4-3200 and a 256GB Samsung PM991 SSD, which will run you just under $700US. You can opt for Tiger Lake model if you desire, a Core i5-1135G7 powered one starts at $699 while the Core i7-1165G7 starts at $900.
Testing shows that even at the reduced TDP the 4500U keeps pace with the Core i7-1165G7 running at 26W apart from single-threaded testing. The laptops thermals are well under control thanks to that lower TDP, TechSpot saw peak temperatures of of 82C but for the most part, even when under load the smart throttling features keep it to 65C with the fan running almost silently.
Check out more details including gaming performance and battery life in the full review.
Convertible laptops have been around for many years now, and the HP Envy x360 takes a modern approach to this popular form factor by ditching more familiar Intel hardware for a newer and arguably more impressive Ryzen processor.