2020 HP Envy x360 13 Convertible 2-in-1 Review: Ryzen 5 Beats a Core i7

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The AMD-powered 2020 Envy x360 13 looks and performs better than what its relatively low price would otherwise suggest. It’s essentially a less expensive version of the 2019 Spectre x360 13 that doesn’t sacrifice chassis quality or system performance to reach the lower price point. If you were considering an older Envy x360 13 or Spectre convertible, then it would be worth checking out this faster, cheaper, and leaner 2020 Envy model instead.

Some hardware limitations prevent the Envy x360 13 from being the “ultimate” 13.3-inch convertible. There is no Thunderbolt 3 or HDMI and RAM is not user-upgradeable meaning HP can charge extra for 16 GB DDR4 SKUs. Meanwhile, the oddly positioned fingerprint reader takes some getting used to and we feel that the hinges could be stiffer. Alternatives like the Lenovo Yoga C940 integrate stylus holders which can come in handy when in tablet mode.

We had named the 14-inch Yoga C940 as the consumer convertible to beat when we reviewed it late last year, but that particular system retailed for nearly $1500 USD. For under $1000, you’re not going to find a 13.3-inch convertible that balances performance, weight, build quality, and price better than the 2020 HP Envy x360 13 right now.

It’s pretty amazing what a swap to an AMD processor can do in terms of price and performance-per-dollar. The redesigned 2020 Envy x360 13 is noticeably smaller and more compact than last year’s model while being much faster in the process.

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