2020 HP Envy x360 15 Core i7 Convertible 2-in-1 Review: A Little Too Familiar
The Envy x360 15 series has been stagnant during these past few years. Despite having changes to the chassis and processors, most of these updates are largely aesthetic and with minimal performance boosts, respectively. You would have to configure with the GeForce MX330 if you want to make the most out of the system as the base Core i7 options with only integrated graphics aren’t going to be all that much better than the older Core i7-8565U or Ryzen SKUs.
Additionally, many of the original issues of the 2018 Envy X360 15 remain since HP has yet to address them. The difficult serviceability is still a key drawback as simple procedures like storage or RAM upgrades are more frustrating than they need to be. There is still no hotkey to open HP Command Center which is very strange since system performance is tied so closely to this application. Thus, it’s possible to own the laptop without ever even being aware of the software in the first place.
Speaking of HP Command Center, processor performance is average when set to “Performance” mode and below average when set to “Recommended” mode. In other words, CPU performance is only where we expect it to be relative to other laptops when the power profile and fan ceiling are at their highest settings.
The HP convertible is still notable for its excellent build quality and rigidity. It’s definitely not very light, but that helps make it feel stronger and longer-lasting than the equivalents from Lenovo, Acer, or Asus.
It’s got a low starting price to attract users who just want a solid home laptop for emails and videos. If the GeForce MX330 or AMOLED options aren’t attractive, then you can buy an older Envy x360 15 instead of this 2020 version without missing out on all that much.