HP ENVY x360 (2020) Review: Fast and Classy AMD Laptop

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HP just introduced the latest HP ENVY x360 for 2020. The high-performance 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 4700U is paired with a sleek convertible design and is equipped with a full line of connectivity ports and a stylus in the sales package.

Design and Specifications

The base specs of the HP ENVY x360 (2020) uses an AMD Ryzen 7 4700U processor as the main kitchen gateway, which has a Renoir-based 15W TDP with 7nm fabrication and has 8 cores / 8 threads. 2.0 GHz base clock with Max Boost up to 4.1 GHz with Cache Memory L2 4 MB and L3 8 MB.

The RAM uses 16GB DDR4-3200 dual-channel onboard, with 512MB of memory being used for IGP, and the main storage uses a 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. The IGP used in this laptop is AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 which has 7 compute units, 448 shadow units, 512MB of shared memory which unfortunately cannot be configured via BIOS and 1600MHz.

The HP ENVY x360 (2020) laptop design uses a 2-in-1 or convertible form factor, with four types of use modes consisting of laptop, tablet, reverse, and tent use. The main material uses Full Metal, which makes the laptop feel sturdier and has a slightly smaller design compared to the ENVY 2019.

This laptop with the Nightfall Black color option has dimensions of 12 “x 7” x 1.64 cm, with a laptop weighing 1.32 kg and a 180 gram charger. You could say that this HP ENVY x360 (2020) is packaged thinner and more compact. The main screen of this laptop uses a low watt IPS panel that measures 13.3 ″ of Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 Hz refresh rate, 400 nits brightness, Touch screen that is also provided by a stylus in the sales package, color gamut 98% sRGB and Bright. The display has a slim bezel or narrow bezel on all four sides, with a 5mm thick left and right bezel, a 9.7mm top bezel, and an 11.7mm bottom bezel. The screen also has a screen-to-body ratio of 88%.

This laptop’s 720p 30fps resolution camera is located at the top of the screen with a camera shutter equipped for added privacy. Meanwhile, in terms of audio, the HP ENVY x360 (2020) has 2 Bang and Olufsen stereo speakers, with software to configure audio presets. The speakers are located on the bottom right and left of the laptop.

For the connector, on the left side of the laptop there is a 1x Audio Jack Combo 3.5mm connector, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x Type C USB 3.1 Gen 2 that supports Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.4. While on the right side there is a Micro SD card reader slot, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A and 1x DC-In. There is also a multi-port hub adapter that consists of Type-C to Type-C, Type-A, and HDMI. The connectivity of this laptop uses Realtek 8822CE which already has AC Wi-Fi support, MU-MIMO and Bluetooth 5.0.

The HP ENVY x360 (2020) keyboard has a full-size island display that is the hallmark of ENVY, has a backlight with two levels of brightness, and the power button is in the upper right, replacing the Print Screen button. on ENVY 2019. While the touchpad is located slightly to the right of the spacebar with a claim of 9% more than the touchpad on ENVY 2019. The touchpad also has no left and right click buttons, and is compatible with Windows Precision Driver.

In terms of security, the HP ENVY x360 has a fingerprint scanner located to the left of the arrow keys, where the keys themselves are built into the keyboard layout. Not forgetting that there is also the camera shutter, which is a 2-layer camera shield that allows Windows to not detect the camera when the middle cover is active. The camera’s glass layer also changes color to white upon “fading”, not in the form of a sliding cover like a general laptop.

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