HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?


HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?

HP is among the most important players in the laptop market. The company's portfolio includes a large number of devices that meet the needs of different user groups. The Envy series, which includes products for individual users, is among the most preferred products of the company. Envy 13 stands out as one of the most popular products of this highly preferred series. Envy 13, which draws a very stylish device profile with its completely aluminum case; With its lightness and easy portability, it significantly meets what is expected of a laptop computer.

  On the other hand, HP aims to present the thin and light chassis in the Specter series with powerful hardware. The 2019 model HP Specter x360 continues this tradition. Specter x360, one of the best "2 in 1" laptops since its launch, offers powerful hardware with a stylish design. The number of "360" in the name of the device comes from the fact that the screen can be rotated thanks to its special hinge mechanism and can be used in tablet form. In this article, we will make a quick comparison between the Envy 13 and the Specter x360 to see which one the king is.

 

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?

 Design & Display.

Design ranks high among the HP Envy 13's strengths. It should be noted that the laptop has an extremely attractive, slim, and beautiful case. At first glance, the Envy 13 looks almost the same as its predecessors, which appeared on the market in the past years, but thanks to some small design touches, it is possible to see the difference.

It's really fun to touch the Envy 13's smooth, matte cover. Despite the aluminum case, it is possible to feel the flexibility in the middle. The glossy HP logo in the center of the cover also adds a premium look to the notebook. However, it should be mentioned that this logo reveals fingerprints. The strip at the bottom of the back panel looks like a Wi-Fi antenna.

There are other details on the cover and bottom section that set the updated version of the Envy 13 from its predecessors. First of all, it is possible to create a 90-degree angle between the door and the hinges in the new version. In addition, a veneer reminiscent of the trunk of a cut pine tree was chosen on the lower part of the cover. However, this part is not visible because it is left at the bottom when the screen is on.

Weighing 1.20 kilograms, the HP Envy 13 has a 14.9 mm case. thick. The device, which does not cause any problems while carrying it in hand and using it on a laptop, does not cause any pain or strain while in the backpack.

Speaking differently, the 2019 model HP Specter x360 gets a much more striking appearance compared to its 2018 model predecessor, thanks to the small but impressive design changes. In addition, it would not be wrong to say that space management in the laptop has become more efficient thanks to these small touches.

The left and right corners of the HP Specter x360 now have a diagonal appearance. It can be easily said that this gives the Specter x360 a different and unique air. There is a power button on the left corner of the laptop. When the Specter x360 is taken out of the box for the first time, the power button may be sought for a while.

In the right corner, there is another USB-C port. The speaker grille is located above the keyboard. The speaker, which has been renewed with a smoother design, also has Bang & Olufsen's signature. The fingerprint scanner is in front of the users in the lower right corner of the keyboard.

There is a full-scale USB-A 3.1 port on the left side of the Specter x360. Still, considering that many devices are not compatible with USB-C, the presence of this port becomes more meaningful. Thanks to the standard USB port, many devices can be connected to the Specter x360 without the need for an extra accessory.

The right edge of the Specter x360 is a bit more crowded than the left edge. In addition to the USB-C port in the corner, there is also a USB-C port on the side. It can be said that placing a USB-C port in the corner is an interesting choice. However, in this way, it is possible to use both USB-C ports easily.

In addition to the USB-C ports, on the right side are the audio jack, microSD card slot, and a physical switch to physically disable the webcam. It can be said that this physical key is an addition that will be liked by users who are particularly sensitive to privacy.

As with all HP's x360 models, the Specter x360 has a 360-degree hinge that allows the screen to be rotated. Thanks to this mechanism, it is possible to use the Specter x360 as both a standard laptop and a tablet. Those who wish can use the Specter x360 in tent mode (like an inverted letter V) while watching media content. It can be said that this is a very enjoyable method to watch something.

As far as display is concerned, The HP Envy 13 has a 13.3-inch IPS LED display. The screen in question offers Full HD resolution to its users. Although some Envy 13 models have a touch screen.

The screen of the HP Envy 13 performs well overall and offers a clear view. The fact that the model in our test center has an Nvidia GeForce graphics card also plays an important role in the performance of the screen. The screen, which reflects the colors vividly and naturally in multimedia contents, provides an important ease of use with its low latency.

In scenarios with intense daylight on the screen, the reflection on the screen increases slightly. In such cases, the viewing angles of the screen become considerably smaller. It is difficult to see what is on the screen if the screen is not looked straight ahead. This excessive reflection puts a minor scratch on the screen performance of the HP Envy 13.

The SureView feature on the HP EliteBook 1050 G1 is also available on the HP Envy 13. Working in a similar way to the privacy filters of cash dispenser screens, SureView makes it almost impossible for the person sitting next to the user to see the screen. It should be said that the viewing angles are not very good in general. For this reason, the Envy 13 is not a suitable device for a collective multimedia experience.

It is enough to press the F2 key on the keyboard to activate SureView. When this button is pressed, the viewing angle is limited to 30 degrees. This means that only the person directly opposite the computer can see the screen. Indeed, when SureView is active, the screen is not visible when viewed from the side. SureView can be considered as a definitive solution for those who are concerned about privacy while using computers in the community.

Despite its weak belly on issues such as reflection and viewing angles, the overall screen performance of the Envy 13 can be said to be satisfactory. The 1080p resolution screen, which has a useful feature like SureView has no trouble meeting the expectations of average users.

The HP Envy 13 has a large keyboard that can be considered standard for a computer of this size. Especially for those who are used to using larger computers, switching to the Envy 13's keyboard can be a bit challenging due to the lack of some keys. However, it should be noted that the most used and important keys are not among the deficiencies mentioned.

The size of the letters and symbols on the keys of the HP Envy 13 is an interesting design choice. The letters and symbols on the keys on the Envy 13 stand out as they are even bigger than those on the MacBook Pro. However, the lack of backlighting on the keyboard and large symbols works very well in low-light environments.

It can be said that the key placement on the keyboard of the HP Envy 13 is quite reasonable. Although the keys are large, there is enough space between them. This eliminates the possibility of pressing the wrong key considerably. The keyboard with soft keys does not feel uncomfortable flexibility even when the keys are pressed a little hard. After getting through the familiarization period, it can be said that Envy 13 offers an enjoyable typing experience.

The HP Envy 13's wrist rest is not very large. This causes a relatively wide trackpad to stay short. Since the longitudinal area of ​​the trackpad is not very large, it can be a bit of a problem to use the trackpad, especially when writing a text. The trackpad cannot be operated without pulling the dominant hand down completely.

It would not be wrong to say that the trackpad is a little hard. Using this hard ground, at least in the first place, can cause some trouble. In order to transmit left and right-click commands, it is necessary to apply some strong contacts. Adjusting the sensitivity settings reduces this difficulty a bit.

It is possible to perform different tasks with finger gestures on the trackpad of the HP Envy 13. What these gestures are, is shown in a video in the "Touchpad" section of Windows 10's Settings app.

Having said that, The 2019 model HP Specter x360 has a much brighter and more dynamic display compared to its predecessor. The model that came to our test center has a 13.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Corning Gorilla Glass NBT glass protects this screen. It can be said that this protection is of great importance for hybrid devices that can also be used in tablet mode. There is no obvious problem in interacting with the interface while navigating with the finger on the touch screen.

The IPS panel offers users wide viewing angles. Since the screen can be used in different formats, it is important that the image quality remains the same at every angle. It can be said that HP has done a good job in this regard.

The SureView feature, which is present in almost all HP branded laptops recently released, is also available in the Specter x360. When this feature is activated, the viewing angles of the screen are greatly restricted and only the person looking directly at it can see what is on the screen. It can be easily said that this is a useful feature especially for those who use computers in public places.

It is also very easy to activate SureView. SureView is activated when the F1 key on the keyboard is pressed. Although the color of the image on the screen changes slightly, this does not affect the usage in any way. Although there are not many users of this feature, its presence adds an extra value to the Specter x360.

The HP Specter x360 also delivers a satisfying performance in running applications and playing media content. Although the Specter x360 doesn't have the brightest laptop screen, it does its job just fine. It is also worth noting that the Specter x360 has a 4K resolution display option in some regions.

The most negative point about the screen of the HP Specter x360 may be the thickness of the upper and lower bezels of the screen. On a computer where the design is so prominent, the thinner screen bezels would have been more pleasing to the eye.

The keyboard of the 2019 model HP Specter x360 manages to satisfy users with its layout and experience. Despite the Specter x360's slim and small case, the size of the keys is quite appropriate. The responsiveness needed when the keys are pressed can be felt easily.

The HP Specter x360 does not include an extra numeric keypad, as is the case with many laptop computers. In this way, it was possible to provide more space for other keys. Indeed, typing with the HP Specter x360 is quite enjoyable. Touching the keys of the keyboard sounds very pleasant. Only in our own experience, we can state as a footnote that we pressed the comma key from time to time while trying to press the Enter key.

The control of the keyboard lighting on the HP Specter x360 is left to the users. Users can turn the keyboard backlight on or off by pressing the F5 key.

The trackpad under the keyboard is large enough for comfortable use. However, in daily use, the trackpad does not provide the expected responsiveness. It can be said that the trackpad, which does a good job with multitouch gestures, is a bit too stiff in the standard experience.

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?


 Operating System and Process.

HP Envy 13, which came to our hands to test, has an 8th generation, 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7 processor. This processor; it has no trouble performing enough to perform daily, standard tasks. 256 GB of internal storage is offered to users on the laptop with 8 GB DDR3 RAM.

Although the processor and its accompanying memory and storage duo are sufficient for basic daily tasks; it stays a little light for more demanding jobs. This lightness can be felt a little more when performing tasks such as video editing or multitasking processes that require high performance from the hardware.

Although the 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor is powerful, it doesn't get enough support. The lack of this support is more tangible in benchmark tests. Envy 13; In the Geekbench 4 benchmark test, it scores 4423 points in a single-core and 14335 points in a multi-core. The laptop also leaves the 3DMark benchmark test with 3026 points. These scores show that the Envy 13 is not the best option for use in high-performance jobs. Still, it's worth mentioning once again that the Envy 13 is enough to meet every need of the average user.

It is also not possible to use the definition of "gaming computer" for the HP Envy 13, which is a laptop to meet the basic daily needs of the standard user. However, this does not mean that the Envy 13 cannot be played in any way. Games that do not require intensive resources from the computer can be played on HP Envy 13 without any problems.

 In different choices, We tested the HP Specter x360 over a period of about two weeks. During our tests, we tried to experience different scenarios with the device. First of all, it is worth noting that the Specter x360 can switch between laptop and tablet modes very quickly. Windows 10 doesn't experience any lag or stutter when switching between different modes.

The Specter x360, which came to our test center, has an eighth-generation Intel Core i5-8265U processor. This processor is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM. This processor, released last year, has four cores and eight threads. The processor's base frequency is 1.60 GHz and the maximum turbo frequency is 3.90 GHz. Intel Core i5-8265U comes with integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics processor. The model that came to our test center has a 256 GB SSD.

This technical hardware is not enough to properly play or run games that demand a lot from the system in terms of graphics. There is no problem with games that do not force the system. With the Specter x360, which does a good job of watching and editing videos, photos can also be edited easily.

The 2019 model HP Specter x360 performs well in daily use. While it's not the most powerful laptop in the world, the Specter x360 handles Windows 10 just fine. The Specter x360 does not show any signs of misfire when surfing the web, watching videos on YouTube or Netflix, creating documents, or doing small-scale photo editing.

It can be said that the HP Specter x360 offers a smooth experience as a "2 in 1" format device. The device scores 1044 points in a single-core and 3265 points in a multi-core in the Geekbench 5 benchmark test. The laptop's OpenCL score is 5615.

When it comes to media playback, the HP Specter x360's performance is very bright. The presence of powerful Bang & Olufsen speakers along with the live screenplays a leading role in this experience. The Specter x360 draws a very suitable profile for those who use their laptop for both business and entertainment purposes.

 

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?

 Storage, Price, and available colors.

 HP Envy 13 and HP Spectre X360 price depends on the selected variant. The basic and only variant of the Envy 13 with 8GB RAM and 256GB variant and 8th generation processor i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620, it will cost you about 883.00USD on Amazon. It is available in Dark Black, and Silver colors.

Meanwhile, HP Spectre X360 price depends on the selected variant. The basic and only variant of the Spectre X360 with 16GB RAM and 512GB variant and 10th generation processor i7-8550U, it will cost you about 1339.00USD on Amazon. It is available in Dark Ash Silver, and Silver colors.

 

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?

 Security and Ports.

For security, It takes some getting used to the replacement of the fingerprint scanner. Although the presence of the scanner provides considerable convenience in unlocking the device, locating the scanner can be a bit difficult during the familiarization period. The largely noiseless operation of the fan is also among the elements written in the HP Envy 13's plus section.

That being said, HP Specter x360 has both a fingerprint scanner and face recognition feature as a biometric authentication solution. The fingerprint scanner is located in the lower right corner of the keyboard and works pretty quickly. Face recognition naturally gets help from the Specter x360's camera. The camera does not have any problem detecting the faces of the users in bright environments. When the light level of the environment decreases a little, it can take time to unlock.

 In terms of port options, The HP Envy 13 is not a very rich device in terms of the number of entries in terms of size. Most of the few ports on the device are located on the left side of the case. Here are 3.5 mm respectively. There is a headphone jack, a USB 3.1 port with a cover similar to the Ethernet port, a USB-C port that also functions as a video output, and an SD card reader. To the right, there is a power convector, a second USB 3.1 port that also supports HP's Sleep and Charge technology, and a fingerprint scanner.

Or rather, The HP Specter x360 has just one USB 3.0 Type-A port on the left. If you want to connect more than one external device, you will have to get or buy an adapter.

In addition to USB on the left side, there is a headphone jack, a power button, and a grill for exhausting air from the cooling system.

The disadvantage of the laptop is the lack of HDMI and an SD card slot, because of which potential users who have not yet updated the peripheral park may experience inconvenience.

USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 are really great technologies that will allow you to replace absolutely all other ports in the future, but try to find an external drive or monitor for this connector. Of course, the transition to a single interface is the dream of any techno-esthete, but in practice, the financial factor will reduce everything to buying a few more adapters.

Considering that the HP Specter x360 comes with an Ethernet-only adapter, you will have to take care of finding and purchasing other adapters yourself and at your own expense.

The lack of an SD card slot will upset not only photographers and operators but also all those who are accustomed to using a memory card as a memory expansion that is undemanding to read and write speed.

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?


 Sound System.

The collaboration between HP and Bang & Olufsen has been going on for a long time. Envy 13's loudspeaker, developed in this collaboration, performs above average. While the bass sounds a little weak, that doesn't negatively affect the overall experience. Especially when listening to music, the HP Envy 13 sounds very loud, crisp, and clear.

While watching videos on Netflix or another platform, there may be some difficulties in terms of loudness. It can be difficult to understand what is spoken, especially in scenes with dialogue. Nevertheless, the HP Envy 13, which also makes warning and system sounds loud, manages to get good marks with its sound performance.

Whereas, The well-known company Bang & Olufsen had a hand in the creation of the HP Specter x360 speaker system, which is clearly hinted at by the corresponding inscription on the case

In total, the laptop has four speakers: a couple under the grill on top, a couple more under the bottom cover. Thus, a more spacious sound is achieved, which, however, is still devoid of expressive lows due to the small diameter of the radiators.

 In total, the acoustics of the HP Specter x360 sound much better than any laptop with non-name speakers. Separately, it should be noted the absence of wheezing when listening at close to maximum volume.

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?


Battery and charging.

HP is very ambitious about the battery life of the notebook computers it has launched in recent years. The company maintains this claim on Envy 13. According to HP's catalog values; Envy 13 promises its users up to 14 hours of battery life.

Indeed, we didn't need to charge the HP Envy 13 very much during our tests. In a standard day, when processes such as writing articles, editing photos, watching videos on YouTube or Netflix, listening to music on Spotify, the laptop gives a "low battery" warning only once. For this, it is enough to keep the brightness level of the screen slightly above medium.

The HP Envy 13's battery saver feature also works pretty well. When watching a 2-hour long movie on Netflix with the battery saver feature activated, it consumes approximately 15 to 20 percent of the battery. When the screen brightness is maximized and performance is prioritized, the battery consumption of the same content approaches almost 40 percent. Therefore, it is useful to take advantage of battery saving features for a long-lasting experience.

 In contrast,  HP is very proud of the battery life of the 2019 model Specter x360. When the battery performance of the device is examined closely, it seems that this bragging is not unfair. The Specter x360 can continue to work for a long time without needing charging.

In the battery test, where we played a 1080p video with 50 percent screen brightness, the Specter x360 continued to run for over 12 hours. It should be noted that the time in question for a laptop with these features is very impressive.

There are other laptops on the market that promise longer battery life. However, most of these devices sacrifice performance for longer battery life. Specter x360 manages to reach this level without compromising performance.

With the Specter x360, HP offers a device that gives you the full Windows 10 experience and doesn't need a charge for a working day. It has to be said that this is a really impressive performance.

In tests such as PCMark 8 Battery Life, where more intensive usage scenarios are implemented, the battery life decreases to approximately 4.5 hours. However, it should be noted that in this test, many activities such as video calling and internet surfing were also added to the list. For the average user with some sensitivity in battery management, it can be said that the HP Specter x360 will not need charging for at least 9 hours.

The 2018 model Specter x360 reached much lower battery lifetimes in tests. Therefore, it should be said that HP has indeed made significant and impressive progress in the battery.

HP Envy 13 and the Specter x360 which one is the king?


 Conclusion.

The HP Envy 13 is an ideal device for those who expect a laptop to meet their basic communication and entertainment needs. In addition, the performance of the Envy 13 is sufficient for office or educational use. Envy 13; It meets the needs of many people with good performance, good battery life, and useful features.

The Envy 13 might not be a sufficient device for a graphic designer or a die-hard gamer. However, for the average computer user, the performance of the Envy 13 is fine. The Envy 13 does not have a bright or unusual feature. However, the computer is working "well" quite consistently. It can be said that stable and good performance is among the primary criteria of many laptop users.

Stylish design, lightweight case, offering a very high quality sound output while listening to music; In addition to its stable performance, the HP Envy 13 has other outstanding features. The presence of SureView makes the Envy 13 among the devices worth mentioning for those who care about privacy.

Conversely, It can be said that HP has produced a very good "hybrid" device with the 2019 model Specter x360. The renewed design and upgraded hardware ensures that the Specter x360 performs well both visually and technically. This makes the Specter x360 an attractive alternative in the eyes of those looking for a device that can also be used as a tablet.

With the 2019 model Specter x360, HP manages to make a significant leap forward in production quality, design, and performance. This makes the amount written on the price tag of the device appear a bit more "reasonable".

For those looking for a technically strong, slim, and stylish device that can be used all day, the Specter x360 is definitely among the options that should be evaluated if the financial conditions are suitable. What do you think? Do you recommend these laptops? Share your knowledge with us.


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