Perfect for productive office automation, the HP Envy x360 13-ar0008nf is a 13-inch ultrabook convertible tablet based on Ryzen architecture. It installs in its black metallized frame and carefully designed a powerful Quad Core Ryzen 7 aided by a good amount of RAM (16 GB) to surf with fluidity and a fast SSD (NVMe) of great capacity, as well as a beautiful touch-screen rotary IPS edge-to-edge. Add to that a complete connectivity with USB Type-C, a fingerprint reader and compact measurements on a solid aluminum chassis. On the other hand, its operation is a little noisy and autonomy is not up to par.
HP Envy x360 13-ar0008nf
|Slab||13.3 “Full HD IPS Micro-Edge LED Touch Screen 360 ° Gorilla Glass (1920×1080, Glossy)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 3700U Picasso (2.3 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (soldered) DDR4 2400 Mhz|
|Storage space||512GB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon Vega 10 integrated into the processor|
|Audio system||4 speakers Bang & Olufsen Audio Boost|
|webcam||Yes, HD TrueVision Infrared with Windows Hello compatible microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac (2×2)|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Card reader||micro-SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Video output (s)||–|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1) 2 USB 3.1|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Ion 4 cells 53 Whr|
|Autonomy announced||7 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||306.7 x 214.6 x 14.9|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard, multi-touch touchpad, Webcam Kill Switch Privacy cover|
Chassis, connectors, screen HP Envy x360 13-ar0008nf
HP touches almost nothing on the design adopted by its predecessor (13-ag) and keeps its smooth and matte surfaces and its structured frame with projecting edges. Even if the back of the chassis and the hinges change very subtly, the revolution is not there at all. Here, the lid is covered with aluminum to serve the robustness and finishes are cared for a perceived quality satisfactory. This AMD version inherits an all-black aesthetic (ashy silver) awakened only by small chrome details at the logo, hinges and touchpad.
With its beautiful fineness ( 14.9 mm ), its small weight ( 1.3 kg ) and its backlit keyboard , elegance is at the rendezvous while maintaining a certain sobriety that will please the greatest number.
Central on this type of convertible configuration, the screen is covered with a layer of Gorilla Glass resistant to shocks and promotes the impression of immersion through an edge-to-edge design. Its Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 px) provides a good display density to modulate the display or view in the best conditions your High Definition content. In addition, the brilliant surface (Gorilla Glass and touch requires) reveals very rich colors even if it makes difficult visibility in bright environment while the IPS panel opens the viewing angles.
To finish with the study of the case, the connector is redistributed but retains the same variety of ports. There is a USB Type-C Gen2 port, two standard USB 3.1 ports and a headphone jack. The addition of a card reader is beneficial even if it is the microSD format. Finally, the fingerprint reader finds its place under the keyboard and we observe the appearance of the Privacy button on the right edge to close a flapper in front of the webcam, a plus for the preservation of privacy. The wireless modules are recent (Wifi AC and Bluetooth 4.2) and an infrared HD webcam is logically still on the menu.
Performance, autonomy of the HP Envy x360 13-ar0008nf
Let’s continue with the performance argument of this Envy x360 13-ar0008nf: the AMD processor of last generation (2019) Quad Core Ryzen 7 3700U low consumption. This is the successor to the Ryzen 7 2700U with a gain of plus or minus 10% in terms of power, enough to reach a level close to an Intel Quad Core i7-8550U. In fact, the current use is well supported and you can even tackle the missions of photo editing, video editing and light calculation without shaking too much. Especially since the APU is supported by 16 GB of RAM , an important total to promote productivity and fluidity in multitasking .
Another fundamental element here, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD . This significantly enhances the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis. Based on a PCIe interface faster than SATA3, the SSD provides shortened load times, a virtually instantaneous Windows launch and very fast file copies. What’s more, its capacity is quite honest and can host a good part of your toy library.
The graphic part is based on the AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 chip integrated into the processor. In theory, it is able to provide roughly the same level of play as a GeForce MX230 or GeForce MX250 under some profiles and therefore surpasses the Intel UHD 620 chip integrated Intel low conso processors. Some casual players can therefore be content and launch most old and undemanding titles on condition to limit the level of detail. For newer releases and sharper details, it will even be necessary to lower to a basic definition (1366 x 768 px). Of course, because of its size and screen size, this little Envy x360 is not a gaming machine. So we’re talking about some occasional and short-lived games.
A point on autonomy finally, which benefits on this declination of a battery of 53 Whr. Without breaking records, it should allow to be around 7 hours in Web browsing via Wifi.