comscore HP Envy 15 (2020) review: Power and style go hand-in-hand | BGR India
Review

HP Envy 15 review: Power and style go hand-in-hand

The HP Envy 15 in its 2020 avatar offers a lot of performance without compromising on portability. Coupled with HP’s solid build quality, this becomes a great recommendation for power users.

HP Envy 15

HP Envy 15 4 5
BGR Rating :
4/5

Ever since the “work from home” started, there’s a dire need for good laptops. Consumers are looking for robust yet powerful laptops to keep the office running – laptops that don’t tag along IT-related issues. For most people, a basic laptop good enough to write and make presentations will be enough. However, power users need powerful laptops and HP has something to cater to them. Called the HP Envy 15, it’s an ultrabook that does not compromise on power. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi NoteBook 14 series on open sale: Check India price, offers and more

At Rs 1,49,999, the HP Envy 15 is aimed at those who want the ultimate computing experience without compromising on practicality. It has the firepower of a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor along with a midrange NVIDIA graphics card – all while maintaining a slim profile. It is clearly aimed at those who want to carry on their video or photo editing work. At its price, you also have the option to opt for a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, but without such great specifications. Also Read - HP Envy x2 ‘Always Connected PC’ with Snapdragon 835 SoC, Windows 10 announced

Everything you need to know about Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, NEW iPad Air, & More

Is the HP Envy 15 a good buy for a power user? To find out, I spent two weeks with it and it left me impressed. Also Read - HP Spectre x360, HP Envy laptops with updated features launched, prices start at Rs 134,290; Specifications, features

Design

The Envy series has spawned some desirable laptops in the past. The 13-inch models look like an exquisite piece of art crafted out of metal. The Envy 15 is bigger and since it has to pack more powerful components, it adapts the elements from the 13-inch model. The designers have done a great job of making the Envy 15 look smart and desirable. The metallic lid has a matte finish with the HP logo sitting in the center. The sides are notably thick but HP designers have cleverly masked the bulk with sharp lines and ridges.

HP Envy 15

Open the lid and you are greeted by a gorgeously appointed deck finished in the same matte silver finish. The metallic build continues here, and the fit and feel are impeccable. Every surface you touch screams of quality and top-notch attention to detail. My personal favorite is the dual speaker grille that complements the spaced-out deck and a well laid-out keyboard. The trackpad is large and is using glass for a solid user experience.

The display is surrounded by narrow bezels but this is where the Envy 15’s love for quality falls away. After greeted by premium materials everywhere, the bezels are finished in cheap plastics you find in entry-level laptops. I would have loved to see HP relying on a metallic frame or even glass for these bezels. Thankfully, the bezels are unobtrusive and they still incorporate a webcam on the top.

HP Envy 15

Since the laptop is mostly made of aluminum, it tips the weighing scales at 2.14 Kg. That’s surprising given what it packs inside. The underside has raised lips to allow for smooth ventilation. Despite the slim dimensions, HP has managed to stuff in all the necessary I/O ports. You get two USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a micro SD card reader, and a 3.5m audio/mic port. For wireless connections, there’s Bluetooth 5.0 onboard along with Wi-Fi 6.

Display

The Envy 15 packs a 15.6-inch display with narrow bezels around it. My unit came with a Full HD IPS LCD panel with a refresh rate of 60Hz. This is a good quality LCD panel with a 72 percent NTSC colors, or 100 percent sRGB colors. HP also offers it with an anti-glare coating to cut down on reflections.

HP Envy 15

By all means, this is an amazing display with high contrasts and bright colors. Viewing angles are wide enough for three people to watch the content together. The refresh rate is stuck at 60Hz and that isn’t much of a bother unless you are gaming. On a bright day, I was comfortably able to see the display in my verandah at the maximum brightness levels. If you are planning to get this for photo editing or video editing, you will love working on this display (unless you have a professional-grade monitor to work with).

Performance

The Envy series of ultrabooks are meant for delivering high performance. The Envy 15 gets all the 2020 performance upgrades, although not the latest ones. Beating inside as its heart is a 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor with base clock speeds of 2.6GHz and up to 5GHz with TurboBoost. This is accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4-2933 SDRAM. For storage, there’s a 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. An NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti with 6GB GDDR6 RAM takes care of the graphical processing. Windows 10 Home comes preloaded as the OS of choice.

These are highly capable names and they all add up to offer optimum performance. As an ultrabook, the HP Envy 15 runs fast in everything you throw at it. I relied on it heavily for my office work, including writing stories, running the CMS system on Chrome along with 8-9 tabs at once, streaming music in the background, and having Slack opened too. These tasks were a no-brainer for the HP Envy 15.

HP Envy 15

While working, I found the keyboard to be comfortable enough for writing long documents. However, the key travel isn’t as good as what you find in Lenovo’s ThinkPad notebooks. The feedback from the keys was good though and there isn’t much to complain. The trackpad is precise and easy to live with. However, the placement of the trackpad is weird and unless I disabled it, there were a lot of accidental touches or clicks.

The fingerprint sensor is a nice touch and it helps in unlocking the laptop quite fast. The webcam itself has a nice privacy shutter that can be activated with the dedicated button. However, the camera quality in itself is bad and during several meetings on Teams or Zoom, it did not leave my callers impressed.

What left me impressed though were the speakers. The dual stereo speakers facing you are loud and they sound good. They pack a decent amount of punch for a laptop speaker and during my short YouTube binge breaks, I did not find myself picking up the headphone or my wireless speaker.

HP Envy 15

Now, the HP Envy 15 is meant for power users such as video and photo editors, or those who use CAD. Since I don’t use editing software, I decided the put the Envy 15 through something it isn’t designed for – gaming. I played my favorite title on the laptop to flex the GTX 1660Ti and the results were good. Codemasters F1 2020 ran in High graphics settings at 1080p resolution. I noticed slight frame drops at this resolution and once I dropped it, I was able to get 60 fps consistently. A 30-minute session of the game saw the laptop become warm but it did not affect the performance. HW Info was indicating temperatures of 99 degrees Celsius after a 30-minute gaming session.

If you are a person who believes benchmarks, I have the numbers for you. On PCMark, the HP Envy 15 managed to score 4,475. I ran GeekBench too and it managed to score 1,243 on a single core. The multi-core score for the Envy 15 was 4989. I could not run CineBench due to a weird bug on the Microsoft Store.

Battery

The HP Envy 15 comes with a 6-cell, 83 Wh Li-ion polymer battery inside and is paired to a 200W charging adapter. HP claims up to 16.5 hours of battery life with special use cases. I left the battery in the Better Performance mode of Windows 10 and I managed to get up to six hours of battery life on a single charge. That’s not just average but given the Core i7 processor, I don’t expect more in daily usage. There’s fast charging to fill up 50 percent in 45 minutes but it warms up the keyboard deck noticeably.

Should you buy the HP Envy 15 2020 Edition?

HP Envy 15

For what it costs, the HP Envy 15 is an impressive laptop. It offers the performance that one needs for video or photo editing. It has a great display to accompany that performance and a solid build to back it up. I think the design is one-of-a-kind and it certainly stands out from the clamshells we are used to seeing at this price range. There’s still scope for improvement in battery life but as a desk computer, it works nicely.

At Rs 1,49,999, the HP Envy 15 has all that it takes to make you consider it over a Dell XPS 13, Asus ZenBook 15, and even a MacBook Air. If you seek raw performance without compromising on practicality and style, the HP Envy 15 2020 edition should be on top of your list.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel.
  • Published Date: September 28, 2020 10:20 AM IST
  • Updated Date: September 29, 2020 11:22 AM IST



new arrivals in india

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

1,29,900

Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

1,19,900

Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini

69,900

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

79,900

Poco X3
Poco X3

16,999

Realme Narzo 20A
Realme Narzo 20A

8,499

Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20

10,499

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

14,999

Oppo F17
Oppo F17

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51

24,999

Poco M2
Poco M2

10,999

Oppo F17 Pro
Oppo F17 Pro

22,990

Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro

19,999

Realme 7
Realme 7

14,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9A
Xiaomi Redmi 9A

6,799

Vivo Y20
Vivo Y20

12,990

Xiaomi Redmi 9
Xiaomi Redmi 9

8,999

Nokia 5.3
Nokia 5.3

13,999

Motorola Moto G9
Motorola Moto G9

11,499

Realme C15
Realme C15

9,999

Realme C12
Realme C12

8,999

Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 20

77,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Prime

9,999

Oppo Reno4 Pro
Oppo Reno4 Pro

34,990

Samsung Galaxy M01 Core
Samsung Galaxy M01 Core

5,499

Realme 6i
Realme 6i

12,999

Asus Rog Phone 3
Asus Rog Phone 3

49,999

OnePlus Nord
OnePlus Nord

24,999

Infinix Smart 4 Plus
Infinix Smart 4 Plus

7,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

11,999

Samsung Galaxy M01s
Samsung Galaxy M01s

9,999

Vivo X50 Pro 5G
Vivo X50 Pro 5G

49,990

Vivo X50 5G
Vivo X50 5G

34,990

Realme C11
Realme C11

7,499

Poco M2 Pro
Poco M2 Pro

13,999

Realme X3
Realme X3

24,999

Realme X3 SuperZoom
Realme X3 SuperZoom

27,999

Tecno Spark Power 2
Tecno Spark Power 2

9,999

Oppo A12
Oppo A12

9,990

Oppo A52
Oppo A52

16,990

Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Galaxy A21s

15,999

Oppo Find X2
Oppo Find X2

64,990

Motorola One Fusion Plus
Motorola One Fusion Plus

17,499

Samsung Galaxy A31
Samsung Galaxy A31

20,999

Samsung Galaxy M01
Samsung Galaxy M01

8,999

Samsung Galaxy M11
Samsung Galaxy M11

10,999

Infinix Hot 9 Pro
Infinix Hot 9 Pro

9,999

LG Velvet
LG Velvet

Price Not Available

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

Price Not Available

Apple iPhone SE 2020
Apple iPhone SE 2020

42,500

Honor 30 Pro
Honor 30 Pro

Price Not Available

Honor 30
Honor 30

Price Not Available

OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8

44,999

OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus 8 Pro

54,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

13,999

Motorola Moto E4
Motorola Moto E4

8,999

Samsung Galaxy On Max
Samsung Galaxy On Max

9,775

nubia N2
nubia N2

15,999

Karbonn K9 Kavach 4G
Karbonn K9 Kavach 4G

5,290

Motorola Moto C Plus
Motorola Moto C Plus

6,999

Best Sellers