HP Envy x360 15 Ryzen (2021) Review

In this article, I give you my HP Envy x360 15 Ryzen (2021) review with specs included. This is the HP Envy x360 15 or 15z specifically which means the AMD Ryzen inside. I always like the Envy line because they sit between the Pavilion, which is a pretty low-end line from HP, and the very pricey Spectre line.

This laptop has things like an aluminum-clad chassis, the usual 360-degree hinges, pen support on board, and more.

HP Envy x360 15 Ryzen (2021) model starts around $659 list price on HP’s website and that gets you a Ryzen 5, eight GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and a Full HD touch and pen compatible display. Not too bad really considering this is a pretty classy chassis, nice design, and all that sort of thing.

The model that I have is a little higher in configuration and the list price is about $999. You’ll probably find it for less. It has 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD, a Ryzen 7, and a Full HD brighter version of the display.

There are two versions of the display with the AMD models. One’s 250-nits and the 400-nit display that I have which is like $80 more. Totally worth the spend I would say unless you work in really dark places all the time. Especially because HP displays are very reflective.

Inside we have AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs. I have the Ryzen 7 5700U. It gets a little confusing what Ryzen’s doing with the U-series CPUs in 2021.

Anyway, it’s a 5000-series CPU, which is normally the latest, but some of them, like the 5700 and the 5500, are based on a modified Zen 2 architecture, not the latest Zen 3 architecture. That said, it’s still a good enough CPU.

In terms of thermals and battery life, it’s still doing better than Intel and so it’s desirable nonetheless. Even it’s not the ultimate fastest, it’s a great price. I mean, we’re talking about an eight percent difference in performance between this and a Zen 3 architecture. It’s not something you want to worry about if you need to save some money.

Speaking of Intel, there is an Intel model which is the 15T (which is typical for HP lingo with their Z’s for AMD and Ts for Intel). That one is also available with the 4K 400 nit IPS display. All the displays are IPS on this model.

So, if you really have to have a 4K display you’re going to have to go with Intel and spend some more money too. It’s available with Core i5 and Core i7 Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake U-series CPUs.

Since this is basically a big ultrabook, a 15-inch convertible, which is pretty typical for convertibles, you’re looking at AMD Radeon graphics or if you got the Intel version you’d have Iris Xe graphics. There’s really no room for a dedicated GPU in here. Again, for this one, they’re keeping the price down.

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