The HP Envy 13t is a proof that a stylish laptop doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. For only $849, you’ll get a notebook that weighs 2.9 pounds and packs great specs like an Intel 8th gen Core processor. It’s made of metal, so the exterior looks modern. It also boasts a high-quality keyboard, probably one of the best in its price range. While there are other high-end laptops with better displays, the HP Envy 13t is stunning in its own way.
Many silver laptops look nearly identical with each other, but the new Envy series has its own authentic touches. The rear end of the lid tapers down, giving it a unique appearance. They also make the HP logo stand out on the lid. Besides, the bottom is designed very sleek with the magnesium alloy oozing industrial charm. Overall, the notebook looks very attractive. Even the keyboard deck looks stylish in metal. This 13.3-inch laptop has thin side bezels, which reinforce its modern appeal. Seeing a screen with thick bezels can be an eyesore nowadays because more and more laptops offer bezel-less displays. It has a dimension of 12 x 8.5 x 0.55 inches, so pretty compact to carry around.
The HP Envy 13t has a decent display, by ‘decent’ it mainly referred to its color reproduction. Colors are fairly accurate, but not really pop or punchy. It covers 106 percent of the sRGB color space, so it’s comparable to the Spectre 13. To put it into perspective, the Surface actually has a higher figure in this test as it covers 30 percent more colors. Although the screen is pretty amazing, the glossy surface doesn’t help for viewing in direct sunlight. It gets worse considering the screen isn’t that bright to begin with. Another weakness is the viewing angles that don’t seem wide. Look at the screen from either side, you’ll notice color shift from just 45 degrees.
Keyboard and touchpad
This notebook is aimed at productivity workers it seems. The keyboard not only has a beautiful design, but also provides a pleasant typing experience. If there’s one reason to buy this laptop, then the fantastic keyboard is the answer. It has full-size keys, not the ultra-shallow style like what’ve seen recently on some laptops. The layout is nice although it may take some time to get used to. Despite being thin, the key travel is actually good and requires only moderate actuation force. Another thing that’s worth appreciating is the tactile feedback as it makes typing more pleasurable. Expect the same quality from the touchpad. It responds quickly to touch. Besides, it also supports multitouch gestures, so you can control what’s on the screen by moving your fingers on it.
Performance is its strong point. As a mid-range laptop, the HP Envy 13t manages to impress with its intel 8th Gen Core i7-8550U. There’s also 8GB of RAM on board to support multitasking. As for storage, it’s equipped with 256GB PCIe SSD. It delivers promising performance for day-to-day use like browsing with multiple tabs open and streaming. Through benchmark tests, it’s revealed that the laptop can keep up with the DELL XPS 13.
HP Envy 13t specs:
- 12 x 8.5 x 0.55 inches (Size)
- 13.3-inch 1080p touch screen
- 8th Gen Core i7-8550U
- 8GB of RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD
- Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Windows 10 Home