Convertible notebooks are getting larger and larger. The latest 15-inch laptop that flips into a tablet, the HP Envy x360 15t Touch, joins similarly sized systems from Lenovo and Toshiba. the Envy x360 15t features an Intel Core i5 processor and a 1080p touch screen.
At first glance, the Envy x360 looks like any other notebook, but upon closer inspection, the heavy-duty hinges hint at the x360’s hidden potential. Like the smaller, 11.6-inch x360, this 15-inch version’s screen can rotate all the way around to set up tablet mode.
The Envy x360 comes clad all in silver. A shiny HP logo adorns the plastic lid, while inside, the aluminum palm-rest carries on the silvery theme, with the support of a silver plastic bottom. Only the black, plastic bezel surrounding the 15.6-inch display breaks the silvery pattern.
The hinge feels sturdy, and even with the Envy x360’s hefty 5.2-pound weight, the screen is secure in almost any position you can manage. The downside is that flipping the screen all the way around can be quite cumbersome due to the weight, stiff hinge and large size.
A matching silver finish covers the Envy x360’s island-style keys, which include a full numpad and cool, white backlighting. Even though the keys have a travel distance somewhat on the short side (1.32mm), I had no problem hitting my typing average of 75 words per minute. Actuation weight for key presses was standard, at 60 grams. My only complaint is that it can take a little while to get used to laying your wrists over the wide touchpad while typing.
The Envy x360’s panel isn’t very bright, producing 214 nits on the light meter. That’s more than the Lenovo Flex 2 (200 nits), but less than both the Toshiba Satellite Radius (217 nits) and the mainstream average (253 nits).
Color reproduction was just passable, with the Envy x360’s display producing 82.9 percent of the RGB spectrum. This is much better than the Lenovo Flex 2 (56 percent) and the category average of 76.5 percent, but less than the Toshiba Satellite Radius (95 percent).
The Beats Audio software allows you to customize your EQ, and provides presets for Beats-branded headphones. You’ll have to create your own settings for games, as the only presets are music, voice and 3D movie.
The Envy x360 produced just 81 decibels on the Laptop Mag Audio test, compared to the louder Lenovo Flex 2 (94 dB) and Toshiba Satellite Radius (89 dB). It also fell short of the mainstream average (85 dB).