The recent trend of creating sleek Windows laptops like Dell XPS 13 have given a new definition towards building laptops that are more beautiful, sleek, thin and even more appealing in terms of performance and design than the Macbook Air and Pro models. The HP Envy 13t is no exception but it has its cons too. The 13inch laptop priced at around INR56000-58000 doesn’t fall short to hold your glaze with its smooth aluminum chassis. This model is 20 percent thinner than Macbook Air. The display and sound qualities don’t fail to satisfy the users. So without further ado, let’s see what’s in for us at the store named Hewlett Packard.

Design & Display

The 2.8 pound laptop sports an alluring silver aluminum and magnesium chassis which makes it look quite bold and beautiful at the same time. As you open the lid, the backlit island style keyboard reveals itself in all its sophistication flanked by speaker lanes on both sides. That’s not all you find interesting when you lift the screen up. You also encounter a fingerprint reader on the right side.

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However, that thick, chunky bezel around the screen seems off-track from its otherwise elegant design. This is something that you wouldn’t encounter in Dell’s XPS series. Nonetheless, it doesn’t bother so much as the overall look of the laptop is still alluring.

Weighing 2.8 pounds, one doesn’t really find it hard to carry the laptop back and forth between places. Measuring 12.85 x 8.9 x 0.51 inches, the dimensions overlap with those of Air but are slightly larger than the XPS 13. The right side of the laptop hosts the power port, an HDMI port and two USB 3.0 ports whereas the left hosts a lock slot, an SD card reader, a USB 3.0 port with sleep and charge capability and a headphone jack.

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The HP Envy-13t 1920×1080 display gives a vivid output with deep color contrasts. Watching videos or movies proves to be a great experience as the colors are distinct and vivid. For those funny animation movies that we all love, well the Envy 13 is just the right one to stream those quick color and scene changing scenarios.

Touchpad & Keyboard

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With a shallow travel of just 1.2mm, you might find the keyboard to be a little less in depth. But this doesn’t bother the typing much and one can still find it easy to move their fingers swiftly through the board. The keys are a bit larger in size than usual and have more than required space between them. This might increase your error rate while typing as many of us are accustomed to a closely packed keyboard. Nevertheless, this doesn’t pose as a major drawback and one can still get accustomed easily to such typing criterions.

That wide touchpad provides precise navigation without lag/delay. Measuring at 4.3 x 2.1-inches, it is fairly wide and a comfortable touchpad providing enough room to your restlessly fluttering fingers to navigate through the screen. You will find the gestures such as a three finger swipe for zooming purpose to be very responsive.

Performance

The Envy 13 offers speedy overall performance, but its solid-state drive is sluggish. It sports a Core i5-6200U clocked at 2.3 GHz, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The overall performance of the laptop is satisfactory with the exception of the SSD as it works at a transfer rate of merely 77.1MBps which is far less than its Dell and Air counterparts that fall in the ultraportable category of 166MBps.

The Intel HD Graphics 520 chip can easily handle some low impact gaming. Such games run at around 86-70 fps at an adjusted resolution and a 48 fps at 1920×1080.

As far as its audio is concerned, The Bang & Olufsen speakers are nothing short of a treat. The speakers on either ends make sure they fill their surroundings with much depth and clear sound. The rhythmic base thump is clear and, quite, rhythmic!

Battery Life

Apart from its overall satisfactory performance, the battery life is its most disappointing aspect. It lasts a mere 5hr 40min. on continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi and high brightness. This is far less than its ultraportable counterpart including XPS 13 and Macbook Air.

Our Verdict

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The HP Envy 13t is quite light and thin with a vivid colorful display and brilliant B&O speakers. The bezel might seem a bit irksome but the overall finish of the laptop is up to the mark. The sleek metallic finish is alluring and urges you to see what’s more to the laptop. The major drawbacks are the battery and the SSD which show better results in the XPS 13 model by Dell. Not to forget that it also sports an almost bezel free screen. Although the XPS and Air prove to be better alternatives, the HP Envy 13t is a good buy and is barely a letdown. At 13inches and INR 56000, it surely is a satisfactory buy.

 

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