HP Envy 13 Review

HP Envy 13 Review

Written by Alison Lurie, In Gadgets, Published On
March 10, 2023

The HP Envy 13 is the latest ultraportable laptop to hit the market, and its price is meant to beat the competition. It has been at or near the top of our list of the best laptops for a few years. Can the 2021 model keep up this good track record? The model we looked at has a suggested retail price (RRP) of only £899 in the UK and $711 in the US, which makes it very affordable. The Envy’s more powerful specs cost £1,199 and $1,049, though, so it’s clear that HP’s laptop is meant to compete with high-quality ultraportables from Dell and Apple.

HP Envy 13 Review Specifications

Memory 16 GB DDR4-2933 MHz RAM (onboard)
Display 13.3″ diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), multitouch-enabled
Weight 1.30 kg
Battery Type 3-cell, 51 Wh Li-ion polymer
Battery Life Up to 13 hours
OS Windows 11 Home
Dimension (W x D x H) 30.65 x 19.46 x 1.69 cm

Pros of HP Envy 13

  • Wonderful show
  • Solid speed and battery for everyday use
  • Sleek, good-looking body
  • The keyboard of the laptop is very fine and easy to use

Cons of HP Envy 13

  • No HDMI or Thunderbolt
  • i7 costs too much.
  • Disappointing trackpad

Make plans and build

The design of the HP Envy 13 doesn’t break any new ground, but it does look good. It’s made of aluminum and has a simple, sleek body. You don’t get fancier features like RGB LEDs, but the HP doesn’t look out of place next to the Apple MacBook Air and Dell XPS 13. It also has a decent amount of connectivity. That’s fine for everyday use, but it leaves out some things. There is no HDMI output, and there is also no Thunderbolt 4. It doesn’t even have Thunderbolt 3, like the Envy 13 (2020), because the ‘SuperSpeed USB-C’ port can only go up to 10Gbps.

Price and specs for the HP Envy 13

HP Envy 13 Review

With a starting price of $899 (on sale for $849 at the time of writing), the Envy 13 is priced below expensive flagship models like the Dell XPS 13, MacBook Pro, and HP Spectre x360. Price and specs for the HP Envy 13. With a starting price of $899 (on sale for $849 at the time of writing), the Envy 13 is priced below expensive flagship models like the Dell XPS 13, MacBook Pro, and HP Spectre x360. Our review unit costs $949 and has 16GB of RAM and a 1080p touchscreen.

Screen & Speakers

HP Envy 13 Review

The Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution of the Envy 13’s IPS screen is suitable for everyday use. It also has a touchscreen, which makes it more useful. It’s too bad that HP didn’t go with a 16:10 or 3:2 aspect ratio to give this machine a little more height, especially since it will be used so often for web browsers and office apps.

The keyboard and touchpad

HP Envy 13 Review

The keyboard of HP Envy 13 is on the softer side, which means the buttons are easy to press and don’t make a lot of noise. This is great for long periods of typing. They are a good size, the font is clear, and the backlight is bright and clear. It’s a good start, but the 13-inch chassis doesn’t have room for a number pad, and the big buttons make the layout a little tight in some spots.


In HP Envy 13, the 13.3-inch (33.8 cm) IPS screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is Full-HD. This means that the number of pixels per inch is 165 ppi. You can only see each pixel if you look very closely. At 88%, the ratio of screen to the body is good. The glass surface also covers the black edges, which adds to the elegant look of the device. A good result is that the screen brightness is about 400 nits across almost the whole screen. The center of the screen had a maximum brightness of 466 nits, while the average brightness was 418 nits. This means that the device is good for its class and could even be used outside because it is bright enough.


HP Envy 13 Review

The HP Envy 13 is a good mainstream laptop, but it doesn’t really stand out. It has a great screen, but that’s the only thing that really makes it stand out. The Envy 13 also has a good design, a good keyboard, and a good battery life. The Core i5 CPU and Nvidia GPU give it good performance.

On the other hand, its competitors are thinner and stronger, and Envy’s connections and trackpad aren’t very good. Too many things about the HP are just average, so the more expensive Core i7 versions are not worth buying when so many competitors are sleeker, stronger, and don’t cost any more. But if the other models are too expensive, the Core i5 model is a good choice if you want a good ultraportable on a budget.


HP Envy13 battery life

A 10-hour laptop was rare a few years ago. It’s standardizing. On the Laptop Mag Battery Test, the Envy 13 lasts 11 hours and 15 minutes (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits).

HP Envy13 Price

The UK Core i5 model I examined costs £899 and US$711, respectively (sale price). The UK’s cheapest HP Envy 13. Dropping the touchscreen and reducing storage saves money in the US. The price reduces to US$599 (sale price). UK customers cannot customize.

The heat of HP Envy13

Our heat test showed the Envy 13 could stay in the kitchen. The Envy 13’s underbelly hit 91 degrees Fahrenheit after a 10-minute, 1080p video, well below laptop fever (95 degrees). The keyboard was 87 degrees, and the touchpad was 78 degrees.

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