The HP Envy 13 is a rare breed of laptop that combines a small form build with a dedicated graphics card in the form of the MX150 while still being quite affordable.

The model I have been sent is a 2017 model laptop, as the current generation is not available yet and the specification includes:

  • CPU – Intel® Core™ i5-7500U (2.5 GHz base frequency, up to 3.1 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 3 MB cache, 2 cores)
  • Display – 33.8 cm (13.3″) diagonal Full-HD IPS touchscreen edge-to-edge glass (1920 x 1080) display
  • RAM – 8 GB memory
  • Storage – 360 GB PCIe® SSD storage
  • GPU – NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated); Audio by Bang & Olufsen; HP Audio Boost; Fast Charge; Backlit keyboard; Faster 2×2 Wi-Fi®
  • Wireless – Intel® 802.11b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo
  • Ports – 2 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s, Power Delivery, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge), 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (1 HP Sleep and Charge)
    1 headphone/microphone combo
  • Weight – 1.38 kg
  • Dimensions – 30.54 x 21.56 x 1.39 cm

Price and Competition

Buy from Amazon

You can currently buy this model for £1029.00 with an HP 3 Year Care Pack with Pickup and Return Service direct from HP or £1,099.00 if you prefer to use Amazon.

Specification-wise there is not a whole lot out there in direct competition. A brief bit of research on the Currys website came up with the LENOVO IdeaPad 720S 13.3″ which is cheaper and marginally lighter, but the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U/ RX Vega 8 combo has less graphical power as I proved in my Acer Swift 3 review.

The XPS 13 is an obvious thought when comparing, but they are not really the same as it lacks a dedicated GPU. However, it does make for a good comparison, as it costs £999.00 at Currys and is 0.15kg lighter but will not be able to handle gaming nearly as well as the Envy 13.

Alternatively, there is the popular Alienware 13 which goes in the other direction, the cheapest model is £1,249.00 with a i5-7300HQ but a much more powerful GTX 1050Ti with 2GB GDDR5. It is also much larger and is nearly double the weight.

So, if you are on the lookout for a small light laptop that has semi-decent gaming performance this looks like one of the best options available.

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