HP Envy VS Spectre: What to Buy in 2020 and Why

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HP Envy VS Spectre: The Main Differences

Pocket-friendly yet power-packed. With an AMD Ryzen 5 processor and AMD Graphics card, HP Envy x360 delivers a fast, powerful performance that tops i5 and UHD Graphics card for gaming and professional use. The Spectre x360 comes with a premium design and build while the i7 processor delivers an equally strong performance. Furthermore, the ThunderBolt Ports with USB-C charging make it worth the extra cost.

HP Envy VS Spectre: In Brief

Lenovo Flex VS Yoga in 2020
HP Envy X360
For budget buyers, HP Envy X360 is perfect The Ryzen 5 processor gives the laptop ample power to edit 1080p videos or run QuickBooks with multiple users while the AMD graphics card gives better frame rates for gaming than Intel UHD. It lacks Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports but for a laptop costing less than $800, it is a steal.
Display
8.5
Performance
9
Design
8
Battery
9

Pros

  • AMD Graphics gives good frame rates
  • Ryzen 5 matches i7 processor
  • It is pocket-friendly
  • Great battery life
  • Good keyboard and Trackpad
  • Bright, Full-HD and Larger display
  • Comes with SSD storage
  • Large 15.6-inch display

Cons

  • No Thunderbolt 3 ports or HDMI
  • Average design and build
  • Less storage space at 256GB
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HP Spectre
While the i7 of the HP Spectre goes toe to toe with the Rzyen , its graphics card is let down (just a tad though). What makes it worth the extra bucks is that it comes with Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI Port, excellent 6-7hrs battery life. It also features comparatively smaller bezels and a sturdier keyboard and trackpad.
Display
8.7
Performance
9
Design
9
Battery
8.5

Pros

  • Thinner bezels
  • Solid processor performance
  • 16 GB RAM for easy multi-tasking
  • 512GB SSD for speed and ample storage
  • Premium design and build
  • 6-7hrs of battery life
  • Windows Pro variant available
  • Way lighter at 2.88lbs

Cons

  • Smaller display size
  • There’s bloatware
  • Costs over $1000
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Are you confused between HP Envy and HP Spectre? Can’t decide which one is really worth the money? Got questions like, how long does their battery last? Which one is sleeker and compact? Can I run games on either of the two?

Then you are in the right place. Here’s a detailed article on HP Envy VS Spectre were we answer all your queries so you can make an informed buying decision.

HP Envy VS Spectre: A Detailed Review

Performance

If you are looking for top-notch performance, either of the laptops won’t leave you disappointed. While their processors go neck and neck, the main difference lies in the graphics card and RAM. More about it below.

The HP Spectre X360 is equipped with a 10th Gen, an i7-1065G7 processor that can turbo boost to 3.9GHz while the Envy comes with an AMD Ryzer 5 4500U Processor with a turbo boost capability of 4.0GHz

Wait. How does a Ryzen 5 processor go neck and neck with the latest 10th Gen i7?

Well, while the i7 has a base clock speed of 1.3GHz the Ryzen comes with a 2.3GHz. But that’s not all. If you are into video editing and work with 1080p videos, you know how important cores can be, right? And that’s where the Ryzen levels up as it has 6-cores compared to 4-cores of the i7. 

If you want to play games like PUBG or Fortnite, HP Envy takes the cake. That’s because the AMD Radeon Graphics card outperforms the Intel UHD Card all day long by giving you better frame rates. Don’t trust us? Check out these images below.

Are you going to be browsing with 10-15 tabs at once? Have multiple programs run in the background? Then you need a lot of RAM. And with the Spectre costing well above $1000, its 16GB RAM comes as no surprise.

On the other hand, the Envy X360 comes with an 8GB RAM which is ample in most cases. As for the storage, both laptops are equipped with a faster, more durable 512GB SSD storage.

Display

The battle for the best display is even closer than that in terms of performance. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if HP has used the same display in both the series.

Both the laptops are available in either Full-HD resolution i.e 1920 x 1080 or a 4k resolution.

Apart from resolution, there are other factors like sRGB Color Gamut that play a part in making a display truly captivating as it has a direct connection with color production thus making it an important feature.

The Spectre covers 109% of the sRGB color gamut while the Envy covers 108%. Now, this isn’t out of the world but is well above the average 70-80% so you get good colors when watching movies or a TV series.

Plus, you can use both the laptops outside in bright sunlight as well. That is because the Spectre has a brightness of 369-nits whereas the Envy has a brightness of 319-nits (yes, a tad lower but barely noticeable).

The main difference when it comes to Display is screen size and bezels. The Spectre has smaller bezels but the display is also smaller at 13.3-inch. It is one of the reasons why the Spectre is so light and portable.

On the other hand, Envy comes with a larger 15.6-inch display. Yes, the bezels are a tad bigger. But when you are editing photos or learning programming, you’ll want something big and comfortable making the Envy screen more suited for it.

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Design and Portability

If you are as clumsy as I am with your laptop then durability is likely to be a priority, right? Well,  the Spectre delivers excellent durability all thanks to its aluminum chassis that can easily handle a few bumps and falls.

On the other hand, since Envy belongs to the low-budget category, it has a plastic chassis that helps keep the cost down. And while it does not look or feel cheap, you do not want to drop it or hit it too hard against a hard object as the body can easily crack or dent.

As for the size and weight, the HP Spectre has a slight edge over the Envy and thus easier to carry around in a handbag, backpack, or even use it while holding in your hands.  Lenovo has managed to cut down the weight of the new Yoga to 3.08lbs compared to the 3.52lbs of the Flex 5.

Furthermore, the dimensions of the Yoga are 12.67 x 8.45 x 0.59 – 0.67 inches which means it sleeker than the Flex 5 that has dimensions of 12.65 x 8.56 x 0.72 – 0.82 inches. Only a slight difference but if you are peculiar about portability, every inch matters.

Battery Life

Portability isn’t just defined by size and weight, I believe battery life plays an equally important role. After all, you do not want to enter your favorite coffee shop and wait around for power outputs to empty, right? Or run out of battery while relaxing and watching a movie on the couch.

The Envy features a 52.5Wh battery which is a tad larger than the 51Wh of the Yoga C740. In English, the Flex will give you 8-9hrs on a single charge whereas Spectre a decent 6-7hrs.

When it comes to recharging, thanks to the fast-charge technology, Envy takes just an hour to hit 80%. The Spectre charges quickly as well since it supports USB-C charging and reaches 100% in less than 2hrs.

The Flex has a large bulky charger whereas the Yoga’s charger is light and compact. Wondering why? That brings us to our next point, Ports.

Ports

While both laptops have USB-C Ports, only the Spectre port can be used for charging and thus has a more compact charger. It also quickly charges your mobile, Bluetooth earphones, etc. On the Spectre, the USB-C also doubles down as DisplayPort allowing to easily connect to an external monitor thus making up for the lack of an HDMI port.

The Flex 5 USB-C port cannot be used as a charger but allows for equally quick data transfers at 10GBPS. The Flex also lets you connect better, bigger display but through a traditional HDMI cable.

Apart from that, both laptops feature USB 3.1 ports.

The HP Spectre X360: Top-Notch Performance and Ports Galore

Do you like editing photos before you post them or your social media or travel blog? Then a good, bright display is a must and that’s what the Full-HD display is all about.

With 300nits brightness, it produces excellent colors and contrast both indoors and outdoors. Yup, it lacks in the performance department but only by a small margin.

The processor and RAM are powerful enough for most tasks. Furthermore, its aluminum chassis gives it a more premium feel and long-lasting finish while keeping it light and compact.

HP Spectre X360
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Weight: 2.88lbs
  • Processor: 10th Gen i7-1065G7
  • CPU Speed: Up to 3.9GHz
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 13.3″ (1920 x 1080)
  • Battery Life: 6-7hrs

The HP Envy X360: Inexpensive yet Power-Packed

Where the Yoga C740 lacks, the Flex makes up. That means you get better processor performance with the 4-core, AMD Ryzen.

The Flex also has a faster 12GB RAM and AMD graphics card that is better equipped to handle gaming than the Intel UHD. It also has a long 8-9hrs battery life and charges to 80% in just 1-hour. 

To top it all off, it is also around $200 cheaper than the Yoga. The display, the rattling trackpad, and no USB-C charging are a disappointment but small drawbacks of an otherwise pocket-friendly 2 in 1 laptop.

HP Envy X360
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Weight: 4.41lbs
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  • CPU Speed: Up to 4.0GHz
  • Graphics: Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6″ (1920 x 1080)
  • Battery Life: 8-9hrs

Last Updated on September 26, 2020

My name is Eric Smith and I've been working within the tech space for over 10 years, both at one of the largest computer manufacturers (for which I have no affiliation with anymore) but also in the retail sector where I gained a lot of experience in helping people finding suitable tech products.

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