If you love the look of a certain silver, Apple laptop but don’t have the budget for it, the new HP Envy 13 might do the trick.
At $800 starting price, this is one of the thinnest laptops in the world with a sleek, modern finish. At 2.8 pounds, it won’t damage your spine if you choose to take it everywhere in a backpack. Though, seeing that it’s only 12.9mm thick, you’ll probably put it in your tote and go to a chic coffee shop to work from there.
Indeed, this HP model is easy on the eyes and a bit mysterious, too. Unless you ask the salesman or thoroughly investigate the specs, you won’t realize it’s possible to access Windows by touch. The aluminum and carbon fiber device recognizes fingerprints as password alternatives – less typing for you.
Another thing you’ll appreciate at HP Envy 13 is the audio system. The Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers will seriously impress you with a loud, clear, in-depth sound. The backlit keyboard and dark lid are nice features too, not to mention the matte finish of the screen, that makes light reflections history.
Despite its thin body, you’ll still have room for HDMI, SD cards and 3 USB cables, besides the ubiquos 3.5mm headset jack. As far as specifications go, expect 2.3GHz 15-watt Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, 128GB of solid-state storage and a 1080p screen for the basic version.
So why isn’t this the perfect laptop for its budget? Well, besides the fact that there’s Spectre x360 in the HP portoflio, a very similar laptop with a backflipping touchscreen, the battery doesn’t rise up to the expectations. You don’t get more than 7 hours of light browsing on the Internet without pluging it in… if you’re lucky. This sore disappointment coupled with one editor’s concerns for processing delays while charging, make it a risky purchase.