HP Envy x360 15 vs. HP Specter x360 15: creativity vs. productivity

Although they share the same form factor, HP’s two 15-inch convertibles are actually very different. While the Envy line is made with creators in mind, the Specter were created for those who prioritize productivity; for many users, finding the winner in the contest HP Envy x360 15 vs. HP Spectre x360 15 It can be complicated… but we will tell you which one, without a doubt, is the best.

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specs

HP Envy x360 13 HP Spectre x360 13
Dimensions 14.13 x 9.69 x 0.68 inches 14.17 x 8.91 x 0.79 inches
Weight 4.53 pounds 4.23 pounds
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
AMD Ryzen 7 5700U
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
Intel Core i7-10510H
Intel Core i7-10750H
Graphics Intel Iris Xe
AMD Radeon Graphics
Nvidia GeForce MX450
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050
Intel Iris Xe
Nvidia GeForce MX330
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
RAM 8, 12 o 16 GB 16 GB
Screen 15.6-inch IPS FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

IPS with 15.6-inch privacy filter

15.6-inch AMOLED UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

15.6-inch IPS UHD (3,840 x 1,920)

AMOLED 15.6-inch UHD

Storage Up to 1 TB (SSD) Up to 2 TB SSD
Touch screen Yes Yes
Ports 1 x USB-C
2 x USB-A
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x microSD
2 x USB-C Thunderbolt 4 (11th generation Intel U-series models)
1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (10th Gen Intel H-series models)
1 x USB-C (10ª generation Intel H series models)
1 x USB-A
1 x HDMI 2.0b
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x microSD
Wireless Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
Webcam 720p 720 with infrared camera
Operating system Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro
Battery 51 W-h 72.9 W-h
Price From $ 640 dollars Starting at $ 1,630

Design

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Both 15-inch 360-degree 2-in-1 convertibles are interesting laptops. They work perfectly well like a traditional laptop, they’re great in multimedia mode for docking Netflix, and the tablet mode is great, thanks to the expansive screen, if you place them on a surface.

Tent mode seems unwieldy as it suspends such a large laptop at its edges, but otherwise they are of a size and style that adds real value to a 15-inch laptop.

Both the Envy x360 15 and Specter x360 15 enjoy an all-aluminum chassis, with the biggest difference being that the Envy is made from stamped aluminum, while the Specter is a single, CNC-machined block of metal.

That makes the Specter x360 15 the stiffest 2-in-1, with no flex or twist on the lid, keyboard deck, or bottom chassis. The Envy x360 15 is no slouch on its own, with just a bit of keyboard flex spoiling an otherwise very solid design. You can’t go wrong with any of these laptops in terms of build quality.

The Specter is the most aesthetically complex. It features the gem-cut corners, with the bottom and back chiseled at angles that add a bit of pizzazz, along with beveled edges and hinges that are adorned with a contrasting color. You can buy it in Poseidon Blue and Nightfall Black, with silver or copper details.

The Envy is a much simpler design, with rounded edges and enough angles to give it a distinctive look, but not enough to make it stand out. It’s available in Nightfall Black, Natural Silver, or Ceramic White, depending on the processor model, and in each case that color scheme is divided by a gold HP logo on the lid.

The Specter features slightly small bezels with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, while the Envy has 88 percent. You have to look closely to tell the difference, although the Envy x360 15’s lower chin is larger.

The Envy is slightly deeper than the Specter, although they are both almost exactly as wide. It’s also thinner than the Specter, at 0.68 inches versus 0.79 inches, but it’s heavier at 4.53 pounds versus 4.23 pounds.

As far as we know, the two laptops share the same keyboard, which means they enjoy one of the best you’ll find on a Windows 10 machine. It has a lot of travel with a nimble mechanism that provides good bounce on the action of tapping. background, creating a precise feel.

The keys are nicely sized and there is plenty of clearance, providing a comfortable overall feel for quick-touch typists. The Envy has the power button on the keyboard rather than on the side like the Specter, which is a matter of preference.

The Specter has a switch to electronically turn off the webcam, while the Envy has a key that activates a physical shutter; We prefer the electronic version because it hides the webcam entirely from the system, but it seems like HP is heading in the direction of the physical shutter.

The Envy’s touchpad is larger than the Specter’s wider and thinner form factor. Both support the protocol Precision Touchpad from Microsoft and thus provide sensitive control over Windows 10 multi-touch gestures.

Both laptops have sensitive touchscreens and both support active pens with 4,096 levels of pressure and tilt sensitivity. The Envy narrowly wins here, thanks to its larger touchpad.

Connectivity leans in favor of the Specter. Depending on the processor, you get two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 or one USB-C with Thunderbolt 3 and one USB-C without Thunderbolt 3. There is also a USB-A port and a full-size HDMI 2.0 port to match the connector. 3.5mm audio.

The Envy has a single USB-C port (not Thunderbolt compatible), two USB-A ports, a full-size HDMI 2.0 port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Both laptops have a microSD card reader and offer Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity.

Performance

Side view of the HP Envy x360 15 showing the ports and the rear of the chassis.
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We tested the Envy with an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U and integrated Radeon graphics, which excels at processing intensive tasks like video encoding. It is also available with an 11th generation Core i5 or i7 processor, which can be configured with integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics or the low-end discrete Nvidia GeForce MX450 GPU.

The Specter x360 15 also offers a range of processor options, including a Core i7-1165G7 with Intel Iris Xe or GeForce MX330 and an Intel H-series with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with Max Q. We tested it with the Core i7 -10750H and GTX 1650 Ti.

If you need a processor-boosting laptop, again like video encoding or complex image processing, the Envy x360 15 is your best bet. It’s faster in our handbrake test encoding 420MB video to H.265, finishing the test in 116 seconds compared to the Specter x360 15-160 seconds.

In Cinebench R23, another processor-intensive benchmark, the Envy scored 1,258 points in the single-core test and 8,131 in the multi-core test, compared to the Specter at 1,102 and 5,492, respectively.

In the Pugetbench benchmark running on Adobe Premiere Pro, the Specter x360 15 benefited from its discrete GPU with a score of 339 compared to the Envy x360 15 with 185.

Your results will differ depending on the configuration you select, but if you want the fastest 2-in-1 in the HP stable, then the Envy x360 15 is for you. The only caveat is that if you want to play around a bit, then the Specter x360 15 with GTX 1650 Ti is the right choice.

However, both 2-in-1s are fast on general productivity tasks, so if you’re neither a creator nor a gamer, either one will be more than enough.

Screen

HP Specter x360 Front View 15.
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You can configure the Envy x360 15 with an IPS Full HD display or a 4K AMOLED panel. We tested the Envy’s Full HD display and found it average across the board for premium laptops.

Colors were good enough for productivity work at 71 percent AdobeRGB and 95 percent sRGB, with very good color accuracy at a DeltaE of 1.06 (1.0 or less is considered excellent).

The brightness was a bit low at 270 nits (we prefer 300 nits or more), and its contrast was 900: 1, below our preferred threshold of 1,000: 1. The Envy x360 15 is powerful enough for creative types, but the Full HD display doesn’t live up to that promise.

The Specter x360 15 offers the choice between 4K IPS and 4K AMOLED displays. We tested the AMOLED version and, as with all OLED displays we’ve tested, the colors were extremely wide (98 percent AdobeRGB and 100 percent sRGB) and accurate (a DeltaE of 1.21), the brightness was high at 426 nits. and the contrast was 426,180: 1 ink black.

In our experience, Specter’s 4K IPS display would post comparable results to Envy’s Full HD panel, good enough for productivity, but not the best for creators.

Interestingly, you can’t configure the Envy with the AMD processor and AMOLED display, so you can’t have the power, colors, brightness, and contrast for high-end creative work. It’s a shame, because that choice would make the Envy the equivalent of Specter for creators.

Portability

Side view of the HP Envy x360 15 showing the keyboard.
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As discussed, the Envy x360 15 and Specter x360 15 are roughly the same size and weigh about the same. Both 2-in-1s are large convertibles that will take up some space in your backpack and you will know that you carry them with you. So neither has an advantage.

Battery life is the biggest differentiator. The Envy comes with 51W of battery life, but a Full HD IPS display, while the Specter has 72W, but has a power-hungry 4K AMOLED panel.

Unsurprisingly, the Envy did much better in our battery tests. For example, in our web browsing benchmark, it lasted 11 hours compared to the Specter at just over six hours. In our video loop test, the Envy hit 13.65 hours, while the Specter barely hit 6.5 hours.

Again, you can configure laptops differently and get different results. The Envy with the AMOLED screen will perform closer to the Specter, while the Specter with the 4K IPS screen will likely get a couple of hours of extra battery life.

The Specter x360 15 is HP’s best 15-inch 2-in-1

The Envy x360 15 starts at around $ 640 for an AMD Ryzen 3 4300U, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a Full HD IPS display. You can spend up to $ 1,250 for a Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a 4K AMOLED display.

The Envy x360 15 starts out in budget territory and ends up as a premium laptop. Interestingly, as mentioned above, you can’t set the AMD version with the AMOLED screen.

The Specter x360 15 starts at around $ 1,400 for a Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 4K IPS display. We don’t see the H-series on HP’s website at the moment, but the higher-end U-series configuration comes out at $ 1,740 for a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and a 4K AMOLED display. . It is a premium laptop throughout.

The Envy x360 15 is faster, has better battery life, and is less expensive. However, all that speed is wasted a bit on the creators, who will not be happy with the display option. The Specter x360 15, on the other hand, is faster than the typical 2-in-1 and offers an AMOLED display that creators would die for. So it retains its place at the top of HP’s 2-in-1s.

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