If you need a stylish yet reasonably priced 15-inch 2-in-1, the HP Envy x360 m6 could be up your alley. Beginning at $629 ($899) as configured, this sleek convertible combines a beautiful aluminum chassis with robust multitasking performance and accurate audio output. However, the Envy x360 is also full of compromises, together with a dim screen, shallow keyboard and old school mechanical hard drive.
HP Envy x360 m6 – Specifications
Processor 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U
RAM 16 GB
Storage 1 TB 7,200rpm hard disk
Display 15.6-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080)
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 620
Dimensions 15 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches/ 4.6 pounds
HP Envy x360 m6 – Design
The glossy, silver aluminum Envy x360 m6 appears to be like like a MacBook when seen from the front. However, the shiny metallic accents of its rear-mounted 360-degree hinges make it more than a copycat. These hinges assist you to transition the device between display, laptop, tablet and tent modes, and it feels steady in each.
Measuring just 0.9 inches thick and weighing 4.6 pounds, the HP Envy x360 m6 is much like the Acer Aspire R 15 (0.8 inches, 4.8 pounds), and barely thicker than the Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (with 0.7 inches, 4.6 pounds) and the 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 710 (with 0.7 inches, 4.2 pounds).
HP positioned the Envy’s first USB 3.0 port and its security lock slot on the notebook’s left facet together with the power and volume buttons. Its second USB 3.0 port, non-charging USB Type-C port, HDMI port and SD memory reader are on its right facet.
HP Envy x360 m6 – Keyboard and TouchPad
The Envy x360 m6’s full-size backlit keyboard wants a little more depth. The keys were too shallow, which led my fingertips to bottom out, hitting the deck, which turned painful over time. Our subsequent keyboard comes with 1.3 millimeters of the key journey and a required 60 grams of actuation force) proved that journey is the problem, as we favor between 1.5 and 2.0 mm.
The laptop’s touch-screen display accurately tracked my input as I navigated the desktop. It also had no hassle maintaining with my finger as I quickly doodled in Paint. The HP Envy’s 4.6 x 2.5-inch buttonless touchpad accepted my swipes and gestures quickly, recognizing two-finger scrolling and three-digit app-switching. It also offered a firm feel with each click.
HP Envy x360 m6 – Display
The HP Envy x360 m6 comes with a 15.6-inch display is crisp. However, it suffers from the dim and dark muted colors. The 1080p panel emitted just 200 nits of brightness. That falls way short of the Acer Aspire (310 nits), the Dell Inspiron 15 (244 nits), the Lenovo Yoga (322 nits) and the mainstream notebook average (267 nits).
Readings taken with our colorimeter revealed that the x360’s screen reproduces only 62 % of the sRGB spectrum. That’s tied with the Inspiron 15 (62 %), however paltry in contrast with the Yoga 710 (101 %), the Aspire R (109 %) and the mainstream notebook average (91 %).
The HP Envy’s display wasn’t terribly accurate as the laptop scored 5.8 on the Delta-E test (lower is best). That’s worse than the results from the Acer Aspire (4), the Dell Inspiron 15 (0.9), the Lenovo Yoga (0.8) and the average for mainstream notebooks (2.6).
HP Envy x360 m6 – Graphics and Audio
You won’t be able to play something close to a demanding game on the HP Envy x360 m6, as it could only run the Dirt 3 racer (set to 1920 x 1080 and medium graphics) at 22 fps (frames per second). That’s fairly below our 30 fps playability threshold.
The Intel HD 620 Graphics-powered HP Envy x360 m6 can run video games with more modest necessities smoothly as it scored a 74,705 on the Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark test. That beats the Intel HD 520-equipped Acer Aspire R 15 (49,995) and Dell Inspiron 15 (64,067). However, it’s behind the average for mainstream notebooks (82,322) and the Nvidia GeForce 940 MX-based Yoga 710 (84,670).
The HP Envy x360 m6 can kick out the tunes. The laptop’s speakers filled a large conference room with its crispy clear and loud sound. The highs sounded rich without being too sharp, vocals came through clearly, and the bass kicked. This convertible sounds so nice; credit goes to the tuning from Bang & Olufsen. Keep it locked to the Music preset, as I heard no real benefit from using the Movies or Voice settings.
HP Envy x360 m6 – Hardware and Performance
Powered by the Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB 7,200-rpm hard drive, our review configuration of the HP Envy x360 m6 provides robust mainstream performance and multitasking during our testing. I didn’t notice any lag even after splitting my screen between 12 Chrome tabs, continuously switching between them and a 1080p YouTube video buffering in the background. The system stayed responsive as soon as I launched a full-system scan in Windows Defender.
The HP Envy x360 m6 notched a strong rating of 8,069 on the Geekbench 3 performance test. Because of the less-powerful and older CPUs, the $649 Acer’s Aspire R 15 (Core i5-6200U) (5,318), the $749 Dell Inspiron 15 (Core i5-6200U) (6,499) and the $949 Lenovo Yoga 710 (Core i7-6500U) scored 5,318, 6,499 and 6,681, respectively.
Targeted toward a price-conscious audience, the HP Envy x360 m6 uses a 1TB hard drive rather than a speedy, smaller, but more expensive SSD. The HP’s laptop completed our File transfer test in 1 minute and 40 seconds with a Transfer rate of 50.9 MBps. That surely beats the 29.9 MBps drive (1TB, 5,400 rpm) in the Acer Aspire R 15. However, the 122.6 MBps SSD in the Dell Inspiron 15 and the 164.2 MBps SSD in the Lenovo Yoga 710 smoked it with their times.
The HP’s convertible matched 20,000 names to addresses in our OpenOffice Spreadsheet Macro test in just 3 minutes and 35 seconds. That’s fairly faster than the times posted by the Acer Aspire R 15 (4:59), the Dell Inspiron 15 (4:47)and the Lenovo Yoga 710 (4:02), as well as the average for mainstream notebooks (4:21).
HP Envy x360 m6 – Battery Life and Heat
Mainstream 15-inch laptops aren’t recognized for excellent battery life, and the Envy x360 m6 won’t change that notion. It lasted just 6 hours and 15 minutes on our Battery Test (that includes web browsing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness), which is close to the average for mainstream portables (6:31) and longer than the Acer Aspire R 15 (5:20). The Dell Inspiron 15 and the Lenovo Yoga 710 get more out of a full charge at 6:55 and 9:19, respectively.
This HP Envy x360 m6 is one cool customer when it comes to heat management. After we had streamed 15 minutes of full-HD video on YouTube, laptop measured 81 degrees Fahrenheit on its touchpad, 83 degrees in the area between G and H keys, and 89 degrees along the underside. These temperatures were effectively beneath our 95-degree consolation threshold.
The 15-inch HP Envy x360 m6 starts from $629 and includes a Core i5-7200U CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 5,400-rpm 1TB hard drive. The company also sells it with a Core i7-7500 CPU, 16GB TAM and same 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive for $729. The $899 Best Buy-exclusive model we examined is almost the identical as the above $729 model. However, it has a faster hard drive (1TB 7,200 rpm). It’s clearly not worth a $170 premium just to go from a 5,400-rpm drive to a slightly faster one. A better, albeit pricier model, is the $949 model sold by HP that packs both 128GB SSD and a 1TB 7,200-rpm drive.
The HP Envy x360 m6 is an attractive, speedy 2-in-1 that thrive when it’s performing tons of multitasking at the office. Although the $899 configuration we examined is a bit pricey for a laptop with a standard screen and a mechanical hard drive, the $730 or $629 models provide good value for the money. However, in case you’re looking for a reasonably priced 15-inch 2-in-1, the Acer Aspire R 15 offers respectable performance and a brilliant display for only $550. And for those who can spend a full $949, the fast 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 710 provides an excellent keyboard, speedy SSD, and long battery life. However, if you’d like a good balance between performance, style, and price, the HP Envy x360 m6 is a worthy alternative.
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