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I don't Envy those who buy this sleek HP laptopThe HP Envy 13 is a great-looking laptop, but we know a better one.
Create within lightweight silver notebooks have been all the rage ever since Apple's Macbook Air. Today we've got the HP Envy 13, which is even thinner, lighter and cheaper than Apple's computer. It's got a few features the Mac lacks too. Take a look at this crisp, colorful 1080p screen which looks way better than Apple's display Over here, there's a full size HDMI port so you can connect it to a television. This is my favorite feature, a fingerprint sensor so you can log in to Windows without typing a password. It works with websites too as long as you're willing to trust HP with your login. But none of those things are quite enough for me to recommend this laptop. Sure, the keyboard and touchpad are pretty responsible. Even the Bang and Olufsen tuned speakers blast out fairly decent sound for a laptop this thin. But a laptop is all about portability, and the battery life on this HP NV13 just isn't competitive. We only got about seven hours in our standard battery drain test. I saw just four and a quarter hours in day to day use, maybe you're saying to yourself that doesn't sound so bad. But for just $100 more HP has a much better laptop called the Spectre x360. Imagine if this HP envy were just a little bit thicker and heavier, imagine if it had a touch screen that could flip around the back like a tablet. Imagine if it could easily get two more hours of battery life on a charge. It's just really hard to recommend the Envy 13 when HP has a much better laptop to offer.