Analysis of the Envy x360 13-ar0006ng – AMD Ryzen 7 3700U from HP.

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Latest release in the range HP, we’ve been running tests onEnvy x360 13-ar0006ng…The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

Envy x360 13-ar0006ng to surf the Internet?

If your need for a laptop comes down to surfing the web, whether on e-commerce or information sites, and to making a few tables in excel, you could be satisfied with this Envy x360 13-ar0006ng. This Envy x360 13-ar0006ng is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. HP is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 13.3 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. Also note that this model is equipped with a touch screen; always interesting for when you get tired of the slippery mouse pad or when no flat surface is available when you have this Envy x360 13-ar0006ng on your lap. The materials here are of such a high standard that they will last for many years. Solid visible parts (the hull, the keyboard,…) and almost last generation internal components have been chosen by HP with a lot of care.
With a processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, HP offers an already outdated technology. A technical choice to reduce the final price of the laptop. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. The power required for a fluid internet navigation, will sometimes be low on this model and may require a new purchase in 3 years. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Thanks to this, the laptop will allow a more fluid navigation.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. With only 512 Gb, HP considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Envy x360 13-ar0006ng can work 7 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Envy x360 13-ar0006ng is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.

Envy x360 13-ar0006ng the right choice for watching movies ?

HP presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. This Envy x360 13-ar0006ng is a multipurpose laptop that will suit most uses, whether it’s for playing resource-efficient games, light photo editing, or for office work and web browsing. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
This small model is equipped with a thumb screen 13.3, in 1920×1080, and a good quality of colours. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.3 kilogram.
Like the majority of the laptops screen on the market, this model is equipped with the glossy finish.  Envy x360 13-ar0006ng will be ideal for movies, photos and games in a dark or half light environment because you will have the means to control light intensity. On the other hand, because of this, the screen requires the viewer to take a break every 2 hours or so.
On the sound side, it Envy x360 13-ar0006ng has good components: board and integrated speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700U, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
On the application side, HP chose to let you do it. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 Home on which you can install the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Radeon™ Vega 8, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
HP didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. For the Envy x360 13-ar0006ng has only 3 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this Envy x360 13-ar0006ng may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 7 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.

The Envy x360 13-ar0006ng to use while travelling.

It Envy x360 13-ar0006ng is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model HP. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its light weight allows you to take it wherever you want. It is one of the lightest in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 13.3 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
This Envy x360 13-ar0006ng is convenient with its touch screen that frees you from the mouse. A few finger pinches to zoom in, side slides to test the comfort of use. It’s up to you to make accurate navigational selections.
This model is supplied with a shiny slab. The rendering on screen is good. On the other hand, this shiny slab can be a nuisance in brightly lit areas.
This model does not have a matt or anti-reflective tile. You will have to limit uses when the sun is too bright.
Too bad for the processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700U that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of HP; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 7 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 512 Gb. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, HP was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this Envy x360 13-ar0006ng will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. Equipped with a compact 13.3 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 3 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the Envy x360 13-ar0006ng, HP deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The Envy x360 13-ar0006ng for audio or video editing ?

The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of HP have thought of for this Envy x360 13-ar0006ng. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. It will be more suitable for word processing and Internet browsing, and as soon as you try to run applications in parallel, you will have frozen screens and a rise in computer temperature, whose processor will quickly reach its operating limits.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. You can always try to do video editing with the processor AMD Ryzen 7 3700U. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, HP made the choice to put only one SSD. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The Envy x360 13-ar0006ng has only got one, with total 512 Gb storage for your movies and music. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 7 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. On this point HP could have done much better.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it Envy x360 13-ar0006ng receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
Clearly, it’s not Envy x360 13-ar0006ng designed for audio-visual editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.

Envy x360 13-ar0006ng for video games?

It is sometimes interesting, when you decide to buy a laptop, to be able to use it for several functions. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this Envy x360 13-ar0006ng, it may be better to go to other models. Clearly, HP has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Since HP has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.512 Gb are the minimum for computers today, making it one of the laptops with the least amount of space.
On the practical transport side, this model is one of the lightest on the market, with 1.3 Kg.
For autonomy, 7 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In short, an average rendering that makes this Envy x360 13-ar0006ng a poor choice for video games, whether local or online. And save this one for more classic uses, like surfing the net.

Envy x360 13-ar0006ng the right choice for office automation ?

Not really designed for office use, Envy x360 13-ar0006ng it’s still a good product. In detail, here’s what’s going on.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It is equipped with Windows 10 Home.
It’s not Envy x360 13-ar0006ng equipped with all the applications you’ll need. You will have to download the applications you need, which implyies for some software a slight increase in the overall cost.
Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 1.3 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
For office use, chances are that the absence of the numeric keypad will annoy you over time. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
No anti-reflective treatment on this Envy x360 13-ar0006ng. The disadvantage of this is that the same light may tire you out over time. Concerning light intensity, is is: not so good for eye comfort and work, but powerful in the dark to watch videos.
It’s one of the smallest backup spaces, with 512 Gb. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Envy x360 13-ar0006ngcan be quickly filled.
So, in summary, it appears that it Envy x360 13-ar0006ng is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.

The Envy x360 13-ar0006ng – in summary

In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Envy x360 13-ar0006ng is disappointing whatever the uses. It’s not expensive, but it’s almost too much considering its low power.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks