We tested and compared the HP Envy x360 versus the Lenovo Yoga C740 in terms of Performance, Display Quality, Price, Battery Life, Portability and more.
Above you can see the Ranking with the results of the test and below you will find the in-depth reports of each Laptop.
Ranking First: HP Envy x360
- Better Performance
- Good battery life
- Bright and high-contrast Display
- More Expensive
Super compact and powerful notebooks there are now a few on the market. However, these models are usually quite expensive. You simply pay an extra charge for the compact design.
To find a good Ultrabook under $1200 is not easy! All the more exciting is the HP Envy x360.
The HP Envy x360 is available from $1200, but offers a super slim case, a 2 in 1 design and in contrast to many other Ultrabooks a generous port configuration.
The port selection is also very interesting. HP uses AMD chips in the Envy x360, which certainly help to keep the price low.
But how does it look in practice? Can the HP Envy x360 keep up with the Dell XPS 13 and ASUS Zenbooks of this world despite its low price?
Let’s find out in the review!
The first impression of the HP Envy x360 is very positive! For a notebook that starts at less than $1400 this is very valuable and nicely worked.
Especially the dimensions impress! The Envy x360 is only 14.7mm thick, but looks even thinner due to the slightly sloping edges. The HP Envy x360 is also pleasantly compact for a 13 incher in terms of width and depth.
This is of course also due to the display and its comparatively small edges to a large extent. Whereby this is only half true.
The outer edges are really very compact, which makes the notebook barely wider than the actual 13 inch display. Above and below, however, the edges are a bit stronger.
Since HP uses a glossy display with a glass front, which runs all the way to the edges, this is relatively unnoticeable, especially when switched off.
The case gave me some headaches. The Envy x360 is very stable and also quite robust. For this price range I would give full points to HP, especially since the workmanship is impeccable!
However, I am a little disagreeing about the material used. According to information I could find here, it is aluminum. That can also be, however this seems to be coated with a quite thick layer of lacquer.
This makes the notebook feel a bit more “plastic” than you would see with an Apple MacBook for example.
Still no complaints! The case is super slim, super chic and feels good! Even the weight is pleasantly low at 2.86 lbs.
What really impressed me was the port configuration. On the left side we find a USB 3.0 port that just fits into the case, a 3.5mm headphone jack and the power switch.
On the right side is the power supply connector, another USB 3.0 port, a USB C port and a microSD card reader.
But why is the power switch on the left side of the notebook?
We forgot an important feature of the Envy x360. This one is a “convertible”.
So you can turn the display completely to the back of the notebook and use it as a kind of tablet. This also works quite well! The display hinge looks valuable and stable. Of course all other positions for the display are possible.
The HP Envy x360 is currently only available with a Full HD IPS panel, which makes absolute sense. 4K panels have more disadvantages than advantages in 13 inch notebooks (I speak from experience).
After the very positive impression of the case etc. I have to admit that I also expected a very good display. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed here!
The display isn’t even bad in itself, but there is a strange “texture” that covers the whole panel. The whole thing looks as if there were still some light soap or glue leftovers in the panel, which refract the light in a strange way.
But this is not a mistake! I suppose this is due to the “HP Sure View Privacy Screen”.
What is the HP Sure View Privacy Screen? IPS displays have very good viewing angles, so in a cafe or other public place it is quite possible that someone sitting behind you or sitting next to you can see what you are doing on the notebook.
If you activate the HP Sure View Privacy Screen, the viewing angles of the display are massively reduced. If you are sitting directly in front of the display, you can still read it without problems. Yes, the Sure View Privacy Screen puts a gray haze over the display when active, but this does not disturb office applications etc.
But I suppose that this HP Sure View Privacy Screen requires an additional layer in the display panel, which also triggers the effect described above when switched off. This effect is especially noticeable with white backgrounds.
Yes, compared to a Dell XPS 13, the HP Envy x360’s display is clearly inferior, but it looks useful in itself.
Colors look clear and saturated, the contrast and sharpness is also good, and you only have a slight “griseling” over the screen.
Amazingly, my readings are very positive! The Envy x360 display achieves 91% coverage of the sRGB color space and 70% of AdobeRGB. For this price range these are top values!
The brightness is also very high at 367cd/m². But I can only half confirm this. The brightness of the Envy x360 drops sharply if you are not 100% in front of the display. This effect is much more pronounced here than it would be normal with an IPS panel.
Thus, the XPS 13 9370, which is darker on paper, looks practically a good bit brighter.
A pity! The display of the HP is actually very good, but is somewhat held back by this HP Sure View privacy screen.
There are clearly better notebooks for photo and video editing! The HP Envy x360 isn’t even that bad for office use, especially in public spaces.
The HP Envy x360 has speakers from “Bang & Olufsen”. This is not quite true, the speakers are certainly from HP and have only been “certified” by Bang & Olufsen.
At first glance, however, the speakers look very promising. They are integrated above the keyboard, so they are directed towards the user.
Practically, the loudspeakers are pleasingly neat. They are super sharp and very nice and brilliant. The maximum volume is also completely sufficient for such a small notebook.
As far as the bass is concerned, you shouldn’t expect miracles, of course. But you notice that the Envy x360 gives its best and there is definitely some depth.
Thus, the Envy x360’s loudspeakers are a touch better than those of the Dell XPS 13.
Keyboard and Touchpad
HP has the layout of the American “QWERTY” keyboard.
The shift key is long, the lock key short, the enter key flat and the “#” above the enter key and so on.
Yes, for a frequent typist this can mean a certain amount of getting used to it! I also needed a good while to get used to the keyboard. In itself this half american layout is not that bad.
Only if you switch back and forth between several devices a lot, this is annoying.
But I can’t complain about the quality of the keyboard! The pressure point of the keys is precise and accurate. The stroke is firm and also in general the keyboard deck doesn’t yield much.
A keyboard in this price range can’t be much better!
The trackpad, on the other hand, falls into the unspectacular category. It is quite wide and the tracking is good. I had no problems whatsoever with this one. However, it doesn’t stand out as particularly good either.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700U works in the HP Envy x360. AMD chips in notebooks are always a big unknown.
99% of all notebooks rely on Intel chips, rightly so. Intel is very strong in the notebook sector. However, the AMD Ryzen chips are generally quite competitive or have already left Intel behind in desktop PCs.
How does it look like in notebooks? Even though the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U is from the 3xxx series, it is still based on the Zen+ architecture and not on the Zen2 architecture like its desktop brothers. So we have a 12nm chip in front of us.
This has four cores, which can run at up to 4Ghz. The basic clock speed is, as usual, with 2.3Ghz a good bit lower.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700U is clearly positioned in direct competition to the Intel Core i7-8565U or i7-8550U.
What the Ryzen clearly has ahead of the Intel competition is the graphics card. A Radeon RX Vega 10 is used here, which without question has more performance than the Intel 620.
But let’s have a look at a few benchmarks.
The benchmarks look quite good! Here the AMD Ryzen 7 3700U can indeed +- position itself on the level of the i7-8565U or i7-8550U.
Only in my “Handbreake” test does the Ryzen perform a bit weaker and is positioned between i7-8565U and i5-8250U.
Handbreak is a video conversion program that requires constant high performance. It is therefore possible that the Ryzen performs better during short performance spikes, or the cooling of the HP Envy x360 is not perfect. More on this later.
Anyway, in terms of performance, the HP Envy x360 Ultrabook is a good fit!
For the SSD, HP uses the SK Hynix BC501, which is an OEM NVME PCIe SSD.
With 1773MB/s reading and 845MB/s writing, it is not very fast, but offers a reasonable speed.
The HP Envy x360 has a 53Wh strong battery. This is a solid capacity for a notebook of this class.
HP promises that the battery should last around 11.5 hours. But how does it look in practice?
In an office/web use I came to about 6.5-7 hours with a medium display brightness. If you reduce the brightness, finish a few more background applications, etc., perhaps just under 8 hours would be within the realm of possibility.
But practically rather calculate with 6-7 hours.
If that’s not enough for you, you can also charge the notebook on a power bank on the way. The HP Envy x360 can take up to 45W (20V 2.25A) via the USB C port, but needs at least 30W power to charge. More about this here.
The HP Envy x360 is an excellent ultrabook, especially considering the price. For less than $1500 you can get a notebook that is comparable to the dimensions of the high-end ultrabooks from Dell, ASUS and Co.
HP even managed to build in two normal sized USB ports, which just fit into the case.
The Envy x360’s general workmanship and haptic impression are top notch!
The keyboard is also very strong, even if its layout doesn’t correspond to the standard, the trackpad, the speakers and also the performance.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700U in the Envy x360 delivers a basically good to very good performance! The Ryzen 7 3700U is +- on par with the i7-8550U. Here and there it is under it (with a constantly high load), but also often ahead of the Intel competition (with short performance spikes and graphics-intensive applications).
The biggest controversy with the HP Envy x360 is the display. The HP Envy x360 or the model in my test has the HP Sure View privacy feature.
A very cool feature for all users who work in public. However, even when switched off, HP Sure View Privacy Screen has a negative effect on the image quality and maximum brightness.
For office use this is completely okay. But in direct comparison, the display of an XPS 13 looks much better, even though the panel used by HP is actually very good!
In short, the HP Envy x360 is an outstanding notebook for office or all-round use, especially due to its price and nice compact dimensions.
For photo editing and pure multimedia use I would be a bit more cautious with a recommendation due to the display, even if the Envy x360 is still a strong option due to the price, which is why the HP Envy x360 is ranking first vs the Lenovo C740
Ranking Second: Lenovo Yoga C740
- Very good battery life
- Better Price
- Quiet fan – good speakers
- No HDMI ports
Notebook? Tablet? The Yoga C740 is both and works with a brand new Intel processor. But how fast does it work, how long can it go without a power outlet? Techtestreport tested the Lenovo Yoga C740.
The trend of Convertibles is still growing. That’s not surprising, because convertibles combine two popular types of devices in one housing – notebook and tablet – including the brand-new Yoga C740. Could this convince more buyers?
Sure, tastes are different. But most users agree on one point: mobile devices today should not have a bulky briefcase format. The Yoga C740 is not ultra slim, with a height of 18 millimetres.
But this is mainly due to the elaborately constructed hinge, which a convertible like this needs to be versatile:
- With an opened display as a classic notebook.
- If users set it up like an upside down V, they can easily watch movies and photos.
- If users fold the display to the back, they can use it like a tablet PC.
With a weight of 3.0 lbs, the Yoga is significantly heavier than most tablet, but for a notebook the weight is okay.
In addition, the Yoga feels noble, the entire housing is made of aluminum. Often manufacturers save money here and only make the display lid from aluminium, the base group is packed in inexpensive plastic.
The workmanship is also without fault and blame. And unlike tablet PCs, which usually have only a small 10-inch screen, the Yoga has a 14-inch display – packed into a 32.1×21.5-centimetre housing.
A good compromise. This means that the C740 is easy to work with and yet the device can still be easily transported from home to work and back every day.
Speaking of screens: The Yoga shows documents, photos, videos and websites on its display in Full HD with 1920×1080 pixels.
The color fidelity was also on a high level in the test with just under 96 percent. However, the maximum brightness (305 candelas per square meter) could be a bit higher in order to be able to see something on the display even outdoors in a lot of sunshine.
At least it shows content with a high contrast (1.136:1). Lenovo did behave a bit sluggishly (21 milliseconds) when changing images, but ugly streaks weren’t visible in the test. Great: The touchscreen implemented inputs without delay in the test.
And users can operate the Yoga with the included stylus. In addition, texts can be typed comfortably with the illuminated keyboard and the touchpad reacted quickly and precisely in the test.
The C740 also presented itself in a snappy way when it came to speed measurement: yoga added effects and filters to holiday pictures just as quickly as it put together videos from several smartphone clips.
No wonder: Intel’s new Comet Lake processor Core i5-10210U, whose four cores work with a clock rate of 1.6 to 4.2 gigahertz, depending on requirements, is used as the drive.
The main memory is sufficiently large at 8 gigabytes; Windows 10, programs and data are stored on a PCI Express 3.0 SSD in M.2 format and effectively 477 gigabytes of memory.
Great: Lenovo has coordinated the hardware and software so that it efficiently uses the energy stored in the battery.
In the test, for example, the yoga was able to work for just under five hours without a power outlet, and when watching a film it took well over six hours – good values!
Also good: The yoga already works with WLAN-ax, but for a high transmission speed a fast WLAN-ax router is necessary at home.
The data exchange with the mobile phone, Smartwatch and fitness tracker is done via the current Bluetooth version 5.0.
Good workmanship, high speed, long battery life: the versatile Yoga C740 convinced in the test, ranking behind versus the HP Envy x360, but is still a great Ultrabook and even cheaper than the HP Envy x360, so if you are on a budget you might want to buy this piece of technology.
Is HP / Lenovo a good Laptop /Ultrabook brand?
With the multitude of notebooks and manufacturers, you can definitely lose track. The “Laptop Magazine” has now selected the best brands for 2018. Lenovo comes in first in the notebook ranking. Two tech giants, however, have to make do with lower places.
Lenovo ahead of HP and Dell – these are the three best notebook manufacturers, at least according to the renowned “Laptop Magazine”. As in the previous year, Lenovo was once again able to secure first place and achieved 86 of 100 possible points in the ranking.
As criteria for the test, evaluations, design, support and warranty, innovation and value or selection were used. The five categories were weighted differently. The brands achieved the highest scores in ratings. The innovation category was given the lowest weighting.
Lenovo takes overall victory
Test winner Lenovo scored particularly well in the ratings given to the models by “Laptop Magazine” between March 2017 and February 2018. Lenovo devices achieved a score of 38 out of a possible 40 points
Behind this, HP follows in second place with a total score of 85 points. Striking here: HP notebooks are particularly convincing in terms of design.
HP scores 14 out of 15 points in this category. In addition, HP achieves the second best score in evaluations (35 of 40 points). Dell landed in third place with a total score of 82 points. Acer and Asus follow closely behind (81 points each).
The test was more disappointing for the top dogs Apple and Microsoft. Compared to last year, Apple has to be careful and is now only in seventh position.
All in all, Apple only achieved a value of 72 of a maximum of 100 possible points in the notebook ranking. While the lack of innovation in the design of MacBook and Co. was criticized, the iPhone company scored with very good support.
Microsoft is in sixth place in midfield with a total score of 77 points. Compared to the previous year, Microsoft made up four places, while Apple slipped two places in the notebook ranking.
How to take a Screenshot on a Lenovo Laptop
There are many ways to take a screenshot on a Lenovo Laptop, we will explain you what choices there are and how you can use them.
Create screenshots on the laptop with the keyboard
If you have the Windows operating system installed on your Lenovo laptop, you can use a free way to take screenshots. To do so, press the three keys: Ctrl + Alt and Print – on your keyboard. The screenshot is automatically saved to a clipboard and can then be pasted into any application using the key combination Ctrl and V.
Tip: You can paste the screenshot into the Paint program and edit it here later or simply save it as an image.
Making a screenshot on your Lenovo laptop with standard programs
In addition to keyboard shortcuts, there are also free programs, also known as snipping tools, for taking screenshots on a Lenovo laptop.
Once the appropriate tool is installed, you click on “Start” and search for the “Snipping Tool” that can be found on Lenovo laptops with Windows Vista and Windows 7. If you use Windows 8, you should look for “snip” in the app search box right on the start screen.
As soon as the respective tool is open, the snipping tool “free snip”, “rectangular snip” or “full screen snip” or “window snip” is selected, so that exactly the image is created that is also desired as screenshot on the Lenovo laptop.
Create a screenshot on the Lenovo laptop in a professional way
If you want to approach the whole thing professionally, you should use screenshot tools. These are available for Lenovo laptops that work with Windows as well as for those based on Mac.
The tools are free and can not only create screenshots on the Lenovo laptop, but also offer users the possibility to edit the images afterwards or share them online. Apart from that, many of them also offer free cloud storage.
This means that the images can be easily uploaded on this platform and shared immediately in social networks. In terms of data security, there is no risk whatsoever in this context, as the area where the screenshot is stored on the Lenovo laptop is strictly protected and can only be accessed individually by the user.
In summary, there are several options available for taking a screenshot on a Lenovo laptop. Each user must decide for himself which of these is the right one.
Above all, it is a question of what demands he or she makes on the Lenvo laptop screenshot and what he or she wants to do with it in the future.