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Right off the bat, the HP ENVY 13 stands out be­cause of the great value it of­fers. For RM4,799, you get most of the es­sen­tial fea­tures of­fered by the other Ul­tra­books, like the same In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The dis­play it­self also boasts the same 3,200 x 1,800 pixel res­o­lu­tion as the oth­ers, so you're re­ally get­ting a very sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence over­all, at least in terms of per­for­mance.

How­ever, when set be­side the likes of the Dell XPS 13, the ENVY 13 clearly packs a lot less oomph visu­ally. The min­i­mal­is­tic alu­minum and mag­ne­sium body could al­most be called plain, es­pe­cially when com­pared to the XPS 13's stun­ning edge-to-edge dis­play.

Still, it does have a few things go­ing for it in terms of de­sign. For in­stance, it is the thinnest note­book of the lot at just 12.9mm thick. While it is not the light­est, its slim pro­file does mean that you'll be able to slip it more eas­ily amongst your files and pa­pers. In ad­di­tion, its build qual­ity also feels quite solid, and a closer ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed a very well-con­structed ma­chine that should serve you quite faith­fully.

It also fea­tures a unique lift hinge de­sign that ef­fec­tively el­e­vates the key­board when the lid is open. This pro­vides a more com­fort­able an­gle for typ­ing, and may even im­prove cool­ing slightly as it creates more breath­ing room for the ex­haust vents.

The chi­clet, back­lit key­board is flanked on both sides by Bang & Olufsen speak­ers, which are ac­tu­ally quite de­cent, as far as note­book speak­ers go. They were quite loud and sounded rea­son­ably clear, so you should get a pass­able ex­pe­ri­ence when watch­ing movies.

A fin­ger­print reader oc­cu­pies the right side of the palm rest. Don't ex­pect any fancy Touch ID-es­que mech­a­nisms on it though – this is still of the swipeto-reg­is­ter va­ri­ety. In all fair­ness, it does its job well and we were able to set up our fin­ger­prints in Win­dows Hello in good time.

But you're prob­a­bly won­der­ing what else it's lack­ing com­pared to its more pricey coun­ter­parts. Hon­estly, noth­ing too con­se­quen­tial. It is miss­ing a USB Type-C Thun­der­bolt 3 port that can sup­port both HDMI and Dis­playPort out­puts, but it does have a full-sized HDMI port to make up for that. It also lacks a touch­screen dis­play, but that isn't a fea­ture that you re­ally need in a non-con­vert­ible Ul­tra­book.

There is a full-sized HDMI port on the side.

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