HP ENVY 13
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.