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HP Envy x360 13 vs. Apple MacBook Air M2

HP’s Envy x360 13 is an excellent convertible 2-in-1 for not a lot of money. It’s extremely flexible, well-built, and it provides solid productivity performance while being priced to undercut much of the competition. That includes the Apple MacBook Air M2, an excellent laptop that’s among the least expensive MacBooks.

Contents

  • Specs
  • Price and configurations
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Display and audio
  • Portability
  • Two great laptops, but one’s considerably more affordableShow 2 more items

If you’re looking at 13-inch machines, then these two laptops should be on your shortlist. They’re quite different, though, and so the choice between them isn’t an easy one to make. We’ll try to make it a little easier.

Specs

 
HP Envy x360 13
Apple MacBook Air M2
Dimensions
11.75 inches x 8.46 inches x 0.63 inches
11.97 inches by 8.46 inches by 0.44 inches
Weight
2.95 pounds
2.7 pounds
Processor
Intel Core i5-1230U
Intel Core i5-1250U
Apple M2 eight-core CPU, eight-Core GPU
Apple Me eight-core CPU, 10-Core GPU
Graphics
Intel Iris Xe
Apple M2
RAM
8GB LPDDR4x
16GB LPDDR4x
8GB
16GB
24GB
Display
13.3-inch 16:10 WUXGA (1920 x 1200) IPS
13.3-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS
13.3-inch 16:10 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED
13.6-inch 16:10 2560 x 1664 Liquid Retina IPS
Storage
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
256GB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
2TB PCIe SSD
Touch
Yes
No
Ports
2 x USB-C4 with Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x microSD card reader
2 USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
3.5mm audio jack
Wireless
Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0
Webcam
5MP with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello
1080p
Operating system
Windows 11
macOS Monterey
Battery
66 watt-hours
52.6 watt-hours
Price
$900+
$1,200+
Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars

Price and configurations

The Envy x360 13 costs $900 for an Intel Core i5-1230U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB solid-state drive (SSD), and a 13.3-inch 16:10 WUXGA IPS display. The most you’ll spend is $1,300 for a Core i7-1250U, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and a 13.3-inch 16:10 2.8K OLED panel.

The MacBook Air M2 is a pricier laptop, starting at $1,200 for an 8-core CPU/8-core GPU M2 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. At the high end, the laptop costs $2,500 for an 8-core CPU/10-core GPU M2, 24GB of RAM, and a 2TB SSD.

The MacBook costs more across the board, and note that HP often puts their laptops on sale. When we reviewed the Envy x360 13, for example, the entry-level configuration was just $700, making it a true bargain.

Design

  • 1.
    HP Envy x360 13
  • 2.
    M2 MacBook Air

It’s hard to beat Apple’s build quality, and the MacBook Air M2 is no exception. Its unibody construction is outstanding, although the lid does exhibit some uncharacteristic bending thanks to the laptop’s extreme thinness. It comes in at just 0.44 inches thick, making it one of the thinnest laptops you can buy. The Envy x360 13 also enjoys an all-aluminum construction, and it’s also a solid machine — arguably, it’s more rigid than the MacBook. Apple’s hinge is smooth and allows opening the lid with one hand, which HP’s hinge can also do, albeit without the same refinement. The Envy x360 13’s hinge must support the lid in four orientations, though, including clamshell, media, tent, and tablet, so it’s more complex and heavier.

Both are attractive machines with minimalist designs. The MacBook Air M2 takes on the same blocky design as the more expensive MacBook Pro models, and it no longer sports the model’s iconic wedge design. It comes in four colors, Midnight, Starlight, Space Gray, and silver, with matching MagSafe 3.0 charger cables. The Envy x360 13 has simple lines with a few angles that lend it some panache, and it’s available in Natural Silver and Nightfall Black color schemes. The MacBook’s display bezels are slightly smaller, giving it a more modern look than the Envy, which also has a larger bottom chin to accommodate its 2-in-1 hinge.

When it comes to inputting information, the MacBook Air M2 is the more comfortable laptop. Its Magic Keyboard remains among the best available on laptops today, with shallow but crisp switches and perfect keycap sizes and spacing. It’s a true joy to use. The Force Touch haptic touchpad is also the best around, being precise and responsive across its entire surface with virtual clicks that feel better than the real thing. The Envy x360 13’s keyboard is also excellent, if a slight step back from Apple’s, with deeper switches with a feel that’s just slightly less precise. Its mechanical touchpad is a good example of the best Windows laptops can offer, but it’s not as nice to use as the MacBook’s.

The Envy x360 13 benefits from a touch display that also supports an active pen for Windows inking. Thanks to a taller 16:10 display, the Envy makes for a fine digital drawing and notetaking platform, something the MacBook can’t match.

Another area where the Envy wins out is in connectivity, thanks to the same number of Thunderbolt 4 ports to go with better legacy support thanks to USB-A, and it has a microSD card reader. It also boasts more up-to-date and faster wireless connectivity.

Finally, both laptops have high-resolution webcams, and HP adds in an infrared camera for Windows 11 passwordless login via facial recognition. The MacBook Air M2 supports a Touch ID fingerprint reader embedded in the keyboard.

Performance

Apple’s M2 ARM-based processor builds on the excellent performance and efficiency of the M1. It features eight CPU cores and either eight or 10 GPU cores, the latter of which include optimizations for creative processes in applications like Adobe’s Creative Suite. The Envy x360 13 we reviewed was equipped with the 15-watt Intel Core i7-1250U, a 10-core/12-thread CPU that’s aimed at providing excellent productivity performance. The Envy’s integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics aren’t as strong in creative apps, leaving it behind the MacBook in creativity workflows.

Both laptops are excellent productivity machines and closely matched in CPU-intensive tasks. If you edit photos or videos, though, the MacBook Air M2 stands out.

HP Envy x360 13
(Core i7-1250U)
Apple MacBook Air M2
(Apple M2)
Geekbench 5
(single / multi)

Bal: 1,435 / 7,285
Perf: 1,460 / 7,288
Bal: 1,925 / 8,973
Perf: N/A
Handbrake
(seconds)

Bal: 136
Perf: 138
Bal: 151
Perf: N/A
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)

Bal: 1,504 / 7,436
Perf: 1,504 / 7,441
Bal: 1,600 / 7,938
Perf: N/A

Display and audio

The MacBook Air M2 has an excellent 13.6-inch Liquid Retina IPS display running at 16:10 and 2560 x 1664. It’s sharp, bright, offers great colors, and enjoys deep contrast. Any productivity user will love the display, as will all but the most demanding creators. The Envy x360 13, though, offers a 13.3-inch 16:10 2880 x 1800 OLED panel that’s sharper, offers even better colors, has incredibly deep contrast with inky blacks, and will delight all users. Its only weakness compared to the MacBook’s display is it’s lower brightness, but it’s still more than bright enough.

The Envy x360 13 has two downward-firing speakers that are fine for YouTube and system sounds, but the MacBook Air M2’s quad speakers sound a lot better and play considerably louder without distortion. The MacBook is also fanless, meaning it’s completely silent and so there’s no fan noise competing with the speakers for attention.

HP Envy x360 13
(OLED)
Apple MacBook Air M2
(IPS)
Brightness
(nits)

391
486
AdobeRGB gamut
100%
90%
 sRGB gamut
98%
100%
Accuracy
(DeltaE, lower is better)

0.72
1.08
Contrast ratio
29,420:1
1,310:1

Portability

As mentioned earlier, the MacBook Air M2 is stunningly thin at just 0.44 inches, compared to the Envy x360 13 at 0.63 inches. The laptops are almost identical in width and depth, an accomplishment for the MacBook given its larger display, and the Envy is a couple of ounces heavier. Nevertheless, both are highly portable laptops that slip easily into a backpack.

The more significant difference is in battery life. Apple’s M2 processor is incredibly efficient thanks to its ARM architecture, and that showed up in our battery benchmarks. The Envy x360 13 did well for a Windows machine with a power-hungry OLED display, but the MacBook lasted considerably longer.

HP Envy x360 13(Core i7-1250U)
Apple MacBook Air M2
(Apple M2)
Web browsing
9 hours, 30 minutes
17 hours, 59 minutes
Video
15 hours, 31 minutes
21 hours, 9 minutes

Two great laptops, but one’s considerably more affordable

The HP Envy x360 13 is a more affordable laptop, particularly as you ramp up its configuration. It’s well-built, provides excellent productivity performance and solid battery life, and enjoys the flexibility of a convertible 2-in-1. The MacBook Air M2, on the other hand, is the epitome of today’s thin and light laptop, providing an equally good build, great performance and even better battery life, and Apple’s all-around excellence.

In the end, we have to give the nod to the Envy x360 13 given its lower price. You simply get more laptop for your money.

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