We are always eager to cover flagship laptops.you know XPS 13, MacBook Pro with Ghost x360 -The staff of more than $1,000 demonstrated the cutting-edge functions of the industry. Does everyone need to buy one of these expensive laptops? Absolutely not. Google proved Chromebook, A cheap but fast alternative that can complete most daily tasks. But what about Windows 10? For a while, finding a Windows laptop for less than $1,000 was not easy. But in recent months, with the advent of HP Envy x360 and Microsoft Surface Laptop Go, this situation has changed.
HP’s Envy x360 13 When it was launched at the beginning of the year, it became our favorite “affordable” laptop. It provides users with almost the same experience as the more expensive and more advanced Spectre x360 siblings, but the price is only $800. The design is beautiful, the screen is beautiful, the keyboard is comfortable and the AMD chip is fast.
After jumping to a few months, Microsoft got rid of the premium-only strategy insisted by rival Apple, and launched Surface Laptop Go, 12.4-inch laptop, starting at $549. We do not recommend using the basic model. On the contrary, the better option is priced at US$699 or US$899, making it a direct competitor to the Envy x360 13.
If Surface Laptop Go surpasses Envy x360 13, then it will be our recommendation to college students, kids or any laptop that wants to save some money but still has quality equipment. Can the Go laptop achieve this goal? Please read it carefully to find out.
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13: Value and Configuration
No need to spend a lot of money, these two mid-range machines show that you can get more with less. I will start with the Surface Laptop Go, because choosing the right laptop configuration is crucial.
The basic Surface Laptop Go starts at $549 and is equipped with an Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage. Except for the processor, we do not recommend that you choose these specifications. Instead, try to buy a mid-range model for $699 and upgrade it to 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD. Are there any extra expenses? Our $899 evaluation unit doubled the storage space to a 256GB SSD.
When configured with AMD Ryzen 3 4300U CPU, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD, the starting price of the Envy x360 13 is $649. Our review unit increased the price of the model with Ryzen 5 4500U CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB to $799. If you can afford the budget, you can get a Ryzen 7 4700U CPU and 16GB RAM for another $150.
winner: Envy x360 13.
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13: Specifications
|Surface Laptop Go||Envy x360 13|
|Starting price (tax included)||$549 ($899)||$649 ($799)|
|display||12.4 inches, 1536 x 1024 pixels||13.3 inches, 1080p|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1035G1||AMD Ryzen 5 4500U|
|Graphics||Ultra HD graphics||AMD Radeon graphics|
|port||USB-C, USB 3.1 Type-A, Surface Connect, headset||2 USB 3.1 Type-A, USB-C, microSD, headset|
|size||11 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches||12.1 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches|
|weight||2.5 pounds||2.9 pounds|
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13: Design
This is a contest between two (more) affordable laptops that are as expensive as the more expensive laptops.
Let’s start with the similarities. Both have thin display bezels, which are usually only available on flagship models. They also use aluminum, although the bottom panel of the Surface Laptop Go is polycarbonate resin (a fancy soft-touch plastic), and the Envy x360 has an all-aluminum chassis.
The design languages of these two laptops are very different. The design of Surface Laptop Go is minimalist. There is a chrome-plated Microsoft logo on the lid of the stylish notebook, and there is a neat, continuous space around it. Open the lid and you will find the interior is equally simple-the fingerprint sensor is seamlessly integrated into the keyboard without destroying the aluminum panel. The gray-blue buttons match the “ice blue” metal color and mirror the rubber material used on the bottom plate.
Surface Laptop Go aims to keep improving, and Envy x360 13 can bring you glitz and splendor. The beautiful Nightfall Black surface treatment is more interesting than black, and the shade is more beautiful than brown. Combining the design are some gorgeous accents, such as the sleek HP logo on the lid, the stylish speaker grille below, the words “Envy Stamped” on the hinges and some ventilation holes in the spine.
Another major difference between these laptops is that the Envy x360 13 is 2-in-1, which means it can be converted into a tablet when you rotate the screen backwards. As a traditional clamshell laptop, Surface Laptop Go is not flexible enough.
The Surface Laptop Go measures 11 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches and 2.45 pounds, which is lighter than the HP Envy x360 13 (12.1 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches, 2.9 pounds).
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13: ports
Unless you are a fan of the Surface Connect port, the Envy x360 13 connection method will be better.
On the right side of Envy x360 13 is the microSD card next to the USB 3.1 Type-A input and power connector. There is a second USB 3.1 input, a USB-C port and a headphone/microphone jack on the left.
The Surface Laptop Go matches the Envy x360 13’s USB-C input and headphone/microphone jack, but only has a USB 3.1 Type-A port. There is no microSD card slot, and the Laptop Go charges through the magnetic Surface connection port.
winner: Envy x360 13.
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13: Display
The choice between these displays depends on the aspect ratio. If you prefer the traditional widescreen 16:9, you can use Envy x36013. If you want a taller, narrower panel, then the 3:2 aspect ratio of the Surface Laptop Go will be perfect for you.
Another factor to consider is size. The Envy x360 13 has a 13.3-inch 1080p panel, while the Surface Laptop Go has a 12.4-inch, 1536 x 1024 pixel display.The latter may sound small, but the 12-inch size did not bother me during use most The aspect ratio is 3:2, which can complete tasks (web surfing, writing articles, etc.).
Both laptops have responsive touch screens, but the one on Envy is more useful because of its flexible design.
According to our colorimeter, the displays on Envy x360 13 and Surface Laptop Go have almost the same color vividness, covering 76% and 77%, respectively DCI-P3 color gamut, Respectively. Both panels are brighter than the panels of ordinary mainstream notebook computers (67%).
The most enviable part is the maximum brightness. The Envy x360 13 reaches 364 nits, which is a bit brighter than the Surface Go (peak of 319 nits). Both are above the average of their class (301 nits).
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13: keyboard and touchpad
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13 are both winners in the keyboard and touchpad category.
If you have to choose one, I hope to write my review on the Surface Laptop Go. The plush button has a stroke of 1.3 mm, which brings you a tactile click sound, which is not available in other laptop sizes. The Chiclet-style keys are so flexible that my fingers jumped from letter to letter without any effort.
For its part, the Chiclet-style keyboard of the Envy x360 13 has appropriately spaced keys that are clickable and responsive. The keys span the entire length of the deck, enough for people with larger hands. However, the buttons on the Surface Go are more flexible.
The 3.9 x 2.6-inch touchpad on the Surface Laptop Go is smaller than the 4.4 x 2.5-inch touchpad on the Envy x360 13. However, on my fingertips, the glass surface on the laptop Go feels better than the textured polyester film used. Envy x360. I hope HP will equip the next model with a glass touchpad.
winner: Surface Laptop Go.
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13: Performance
This is another battle between AMD and Intel, but this time the points are Red Team. Envy x360 13 is equipped with Ryzen 5 4500U CPU and 8GB RAM, and the Surface Laptop Go (equipped with Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU and 8GB RAM) was removed in each of our benchmark tests.
On Geekbench 5 Overall performance In the test, the Envy x360 13 scored 4,617, which made the Surface Laptop Go and its insignificant 3,117 disappear, which was below the mainstream average (3,495).
The rich became richer in our video transcoding test, where Envy x360 13 used the Handbrake app to convert 4K video to 1080p in an amazing time of 13 minutes and 44 seconds. The Surface laptop took 25 minutes and 55 seconds to complete the same task, a few minutes behind the category average (20:29).
To make matters worse, Microsoft re-used the slow hard drive in the Surface Laptop Go. The 256GB SSD in our evaluation unit took 1 minute and 39 seconds to convert a 25GB multimedia file, which is equivalent to a low-speed transfer speed of 266.3 megabytes per second. Envy x360’s 256GB SSD performed poorly, reaching 318.1 MBps, but at least broke the 300 mark. By the way, the category averages 423.7 MBps.
In terms of graphics, there is nothing to write about UHD graphics in Surface Laptop Go. In fact, this is the weakest form of graphics in modern U-series chips. How do I know? Well, the Surface Laptop Go ran (or tried) Sid Meier’s “Civilization 6: Gathering Storm” at (untryable) 9 frames per second. The Envy x360 13 runs the same game at 27 frames per second, very close to our 30 fps playability threshold.
winner: Envy x360 13.
Surface Laptop Go and Envy x360 13: battery life
Our biggest disappointment with the Surface Laptop Go is how long a charge can last. The battery life of the laptop Go is only 7 hours and 42 minutes, which is far less than the lifetime of the Envy x360 13 (the Envy x360 13 can last for 10 hours and 45 minutes).
winner: Envy x360 13.
Overall champion: HP Envy x360 13
I think this will be a game closer than the facts. As I browsed through each category, the Envy x360 13 proved why it is the best laptop you can buy for under $1,000. The success of Envy x360 13 is largely due to its Ryzen CPU, which has excellent performance while providing nearly 11 hours of battery life.
|Surface Laptop Go||Envy x360 13|
|Battery life (20)||13||18|
HP also reduced the price of the Envy x360 by $100 compared to the Surface Laptop Go with the same 256GB of storage space, although the Laptop Go has a lower starting price of $549 (we do not recommend you to use special specifications). Oh, Envy has a better choice of ports, offering a second USB Type-A input and a microSD card slot.
So, what about the Surface Laptop Go? If you can’t forgive its buzz, Go is a rugged laptop with a premium design at an affordable price. It is more portable than Envy x360, and the keyboard and touchpad experience ranks second among similar products. Having said that, we recommend that most users recommend the Envy x360 13 on the Surface Laptop Go.
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