Today, we have an uncharacteristically premium notebook to review. It is the Envy 13 (13-ba0000), and in the configuration we got it, it has a Comet Lake-U Intel, the NVIDIA GeForce MX350, as well as a very interesting display.
Actually, we’re going to spoil it for a second, by saying that this notebook has the exact same 1080p IPS panel as the HP Spectre x360 13 (13-aw0000). Ultimately, this means that it has extremely high maximum brightness, that is needed to incorporate one particular feature – Sure View. The aim of that technology is to prevent unwanted eyes from peeking at your display and seeing your sensible data.
One would say, why would you need that on an IPS display, when you can just get a TN panel and live your life. Well, the TN panels naturally have a worse color representation, and if the Sure View tech works well, you shouldn’t observe any problems when you have it turned off.
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-envy-13-13-ba0000/
HP ENVY 13 (13-ba0000) - Specs
All HP ENVY 13 (13-ba0000) configurations
What’s in the box?
Inside the package, we found a 65W power brick, some paper manuals, and the laptop, itself.
Design and construction
As a 13-inch ultrabook, it is really important to have good portability. Surely, the Envy 13 (13-ba0000) doesn’t have a problem with that, as it weighs just 1.31 kg and has a profile of 17mm. Also, the laptop is mainly built out of aluminum and has an anodized matte finish, which makes fingerprints almost invisible.
Not only does the lid have an aluminum cover, but the display is protected by a glass sheet, making it extremely resistant to flexes and scratches. On the downside, you won’t be able to open it with a single hand. By the way, this is one of those notebooks that use its lid to lift up the backside of the base, which enables a bigger supply of cool air to the fan.
Next, let’s talk about the keyboard. As you can see, it has pretty big keycaps and is a very, very good unit for typing. Its long key travel and clicky feedback make it extremely comfortable. In addition to that, there is a dedicated “Sure View” switch, as well as a pretty large fingerprint reader, placed between the right “Control” key and the “Left” Arrow key. Despite that, there is one annoying issue with the keyboard, and it is the placement of the Power button. It is located directly above the “Backspace” key and right next to the “Delete” button, which makes random unintentional shutdowns a usual experience.
As of the touchpad, it feels rather good and has good size, although it is a lot smaller than that of the ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325 for example.
Unsurprisingly, the bottom panel is home to the ventilation grill (hot air escapes from in between the lid and the base), as well as the speaker cutouts.
On the left side, you’ll find an audio jack, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port (executed with a Jaw-type cover), and a Thunderbolt 3 connector. Then, on the right, there is the power plug, another USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1), and a MicroSD card reader.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
While HP has once again tried to fool you by hiding two of its screws, it is good to see that there are only four keeping the bottom panel in place. Two of them have Torx heads, while the other two are of a Phillips type. After you undo them, pry the panel with a plastic tool, and you’re done.
Here, we see an interesting cooling solution, comprising of one thick heat pipe cooling both the CPU and the GPU. Interestingly, the chips are flanking the fan, which means the heat sink is in the middle.
According to HP’s manual, the laptop can be purchased with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory, but you won’t be able to upgrade it. On the bright side, there is a single M.2 slot that can hold NVMe drives.
In terms of power away from the plug, there is a 51Wh battery pack.
HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000) is equipped with a Full HD IPS touchscreen panel, IVO M133NVFD R2 (IVO8584) – the same one as the HP Spectre x360 13 (13-aw0000). Its diagonal is 13.3-inch (33.78 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080p. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 166 ppi, their pitch – 0.15 х 0.15 mm. The screen can be considered Retina when viewed from at least 50 cm (from this distance, the average human eye can’t see the individual pixels). One important feature of this device is its Sure View technology. Its purpose is to block unwanted viewers from seeing the content of your screen. A key role in that place the backlight and an additional light directing layer.
We apply these photos to evaluate the viewing angles. The 45-degree photos are taken with higher exposure than the front-facing one.
The following set of images are taken with the same exposure (manual shooting mode) in a dark room.
The maximum measured brightness is excellent – 1020 nits (cd/m2) in the middle of the screen and 1040 nits (cd/m2) average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 8%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 5970K – warmer than the standard 6500K temperature for sRGB, which is not bad at all.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this particular case at 27% Brightness (White level = 139 cd/m2, Black level = 0.067 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is great – 2100:1.
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.
Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.
Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.
The yellow dotted line shows HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000)’s color gamut coverage.
Its display covers 99% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.
Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.
We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.
Below you can compare the scores of HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000) with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).
The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.
The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale, and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.
Response time (Gaming capabilities)
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.
We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 27 ms.
Health impact – PWM / Blue Light
PWM (Screen flickering)
Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.
HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000)’s backlight uses PWM for brightness adjustment. Also, the flickers have a low frequency, which makes it rather unsafe (our Health-Guard profile fixes that).
Blue light emissions
Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin, and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.
HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000)’s display has an IPS panel with a very high maximum brightness (1000 nits), great contrast ratio, and 99% sRGB color coverage. Moreover, our Gaming and Web design profile helps it reach a standard-matching color-accuracy, which makes the laptop appropriate to everyone, that value the accurate color representation of the panel. Its “Sure View” technology works as intended, but we are not really fans of the impeded viewing angles. However, people working with sensible content will surely make use of it. On the downside, it uses aggressive PWM to adjust its brightness level up until the maximum. Thankfully, our Health-Guard profile eliminates this issue.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000)’s speakers produce a relatively clear sound with almost no punch. Its low, mid, and high tones are clear of deviations.
All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-envy-13-ba0000-laptop-pc-series/32552516
Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. This notebook’s 51Wh was able to last for 14 hours and 20 minutes of Web browsing and around 10 hours and a half of video playback.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
This notebook can be found with either the 14nm Comet Lake CPUs or their 10nm Ice Lake counterparts. This includes the Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U for the former, and Core i5-1035G1, Core i5-1035G4, and Core i7-1065G7.
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)
On the graphics side, there are the Intel UHD Graphics, UHD Graphics G1, Iris Plus Graphics G4, Iris Plus Graphics G7, as well as the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce MX350, which has 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
|CS:GO||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)||HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)|
|Average FPS||74 fps||52 fps||30 fps|
|DOTA 2||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)||HD 1080p, High (Check settings)|
|Average FPS||113 fps||58 fps||24 fps|
Temperatures and comfort
Max CPU load
In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.
Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.
|Intel Core i7-10510U (15W TDP)||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000)||3.30 GHz (B+83%) @ 83°C||1.87 GHz (B+4%) @ 60°C||1.72 GHz @ 65°C|
|Fujitsu LifeBook U7410||3.05 GHz (B+69%) @ 86°C||2.65 GHz (B+47%) @ 96°C||1.94 GHz (B+8%) @ 79°C|
|ASUS ZenBook Flip 14 UX463||3.50 GHz (B+94%) @ 92°C||2.97 GHz (B+65%) @ 95°C||2.31 GHz (B+28%) @ 73°C|
|Dell Inspiron 14 5490||3.62 GHz (B+101%) @ 80°C||2.39 GHz (B+37%) @ 74°C||1.92 GHz (B+7%) @ 65°C|
|Dell Inspiron 13 7391 2-in-1||3.50 GHz (B+94%) @ 98°C||2.27 GHz (B+26%) @ 82°C||2.09 GHz (B+16%) @ 79°C|
|Dell XPS 13 7390||3.62 GHz (B+101%) @ 89°C||3.16 GHz (B+76%) @ 99°C||2.70 GHz (B+50%) @ 85°C|
|Dell Vostro 5490||3.57 GHz (B+98%) @ 90°C||2.51 GHz (B+39%) @ 87°C||2.10 GHz (B+17%) @ 66°C|
Despite throttling below its Base frequency, the laptop actually remained quite cool. We suppose it is not to eliminate fan noise, as the guy was working almost all the time, and it was pretty audible, as well. Perhaps, Envy 13 (13-ba0000)’s cooling is working in a way, where it provides enough of a thermal headroom for the GeForce MX350.
|NVIDIA GeForce MX350||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min)||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)|
|HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000)||584 MHz @ 63°C||528 MHz @ 63°C|
|Lenovo Ideapad 5 (15)||1493 MHz @ 66°C||1493 MHz @ 66°C|
Here, we see the tragic performance of the 10W MX350 found inside of this notebook. Keep in mind that here we see average frequencies, and in the case of the Envy 13 (13-ba0000), the frequency graphic looked like a cardiography of an arrhythmic person. The lowest frequency we measured was around 200 MHz, while the highest was near 900 MHz.
Comfort during full load
In addition to the fan being quite loud, we found that the right side of the notebook is a bit warm under a combined load.
At the end of the day, the Envy 13 (13-ba0000) is a very strange notebook. Despite its monster hardware (from an ultrabook perspective), we didn’t see very convincing results. In fact, the MX350, which was supposed to be a game-changer, not only utilizes only a 10W TGP but showed a very strange behavior, where it throttled its frequency all the time, reaching only 200 MHz on some occasions. Ultimately, the main selling point here is the experience, and the biggest factor in all of that is the screen.
HP Envy 13 (13-ba0000)’s display has an IPS panel (IVO M133NVFD R2 (IVO8584)) with a very high maximum brightness (1000 nits), great contrast ratio, and 99% sRGB color coverage. Moreover, our Gaming and Web design profile helps it reach a standard-matching color-accuracy, which makes the laptop appropriate to everyone, that value the accurate color representation of the panel. We also suppose that the “Sure View” technology works as intended. As we saw on other laptops equipped with this feature, there is little difference to the human eye when viewing it straight on, and from an angle. When the difference becomes more visible though, is when you look at the display through a camera, where the dynamic range significantly lower than that of the human eye. On the downside, it uses aggressive PWM to adjust its brightness level up until the maximum. Thankfully, our Health-Guard profile eliminates this issue.
Additionally, it was able to last up to 14 hours and 20 minutes of Web browsing and around 10 hours and a half of video playback. And let’s not forget the super comfortable keyboard (and its annoying Power button location). Sadly, standing beside the horrendous placement of the Power On/Off key sits the lack of memory expansion possibility. A similarly annoying thing is that the fan works almost constantly, and with a pretty high RPM, making it loud and unpleasant, especially in closed spaces.
So, is this underperforming, experience-based ultrabook right for you? Do you find any use of the Sure View system or you would rather go for something more all-rounded as the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 (14) when it finally hits the market?
- Sure View privacy system
- PCIe x4 support and a MicroSD card reader
- Has a great contrast ratio and a maximum brightness of 1000 nits (IVO M133NVFD R2)
- Great for designers with 99% of sRGB coverage and accurate color representation (thanks to our Gaming and Web design profile) (IVO M133NVFD R2)
- Very fast fingerprint reader
- RAM is soldered to the motherboard
- Uses aggressive PWM up to the maximum level of brightness (our Health-Guard profile fixes that) (IVO M133NVFD R2)
- Underperforming hardware
- Weird power button location
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-envy-13-13-ba0000/