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HP Spectre x360 13 vs. HP ENVY x360 13: Which is a better buy?

Hp Envy X360 13 Amd 2020
Hp Envy X360 13 Amd 2020 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

While both of these laptops are excellent, we feel that most people will get more out of the HP Spectre x360 13 due to its better overall specs. That being said, don't look past the incredible value that the HP ENVY x360 13 has to offer with its low price and powerful CPU, especially if you're in need of something for general business productivity.

HP Spectre x360 13 vs. x360 ENVY 13: Comparison and specs

Based on both the specs and real-world performance, it's clear that the Spectre and ENVY are being aimed towards different people. With its gorgeous 4K display, configurations for more RAM and storage, and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports (along with one USB-A port and a microSD reader), the Spectre is a more impressive device that's geared towards the creation and consumption of visual media while also designed to knock standard work tasks out of the park.

Meanwhile, the lower price, slightly better battery life, and modest, yet still capable specs of the ENVY solidify it as an excellent budget-friendly business convertible that's better for general productivity. However, there's only one RAM option (8GB) and while there are multiple storage options, it only goes up to 1TB. In contrast, the Spectre goes up to 2TB. It also doesn't have Thunderbolt 3 ports — just two USB-A, one USB-C, and a microSD port.

Notably, the ENVY's AMD processor is a little better than the Intel one found on the Spectre, although not by a wide margin. It's also worth pointing out that the Spectre has Windows Hello facial recognition thanks to its IR camera, while the ENVY is limited to a fingerprint reader.

HP Spectre x360 13HP ENVY x360 13
CPUIntel i5-1035G4
Intel i7-1065G7
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
GPUIntel Iris PlusAMD Radeon Graphics
Memory8GB
16GB
8GB
Storage256GB
512GB
1TB
2TB
128GB
256GB
512GB
1TB
Display13.3-inch FHD touch display (300 nits)
13.3-inch UHD AMOLED touch display (400 nits)
13.3-inch FHD touch display (300 nits)
13.3-inch FHD touch display (400 nits)
13.3-inch FHD touch display (1,000 nits)
SpeakersDual speakersDual speakers
Ports2x Thunderbolt 3
1x USB-A
microSD reader
1x USB-C
2x USB-A
microSD reader
BiometricsFingerprint reader, IR cameraFingerprint reader
ConnectivityWi-FI 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 5
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Battery Life8 hours9 hours
Weight2.88 lbs2.92 lbs

Aside from the differences listed above, the Spectre and ENVY are very similar, especially design wise. Both devices feature thin bezels, a lightweight design, high-quality audio thanks to dual Bang & Olufsen speakers, and excellent keyboards. In addition, both of these laptops are convertible, which means that they're both more flexible than a traditional clamshell.

HP Spectre x360 13 vs. x360 ENVY 13: Which should you buy?

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Both of these laptops are wonderful, can get a lot of tasks done, and are relatively affordable, but ultimately, we think that the HP Spectre x360 13 will be ideal for the majority of people since it's better suited for media consumption while still serving excellently as a productivity machine, including for more intensive workloads. Additionally, while it's true that it is more expensive, the price is still attractive compared to other convertibles on the market.

If you're looking for something more budget-friendly or a device that's designed specifically for basic business productivity, don't overlook the HP ENVY x360 13. It may not be as flashy as the Spectre, but its FHD display and extended battery life make it a fantastic choice if all you need is a no-nonsense convertible that you can use to get things done.

If neither of these devices is the right fit for you, make sure you check out our roundup of all the best Windows laptops in 2021 for other great options.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.