HP Envy 16 (16-h0000) review

Even though it is not the most expensive series, the Envy is probably HP’s most exquisite subbrand. Now that 16-inch notebooks are becoming the new norm, it was only natural for them to perceive the Envy 16 (16-h0000).

While it looks pretty sleek, you can definitely tell that it has a ton of power on the inside. We’ll get to that later. What we’re going to tell you right now, is that its hardware is pretty …enviable.

This MacBook / XPS slayer can be equipped with Intel’s Core i9-12900H. And if you want the maximum graphics performance for your video edits or 3D renders, you can get the RTX 3060 with 95W of TGP. Let’s be honest, however, even though it has NVIDIA RTX Studio drivers, you would pick the RTX 3060 to play Cyberpunk 2077.

By the way, the Envy 16 is one of the first laptops that can be configured with Intel’s Arc A370M dedicated graphics card. What could possibly go wrong (we are looking at you, firmware, and drivers departments)?

Another key feature of this notebook is its display. To say that the “budget” option has a 1600p 120Hz panel with alleged full sRGB color coverage is impressive would be an understatement. Anyways, if you don’t want to be a pleb, you can pick the UHD+ OLED panel with the same 120Hz refresh rate, but an even higher color coverage – 100% of the DCI-P3, according to HP.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-envy-16-16-h0000/

Contents


Specs Sheet

HP ENVY 16 (16-h0000) - Specs

  • CSO1608
  • Color accuracy  3.6  1.1
  • HDD/SSD
  • up to 2000GB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 2x 2280 PCIe NVMe 4.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • up to 64GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro
  • Battery
  • 83Wh, 6-cell
  • Body material
  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 357.37 x 251.71 x 19.9 mm (14.07" x 9.91" x 0.78")
  • Weight
  • 2.30 kg (5.1 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Sleep and Charge
  • 2x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps), Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort, Sleep and Charge
  • HDMI
  • 2.0
  • Card reader
  • MicroSD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.2
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • HP True Vision 5MP IR with camera shutter, temporal noise reduction
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Digital Microphones
  • Speakers
  • Quad Stereo Speakers, Bang & Olufsen
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, you will find some paperwork, the laptop itself, and a power adapter with either 150W or 200W rating – depending on the graphic card choice.


Design and construction

HP has made this laptop entirely out of aluminum. It sports a curved finish on the sides, which looks good but has one inherent weakness. You can’t grip the lid with one hand, without Goku-like focus and strength. Interestingly, we’ve observed this with other HP notebooks from this year – like the ZBook Studio G9.

On the other hand, the device is pretty solid. It barely flexes when you twist it – both in terms of the lid, and the base. Also, it has a profile of 19.9mm and weighs 2.30 kilos. There is an obvious bulk on the bottom panel, though.

As we said, the lid can hardly be opened with a single hand. Well, it can, thanks to its smooth hinges, but the design of the lid edge makes it impossible to grab. Even though HP has tried to make it easier by cutting a portion of the front-most edge of the base.

Nevertheless, the laptop comes with a glass display cover, thin side bezels, and a 5MP Web camera with an IR face recognition sensor and a physical shutter, which is operated electronically – via a button on the keyboard.

Let’s take a look at the base. It has a standard layout, which lacks a NumberPad section. Thankfully, it sports a backlight with two brightness settings. Its key travel is decent, while the feedback is clicky.

As you can see, there are two speaker grills surrounding the keyboard. And below it, there is a rather large touchpad, which is pretty accurate and responsive.

On the bottom panel, you will find two more speaker cutouts, and a large ventilation grill, which is the reason for the aforementioned bulk. This is where the cooling draws the cool air it needs. The hot one, respectively, is exhausted through two vents on the back, and one on the left side of the laptop.

Ports

On the left side, there is a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 2) port with a jaw, an Audio jack, and a MicroSD card slot. Then, on the right, you get a power plug, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 2) port, an HDMI 2.0 connector, and two Thunderbolt 4 connectors.


Disassembly, upgrade options, and maintenance

Getting inside this laptop is really easy. Just undo the 5 Torx-head screws holding the bottom panel in place, and pry it with a plastic tool, starting from the back.

Here, you get an 83Wh battery pack. It lasts for 12 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or about 12 hours of video playback. To take it out, undo the 8 Phillips-head screws, and unplug the battery connector from the motherboard.

To access the memory, remove the metal shroud. This will reveal two SODIMM slots, which work with DDR5 RAM. Storage-wise, you get two M.2 PCIe x4 slots both of which support Gen 4 SSDs.

The cooling comprises a vapor chamber and an additional heat pipe, which goes to a side-mounted heat sink. In addition, there are two fans and two more heat sinks.


Display quality

HP Envy 16 (16-h0000) in the configuration we tested has a 120Hz WQXGA IPS panel – CSO1608. Its diagonal is 16-inch (40.6 cm), and the resolution is 2560 x 1600 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:10, and we are looking at a pixel density of – 189 ppi, and a pitch of 0.13 х 0.13 mm. The screen turns into Retina when viewed at distance equal to or greater than 46cm (18″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it is normal for looking at a laptop).

The viewing angles are excellent. We offer images at 45° to evaluate image quality.

Also, a video with locked focus and exposure.

We measured a maximum brightness of 461 nits in the middle of the screen and 437 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 11%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen is 6620K – colder than the optimal for the sRGB standard of 6500K.
In the illustration below you can see how the main display performs from a uniformity perspective. In other words, the leakage of light from the light source.

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. The contrast ratio is good – 1260:1.

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 on 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 16 (16-h0000)’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 92% 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 in factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Below you can compare the scores of HP Envy 16 (16-h0000) 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 = 11 ms.

After that, we test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “Gray-to-Gray” method from 50% White to 80% White and vice versa between 10% and 90% of the amplitude.


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 16 (16-h0000)’s display doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness at any point. This means it is comfortable for long gaming sessions without harming your eyes in this aspect.

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.

Gloss level measurement

Glossy-coated displays are sometimes inconvenient in high ambient light conditions. We show the level of reflection on the screen for the respective laptop when the display is turned off and the measurement angle is 60° (in this case, the result is 110 GU).


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Since our profiles are tailored for each individual display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for HP Envy 16 (16-h0000) configurations with 16″ WQXGA IPS CSO1608.

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Office Work

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.

Health-Guard

Health-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.

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Sound

HP Envy 16 (16-h0000)’s Bang & Olufsen speakers produce a sound of good quality. Its low, mid, and high tones are clear of deviations.


Drivers

All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-envy-16-inch-laptop-pc-16-h0000/2101086015

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with the 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 device features an 83Wh battery pack. It lasts for 12 hours and 23 minutes of Web browsing, or 11 hours and 40 minutes of video playback.

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.

HP ENVY 16 83Wh, 6-cell

CPU options

You can find this machine equipped with the Core i5-12500H, Core i7-12700H, or Core i9-12900H.


GPU options

Graphics-wise, there are two options – the Intel Arc A370M with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM, or the NVIDIA RTX 3060 with 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a 95W TGP.

HP ENVY 16 (16-h0000) GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the HP ENVY 16 (16-h0000) models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which HP ENVY 16 (16-h0000) model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different GPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / GPU.

Results are from the 3DMark: Time Spy (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the 3DMark: Wild Life (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)


Gaming tests

Metro Exodus Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
Average FPS 142 fps 69 fps 33 fps

Borderlands 3 Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
Average fps 120 fps 87 fps 67 fps

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
Average 104 fps 90 fps 59 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
Average 105 fps 101 fps 72 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 P-core frequency; Average E-core frequency; CPU temp.; Package Power

Intel Core i7-12700H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
HP Envy 16 (16-h0000) 3.40 GHz @ 2.63 GHz @ 74°C @ 115W 2.36 GHz @ 1.96 GHz @ 62°C @ 61W 2.29 GHz @ 1.91 GHz @ 67°C @ 55W
Dell G15 5520 3.62 GHz @ 2.78 GHz @ 90°C @ 111W 3.41 GHz @ 2.68 GHz @ 91°C @ 98W 3.18 GHz @ 2.49 GHz @ 83°C @ 87W
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7i Pro X (14″) 2.26 GHz @ 2.05 GHz @ 68°C @ 60W 0.97 GHz @ 1.29 GHz @ 60°C @ 21W 1.48 GHz @ 1.33 GHz @ 66°C @ 34W
HP Victus 16 (16-d1000) 3.72 GHz @ 2.85 GHz @ 76°C @ 115W 3.33 GHz @ 2.58 GHz @ 78°C @ 96W 2.37 GHz @ 1.89 GHz @ 65°C @ 45W
Dell Vostro 16 7620 2.83 GHz @ 2.38 GHz @ 64°C @ 71W 2.73 GHz @ 2.24 GHz @ 70°C @ 66W 2.42 GHz @ 1.80 GHz @ 72°C @ 52W
Dell XPS 15 9520 3.18 GHz @ 2.56 GHz @ 95°C @ 87W 2.52 GHz @ 2.10 GHz @ 92°C @ 57W 2.11 GHz @ 1.70 GHz @ 81°C @ 45W
Dell Precision 17 5770 3.34 GHz @ 2.69 GHz @ 78°C @ 95W 3.30 GHz @ 2.66 GHz @ 87°C @ 92W 2.54 GHz @ 2.10 GHz @ 75°C @ 55W
MSI Pulse GL76 (12Ux) 3.29 GHz @ 2.76 GHz @ 77°C @ 97W 3.27 GHz @ 2.75 GHz @ 83°C @ 95W 3.14 GHz @ 2.68 GHz @ 86°C @ 85W
MSI Crosshair 15 (B12Ux) 3.27 GHz @ 2.67 GHz @ 84°C @ 97W 3.19 GHz @ 2.65 GHz @ 91°C @ 94W 3.05 GHz @ 2.47 GHz @ 88°C @ 80W
Acer Predator Helios 300 (PH317-56) 3.39 GHz @ 2.84 GHz @ 64°C @ 103W 3.53 GHz @ 2.76 GHz @ 71°C @ 100W 2.66 GHz @ 2.86 GHz @ 87°C @ 102W
MSI Stealth GS66 (12Ux) 3.84 GHz @ 2.82 GHz @ 83°C @ 124W 3.55 GHz @ 2.67 GHz @ 85°C @ 107W 3.19 GHz @ 2.42 GHz @ 83°C @ 85W
MSI Vector GP66 (12Ux) 3.81 GHz @ 2.91 GHz @ 81°C @ 116W 3.54 GHz @ 2.72 GHz @ 83°C @ 98W 3.30 GHz @ 2.57 GHz @ 79°C @ 86W
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (PT516-52s) 3.25 GHz @ 2.52 GHz @ 89°C @ 80W 3.10 GHz @ 2.46 GHz @ 90°C @ 73W 2.93 GHz @ 2.38 GHz @ 91°C @ 66W

Like the XPS 15 9520, the Envy 16 prefers to stay quiet than to give you 100% of the processor’s potential.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min) Max Fans
HP Envy 16 (16-h0000) 1565 MHz @ 77°C @ 94W 1573 MHz @ 78°C @ 95W
HP Omen 16 (16-k0000) 1833 MHz @ 79°C @ 140W 1825 MHz @ 82°C @ 139W
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (16″, 2022) 1941 MHz @ 83°C @ 139W 1920 MHz @ 86°C @ 138W
Lenovo Legion 5 (15″, 2022) 1875 MHz @ 80°C @ 130W 1863 MHz @ 82°C @ 130W
MSI Pulse GL76 (12Ux) 1620 MHz @ 77°C @ 105W 1608 MHz @ 81°C @ 105W 1650 MHz @ 70°C @ 105W
ASUS ROG Strix G17 G713R (2022) 1827 MHz @ 83°C @ 139W 1825 MHz @ 85°C @ 139W
ASUS ROG Strix G15 G513R (2022) 1844 MHz @ 81°C @ 139W 1723 MHz @ 74°C @ 118W
ASUS TUF Gaming F17 (FX706, 2021) 1548 MHz @ 80°C @ 95W 1540 MHz @ 81°C @ 95W
HP Omen 17 (2021, 17-ck0000) 1861 MHz @ 72°C @ 129W 1857 MHz @ 73°C @ 130W
Lenovo ThinkBook 16p Gen 2 1535 MHz @ 69°C @ 75W 1517 MHz @ 76°C @ 75W
Lenovo Legion 5i (17″ Intel, 2021) 1886 MHz @ 75°C @ 127W 1879 MHz @ 76°C @ 127W
Lenovo Legion 7 (16″, 2021) 1867 MHz @ 70°C @ 126W 1858 MHz @ 74°C @ 127W
Lenovo Legion 5 (15″ AMD, 2021) 1831 MHz @ 75°C @ 129W 1815 MHz @ 80°C @ 129W
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (16″) 1803 MHz @ 76°C @ 129W 1787 MHz @ 81°C @ 129W
MSI GP66 Leopard 1863 MHz @ 72°C @ 124W 1852 MHz @ 75°C @ 125W 1849 MHz @ 69°C @ 127W
MSI GP76 Leopard 1860 MHz @ 71°C @ 129W 1857 MHz @ 73°C @ 128W 1869 MHz @ 67°C @ 128W

Unlike the 15-inch version of the device, the Envy 16 is actually able to cool down its GPU. Vapor chamber for the win!

Gaming comfort

In addition to that, the fans spin fast but far from the maximum. In addition, the hotspot of the keyboard is a bit warm, but not too hot thankfully.


Verdict

HP did really well with the 16-inch version of the Envy. However, the company really needs to stop making curved lid edges. It is almost impossible to open it with a single hand, even if engineers put the smoothest of hinges on it. It is like trying to grip a bowling ball without holes.

Before we start praising, we want to do some constructive criticism. A content creator device should not be limited by performance. If you provide a Core i7-12700H, you better let it reach its potential. Interestingly, in 3D rendering, this laptop posts scores, which are comparable to the last gen CPUs. On the bright side, its 2D performance is great, as is the graphics one.

Well, the 95W RTX 3060 is not something super special, but at least it delivers on the promises set by the TGP target. And despite the RTX 3060, you will get good battery life. Our configuration lasted for nearly 12 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or about 12 hours of video playback.

HP Envy 16 (16-h0000)’s IPS panel has a 1600p resolution, comfortable viewing angles, and a good contrast ratio. Its backlight doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment, which makes it comfortable for long periods of use. In addition, it covers 92% of the sRGB color gamut, and our Gaming and Web design profile helps it achieve very good color accuracy.

Furthermore, its 120Hz refresh rate is paired with quick pixel response times. Thanks to that, you can enjoy super smooth day-to-day usage and gaming with very little ghosting.

The good news continues to stack up as the laptop has a great I/O – two Thunderbolt 4s, two 10Gbps USB Type-As, an HDMI 2.0 connector, and a MicroSD card slot. And on the inside, there are two SODIMM slots for DDR5 memory and two M.2 PCIe x4 SSD slots for Gen 4 drives.

This is a good way to take advantage of the technologies, supported by 12th Gen Intel processors. Another reason that might push you towards becoming an HP customer is the keyboard. Yes, it lacks a NumberPad, but it is extremely comfortable for typing, while the touchpad is responsive and accurate.

Ultimately, we find this device better than the XPS 15 9520. Not only in price, but in performance too. This makes it a better deal ten out of ten times.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-envy-16-16-h0000/

Pros

  • Sleek metal design
  • 92% sRGB coverage and accurate color representation (CSO1608)
  • Quick pixel response times (CSO1608)
  • No PWM (CSO1608)
  • 2x SODIMM slots + 2x M.2 PCIe Gen 4 x4 slots
  • Great keyboard
  • 2x Thundebrolt 4 + HDMI 2.0 + MicroSD card slot
  • Vapor chamber


Cons

  • Can’t extract Alder Lake’s full potential
  • No NumberPad

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