HP Envy x360 15 (15-es1000) review – another great display from HP

Last year, we got our hands on the AMD version of the Envy x360 15. It happened to have one of the best displays when it comes to color-related work. Undoubtedly, this has set expectations for the laptop we’re going to test today – the Envy x360 15 (15-es1000).

With that said, the obvious customers that might be interested in this machine, are content creators, artists, and designers, especially given the ability of the device to work with styluses. Quite unfortunately, ours didn’t come with one inside the box. On the other hand, the hardware here speaks for HP’s intents – up to the new Core i7-1195G7, and an optional dedicated GeForce MX450 GPU.

Before we start, we would like to talk about an issue we had with the Envy x360 13 (13-ay1000). Its fan seemed to be suffocating because of the thin rubber feet, hence short clearance from the surface you place the laptop on. Given the similarity in the design, we expect the same, so we’re going to check the temperature of this notebook both with and without a cooling pad.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-envy-x360-15-15-es0000/

Contents


Specs Sheet

HP ENVY x360 15 (15-es0000, es1000) - Specs

  • LGD069B
  • Color accuracy  3.4  1.0
  • HDD/SSD
  • up to 1000GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD
  • RAM
  • up to 32GB
  • OS
  • Windows 10 Home, Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro, Windows 10 Pro
  • Battery
  • 51Wh, 3-cell
  • Body material
  • Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 358.9 x 228 x 18.4 mm (14.13" x 8.98" x 0.72")
  • Weight
  • 1.82 kg (4 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • Sleep and Charge
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • Thunderbolt 4, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort, Sleep and Charge
  • HDMI
  • 2.0b
  • Card reader
  • SD
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.0
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • optional
  • Web camera
  • HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • optional
  • Microphone
  • Dual Array Digital Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Speakers by Bang & Olufsen
  • Optical drive

All HP ENVY x360 15 (15-es0000, es1000) configurations

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What’s in the box?

Inside the packaging, you will find the mandatory paperwork, as well as a 65W power adapter with a barrel-styled plug.


Design and construction

Once more, HP has done a good job designing their laptop. It is made out of aluminum and weighs 1.82 kg, which is more than fine for a 15-incher. Also, it is relatively thin with a profile of 18.4mm. Its body is not very resistant to flex, but things are not as bad as with the 13-inch Envy x360. On the bright side, the lid shows enviable stiffness.

The reason for that is the glass cover of the display. Ultimately, the lid opens with a single hand and reveals thin bezels all around the screen. Here, the camera in use is a 720p unit with an electronic privacy shutter, activated by a key found on the left of the Power button.

And while many manufacturers put the fingerprint reader on their laptops inside of the Power button, HP takes a different approach. In this case, it is located in place of the right “Control” key. Speaking of keys, the keyboard has good travel and clicky feedback. It is fitted with a backlight that has two brightness levels.

Weirdly, there is no NumPad to be found here, as the space is utilized by two huge speaker grills. Another feature that has a significant size is the touchpad. It offers smooth gliding, precise tracking, and quick response times.

Lastly, there is the bottom panel. There, you will see two more speaker cutouts and a ventilation grill. The hot air is being exhausted through a vent on the back of the machine.

Ports

On the left side, there is a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, an HDMI connector, a Thunderbolt 4 connector, and an audio jack. Then, on the right, you get the charging plug, another USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and an SD card reader.


Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance

To take this notebook apart, you need to undo two Torx-head screws. Then, remove the two rubber feet to find four Phillips-head screws. After that, undo them, and pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool.

Its 51Wh battery delivers about 7 hours of Web browsing and nearly 11 hours of video playback. At some time, this battery will surely perish, and you might want to replace it. To do so, undo all 5 Phillips-head screws holding it to the chassis. After that, unplug the battery connector from the motherboard, and unlatch the speaker cables.

In terms of memory upgrades, there are two RAM SODIMM slots. To access them, remove the metal cover. Storage-wise, you get one M.2 PCIe x4 slot.

As for the cooling, there is one heat pipe and a very long heat sink. In contrast to the AMD model, there is only one fan, with the empty spot for the other filled by a plastic component.


Display quality

HP Envy x360 15 (15-es1000) has an IPS panel, model number LGD069B. Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the resolution – 1920 х 1080 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:9, and we are looking at a pixel density of – 142 ppi, and a pitch of 0.18 х 0.18 mm. The screen turns into Retina when viewed at distance equal to or greater than 60cm (24″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it is normal for looking at a laptop).

It has comfortable viewing angles. We offer images at 45° to evaluate image quality.

Also, a video with locked focus and exposure.

HP Envy x360 15 (15-es1000)’s display colors can be controlled by an app called “HP Display Control”.

The measured maximum brightness of 338 nits in the middle of the screen and also 327 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 9%.
The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen is 6100K – slightly warmer and almost matching the optimal for the sRGB standard of 6500K.
In the illustration below you can see how the 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 excellent – 2350:1.

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 x360 15 (15-es1000)’s color gamut coverage.

Its display covers 94% 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 x360 15 (15-es1000) 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 = 35 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 x360 15 (15-es1000)’s screen doesn’t flicker at any brightness level. Thankfully, this enables you to work for extended periods of time, without the risk of further damaging your eyes and brain.

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.

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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 x360 15 (15-es1000)’s Bang & Olufsen speakers produce a sound of good quality. Its low, mid, and high tones are clear of deviations.


Drivers

All of the drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-envy-x360-15.6-inch-2-in-1-laptop-pc-15-es1000/2100800504

Battery

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 laptop comes with a 51Wh battery pack. It lasted us for 6 hours and 46 minutes of Web browsing, or 10 hours and 50 minutes of video playback.

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


CPU options

You can find the laptop with Core i5-1135G7, Core i5-1155G7, Core i7-1165G7, and Core i7-1195G7.

HP ENVY x360 15 (15-es0000, es1000) CPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the CPUs that can be found in the HP ENVY x360 15 (15-es0000, es1000) models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which HP ENVY x360 15 (15-es0000, es1000) model is the best bang for your buck.

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


GPU options

In terms of graphics, you can either settle for the integrated solutions or go for the GeForce MX450 from NVIDIA.

HP ENVY x360 15 (15-es0000, es1000) GPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the GPUs that can be found in the HP ENVY x360 15 (15-es0000, es1000) models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which HP ENVY x360 15 (15-es0000, es1000) 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.


Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings) HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Average FPS 114 fps 88 fps 38 fps

DOTA 2 HD 1080p, Low (Check settings) HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings) HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Average FPS 110 fps 69 fps 44 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 i7-1195G7 (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
HP Envy x360 15 (15-es1000) 3.49 GHz (B+20%) @ 95°C 2.95 GHz (B+2%) @ 95°C 2.80 GHz @ 91°C
HP Envy x360 15 (15-es1000) (with cooling pad) 3.66 GHz (B+26%) @ 95°C 3.16 GHz (B+9%) @ 95°C 2.88 GHz @ 83°C
Acer Aspire Vero (AV15-51) 3.93 GHz (B+36%) @ 77°C 3.58 GHz (B+23%) @ 77°C 3.10 GHz (B+7%) @ 68°C

Contrary to the Acer Aspire Vero (AV15-51), the HP Envy x360 15 (15-es1000) can’t maintain the base clock of this processor for long periods of time. Also, the temperatures on the inside are very high. Putting the device on a cooling pad, not only improves the thermals but gives you some performance benefit, spanning from 80 to 210 MHz.

Comfort during full load

Here, the single fan is forced to spin faster, due to the short clearance from the desk to the vent of the device. This results in a higher noise, and a mildly warm WASD area.


Verdict

Once again, the highlight of the Envy x360 15 is its display. In addition to that, you get a good port selection – both inside and out. However, we were unpleasantly surprised by things like battery life during Web browsing, and to some extent – performance.

HP Envy x360 15 (15-es1000)’s IPS panel has a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, and excellent contrast ratio. It covers 94% of the sRGB color gamut, and its backlight doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment. Thanks to our Gaming and Web design profile it accurately represents the colors found on the Web, which makes it appropriate for professional use.

Interestingly, some iterations may come with a Pen inside the box, but we didn’t have one in the retail box we got. Thankfully, there are other input devices, which in this case are one of the good ones on the market. The keyboard is clicky, and has decent key travel, while the touchpad is super responsive and pretty accurate. It’s worth mentioning that there is a fingerprint reader, which pushes the right “Control” key out of contention.

While we are here, there are two more keyboard shortcuts we want to talk about. Firstly, the laptop has a privacy shutter, which is activated by the key next to the Power button. And then, there is a dedicated HP Command Center button. This software allows you to choose from some performance presets.

And here comes the issue with the CPU power we mentioned earlier. While the firmware allows the device to be pushed to 28W of sustained TDP, the cooling solution just can’t cope. Well, unless you add a cooling pad to the mix, where the larger breathing space for the fan pays dividends. Unfortunately, this seems to be a common issue for the Envy series, as we had exactly the same problem with the 13-inch Envy x360 we tested a few days ago. This can be addressed by introducing thicker rubber feet for next year, and we really hope HP does that. Because the Envy x360 15 (15-es1000) and its users deserve it!

The next thing in mind here is the battery. We got less than 7 hours of Web browsing or nearly 11 hours of video playback. While the latter is close to the result achieved by the AMD version of this very same laptop, the Web results seem odd.

On the bright side, memory and storage upgrades down the line are possible, and the fact you get an SD card reader should be really appreciated by photographers.

Ultimately, this is not a bad device. For now, the AMD model seems a bit better in our view, and if you are going to work on intensive software, you will want to take a cooling pad with you.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-envy-x360-15-15-es0000/

Pros

  • Two RAM SODIMM slots in dual-channel
  • PCIe x4 support and an SD card reader
  • 94% of sRGB coverage and accurate color representation (thanks to our Gaming and Web design profile) (LGD069B)
  • Very fast fingerprint reader
  • Amazing input devices
  • Optional Pen inside the box
  • Doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness level (LGD069B)


Cons

  • Short rubber feet lead to a poor air intake
  • Questionable Web browsing screen on times

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