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HP Envy 15 2020 : Premières impressions avec le nouveau portable multimédia de HP

Le HP Envy 15 est une alternative intrigante pour les fans d'ordinateurs portables multimédia de 15 pouces. (Source de l'image : HP)
Le HP Envy 15 est une alternative intrigante pour les fans d'ordinateurs portables multimédia de 15 pouces. (Source de l'image : HP)
Le nouveau HP Envy 15 2020 est ici avec les processeurs Comet Lake-H, les GPU NVIDIA et un panneau AMOLED en option. Étant le premier portable multimédia de 15 pouces de la série Envy équipé d'un CPU de 45 W, nous avons décidé d'en acheter un et de l'essayer.
Alex Alderson,

HP a annoncé sa nouvelle gamme d'ordinateurs portables Envy en début d'année, qui comprend les modèles Envy x360 13 et Envy x360 15 que nous avons récemment passés en revue. Alors que ces deux appareils sont équipés respectivement de processeurs AMD Ryzen 4000 et Intel Ice Lake-U, le Envy 15 est le seul de la gamme Envy actuelle de HP à utiliser des processeurs de 45 W. Certes, la série Comet Lake-H n'est pas aussi puissante que son homologue AMD, mais elle a quand même du punch. Le modèle de cette année est en fait le premier portable traditionnel à porter le nom de Envy 15 depuis quelques années. Le Envy 15 de Kaby Lake alimenté en 133 cl est le dernier modèle que nous avons examiné, un appareil que HP a lancé il y a plus de trois ans.

Beaucoup de choses ont changé avec la série Envy depuis lors, et nous avons décidé de mettre la main sur l'un d'entre eux pour voir s'il peut être à la hauteur des prétentions de HP concernant l'appareil qui est à la hauteur du MacBook Pro 16. Nous avons déjà expliqué pourquoi cela était un peu hypocrite, mais le nouveau Envy 15 est néanmoins un achat convaincant.

Nous n'avons le Envy 15 que depuis une semaine environ, mais cela suffit pour nous faire une première impression de l'appareil. Nous avons acheté le modèle d'entrée de gamme au Royaume-Uni, qui est équipé d'un processeur Intel Core i7-10750H, d'un GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q, de 16 Go de RAM et d'un SSD de 512 Go. L'appareil est également doté d'un écran tactile 400 nit 1080p. Ce modèle est le Envy 15-ep0011na, pour référence. HP vend également des SKU avec un GPU RTX 2060, un panneau AMOLED 600 nit et un processeur Core i9-10885H. Cependant, nous n'avons pas choisi l'option RTX 2060, car HP les tarifie pour des durées d'exécution nettement plus courtes que le modèle GTX 1660 Ti.

The HP Envy 15-ep0011na has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, but they do not support USB Power Delivery. (Image source: HP)
The HP Envy 15-ep0011na has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, but they do not support USB Power Delivery. (Image source: HP)
There is a fan vent on one side too. (Image source: HP)
There is a fan vent on one side too. (Image source: HP)

Case & I/O - Well appointed, but no USB Power Delivery

The Envy 15 shines in terms of design. The machine looks and feels well-built, and the display lid can be opened easily with one hand. The entire chassis is made from aluminium and it resists fingerprints better than devices like recent generations of the XPS 15 or the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. Oddly, our machine has a slight processing error on its bottom panel. It is a minor blemish, but it is one that we have not seen on any recent laptop.

The device is a touch heavy at 2.14 kg, but current conditions mean that the device is yet to leave the house. It is still light enough to use on a lap without any difficulty, though. HP appears to have included the same keyboard as it has on the new Envy x360 13 and Envy x360 15. There is no number pad on the Envy 15 as there is on the Envy x360 15 though, and HP has replaced the right ctrl button with a fingerprint scanner. The latter has worked well so far, as has the keyboard. The same is true of the trackpad, while the inclusion of microphone mute and camera shutter buttons are nice touches.

HP has included a good selection of I/O too, with two USB Type-A ports, two Type-C ports, an HDMI 2.0a, a headphone jack and a microSD card reader. Sadly, the device's two Thunderbolt 3 ports do not support USB Power Delivery. HP does include a 200 W charger in the box, but it is rather hefty. If you want to dock your Envy 15 and want to minimise the volume of devices you have plugged in, then the "HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 with Combo Cable" works. It is pricey, but it worked without any issues despite it not being an officially compatible device.

The HP Envy 15-ep0011na is well-built. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
The HP Envy 15-ep0011na is well-built. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Our machine has a processing error, though. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Our machine has a processing error, though. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Performance & Battery Life - No throttling and excellent battery life, but loud fans and coil whine

When plugged in, our unit exhibits no CPU or GPU throttling. The machine can comfortably hold the Core i7-10750H at an all-core boost of 4.5 GHz without getting hotter than 75 °C. Additionally, the CPU can consume over 62 W, according to HWiNFO64. Similarly, the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q stays at under 70 °C when gaming, even after increasing the core and memory clocks by 175 MHz and 650 MHz. The GPU fares slightly better than the one in the Surface Book 3 15, which is to say that it handles most triple-A titles at 1080p or 1440p with ease on high graphics settings.

The Envy 15 does run loud when plugged in though, even if the CPU is at below 50 °C. HP Command Center does allow you to switch between four fan curves, of which three can be set to "Auto" or a choice between three manual modes. However, the "Default" curve occasionally forces the device to run more quietly than the "Quiet" mode does. HP sets the fans to "always-on" by default, but this can be changed in the BIOS.

With that said, we have rarely heard the fans spin up when the machine is running on battery. Unfortunately, our unit suffers from noticeable coil whine. It cannot be heard over the fans, but we can hear it from a few feet away. Your mileage with this one will vary, but it appears to be coming from below the keyboard.

The Envy 15 makes great use of its 83 Wh battery too. Our machine generally gets 8-10 hours of battery life in our daily workflow of using a text editor, replying to emails, having endless Edge Chromium tabs open and streaming music to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. We generally have the display set to about 60-70% brightness and 40% volume, for reference.

The HP Envy 15-ep0011na has four fan profiles. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
The HP Envy 15-ep0011na has four fan profiles. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Three of which support Auto and Manual modes. (Image source: Notebookcheck)
Three of which support Auto and Manual modes. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

First Impressions - A cheaper alternative to the XPS 15 and ThinkPad X1 Extreme

The HP Envy 15-ep0011na retails for £1,499.99 in the UK. (Image source: HP)
The HP Envy 15-ep0011na retails for £1,499.99 in the UK. (Image source: HP)

The chin of its display is a little chunky and it is 16:9, but the panel is bright and consumes hardly any power. We have a few other gripes with the machine too, but the Envy 15-ep0011na offers a good balance between performance, battery life and portability with few compromises.

We cannot speak for the more expensive models though as these are rated for sub-7 hours of battery life by HP. However, all SKUs are competitively priced. Overall, we have been surprisingly impressed by the Envy 15 so far.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-07-13 (Update: 2020-07-13)
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