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October 13, 2023

HP Envy 13-D010nr Review

When it comes to thin and light laptops, the HP Envy 13-d010nr is one of our favorites. Its svelte body crams in a fast U-series Core i7 processor, a roomy 512GB SSD that benefits from a speed boost thanks to Intel's Optane memory, and integrated Iris Plus graphics capable of rivaling entry-level discrete graphics cards. A bright (if power-hungry) 4K IPS display is also a welcome sight.

Those are impressive specs for a laptop that costs $1,050. But the Envy 13 cuts corners elsewhere, including a plastic palm rest that doesn't feel as smooth and effortless to use as a glass one. This model also lacks a DVD reader, an ethernet port, and headphone/mic jacks.

On the upside, you do get a USB 3.1 Type-A port on each side of the chassis, a HDMI port, and a SD card slot. And its Corning Gorilla Glass NBT touch screen is more resilient to scratches and minor breaks than the weaker plastic used on the previous generation of this Envy 13.

HP has improved the lid-lift mechanism compared to the 2021 model, but there are a couple of minor flies in the ointment. The new design angles the deck downward when the display is raised, which makes it easier to reach key commands in laptop-mode without tilting your wrist too far back. It also removes the concave front edge of the previous version, which made it easier to lift the laptop off a flat surface.