HP Envy 16 review: unassuming gaming laptop is a high achiever

The HP Envy 16 uses gaming features to its best advantage to achieve much more than it set out to.

A silver HP Envy 16 laptop sitting on a table
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Our Verdict

The HP Envy 16 has all the trappings of a gaming laptop with RTX graphics, a fast CPU, and responsive features to do that – and a whole lot more. If you want a laptop that’s strong enough to take you from work to play, then look no further.

For

  • Keyboard designed for easy shortcuts
  • Impressive performance for gaming, editing, streaming, and more
  • Stays fast and responsive even when using multiple programs

Against

  • Rapidly heats up
  • Noisy fans

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The HP Envy 16 has an impressive specs list, packed full of heavy-hitting performance markers. While a lot of HP’s messaging around it gears it towards gamers, it packs enough of a punch to be well-suited to a number of disciplines. The large body means it’s not best-suited for those always on the go but the generous display and crisp visuals means it could work well for the designers, editors, and other creatives of that ilk out there.

A silver HP Envy 16 laptop sitting on a table

(Image credit: Rachael Davies / Future)
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CPU:12th Gen Intel Core i7-2700H
GPU:NVidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Display:16-inch 2560x1600 touchscreen
RAM:16GB DDR5
Storage:1TB SSD
Connectivity:2 x USB 3, 1 x SD card, 2 x USB C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 3.5mm Audio jack
Wireless:Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3
Dimensions:36 x 25 x 1.7cm
Weight:2.3kg
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Battery life (running a 1440p video on 50% brightness and volume50% at 2h36m20% at 4h39m10% at 5h32m
Geekbench 6:CPU single-core: 2,280CPU multi-core: 11,147GPU Vulkan: 16,625
Cinebench 2024:CPU single-core: 67CPU multi-core: 621GPU: 6,877
PCMark 10: Total score: 6,830Productivity: 9,309Digital Content Creation: 8,776
Row 4 - Cell 0 Essentials: 10,583Spreadsheet: 11,510Photo-editing: 11,698
Row 5 - Cell 0 App Startup: 16,744Writing: 7,530Video-editing: 6,079
TimeSpy:CPU: 9,173GPU: 7,629Row 6 - Cell 3
The Verdict
4

out of 10

HP Envy 16

The HP Envy 16 has all the trappings of a gaming laptop with RTX graphics, a fast CPU, and responsive features to do that – and a whole lot more. If you want a laptop that’s strong enough to take you from work to play, then look no further.

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