For those more discerning laptop users out there who are on the market for a more exotic laptop design, HP has started sales of its Envy x360 13 Wood Edition convertibles. Featuring a wooden palm rest, the AMD’s Ryzen Mobile 3000-powered laptops are otherwise mainstream-focused laptops aiming for a good balance between size and power, but with some more eye-catching aesthetics. For now, what's arguably the most stylish AMD Ryzen-powered hybrid PCs are only available in Japan, but it is likely that they will start emerging in the US shortly.

HP’s Envy x360 13 Wood Edition machines come in a sleek metallic chassis with a Nightfall Black or Natural Walnut wooden palm rest. The convertibles are 14.5 mm ~ 16 mm thick and weigh 1.28 kilograms, which makes them the sleekest hybrid notebooks powered by AMD’s Ryzen Mobile APUs to date. The Envy x360 13 Wood Edition convertible laptops feature the company’s signature hinges (tested for 32,000 open/close cycles) as well as house a 13.3-inch Full-HD touchscreen display with thin bezels on three sides.

Depending on exact model, Envy x360 13 Wood Edition convertible laptops are based on the AMD Ryzen Mobile 3000 APUs (up to Ryzen 7 3700U) that are paired with 8 GB or 16 GB of DDR4 memory, as well as a 256 GB or 512 GB M.2 SSD with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface.

As far as I/O is concerned, the convertible Envy x360 13 Wood Edition comes equipped with Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, two USB 2.0/3.0 Type-A ports, and a 3.5-mm jack for headsets. Traditional for modern Envy laptops, the hybrid Envy x360 13 Wood Edition features a fingerprint reader compatible with Windows Hello, a webcam that can be physically disabled using a switch, four speakers co-designed with Bang & Olufsen, and a microphone array.

When it comes to battery life, HP promises that the Envy x360 13 Wood Edition is rated to work for up to 14.5 hours, though HP isn't disclosing the actual battery capacity. Though as things stand, an over 14-hours battery life would make the the hybrid notebooks some of the longest lasting AMD Ryzen-based machines around.

HP's Envy x360 13 Wood Edition with AMD Ryzen
Japanese Models
  Basic Standard Standard
Plus
Performance
Display 13.3-inch 1920×1080
CPU AMD Ryzen 3 3300U
4C/4T
6 MB
2.1 - 3.5 GHz
15 W
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
4C/8T
6 MB
2.1 - 3.7 GHz
15 W
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U 4C/8T
6 MB,
2.3 - 4.0 GHz
15 W
Graphics Radeon Vega 6
384 SPs at 1.2 GHz
Radeon Vega 8
512 SPs at 1.2 GHz
Radeon RX Vega 10
640 SPs at 1.4 GHz
RAM 8 GB DDR4 16 GB DDR4
SSD 256 GB PCIe SSD 512 GB PCIe SSD
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
USB 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
GbE -
Card Reader -
Other I/O microphone, four Bang & Olufsen speakers, audio jack
Battery up to 14.5 hours
Dimensions Width: 306 mm
Depth: 212 mm
Thickness: 14.5 mm - 16 mm
Weight 1.28 kilograms
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Price
(w/o tax)
¥92,800
~$855
¥99,800
~$920
¥104,800
~$965
¥124,800
~$1,150

Depending on exact model, HP’s Envy x360 13 Wood Edition convertible laptops are priced between ¥92,800 ($855) and ¥124,800 ($1,150) without taxes. As an added bonus, HP bundles its new hybrid notebooks with a 16 GB USB flash drive from Hacoa that is also made of wood. These drives are produced in Japan, so they may not be bundled with the said PCs in other countries.

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Sources: HP, PC Watch

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  • FreckledTrout - Saturday, December 7, 2019 - link

    For some reason when I saw the heading I thought the laptop would be blue. Reply
  • Valantar - Saturday, December 7, 2019 - link

    That's odd. Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    HP is blue and Viagra is blue so made since in my head. Reply
  • bonehead123 - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - link

    ???? Reply
  • ET - Sunday, December 8, 2019 - link

    Sounds good, on both the specs and pricing sides, but too close to next gen AMD APU release. I'll be waiting for that. (And for reviews of this, because the 14.5 hour battery life sounds too good to be true.) Reply
  • BPB - Monday, December 9, 2019 - link

    I haven't seen any timeline for the new APUs. What makes folks say "soon"? Reply
  • Valantar - Monday, December 9, 2019 - link

    Last gen launched at CES, so it's logical for the next gen to do so too. Reply
  • Targon - Monday, December 9, 2019 - link

    I expect that the 8GB model comes as a single 8GB stick of memory for single-channel RAM, which cripples the performance of the machine. Reply
  • kyuu - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - link

    I own the non-wood Envy 13 with Ryzen and 8GB of RAM. Unless they change something, this is incorrect. The memory is two 4GB sticks in dual-channel, so there is no "gimping" of the APU in this regard. Reply
  • bonehead123 - Thursday, December 12, 2019 - link

    Hummmm, back in the day, I did this same treatment to an old Dell lappy left over from office upgrades....

    I used pieces of thin laminate flooring, left over from when I had it installed in my mom's house. and used a dremel tool to cut out places for the touch pad & buttons, and beveled the edges to round over & eliminate the sharp sides....
    Reply

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