The HP Envy 13's walnut wood palm rest makes for a warm yet practical design touch, while its Ice Lake CPU can rev its engine when it needs to.
The HP Envy 13 (Wood Edition)'s walnut-paneled design stands out from the ultraportable crowd. Couple that with a 4K screen, solid components, and a reasonable price tag, and it's an attractive package.
HP's Envy 13 Wood Edition has a striking design with a real wood inlay, but poor battery life and a troublesome touchpad rot an otherwise-excellent laptop.
HP is onto something with the home-inspired design elements of its latest laptops, and the Envy 13’s handsomely crafted wood palm rest continues in that vein. We also appreciated the powerful Ice Lake CPU, which strikes a reasonable balance between raw performance and heat management, not to mention the eye-popping 4K display, all for a reasonable price. That said, the gorgeous (albeit non-touch) screen does take a toll on battery life.