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Apple MacBook Air (M1) Vs. HP Envy 13 (Intel 11th-Gen)

The CRN Test Center compares Apple’s M1-powered MacBook Air with the latest version of HP’s Envy 13, offering 11th-gen Intel Core processors and a 4K display option.

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MacBook Air Vs HP Envy 13

When it comes to finding a laptop that offers top specs for a relatively affordable price, two come immediately to mind: Apple’s new MacBook Air with the M1 chip and HP’s latest Envy 13. Both laptops offer speedy performance, vivid display quality, long battery life and an overall eye-pleasing design. But there are also some big differences between the M1 MacBook Air and the Envy 13. While HP’s use of Intel Core processors in the Envy 13 provides strong performance, Apple’s new M1 processor does offer a speed advantage for the latest MacBook Air—both for CPU and GPU/graphics performance. On the other hand, the HP Envy 13 has some features you won’t find with the M1 MacBook Air, including additional display options such as a touch screen and a 4K display. (And for some buyers, getting a Windows 10 laptop over a notebook running the macOS operating system might be an advantage on its own.)

If your laptop buying decision has come down to a MacBook Air vs Envy 13 comparison, which of the two laptops is a better fit for you? What follows is our comparison of Apple’s MacBook Air (M1) vs HP’s Envy 13 on specs and price.


When it comes to the display, the MacBook Air and Envy 13 have an identical amount of screen space to offer, at 13.3 inches. Apple’s use of its vibrant Retina display technology on the new MacBook Air means that you aren’t likely to have many complaints about image quality. But as mentioned, HP’s Envy 13 has some display options that aren’t available on Apple’s MacBook Air with M1. The Envy 13 offers three different display variations that come with FHD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution. Those consist of a non-touch display; a touch screen option; and a non-touch display with an integrated Sure View privacy screen (to prevent snooping). There’s also a fourth, top-of-the-line display option, which offers stunning 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160) as well as a touch screen.

The M1 MacBook Air does not go nearly that high on resolution—it features resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. And like all other Macs to date, the notebook does not have a touch screen option.

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