After fighting (and losing) running FreeBSD on Intel TigerLake, I decided to buy this, a HP Envy x360 13-ay0021nr. While the build quality isn't on par with the Spectres I came from, FreeBSD support is more-or-less worry-free on the Envy. Sure, maybe I don't have speakers and built-in Wi-Fi (but do have headphones), but that's about it.
It also runs cooler and has a longer battery life than many Intel-based laptops I used, while being faster.
This was the first time my laptop doesn't have an Intel CPU or GPU, so old muscle memory from 15 years didn't apply here (although I only used FreeBSD for 8.5 of those). However, I switched back to a Spectre, but the 14" TigerLake version which has working audio (unlike the 13) and now graphics, but still runs hotter.
- Year introduced: 2020
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
- Ethernet: None
- Graphics: AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
- Memory: 16GB DDR4 (Soldered)
- Screen: 13.3" 1920x1080 IPS Touchscreen
- Storage: Western Digital 512GB NVMe
- Wireless: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (unsupported)
2. Support overview
- Most things are supported well
The only thing that doesn't work as of now is built-in Wi-Fi and speakers (headphones are fine), but nothing when compared to the Intel TigerLake HP Spectre.
- I did not test suspend-and-resume. Assume it's broken at the time of writing, but I usually power off my computer when not in use (old habit).
- This model is discontinued (I got a refurb), but the CTO Envy x360 13 (with the same CPU) which isn't has a Realtek WLAN chip
- If you dual-boot with Windows, whenever you boot Windows, it makes itself the UEFI entry. This is because of the Insyde UEFI when HP's AMI UEFIs don't have this bug. You need to set this to boot FreeBSD after you boot Windows (Disclaimer: I work at Microsoft but not on Windows or UEFI, so I have no say in this matter)