HP unveiled a slew of new mainstream systems yesterday, including a pair of all-in-one desktop systems, the EliteOne 1000 for businesses and the Envy Curved AIO for consumers. We touched on these (and several other newly announced PCs) already, but have since received additional details on the Envy Curved AIO and felt like we should revisit it. With a large curved panel and powerful components, it’s arguably the most interesting product in HP’s refreshed lineup.
The Envy Curved AIO will be offered in two different sizes, one with a 27-inch panel and the other with a 34-inch display, both obviously curved. One of the unique selling features is both also come with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant baked in, so you can bark out commands at your AIO just like you would an Amazon Echo smart speaker or any other Alexa-enabled product. That marks a first in the AIO category.
HP still isn’t spilling the beans about 34-inch model, though it did share with us several specs for the 27-inch variant. At the heart of the 27-inch model is an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8700T processor. This is a burly chip for multi-threaded workloads, as it has 6 physical cores and 12 threads to throw at tasks, with a 2.4GHz base clock and 4GHz boost clock, and 12MB of L3 cache. Sure, the base clock isn’t going to give anyone whiplash, but it’s the boost that matters more for heavy workloads, and 4GHz is plenty fast.
For graphics, the 27-inch model wields an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. Combined with the 6-core/12-thread processor, the Envy Curved AIO should certainly be capable of mainstream gaming, though you may have to adjust the 2560×1440 resolution down to 1920×1080 on more demanding games. Obviously the same is true of the optional 4K display upgrade.
Both of the 27-inch models also sport 16GB of DRR4-2400 memory and a 256GB M.2 NVMe solid state drive. Users who opt for the 4K model (B210) also get a 1TB 5400 RPM mechanical hard drive, while the 1440p model (B214) bumps up the secondary storage to 2TB. That seems backwards to us, as those who are interesting in a higher resolution display would probably want more storage to go along with it, rather than the other way around.
Wireless connectivity is baked in as well, with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 onboard. As for physical connections, there are five USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, a Thunderbolt 3 port, an Ethernet port, an SD card reader, and two HDMI ports (input and output).
The 27-inch HP Envy AIO will be available in May starting at $1,400, while the 34-inch model will debut sometime later this year.