HP Envy AIO 27 Review

Beauty and function come collectively nicely with all the HP Envy AIO 27,a desktop Computer that has everything you might want to make it the center of one’s digital entertainment planet.As opposed to a lot of all-in-one systems,the Envy has all its major components packed in to the base,enabling the 27-inch QHD touch screen to remain light with a thin bezel.That’s not all,the HP Envy AIO 27 is generally the Go Go Gadget of desktop PCs.The base also functions a 19-inch lengthy Bang & Olufsen sound bar that naturally blends in with the rest of the base while offering quality sound for music,videos,and games.Meanwhile,the screen has a built-in pop-up webcam,which can be pushed down into the screen for added privacy and security.Ports,which include a SD card reader,HDMI In and Out,and USB 3.1 Type C,can be found on the right side and back of the base.When you add internal features such as a Core i7 CPU,16GB of memory,Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M graphics and both a 128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive,you have a system that goes beyond mere looks.HP has taken the all-in-one Pc concept in a different direction together with the Envy All-in-One.Instead of building the Pc with all its components behind the screen,HP has put the CPU,the motherboard,the storage,and the discrete graphics card into the base.The result is an all-in-one having a very thin screen,but one particular that’s particularly well suited to enjoying media.Because of its high-end components and capabilities,the Envy All-in-One hp envy m6 charger has plenty of power for both multimedia creation and enjoyment,though we’d primarily recommend this system for the latter.

Design

Since the screen of the EnvyBest Price at Amazon doesn’t have to house elements,it is quite thin.And because the speakers have also been moved to the base,there’s no want for thick bezels on the sides; you get what’s almost an edge-to-edge display surface.The screen is supported from the base by a chromed metal arm that gives it the appearance apple a1083 charger of floating.The system is mostly dark charcoal gray,with a slightly darker shade for the fabric grille covering the speakers.It measures 18 by 24.2 by 7.5 inches overall,so it will fit on a dorm-room desk or the dresser in front of one’s bed.That screen measures 27 inches diagonally,and has a 2,560-by-1,440 resolution.It’s higher than full HD,though some AiOs,like the Asus Zen AiO Pro,have resolutions of 4K.It’s not quite as wide as the 21:9 aspect-ratio screen on the HP Envy Curved 34-A051 Signature EditionBest Price at Amazon,our last top pick,but most online video content fits the Envy All-in-One’s screen just fine.IPS technology ensures that you can view the screen Lenovo ThinkPad T510 Charger from any angle,making it perfect for watching a movie with friends.Speaking of which,the speakers are as loud and clear as an external soundbar,so you’re in good shape to watch in a bedroom or den.A pop-up camera in the top of the screen can be used to log in with Windows Hello or make Skype calls.Since the camera hides away,it’s an extra measure of security in the parts of the home where you’d expect extra privacy.The screen has Technicolor certification and a 99-percent sRGB color gamut.While that is a tad narrower than the DCI-P3 color gamut of the Apple iMac 27-inchBest Price at Amazon,these certifications help make sure that the colors are mostly accurate in videos and TV shows.The screen also has a night mode that casts more yellow,so you can surf websites with less of the blue light that affects sleep cycles.The screen has a 10-point touch sensor,and can tilt so you can use it from either a sitting or standing position.In contrast to the iMac,though,you can’t mount the Envy All-in-One on the wall or on an articulated arm,one particular of the few drawbacks to its design.Because the base is wide,HP incorporated a ring-shaped volume control on its surface.It is touch sensitive,so you can tap the center to pause music,and draw your finger Lenovo Y700-15ISK Charger around the circumference of the circle to raise and lower the volume.It’s kind of like the old Apple iPod touch wheel,and is just as easy to learn to use.You’ll be using it to control the volume more than you will the buttons on the included wireless keyboard.Speaking of the keyboard,it feels a lot more luxurious than the simple plastic 1 on the HP Envy Curved.It’s full size,but like the Apple iMac’s keyboard,it has a short Z-height and is rechargeable.The included wireless mouse is a little oddly shaped,using a body resembling a small bar of soap,and using a palm rest hanging over the bottom to help it fit in your hand better.Connectivity options are excellent,including a headset jack,an SD card reader,and a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 on the right side of the desktop.That trumps the iMac,which lacks USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 and has its SD card slot inconveniently placed in the back.On the HP’s back panel,you’ll find the jack for the AC adapterSamsung S24C230BL Charger ,an Ethernet port,an HDMI-in port,an HDMI-out port,a button for switching the HDMI source,four USB 3.0 ports,and the power button.Wireless connections are handled by way of 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.This version of the system is configured for power users.It comes with 16GB of RAM,which is certainly enough memory for most games,viewing multiple video streams,and multitasking.There’s also a 128GB solid-state drive boot drive,which has some preinstalled software,including Instagram,3D Builder,Amazon,Candy Crush Soda Saga,Farmville 2,Houzz,Netflix,Office,OneNote,OneDrive,Simple Mahjong,Twitter,Priceline.com,and Dropbox,as well as a 5,400rpm 1TB SATA hard drive for storing files.The system comes using a one-year warranty.

Performance

The HP Envy 27’s design looks very clean and elegant.The slim display is balanced on a thin metal stand,connected to the base where all the Computer elements reside.This design by HP is different from most All-in-One devices that are usually top-heavy.The build quality is solid too.There are no loose parts or rattling when moving the device.The 27-inch display has a 9.5mm bezel on the top and sides,and 11.1mm on the bottom.While it’s not technically edge-to-edge,the small bezel helps keep a minimal footprint.The HP Envy 27 has an IPS display with QHD resolution.It’s not as sharp as higher-end UHD displays,but several people won’t notice the difference.The viewing angles are great,and I didn’t see any color shifting when tilting the display.The stand only allows you to tilt the monitor up or down,so you’ll also require to move the base if you might want to swivel the display left or right.I was also disappointed that you can’t adjust the height of the screen.Another issue I found is that Envy’s display Asus ROG GL702VS Charger is highly reflective.It’s fine when browsing the web or using apps with light backgrounds,but the reflections are noticeable when watching movies or using Adobe Creative apps which have darker backgrounds.On a positive note,the display is highly responsive to touch.I didn’t have any issues with tapping,scrolling or pinching to zoom.There’s also a webcam available for video calls and Windows Dell OptiPlex 7040 Charger Hello authentication.It pops up from the top of the monitor,so it keeps the top bezel to a minimum.You can also hide the webcam when you’re not using it by pushing it down.There are no buttons or ports on the display itself.They’re all located on the base.The right side has the 3-in-1 media card reader,headphone/microphone combo,and USB 3.1 Type-C port.The back includes four USB 3.0 ports,HDMI 2.0 out,HDMI 2.0 in,Ethernet jack,power port,and Kensington lock.The addition of HDMI input is interesting because it lets you use the Envy’s display for another device like a laptop.If your laptop has an HDMI 2.0 port,you’ll be able to take advantage of the Envy 27’s native resolution at 60Hz.

The HP Envy 27 All-in-One also includes a wireless keyboard and mouse.The keyboard has an excellent build quality and with sufficient key travel.While there’s no backlighting available,there are light indicators for the Num Lock and Caps Lock keys.I don’t have anything to complain about the keyboard other than the size of the Up and Down arrow keys.I wish HP made more space to include full sizes for these buttons.There’s a micro-USB Acer Predator 17 Battery port to charge the keyboard when it runs out of battery.I’m not a fan of the included wireless mouse.The plastic material feels cheap,and I found it uncomfortable to hold.If you don’t like it either,there are plenty of other options like the Logitech MX Performance.The HP Envy 27 has four front-facing speakers located on the base.They are angled up at 45-degrees,so they’re firing off sound in the general direction Lenovo 01AV406 Battery of the ears instead of across the desk at your keyboard.And they sound amazing! They’re loud,clear,and very capable of bass-heavy music.While you can use the keyboard to adjust the volume,HP also includes a touch-enabled dial on top of the base.Swipe clockwise to increase the volume or swipe the other way to lower the volume.You can also pause by tapping the dial or skip songs by swiping right.Even though I’m happy using the default sound settings,you can customize the audio using the built-in HP Audio Switch app.There are presets for Music,Movie,and Voice.The HP Envy 27 performs well with everyday tasks.Switching between multiple apps isn’t a problem,and they open quickly thanks to the Intel Core i7 processor HP 15-au100 Battery and 16 GB of RAM.Using Adobe Creative apps like Photoshop,Lightroom,and Premiere Pro is surprisingly smooth too.The only problem I found is a strange a single.The display intermittently turns black whenever I watch a Netflix video in full screen,despite having the latest graphic drivers.It’s annoying,and the only workaround is to maximize the app window instead of watching the video in full screen.You can certainly do some gaming on the HP Envy 27 together with the NVIDIA GTX 950 graphics card,but keep your expectations low.If you want to play decent frame rates,most of the recent games like Gears of War 4 and Battlefield 1 have to have to be set in low settings.Gears of War 4 plays at 45 frames per second on 1080p at low settings and Battlefield 1 plays at 60 frames per second on 1080p at low settings.If you’re looking for numbers,the HP Envy 27 got a multi-core score of 13,225 on Geekbench 4 MSI BTY-L76 Battery and 3,417 on the 3DMark Fire Strike Benchmark.Since HP’s not marketing this as a gaming Pc,these results shouldn’t be surprising.

HP on Monday announced new versions of its Envy AIO systems with 27-inch displays.The latest all-in-ones are upgraded across-the-board Samsung NP470R5E Battery together with the newest six-core Coffee Lake CPUs as well as NVIDIA’s Pascal GPUs.On the outside,the 2018 Envy AIO 27 retained design of the previous-generation systems along with 4K and QHD IPS display options from its predecessor,but internally it is a brand-new system and platform.The hardware is centered around Intel’s six-core Core i7-8700T CPU, accompanied by NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4 GB GDDR5 memory.This is a significant upgrade from the quad-core Kaby Lake+Maxwell GPUs used in the previous generation. The new systems HP 15-f059WM Battery will come with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory,and an up to 2 TB hard drive.Moving on to I/O.On the wireless side of things,the new units have dual-band 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.2.When it comes to physical connectors,the system is outfitted having a GbE,four USB 3.0 ports,one particular Thunderbolt 3 port,HDMI input & output,a TRRS audio connector,an SD card reader and so on.The addition of Thunderbolt 3 port is important as it enables owners to use external graphics and storage subsystems with their AIOs,essentially upgrading them and hence prolonging their lifetime.Next up is audio.Just like the existing versions,the new models come using a dual-speaker soundbar co-developed with Bang & Olufsen that is controlled by a capacitive touch-sensitive dial located on the base of the computer.As for audio input,the all-in-one Computer has a dual microphone array to ensure proper conference Asus G751JY Battery calls.Speaking of the base,it is noteworthy that the 2018 ENVY 27 has an upgraded wireless charging unit that can charge modern phones faster. HP plans to start selling the new ENVY 27 AIOs this month at prices starting at $1,400 for a QHD model with 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB HDD.

Verdict

The HP Envy AIO 27 is an ideal desktop computer for home entertainment.It has a beautiful look,which is complemented by an impressive set of hardware capabilities Acer Aspire V3-575 Battery and mid-range sound bar packed into solid base.Booting from SSD and loading games from its spinning drive was a breeze,and it’s easy to sit in front of bright 27-inch screen and binge shows from Netflix. The system’s flaws start to show once the movie credits roll.The Envy might have fancy looks,but they come at the cost of usability.The densely-packed keyboard,which is almost dwarfed by the included mouse,makes everyday tasks like web browsing and email a real pain.This could be solved by buying some new peripherals and maybe some extension cords,but that somehow seems wrong after dropping over a grand on a desktop. Additionally,appreciation for the screen’s picture quality is diminished by its distracting glare.This is an issue that is compounded by how the keyboard doesn’t have backlighting,making it difficult to use in darkened rooms and the fact that you have to reach around the computer to reach the USB 3.0 ports.Given its hardware specs,performance,and competitive price,the HP Envy AIO 27 makes a lot of sense for anyone considering an all-in-one desktop system.This could be the ideal computer for cord cutters who want all the things in one convenient package.The HP Envy is well worth a second or third look.

 

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