1 May 2017
Arresting design that captivates
Sculpted aluminum stand
with sound bar
Revolutionary craftsmanship with
Colour: Ash silver sparkle
HP TrueVision HD IR Camera
with dual array digital mic
Integrated privacy camera
8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM
1 TB 7200 rpm SATA
256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700T, Intel H270 , 2.9 GHz, up to 3.8 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950M (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated), NVIDIA® BatteryBoost™ technology
34" ultra wide AIO,
1900 mm radius curve
QHD IPS anti-glare
3440 x 1440 resolution, 4K video
Technicolor Colour Certified
Ultra-thin, curved micro-edge
Ultimate cinematic experience
Tilt 5° forward to 35° back
Windows 10 Home 64
Wireless keyboard & mouse
Bang & Olufsen sound bar,
with quad speakers &
2 passive radiators
Wireless charging module
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth® 4.0 M.2 combo
230 W external AC power adapter
ENERGY STAR® certified
EPEAT® Silver registered
81.5 x 20 x 45.8 cm
2 SODIMM slots, 4 USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C™ (Thunderbolt™ 3), headphone/microphone combo, RJ-45, HDMI-out 2.0, HDMI-in 2.0, 3-in-1 memory card reader
Impressive curved display
Excellent B&O soundbar with touch control
In-built wireless charging pad
Uncomfortable mouse design
Not all streaming supports 21:9 ratio
Most ports at the back of the stand
A look at HP’s new All-in-One desktop, the Envy Curved AIO 34, the display is stunning but what else has it got to offer?
HP has taken it’s original ……. and rather clunky…… All-in-One desktop and given it the ultimate make-over. The new 34” AIO is sleek, slender and would add a little extra style to any office or home. HP designed the Envy curved AIO 34 to be arresting so it captivates anyone that enters the room and they have certainly managed to do that, after testing the AIO desktop for a few weeks I will still impressed by the design every time I came back to it. The eye-catching 34” ultra-thin, curved micro-edge display sits on top of a sculpted aluminium stand. The revolutionary craftsmanship HP has used boasts slender, clean lines which is very pleasing to the eye and the display is connected by a thin aluminium bar that gives the illusion of a floating display…. very clever and impressive design choice. The base comes in ash with subtle silver sparkle rather than a flat matt colour which I liked, it made the base look more like a design piece than your desktop hard drive. As the 34” display is larger than it’s flat screen brother HP had to make the base a little larger, however they have made good use of this space with extra features like a charging pad and touch control, but we’ll look at that later. Overall I was very impressed by HP’s new design, it’s compact for such a big display and stylish in a way that makes it feel less like a desktop and more like a focal point, you’ll want to show it to everyone who pops in for coffee.
HP has given the Envy Curved AIO a TrueVision HD IR camera with a dual array digital mic. Camera quality is is good, on par with most laptops or desktops with a HD webcam and good enough for Skype calls and online gaming. What’s great about this camera is it’s an integrated privacy camera, it sits hidden behind the display and when you want to use it just push down the camera slightly and it pops up. In an age where privacy is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, the fact that the camera is hidden when not in use means you can feel secure as the lens is facing a blank panel at the back of the screen.
The HP Envy Curved AIO 34 currently comes in three different models in Ireland – HP Store – Envy Curved AIO. This test model came with 8 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM, 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA and 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD and has more than enough memory for most users and enough to support the i7 processor. However, if you find yourself needing more memory HP has included a 3-in-1 memory card reader.
Our AIO also came with a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7700T, Intel H270 , 2.9 GHz, up to 3.8 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and 8 MB cache. It’s the top model available so it’s no surprise that the Envy Curved AIO with its 4 cores is a snappy machine even with such a slender, compact base. Yes you don’t get the same level of performance as you would get with a full desktop but it’s far from slow and for most users the difference will be negligible, I certainly feel the slight drop is worth it for the superior design. General day to day tasks run smoothly without a hitch and the AIO handles multitasking very well with no noticeable lagging at all. I also used the Envy Curved AIO for some photo and video editing and I found it a joy to use, it kept up with any editing I needed to do, however, those looking to do serious photo or film editing should look at a full desktop. There have been reports of fan noise when the AIO is sitting idle, HP provided a software update to fix this issue, while it’s not completely silent the noise is barely audible and what I would expect with any high end desktop. HP has also equipped the Envy Curved AIO with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950M with dedicated 4 GB GDDR5 and NVIDIA® BatteryBoost technology. This is a mid-range graphics chip that works very well with the i7 processor and memory available, it is by no means a gaming desktop but for most users looking to play games regularly it works well. That said to get the most out of the AIO you will have to compromise on the display settings. If you play games at full resolution you will see some lagging, however if you adjust the settings to a lower resolution you will find the Envy Curved AIO keeps up with no noticeable frame drops. With a Geekbench 3 multi-core score of 15,154 the Envy Curved AIO shows it doesn’t just look good but it has the power to back it up, meeting competition like the iMac head on which scored 15,188.
As the curved display is the first thing that hits you and is one of the main reasons to choose the Envy Curved AIO….. you want it to be impressive, and…….. it is. The 34″ ultra wide QHD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit display, with 1900 mm radius curve is stunning to look at when it’s not turned on but with 3440 x 1440 resolution anything displayed on the AIO looks great. Images are clear and sharp with plenty of detail and it is Technicolor Colour Certified which means the colours really pop. Blacks are deep and whites are crisp, however as the screen is quite bright you can make the colours even warmer by turning down the screen brightness a little. The Envy Curved AIO 34 is also compatible with 4K video and the screen can be tilted 5° forward to 35° back to improve your viewing experience. Though it may be true to say competing desktops at a similar price point but with a flat screen may have a slightly better spec, to the naked eye the difference will not be noticeable and I would definitely take a little hit on the specs to enjoy the curved display. On the down side, not all streaming services support the 21:9 ratio and you will find black bars on either side of your movie, while this may not be ideal it is an issue all wide screen displays suffer and hopefully something that will soon no longer be an issue with more and more wide screens on the market. The added benefit of the curved display means you get drawn into what you’re looking at, you get immersed in the game you are playing or work you are doing. This is helped by the micro-edge surrounding the display, it is barely noticeable when watching something and feels like a cinematic experience.
Ease of Use
The Envy Curved AIO 34 comes with Windows 10 Home 64 which comes with the usual added benefits of Windows 10 like cross platform connectivity so you can access documents on your Windows desktop laptop or phone. However, the AIO also enjoys the added feature of Windows Hello which allows you to log in with face recognition rather than typing in a password, an alternative to fingerprint access; and a very effective and easy to use feature. The Envy Curved AIO comes with a very stylish wireless keyboard and mouse. I found the keyboard very comfortable to use, though some may find the keys a little shallow however I did find the mouse uncomfortable to use for long periods of time, it’s a little on the heavy side and the sloping cover that looks great has pointed edges that you will feel on you thumb and little finger after some time.
The base holds a Bang & Olufsen sound bar, with quad speakers and two passive radiators. While the display is obviously the key design feature, I must say the sound bar quickly became a favourite of mine and could rival top position. Sound quality is surprisingly excellent, there is plenty of bass, mids are clear and full of volume and highs are crisp with no pitching. Even at full volume the speaker resonated well with no crackling at all, in fact I would be happy with this level of sound quality on a dedicated sound system, a very happy surprise for those who love to listen to music while working. Rather than take away from the displays glamour the B&O sound bar compliments it well, adding to the cinematic experience HP wants you to have.
While HP have not added touchscreen capability to the AIO I did not miss it at all, with the wide curved display mouse control feels more natural. The curved display means split-screen activity is not only easy but intuitive, the wide display can easily fit two large screens side by side and even three screens across are very legible with plenty of room to work. HP has included two nice features into the base, using the space wisely. On the left there is a wireless charging module where you can place a smartphone on top and it will charge wirelessly, a nice bonus feature for those with compatible mobiles. On the right side just above the Bang & Olufsen logo you will see an indented circle, this is your volume touch control, it’s very responsive though some streaming services do not support it. HP has also given the Envy Curved AIO 34 a HDMI in port and HDMI out port which means not only can you hook up another display to enjoy multi-screen capability but you can also use the AIO as your monitor for another gaming device, DVD player or streaming service.
The Envy Curved AIO supports wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth® 4.0 M.2 combo. HP has equipped the AIO with 2 SODIMM slots, 4 USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C™ (Thunderbolt™ 3), headphone/microphone combo, RJ-45, HDMI-out 2.0, HDMI-in 2.0 and a 3-in-1 memory card reader, though most of the ports are at the rear of the base which can be awkward at times.
Power & Battery
The Envy Curved AIO 34 is powered by a 230 W external AC power adapter, ENERGY STAR® certified and EPEAT® Silver registered. The wireless keyboard can be charged via USB cable connected to the AIO base while the wireless mouse is powered by regular AA batteries.
While the Envy Curved AIO has a large 34″ beautiful display it’s footprint is very small for a desktop. HP’s clever craftsmanship means the base and display are slim, compact and weighs a mere 11.5 kg. Thanks to HP’s All-in-One design the AIO 34 does not take up much more room on your desk than the display alone would require, with no bulky hard drive to put beside your feet either. Whether you are tight for space or just like things to be tidy the AIO is perfectly compact for a desktop.
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