In the last couple of years, computer manufacturers have started to invest more heavily into non-traditional designs such as mini PCs and All-in-Ones. HP’s latest effort in the latter category is the ENVY AIO 27. The monitor features a beautiful, nearly borderless display that is Technicolor Certified. According to HP, it offers “true-to-life color” with the industry specifications used in Hollywood.
Though the AIO’s design is quite unassuming, it is certainly a step in the right direction for those who would like to move away from Apple’s iMac line. The 27-inch QHD display looks great and the fact that HP moved most innards to the base is extremely helpful. Every port is located at the back, which means that cable management should be a breeze for most people. The base also includes four speakers which have been optimized by Bang & Olufsen for optimum sound quality.
Obviously, the display itself is the king of the show here. Combined with the optional GTX 950M, the display could easily be used for video and image editing as well as some light gaming. Furthermore, the low blue light mode will allow you to work on the display during the night without straining your eyes too much or disturbing your sleep pattern. Finally, the AIO is equipped with a Privacy Camera which supports Windows Hello and is hidden away when not in use. For those unfamiliar with Microsoft’s service, it is basically a way to log in to your Windows with a face scan instead of entering a password.
Other specifications that might be of interest to prospective buyers include storage options of up to 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD, 6th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors, 16GB of RAM (2x8GB), a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support and both HDMI-out and HDMI-in ports.
The AIO’s various configurations will be released with different price points on separate dates. The Core i7 versions are already here while the less expensive Core i5 will land on November 2 for $1249. The most expensive version with a 2TB HDD and the TX 950M will set you back a cool $1699 instead.