It’s just one of several new PCs being announced this week by HP, but the Envy Curved All-in-One stands out as being the most impressive.
The very wide display – 34 inches – catches your eye right away because it’s curved. But the effect on viewing isn’t that radical because the curve is rather gentle. You still feel as if you’re looking straight at a flat screen – but one with a substantially greater surface area that allows you to have a multitude of windows open at the same time.
This is a Windows 10 machine, and it’s the next logical step beyond a standard two-monitor setup. What sets the Envy Curved All-in-One apart from HP’s other 34-inch curved display (and others on the market) is that the entire computer has been contained inside.
The $1,799 base model features the newest Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory.
Optional upgrades include up to 2TB of storage, 16GB RAM, and a discrete Nvidia GTX 960A graphics card. The screen itself has 3440 x 1440 resolution and provides 99 percent of the sRGB color spectrum. HP touts the 21:9 aspect ratio as creating an immersive viewing experience. There’s built-in HDMI-in functionality. And, you get six Bang & Olufsen speakers and an Intel RealSense camera, so you can use Windows Hello to log in by face detection.
As with a number of the other products HP is announcing at the same time, the Envy Curved All-In-One is designed to coordinate with the look of a modern home. It’s supported by curved metal legs that create a sort of V shape.
Critics who have spent time with the new computer mention its display’s tendency to appear dim in rooms that are extra bright. And – visually impressive as it is – the overall size means you’re going to need a very large desk.
The Envy Curved All-In-One will be available November 22nd.
The company also plans to roll out two less flashy models on November 1. You’ll have two non-curved display options: 24-inch (starting around $1000) and 27-inch (about twice as much).
The Envy 24 and Envy 27 will both have Skylake Core i5 and Core i7 chips and RAM and storage options similar to those of their larger sibling, but will offer AMD Radeon R7 or Radeon R9 graphics. They’ll both be Technicolor-certified and offer resolutions from 1920×1080 up to UltraHD 4K.