HP’s Envy All-in-One 27
The new HP’s Envy All-in-One 27 has noticeable features added to its previous version. The most significant upgrade is the new hardware configuration. This configuration builds the computer into the pedestal with only the monitor resting on top. In general, the PC has all its components behind the screen. But HP has put the CPU, the motherboard, the storage, and the discrete graphics card into the base. This device can work with both the Intel Core i5 or i7 processors.
This design helps the company to reduce the device size to 27-inch QHD monitor to just 15mm thick. The edge-to-edge display has also reduced to 9.5mm on the sides and top. This is the first All-in-one design to add HP’s low blue light mode.
Studies have shown that the blue light emitted from monitors and fluorescent lamps can disrupt your body’s natural ability to produce the sleep hormone melatonin. HP’s low blue-light mode protects your precious sleep and helps to prevent eye strain at night.
The monitor includes a webcam that pops up via a spring mechanism on the back when you want to video chat. But it can also be disabled along with the microphone as a privacy safeguard.
The Envy AIO 27 is equipped with the Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and can work well with both of the processors. It has an optional discrete Nvidia GTX 950M graphics card with 2GB GDDR5. It also includes hybrid storage with up to 256GB SSD and 2TB HDD. It consists of four front-firing speakers with Bang & Olufsen speakers. There are 6 ports in total for the device. They are one USB Type-C port, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI.
HP also announced the HP Envy Display, a breakout monitor with a thin aluminum stand, and a 27-inch 4K IPS panel with a thin bezel. Connectivity options include DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, a headset jack, and an SD card reader. There is a 128GB solid-state drive(SSD) boot drive which has preinstalled Softwares in it. These SSD boot drives include 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 screen of the Envy All-in-One 27 results with a very thin screen. Therefore the 1.1 inch (27mm) screen of the Envy doesn’t house any components inside it. The screen stands on the base made by a chromed metal arm. The screen resolution is 2,560 x 1,440 and measures 27 inches diagonally. This screen makes it comfortable to watch a movie or video in any angle. The screen has Technicolor certification and a 99-percent sRGB color gamut. The screen has a 10-point touch sensor and can tilt so you can use it from either a sitting or standing position.
HP incorporated a new ring-shaped touch sensitive volume controller on the surface of the base. The center of the button can be used to pause music while playing. To raise or lower the volume, draw your finger around the circumference of the circle clockwise or anti-clockwise accordingly.
The speakers of Envy All-in-One 27 are as loud and clear as an external Soundbar. The speakers have also been placed on the base. So there’s no need for thick bezels on the sides to add the speakers. The system is mostly dark charcoal gray, with a slightly darker shade for the fabric grille covering the speakers. It measures 18 x 24.2 x 7.5 inches (HWD) overall, so it will fit on a dorm-room desk.
There is a pop-up camera in the top of the screen. It helps you to secure your PC by logging in using Windows Hello. You can make Skype calls too. Since the camera hides in the screen, it’s an extra measure of securing the device.
The overall performance of the Envy All-in-One 27 is well suited for watching movies, videos and for playing games on the PC. The screen will support a lot for all these.
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