The HP Envy Curved AIO 34 sports a 34-inch curved IPS LCD with a 3440×1440 pixel format. Unlike previous versions of the Envy AIO and Apple’s iMac AIOs the Envy 34 puts the guts of the computer into a rectangular base, like Microsoft’s Surface Studio. This change in design makes for a neater experience without having to endure a mess of cables dangling from the monitor.
The 34-inch display sports thin bezels and is only 16.9-mm thick. There’s also a pop-up webcam. I particularly like that the webcam pops up when you need it and is hidden when you don’t. The built-in IR camera and microphone turn on and off with the camera. We live in a world where our own governments will at times for good reasons and at other times for no good reason at all turn on our webcams without letting us know and take a look.
The rectangular base looks like a soundbar, because there’s an integrated Bang & Olufsen-branded soundbar with directional audio and a built-in audio dial. I’m all for mechanical switches and dials, but with direct access to audio controls on the keyboard — which looks very nice by the way — I’m not sure how much we’ll get out of the integrated volume dial. Also integrated into the base is Qi wireless charging, which can come in quite handy and can help to keep your desk nice and tidy.
- Display: Curved 34-inch 21:9 3440×1440 IPS LCD, Technicolor Color Certified
- CPU: 7th-gen Kaby Lake quad core Core i5 or i7
- GPU: NVIDIA GTX 950M 4GB VRAM or AMD RX 460 4GB VRAM (optional)
- RAM: 8GB or 16GB DDR4
- Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD with 1TB 7200RPM HDD
- Ports: 4x USB-A 3.0, USB-C (USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3), HDMI in/out
Price starts at US$1730 and will be available January 11, 2017 on HP.com. The more powerful model with a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 256GB SSD/1TB HDD will be priced at $1999 and be available in February.