HP's New Envy Curved All-in-One PC is Pixel-Packed, Pretty and Pricey

By Gerald Lynch on at

With its super-affordable Stream laptops pretty much sewing up the student-budget-netbook end of the market, HP's premium Envy Curved All-in-One must be looking to balance the books, coming in with a whopping price tag to match its extravagant stylings.

The 34-inch HP all-in-one will touch down in the UK from November, with a starting price of £1,999.99. That's super costly – entry level 5K iMacs start at £1,599 in the UK. But when the better curved monitors alone start at above £900 before you've even begun filling their guts with chips, that price tag becomes a little more understandable, if not palatable.

The Envy Curved All-in-One runs at a UWQHD resolution (3440 x 1440), making the need for a bezel-split second monitor pretty much obsolete. Like all HP gear, it can be configured to your individual needs, with a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs, 8-to-16GB of RAM, a choice of integrated or discrete Nvidia GeForce 960A graphics, and either a 128GB SSD or a 1TB hybrid drive. All running Windows 10, the left-and-right edges of the screen look a little chunky, but that's only because they're housing Bang & Olfusen speakers. It should sound a cut above other all-in-ones then, but that comes at the expense of a sizeable bezel the whole way around the display. Still, if you've got a giant desk to fill, and can't stand the sight of wires, it's as much a "statement" piece as a desktop PC gets. [HP]