The HP ENVY 34-a010 all in one desktop reaches to greater heights that most machines have not attempted to go with a stunning ultra-wide 34-inch screen. The real estate slightly curved on-screen makes everyday tasks such as web browsing and game playing a memorable experience with a resolution of 3440×1440 pixels. The pricey desktop packs some decent features including core i5-6400T Skylake dual-core processor and 12 GB DDR4-2133 SD RAM memory. This piece of expensive hardware can also handle a number of game titles as it comes with a NVIDIA GeForce 960A graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory. There is 1 TB 5400 RPM serial ATA hard drive included for storage of all your important files. The highlight point in this desktop remains on its wide screen that even dwarfs what with we saw in the 4k equipped Asus Zen Aio Pro. It combines amazing features and the wow factor to become our Editor’s choice for high-end all-in-one desktops.
The HP envy 34-a010 sports a matte black front panel, a bright white rear panel and a double footed base which gives the system a premium look. The desktop looks more of a HDTV with the speakers embedded on the sides of the display, thus giving it a complete look. The system measures 6.6 x 36.6 x 18.4 inches and weighs a massive 29.8 pounds, hence you got to find a spacious spot for it in your office or living room. There are integrated hinges on the chrome feet supporting the screen, hence you are at liberty to tilt the display over 25 degrees either forward or backward to fit your viewing angle. Included in the box is a wireless mouse and keyboard that are user friendly save for the keyboard that feels a bit fragile to match the price tag.
The HP Envy is powered by the 6th generation core is-6400T processor clocked at 2.8GHz. It includes a dedicated graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce 960A with 2GB GDDR5 memory that is no way closer to the actual GTX 960. It is however capable of playing some titles on low-medium settings and resolution. The system returned 94 frame rates when playing valley and 76 frame rates for the Heaven on moderate quality settings. Pushing the system higher, it yielded 19fps for the valley and 25 fps for the heaven on ultra-quality settings. As such, the system can handle a number of titles on medium-quality settings without tweaking such as Minecraft, League of Legends and Diablo III. The processor is fit enough to handle multitasking and other power hungry applications such as Photoshop for editing of photos and videos.
The HP ENVY includes 12 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM Memory that is enough to get your system running. Most users will be okay with this memory but you can as well upgrade to 16GB if you have power intensive programs to run on the desktop. There is a massive 1 TB 5400 RPM mechanical hard drive disk that provides ample storage space for all your music, videos, movies, photos and files. It could have been more impressive if the system came with a solid state drive that offers fast loading speeds and boot time. However, if you know a thing or two about computers, you can open the case and replace the HDD with a fast SSD but of course at an extra cost. It is however important to note that the HP envy is completely sealed, opening the casing requires an advanced tinkerer, so you better take it to an authorized service center for upgrades and repairs.
In terms of connectivity, the desktop includes three USB 2.0 ports and four USB 4.0 ports for faster transfer speeds. There is an HDMI output port that allows you to connect to other monitors and projectors. It does not include a DVD drive but then you will get a memory card reader slot that supports SD, SDHC and SDXC formats. If you want to use your DVDs, then you may consider buying an external drive sold separately such as the LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 DVD+/-RW External Drive for your personal use. Internet connectivity can be achieved by use of the cabled Gigabit LAN or connect wirelessly using the dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 4.0.
The screen on the HP ENVY is an impressive feature to behold measuring at 34 inches diagonally with a WQHD resolution of 3440 by 1440 pixels and 21:9 ratio. The resolution is much higher than what we are used to seeing in all-in-one desktops that come with 1080p. It is wide enough that you can be able to open up four different windows and place them side by side, and still be able to read all of them comfortably. The images on this screen are sharp and the colors spot-on thanks to the certification of the desktop for Technicolor. This large display comes in handy in watching movies by giving you the cinema experience. There is a 1080p HD camera above the display that comes with a 2 MP sensor hence ideal for taking snapshots and recording videos. The camera makes it possible to chat with friends and family via skype by offering clear images.
The system takes care of all your entertainment needs with six built-in Bang and Olufsen speakers. The speakers offer a good sound quality for listening to your music and watching movies. The system is loud enough with maximum volume to fill your home office.
The HP envy 34-a010 walks in the same path of such amazing All-in-one desktops like the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC and the Apple iMac 27-inch with 5K Retina Display. This is an Aio desktop for users who have no problem with digging dipper into their wallets for a powerful device. The new aspect ratio of 21:9 might have not been adapted by the online streaming services but it’s a matter of time before they catch up, just like they did with the 16:9 ratio video streams. The system can withstand some mid-level gaming thanks to the inclusion of an entry-level graphics card. It however handles all other tasks extremely well such as photo editing, web browsing, editing of documents and any other task thrown at it. The HP envy 34-a010 is a comfortable device for home and office use to replace your traditional monitor that is worth considering.