HP’s all-in-one lineup for Fall 2021 tries to cater to just about everyone


HP Envy 34 All-in-One PC


It’s been four years since HP updated their upgrade 34-inch Envy AIO, one of the few all-in-one PCs that I’ve really liked over the years. The company publishes a 32-inch model in 2020 That was solid, but because of the usual cram-it-in-the-display design, like most AIOs, it included low-power mobile components. This latest incarnation of the PC looks like a pretty nice refresh of the line with a new high-end display and a sleeker look. The company has also updated its midrange Pavilion AIO line and entry-level AIOs, introducing a new 34-inch curved 4K display for $ 529.

The Envy 34 AIO retains the no-base design of the 32-inch device and therefore uses energy-saving parts. But now it hides the speakers for a sleeker look, and the low-power parts are relatively powerful – up to one 65 watt Intel Core i9-11900 and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q. Most importantly, it swaps the curved 34-inch display with 3,440 x 1,440 pixels for a flat 5,120 x 2,160 (5K) with 500 nits 98% P3 coverage (factory calibrated). Flat is not as appealing to many people as Curved, but the PC doesn’t need a power brick – and with the higher pixel density (164ppi) it looks much sharper and the higher brightness makes it more useful.

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Likewise, the relative abundance of connections – HDMI output, 5 USB-A, two USB-C / Thunderbolt 4.0, one USB-C and one SD card slot – and the wireless Qi charging integrated into the base. The card slot and three of the USB ports are on the side of the stand, which seems like a really good alternative to the awkwardly placed ports on the back on most AIOs like the iMac (yes, even the new ones). RAM and storage are expandable, another plus.

Webcams are especially important to our home zoom culture, and the Envy includes a high-end webcam that can be magnetically attached in any of six positions around the display. It uses pixel binning and display lighting to improve low-light performance, and comes with HP software that enables it to work as a seamless scan-capture device for objects on your desktop.

It’s slated to ship in October and starts at $ 1,999.


HP Pavilion All-in-One PCs


On the cheaper end of the spectrum, HP has also updated its 24- and 27-inch Pavilion all-in-one desktops with similar hidden speakers and newer components, but lower-priced FHD displays. The 24- and 27-inch entry-level desktops from HP All-in-One have also received a refresh with additional components of the current generation, but remain largely the same.

Both are expected to ship in October. The Pavilion starts at $ 799 while the AIO Desktop starts at $ 749. I hope HP keeps older models of the latter as they are currently starting at significantly lower prices.

HP also added a 32-inch version of its monitor line to its lineup HP U28 4K monitor that supports rudimentary HDR (400 nits, but it has a P3 color space of 98%) and not surprisingly called HP U32. There are those too HP M34d, a mainstream curved 34-inch monitor with some nice features that aren’t very common among competitors, including built-in speakers and a built-in KVM switch (to share a monitor, mouse, and keyboard between two computers).

The HP U32 ships in October for $ 499; The HP M34d is available now for $ 530 (okay, but out of stock).


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