HP today announced a brand new 27″ 4K IPS display and an All-in-One PC – both for HP’s Envy lineup. Along with these new products, HP also announced a refresh for some of their laptop offerings which you can read about over here.
While the HP Envy 27 All-in-One and the HP Envy 27 display share the number 27 and the display size of 27″ – those are the only two things they have in common. The All-in-One has a QHD display, while the monitor has a 4K UHD display; HP did not simply take their monitor and stick a bunch of components behind It to make it an All-in-One – it is a separate product and design.
The Envy 27 All-in-One
The AIO is pretty cool – it features an (almost) borderless touchscreen QHD ‘Technicolor Color Certified HD’ display on the front along with a ‘privacy camera’ at the top – more about that in a moment.
The actual computer for is in the base, rather than behind the display, which helps reduce the thickness of the display – but increases the thickness of the base. It is a trade-off; HP thinks you would prefer the bulk to be in the base.
On the top of the display, hides a camera that comes out at the push of a button – HP is calling this the ‘privacy camera.’ The idea is to hide the camera unless you are using it; this feature could prove very useful for people who are paranoid about someone watching them via a camera that’s always pointing towards them.
The camera itself is 1080p with an IR sensor with full support for Windows Hello in Windows 10 – you can log in to your PC by just showing your face.
HP provides more details about the specifications on their website with several configuration options to choose from – including the possibility for a NVidia GTX 950M discrete graphics card.
The AIO will be available on HP.com and other select retailers starting sometime in October 2016, at the price of $1300 or more depending on what options you pick.
The Envy 27
Beside the number 27 and the screen size – the display shares nothing in common with the AIO. The display is a 4K UHD IPS display with AMD FreeSync support and an incredibly thin bezel.
HP hasn’t given us a lot of technical details about this display yet; there is no product page for the display at HP’s website yet either. We don’t know what refresh-rate the display runs at, but considering its FreeSync-compatible, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
HP is claiming that the displays “sRGB color accuracy exceed 99 percent,” but according to AnandTech what they are talking about is the sRGB gamut coverage – which means HP is more likely to spend time calibrating each display that comes out of the production, resulting in better color accuracy on average.
The display supports the latest when it comes to connectivity standards – you have your DisplayPort and HDMI, but this one also comes with a 60 Watts-powered USB-C port.
The USB-C port can be used to charge your laptop or mobile, which means you can have a single cable to charge your laptop and drive the display – which is precisely what USB-C is designed for.
The Envy 27 will be available on HP.com and other select retailers starting from November 4th, 2016 for the price of $500. This price could turn out to be a great deal depending on the quality of this display, so better keep an eye on what this turns out to be.