HP joins tabletop all-in-one PC fray with new Envy Rove 20

HP joins tabletop all-in-one PC fray with new Envy Rove 20

Summary: The company also announced a pair of new Pavilion TouchSmart all-in-one PCs.


The launch of Windows 8 has led to the birth of a new computer category: the tabletop PC. Whether the idea of using what's essentially a 20-inch touchscreen tablet on a flat surface will be successful is still very much to be determined, but HP is joining Sony and Lenovo in the nascent market with the new Envy Rove 20.

The Envy Rove is notable compared to the Sony Tap 20 and Lenovo Horizon for its support of Intel's Haswell processors (which could be added to those other systems, but they currently use Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs). It provides a 1,600x900 IPS display for users to tap and swipe on, along with built-in Beats Audio technology to provide superior sound. It also includes a stand so it can function as a "normal" all-in-one PC, which might come in handy sometimes because the Rove 20 weighs roughly 12 pounds.

According to Engadget, the Rove 20 will include a 1TB hard drive and 8GB of solid-state storage when it ships in July. Unfortunately, HP hasn't yet provided an official price, though it's supposedly under $1,000.

If you don't need to schlep something like the Envy Rove 20 around the house, you might prefer one of the two new Pavilion TouchSmart all-in-ones HP has also announced. There's a choice of a 20-inch model or a 23-inch flavor, the latter of which sports full 1080p HD resolution. Both offer touchscreens, though they are arguably trickier to use than if they could lay flat like the Rove 20, and will come with your choice of AMD or Intel Haswell processor.

The Pavilion 23 TouchSmart will be available on June 5 starting at $749.99, whereas the Pavilion 20 TouchSmart will start being available from June 26, but cost only $619.99 for the base configuration.

Topics: Tablets, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility, PCs

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  • HP!

    I hope this time HP will pay more attention to the quality of their hardware. Experience taught me to stay away from HP.
    • Crippled from the start

      My Kindle 8.9 Fire has 1920X1200 resolution. They are trying to sell something much much larger, 20" at a lower resolution. I am mystified why they would do this.
      • For what you can do with the Kindle Fire, 1920x1200 resolution is overkill.

        The Kindles have high resolution, basically because, Apple and others are putting it in their tablets too, but, none of those tablets actually need high resolution for what people can actually do with them. The 20" displays could use the higher resolutions, but, for most of what people use them for, it's not actually needed. Most applications and web pages don't actually render in the higher resolutions being sold to unsuspecting users.
  • Hmmm. The center of gravity on that stand is all wrong

    It's much too top heavy
    William Farrel
  • Shock and grave disappointment from an average user.

    Dear Ms.Whitman:
    As a customer for multiple years and thousands of dollars, I am shock and gravely disappointed in the direction of you products below. It seems you do not know what your customers want or believe they are purchasing.
    It is my supposition that products are improved through innovation or upgrade of design and components. This not true for those of your products I describe below, The TouchSmart 600 (AW023AV#ABA) and the Envy 23-d065.

    Yes, when buying a computer I have features I want. I want a TV tuner. I want a quality product which can permit me to watch, pause, rewind, record live television and schedule viewing.
    I became accustomed to a life-style that allowed pre-scheduled recording of live television. That is what I wanted and that is what I got with the TouchSmart 600 which I purchase Dec. 2009, returned August 2010 for malfunction and in October 2010 received what seemed to be a successfully repaired system.
    It was traumatic to ship what I saw as a new computer back and forth but the resolution was satisfactory. This month HP techs and Best Buy deemed the sudden inability to turn on a told lost. Foolishly I searched for a comparable model. I though that even though I was paying a bit more I was getting something of quality and improved. What I received was a product inferior to the first one I purchase. The primitive tv tuner can not be pre-programmed to record!
    I requires manual input no reasonable working individual has time to perform just for basic viewing.
    Frankly, I fail to understand why your engineers would commit such de-valuing of a product which could make HP a leader.
    I realize that you can not do anything to rectify the situation, but I wish to warn you and your company that these kinds of neglectful errors or lack of concern will cause you to suffer a greater lost of market share. In the future when I plan to buy a computer which meets my needs HP will not be my first choice. How can I trust you?
    I plan to communicate this observation of your marketing, engineering, lack of concern to as many of my friends who see me as an early adapter and selective buyer.
    I hope this is not a prophecy of doom for you company but if you do not stem this tide, it will be.

    P. Nakasone
    • ease of use with TV Tuner

      And this, P.Nakasone, is why I use Apple. easy media on OS X. Windows software (where I must) via VMWare Fusion which integrates perfectly with OS X. Yes, it costs more than HP, but then you didn't even get what you paid for. Sad.