Why you can trust ZDNet
Our recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We may earn a commission when you purchase a product through our links. This helps support our work but does not influence what we write about or the price you pay. Our editors thoroughly review and fact check every article. Our process

‘ZDNet Recommends’ What exactly does that mean?

ZDNet’s recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNet nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNet's editorial team writes on behalf of YOU, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form


HP Envy 34 review: A stylish, but expensive, widescreen all-in-one PC

  • Editors' rating
    8.0 Excellent


  • Impressive 34-inch widescreen display
  • Strong performance
  • Built-in wireless charging for mobiles


  • Expensive, single configuration available in the UK
  • Sub-4K resolution
  • Poor expansion and upgrade options

HP's use of the 'Envy' brand name has often seemed to smack of hubris -- especially when used with something as mundane as an inkjet printer. But we can't help admiring the sheer, all-out extravagance of this latest addition to the Envy range. As well as boasting an eye-catching 34-inch curved display, the Envy 34 is bursting at the seams with high-tech features designed to entice the well-heeled consumer or business executive who's looking for the ultimate desktop status symbol. It comes with a pretty hefty price tag, though, so we were curious to see if the Envy 34 could earn its keep and provide more than just eye-candy.

Widescreen wonder

The standout feature of the Envy 34 is, of course, that imposing 34-inch curved display, and it certainly delivers the 'wow' factor when you sit down in front of it for the first time. The 34 inches refers to the diagonal measurement, but the elongated widescreen display -- with 21:9 aspect ratio -- still measures a full 31.5 inches wide, which makes it some eight inches wider than a conventional 27-inch monitor.


HP's Envy 34 has a 34-inch curved (1.9m radius) IPS screen with a resolution of 3,440 by 1,440 pixels.

Image: HP Inc.

It really does create an impressive sense of scale, while the curvature of the screen means that it fills almost your entire field of view, adding to the sense of immersion. The most obvious use of the widescreen display is for watching video, but HP also points out that the Envy 34 can offer a compact alternative to a dual-monitor setup for an office PC, allowing you to comfortably view two or three documents or browser windows on-screen all at once.


Having two or three browser windows or documents on-screen at once should be no problem.

Image: Cliff Joseph/ZDNet

Oddly, though, the display doesn't provide the 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) currently preferred by most high-end all-in-one systems. The actual resolution is 3,440 by 1,440 (109.7 pixels per inch, or ppi), which is still more than twice the resolution of a conventional HD (1,920 x 1,080) display, and the Envy 34 provides excellent image quality for video, photography or gaming. However, it won't be ideal for Netflix addicts who want to watch 13 Reasons Why in true 4K resolution, and the 21:9 aspect ratio does still leave you with the 'letterbox' effect when viewing many video formats -- albeit with the black bars on the left and right sides of the screen, rather than the top and bottom. So while the sheer size of the Envy 34's display is undeniably impressive, many people may still prefer to opt for a more conventional 4K display.


The Envy 34 doesn't offer full 4K resolution, and its 21:9 aspect ratio will leave you with black bars on either side when viewing DVDs.

Image: Cliff Joseph/ZDNet

Sound and vision


There are touch-sensitive controls for the B&O-branded sound system built into the base.

Image: HP Inc.

The curvaceous display isn't the Envy 34's only selling point. The display sits atop a substantial stand, which itself measures 23.5 inches wide, and houses a four-speaker soundbar. There's also a wireless charging pad for Qi and PMA devices located on the left-hand side of the stand, while a set of touch-sensitive volume and playback controls sit over on the right.

We also like the 'pop-up' webcam, which recedes into the top of the screen for privacy when it's not in use. The speaker system is a little disappointing, though. The sound is quite powerful, but lacks substance -- especially on the bass -- and Dell does a much better job with the internal speakers on its rival XPS 27 all-in-one PC.


Most of the ports are at the back of the base, along with a large air vent.

Image: HP Inc.

Image: HP Inc.

Top ZDNET Reviews

The base unit also houses most of the PC's other components. There's a single USB-C port and headphone socket on the right-hand edge, with the remaining four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI input and output, and Ethernet, all tucked annoyingly out of reach right at the back. The other notable feature around the back is the large air vent that runs almost the entire width of the base unit, and which emits a low -- but still audible -- hum from the cooling fan much of the time.

Price and performance

Here in the UK, the Envy 34 is currently only available in a single configuration, priced at £1,999 (inc. VAT, or £1665.83 ex. VAT, or $1,829.99 in the US). That price includes a quad-core Intel i7-7700T running at 2.9GHz (3.8GHz with TurboBoost), and a rather underwhelming 8GB of RAM (although HP's US website does offer additional configurations with 12GB and 16GB). Storage is more abundant, thankfully, with a 256GB solid-state drive functioning as the primary Windows C: drive, and a separate 1TB hard drive for additional storage.

The SSD performs well, reporting write and read speeds of 1520.7MB/s and 3150.3MB/s with ATTO Disk Benchmark, and allowing the Envy 34 to be up and running with Windows 10 in just 10 seconds. The secondary hard drive is a more modest performer, delivering 149MB/s for both write and read, but that's perfectly adequate for simply storing files and documents.

There's enough raw horsepower to handle a variety of applications too, with the i7 processor achieving strong single- and multi-processor scores of 4480 and 13,600 respectively in the Geekbench 4 test suite. And while HP doesn't market the Envy 34 as a graphics workstation, its score of 89 frames per second (fps) in Cinebench R15's OpenGL test shows it can handle gaming at home, or video-editing for business presentations -- although, in both cases, many users might prefer a display with true 4K resolution. However, our main concern is the fact that the Envy 34 provides even fewer upgrade options than Apple's iMac. The single configuration available in the UK doesn't provide any build-to-order options, and while HP's data sheet states that the Envy 34's two memory slots can handle up to 16GB of RAM, there's no easy access to the motherboard for user upgrades, which seems remarkably short-sighted for such a high-end PC.



Stylish and powerful, but pricey.

Image: HP Inc.

It's hard not to admire the sheer extravagance of HP's Envy 34 and, on a more practical level, it's certainly powerful enough to handle a variety of creative applications, as well as entertainment and gaming. However, it still seems a little uncertain of its target audience. Gamers and business users alike will lament the lack of expansion and upgrade potential, while video buffs and Netflix addicts might simply prefer to buy a 4K display for their existing PC. If you can afford it, then the Envy 34 provides a stylish and impressive home entertainment system or executive desktop PC -- but that curved screen will have to work pretty hard to justify the price tag.

Read more reviews


Product Form Factor All-in-one
Packaged Quantity 1
Embedded Security Firmware Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Core i7 (8th Gen) 8700T / 2.4 GHz
Max Turbo Speed 4 GHz
Number of Cores 6-core
Chipset Type Intel H370
Processor Main Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2
Cache Memory
Installed Size 12 MB
Cache Per Processor 12 MB
Per Processor Size 12 MB
Installed Size 12 MB
Form Factor SO-DIMM 260-pin
Slots Qty 2
Empty Slots 0
Type none
Technology DDR4 SDRAM
Memory Speed 2666 MHz
Configuration Features 2 x 8 GB
Technology DDR4 SDRAM
Installed Size 16 GB
Rated Memory Speed 2666 MHz
Widescreen Display Yes
Monitor Features curved, tilt stand
Type LED
Diagonal Size (metric) 86.4 cm
Display Resolution Abbreviation UWQHD
Hard Drive
Interface Type PCI Express
Type SSD
SSD Form Factor M.2
Interface Class PCI Express
Installed Qty 1
Capacity 256 GB
Hard Drive Features NVM Express (NVMe)
Type keyboard, mouse
Localization & Layout US
Hard Drive (2nd)
Type HDD
Interface Class Serial ATA
Installed Qty 1
Capacity 2 TB
Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
Storage Controller
Type Serial ATA
Installed Qty 1
Hard Drive (3rd)
Type none
Wireless Protocol 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Optical Storage
Drive Type no optical drive
Type none
Installed Qty 1
Max Supported Qty 1
Type Core i7
Processor Number i7-8700T
Generation 8
Manufacturer Intel
Clock Speed 2.4 GHz
Optical Storage (2nd)
Drive Type no optical drive
Card Reader
Type 3 in 1 card reader
Storage Removable
Type none
Brand HP
Product Line HP ENVY Curved
Localization English
Country Kits United States
Packaged Quantity 1
Data Link Protocol Bluetooth 4.2, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Compliant Standards Bluetooth 4.2, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Interface (Bus) Type M.2 Card
Wireless LAN Supported Yes
Monitor Type LED
Native Resolution 3440 x 1440 (UWQHD)
Diagonal Size 34 in
Color HP finish in ash silver sparkle
Security Slot Type Kensington security slot
Type personal computer
Hard Drive Capacity 2.256 TB
Embedded Security Firmware Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip
Form Factor all-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor all-in-one
Graphics Controller
Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Video Memory 4 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
Video Interfaces HDMI
Dimensions & Weight
Width 32.1 in
Depth 7.9 in
Height 18 in
Manufacturer Warranty
Type 1 year warranty
Audio Output
Speakers Bang & Olufsen sound bar
Chipset Type Intel H370
Keyboard Name HP Premium Lifestyle
Connectivity wireless
Features volume control
Type none
Connectivity wireless
Technology optical
Physical Characteristics
Form Factor all-in-one
Weight 25.35 lbs
Type power adapter
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Type Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
OS Provided Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition English
Hard Drive (4th)
Type none
Video Output
Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Graphics Processor Series NVIDIA Geforce GTX
Video Interfaces HDMI
Video Memory
Technology GDDR5 SDRAM
Installed Size 4 GB
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
Shipping Width 38.3 in
Shipping Depth 11.4 in
Shipping Height 23.9 in
Shipping Weight 34.5 lbs
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty, technical support
Service Included phone consulting
Full Contract Period 1 year, 90 days