HP on Monday announced new versions of its Envy AIO systems with 27-inch displays. The latest all-in-ones are upgraded across-the-board with the newest six-core Coffee Lake CPUs as well as NVIDIA’s Pascal GPUs.

On the outside, the 2018 Envy AIO 27 retained design of the previous-generation systems along with 4K and QHD IPS display options from its predecessor, but internally it is a brand-new system and platform. The hardware is centered around Intel’s six-core Core i7-8700T CPU, accompanied by NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4 GB GDDR5 memory. This is a significant upgrade from the quad-core Kaby Lake+Maxwell GPUs used in the previous generation. The new systems will come with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory (now at DDR4-2400), an up to 256 GB PCIe/NVMe SSD (built-to-order configs may feature more capacious drives, but HP’s documents point to 256 GB SSDs), and an up to 2 TB hard drive.

The HP ENVY 27 2018 Base Models
  HP ENVY All-in-One 27-b210 HP ENVY All-in-One 27-b214
Display 27" with 2560×1440 resolution and multi-touch 27" with 3840×2160 resolution and multi-touch
CPU Intel Core i7-8700T
6C/12T
2.4 - 4 GHz
12 MB LLC
35 W
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory
Memory 16 GB DDR4-2400 (dual channel, two modules)
Storage 256 GB PCIe/NVMe SSD
1 TB HDD
256 GB PCIe/NVMe SSD
2 TB HDD
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2
Ethernet GbE
Display Outputs Thunderbolt 3
HDMI input
HDMI output
Audio Stereo speakers
Integrated microphones
USB 5 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1 × USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C (via TB3)
Other I/O TrueVision FHD IR webcam
Dimensions Width 61.5 cm | 24.2"
Height 45.7 cm | 18"
Depth 19 cm | 7.5"
PSU ~ 230 W
OS Windows 10

Moving on to I/O. On the wireless side of things, the new units have dual-band 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.2. When it comes to physical connectors, the system is outfitted with a GbE, four USB 3.0 ports, one Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI input & output, a TRRS audio connector, an SD card reader and so on. The addition of Thunderbolt 3 port is important as it enables owners to use external graphics and storage subsystems with their AIOs, essentially upgrading them and hence prolonging their lifetime.

Next up is audio. Just like the existing versions, the new models come with a dual-speaker soundbar co-developed with Bang & Olufsen that is controlled by a capacitive touch-sensitive dial located on the base of the computer. As for audio input, the all-in-one PC has a dual microphone array to ensure proper conference calls. Speaking of the base, it is noteworthy that the 2018 ENVY 27 has an upgraded wireless charging unit that can charge modern phones faster. 

HP plans to start selling the new ENVY 27 AIOs this month at prices starting at $1,400 for a QHD model with 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB HDD.

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  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, May 14, 2018 - link

    Permanently attaching a monitor to a computer seems kinda dumb

    The day after the warranty ends and the monitor fails, then what?
    Leave a broken monitor on the desktop and plug in another ?

    Is the computer user serviceable ?

    Can I pull the hard drive out ?

    Can I add 32GB Ram ?

    Add an "internal" SSD ?

    Complain endlessly ?

    Oh yeah, I got that one!
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  • sandtitz - Monday, May 14, 2018 - link

    "Permanently attaching a monitor to a computer seems kinda dumb"

    Do you also complain about laptops and tablets with - gulp - integrated displays?

    "Is the computer user serviceable ?"

    Hard to say since this is just an announcement but the earlier models have had user upgradeable CPU, memory and storage.
    Reply
  • Eletriarnation - Monday, May 14, 2018 - link

    Have you never seen an all-in-one before? They're not new and you don't need to worry that traditional desktops are going to go away. Reply
  • Samus - Monday, May 14, 2018 - link

    AIO's fill an important niche where cable management is a problem. Because they have no cables (other than a power cord) they can be setup on open tables. A lot of the time companies buy laptops is for just this reason: aesthetics.

    The HP EliteOne enterprise-grade AIO's are incredibly popular machines in hospitals and many Fortune 500 environments, and traditionally the Envy line is based on the internals of the Elite models, usually nixing TPM and IME, and possibly the MXM slot as the Geforce 1050 is likely soldered to the mainboard in this model like previous Envy AIO's.

    It's worth pointing out that Lenovo also made a decent ThinkStation M AIO for awhile. Per usual they undercut HP on price by a not so negligible margin, hence Lenovo often outselling HP world-wide. But they have not refreshed the M series in over a year and I do not think it is a successful product for Lenovo in enterprise because these days you are seeing less and less Lenovo in enterprise.
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  • voicequal - Monday, May 14, 2018 - link

    And oddly you can never find a touchscreen of that size sold as an independent monitor. Reply
  • hanselltc - Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - link

    Pretty decent. PC of comparable spec, a TP-link USB wireless adapter and an AOC 27" 2k monitor is around 1200 USD? And that is not accounting for the touch screen, the speakers and the much more premium casing. Lets see if it has a video in. Reply

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