HP is introducing a number of new PCs today, but easily the most impressive — on a physical level, at least — is the Envy Curved All-in-One PC: a Windows 10 machine built into a curved and extremely wide 34-inch display. Just imagine how many windows you could have up at once. It's, like, a lot.
I'm still thinking about all of the windows I could pull up at once
The effect of the curved screen is actually pretty nice here. The display has a gentle curve to it that makes it always feel like you're looking straight on, even as you turn your head to see all the way to either side of the display. This is not something a normal human needs, but it's hard to look at this thing and not imagine how great it would be for work, especially as a replacement to a standard two-monitor setup.
As much as the sheer size of this all-in-one can wow you, there may be some turnoffs. Its resolution is only 3440 by 1440, which is on the low side considering the display's size. In my limited time with the Envy Curved All-in-One, the display also appeared a few notches too dim — HP pointed out that I was in a very well lit room beside an open window, which certainly exacerbated the issue, but at a minimum it's still going to be a problem for people with particularly bright rooms.
The all-in-one is also just big. That's to be expected given its display size, but it's made bigger by thick bezels that run around all four sides. Basically, you're going to need a big desk.
As with a number of the other machines HP is announcing today, the Envy Curved All-In-One is designed to fit in inside of a modern home. That mostly comes into play with its legs: holding up the display on either side are a pair of curved, shining pieces of metal that drop down in a V shape. They look nice, but it's hard for any subtle touches to really change the look of what's ultimately an enormous screen.
A similar design also appears on smaller models without the curve
The Envy Curved All-In-One will be available November 22nd starting at $1,799.99. It can be configured with an Intel Core i5 or i7 Skylake processor, integrated graphics or an Nvidia GTX 960A graphics card, 8GB or 16GB of memory, and either an SSD, an HDD, or both. All options include six speakers — they're very loud — and an Intel RealSense camera, so you can use Windows Hello for face detection logins.
HP isn't the only manufacturer going after this size right now. The industry at large has been settling on 34-inch curved ultra-wide displays, a number of which we saw earlier this year. HP seems to be the first to put an entire computer inside of one, but manufacturers' interest in this size suggests we'll see others soon.
HP is also intruding a far less flashy all-in-one with the same design cues. It's just called the Envy All-in-One PC, and it includes 24-inch and 27-inch display options, neither of which are curved. They can be configured to include Ultra HD displays and a touchscreen. Both will be available starting November 1st, with prices beginning at $999.99 for the 24-inch model and $1,199.99 for the 27-inch model.