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HP Envy Move AIO review

Throughout my career as a technology journalist, I haven’t seen PC brands experiment much with desktop computers. I remember Apple selling strange-looking desktop computers in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but since then there hasn’t been a major change in how PCs look and feel. That is until HP decided to do something about it and tried to rethink what modern desktops should look like. HP’s new Envy Move sheds the image of a traditional all-in-one computer and spices things up by adding a handle and a built-in battery. While many see the Envy Move as an experimental device, I disagree and think this AIO is the most personal computer. Here’s how this new form factor has found its way into my daily work in recent days.

As a reviewer, I often switch from one computer to another, but I spend a lot of time with each device so that I can test them thoroughly. However, there is always one computer that I use the most, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a test unit. I prefer to use a desktop computer because it stays on my desk and everyone in my family can use it if they want. It’s my personal computer, but it’s also a family computer.

I know I’ll be using it for basic things like checking email, surfing the web, attending calls, and a bit of writing. I spend a lot of time working and sitting at my desk, and I certainly don’t push myself to the limit. But that doesn’t really matter. For me, this is just a computer that I want to use while I’m having lunch and catching up on the latest movie reviews or watching a movie on Netflix late at night.

It’s a part work computer, a video calling machine with a giant screen and an entertainment center that sits on my desktop all the time. And because it comes with a handle and a built-in battery, I can move it around my house, especially to the patio, and entertain my guests with some great stand-up comedy shows streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime video.

Portable PC

HP Envy Movement This computer has a bag in which you can store the keyboard. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

At first glance, the HP Envy Move seems like a regular all-in-one desktop computer. However, I can tell you that it looks even better from the back. The handle allows me to pick it up and carry it from room to room like a suitcase. It reminded me of my father’s old-fashioned office briefcase that he carried to work every day. Seriously, that cute handle adds a new dimension to the Envy Move and turns it into a portable PC. I remember Apple adding a handle to portable PCs at the time, but HP brought the same formula and its own flair to all-in-one desktop computers. You really have to see the new Envy Move in person to appreciate what HP has done.

Festive offer

The all-white chassis and slim profile of the Envy Move differ from other AIOs available on the market. The aesthetic is simple and neutral, and its small footprint makes it ideal for use on a kitchen counter or bedroom desk. I see where HP is coming from and what it wants to achieve with the Envy Move. In fact, the Envy Move felt surprisingly light and portable as I moved from one corner of the house to another. However, I don’t recommend traveling with the Envy Move and taking it to another city.

What I like about the Envy Move aren’t big sweeping changes, but smaller design quirks that won me over. The handle is magnetically attached to the back of the device, so that the view is not obstructed if you leave the AIO on the desk. There’s also a back pocket for storing the included Bluetooth keyboard, which is very clever. If you’re not a fan of flat keyboards, the keyboard with the Envy Move probably still won’t feel any different; but I like it. I’ve been using keyboards that PC brands bundle with desktops for years and always found them to be fine, and this one is built on the same standard from the past.

Magic feet

HP Envy Movement The legs fold out perpendicular to the bottom of the computer and provide stability. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)


Another interesting part of the design that I would like to highlight are the small feet on which the machine rests. They’re not regular feet you’d find on entry-level TVs. When I was setting up the Envy Move, the test device didn’t come with a base or stand, which left me wondering how I would move the all-in-one PC around the house. Then I realized that the feet of the device automatically rotate and fold outward when you put the device down. They disappear completely when you lift the PC. It feels like magic for a moment. Both feet are made of metal, making them sturdy and not likely to break.

Beautiful display

HP Envy Movement The HP Envy Move’s 24-inch screen is just right for getting the job done. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

The Envy Move is a very nice looking AIO, with a minimalist appearance similar to modern TVs. The edges of the panel are also more squared off. I also appreciated the narrower bezel, which led to an even more screen-filling look. I also like the chin, and I imagine this would bother some users. However, let me tell you that the fabric-covered chin houses the speaker. The two 5-watt speakers get loud and deliver detailed sound with strong channel separation and decent bass. There are strong arguments why a user like me would want to use the Envy Move for both work and entertainment.

The 24-inch 1080p touchscreen is crystal clear. A designer or video editor might not be impressed with the screen, but for the average user the AIO provides a satisfying screen to work on. And I thought it was perfect in terms of size: not too big and not too small. It’s large enough to open full-size documents or websites at once, making it easier to get your work done. It’s just the right size, at least for me.

Superior performer

My test device had a Core i5-1335U, 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD. The AIO is powered by a mobile processor, supported by integrated graphics. As a performer, the Envy Move is a fast device, but not as fast as desktop computers or laptops with dedicated high-end graphics. Everything I threw at the Envy Move, the AIO handled it well. Since HP is marketing this heavily as a family desktop, it will be more than capable of handling everyday tasks: a general-purpose productivity machine rather than a professional desktop.

However, the port situation is a mixed bag. You get a single USB-C port, a USB-A port on the left side, an HDMI-in and a power button. However, the headphone jack is missing. And yes, I understand that the Envy Move was made for a modern user who would have subscribed to cloud services instead of using a USB drive to store data.

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Battery operated

The Envy Move has a built-in battery, allowing it to be used for hours without a power socket. This is certainly an interesting feature. So in a sense, the Envy Move functions like a laptop, but in the desktop form factor. When I tested the Envy Move, it lasted 3 hours and 50 minutes. That number pales in comparison to a traditional laptop’s battery. That said, I’m not comparing the Envy Move to a laptop because the comparison isn’t warranted. The Move is primarily a desktop computer and the ability to run off a built-in battery is an add-on. You can always choose to leave it connected to the charging brick, as I always did.

A quick note about the webcam

It’s very average. The 5-megapixel webcam can record 1440p video, but the quality isn’t great. I wish HP had packed a high-definition webcam that would meet the standards of webcams now in premium computers. I’m not asking for a 4K camera. Just a 1080p HD camera that I can use in a dark room or with a bright light source directly behind me to attend Zoom sessions and meetings in Google Meet.

Should you buy the HP Envy Move AIO?

HP Envy Movement Microsoft’s AI assistant, Copilot, is featured on the HP Eny Move. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

The HP Envy Move is another type of all-in-one desktop computer, but it’s not an experimental device. That’s something I really liked about this product. While there are many desktop computers in the market, the Envy Move simplifies the segment with a fresh take on AIOs. Having a 24-inch computer that you can move from room to room with a briefcase handle makes a lot more sense when there are multiple PC users in the house. This is HP’s Apple moment in the true sense of the word.

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Anuj Bhatia

Anuj Bhatia is a personal technology writer at Indianexpress.com who has been covering gadgets, apps and gaming for a decade. He specializes in writing longer articles and explanations on popular technical topics. His unique interests include delving into vintage technology and composing in-depth stories at the intersection of history, technology and popular culture. Before joining The Indian Express in late 2016, he was a senior tech writer at My Mobile magazine and previously held roles as a reviewer and tech writer at Gizbot. Anuj has a postgraduate degree from Banaras Hindu University. You can find Anuj on Linkedin. … Read more

First uploaded on: 04-28-2024 12:03 IST