HP's Envy 27-inch IPS monitor with Beats Audio features high-quality sound, extremely long name

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/ Updated: January 9, 2013 1:02 PM PST
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LAS VEGAS--A monitor's picture quality is its most important attribute, and sound quality (if it actually does sport speakers) rarely factors into the overall rating. That however may change once I get my hands on the HP Envy 27-inch IPS monitor with Beats Audio.

With the Envy 27-inch IPS monitor with Beats Audio, HP not only breaks the record for longest monitor name ever (to be honest, I didn't confirm that), but according to HP, it also marks the first time a standalone monitor has used Beats Audio.

HP's new Envy 27-inch IPS monitor puts the emphasis on sound quality. HP

The monitor's built-in speakers are angled upward and according to HP, deliver high-quality midrange and high frequencies as well as rich bass. Monitors with built-in sound don't usually deliver the highest quality sound, so I'm curious as to how this monitor's sound will be any different.

As its name implies, the monitor houses a in-plane switching (IPS) panel, which provides horizontal and vertical viewing angles up to 178 degrees.

The monitor also features edge-to-edge glass and, at its thinnest, a 13.95 mm profile. There's also a headphone jack, subwoofer, and a digital audio output.

The HP Envy 27-inch IPS monitor with Beats Audio should be available worldwide on February 3 for $499. For more of CNET's CES 2013 coverage, click here.

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HP Envy 27-inch IPS monitor with Beats Audio

Part Number: CNETHP Envy 27-inch IPS monitor with Beats audio
MSRP: $513.68 Low Price: $446.82 See all prices

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  • Display Type LED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
  • Interface DisplayPort
  • Diagonal Size 27 in
  • Pixel Pitch 0.3114 mm
  • Image Contrast Ratio 1000:1
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:9