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HP Envy 32 All-in-One sounds good and looks great while doing it

The company's 32-inch all-in-one that launched at CES has HP's unobtrusive faux-wood and dark metal aesthetic and practical design.

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Not so shiny

Unlike the typical all-in-one, HP goes for a darker tone instead of shiny aluminum.

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Thin

Most AIOs which put the guts in the display section bulge out unattractively. Not the Envy 32.

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Just tilt

You can only tilt the screen back, not swivel or adjust the height. That's not unusual for an AIO, but that doesn't mean we have to like it.

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Connectors

Since HP moved the brains of the system from the base to the back of the display, it's a little harder to reach them. 

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Back

The back kind of looks like an open book.

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Side connections

There's an SD card slot and a headset jack on the left side, so you don't have to reach awkwardly around as you do on an iMac. The gap where the speaker fabric lifts off is intentional, though everyone who sees it thinks it's coming apart.

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Connectors

The rear connectors include two USB-C (one Thunderbolt 3), two USB-A, HDMI-in and -out and Ethernet.  

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Left side

The power switch and a USB-A connector are on the left.

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Left side redux

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Phone stand

The keyboard has a deck for you to park your phone or tablet in, since you can connect the keyboard to them,  as well as the system and stream music to the speakers.

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Tuned by B&O

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Monitor controls

Usual for an AIO, you can bring up a standard monitor onscreen display for your settings.

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Pop up camera

Like most of HPs web cams, for privacy it can be tucked away into the monitor and popped up when you need it.

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Charge me

There's a wireless charging pad on the base of the system.

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