CNET First Look
The Envy Curved AIO 34 adds a touch of glamour to any officeThis elegant, feature-rich desktop will make you want to renovate around it.
HP delivers an elegant, feature rich desktop which performs pretty respectably for a price. In it's 2017 update to the Envy curved all-in-one 34. Behind the front mesh are four Bang & Olufsen certified speakers, they sound really good, much better than on the 27 inch model. model. Because the base is bigger, there's room for two passive radiators which results in improved base and enough a frequency range that you can actually hear the differences among the presets. There's also a cool touch audio control on the right side The base and a Qi wireless charging pad on the left side for devices that support it. The display delivers wide quad HD resolution in the 21 to 9 aspect ratio. It's got a slightly tighter radius than its predecessor and it's non reflective, which is really nice. And the width makes it great for working with side by side windows. Because it's stuck between HD and ultra HD resolution, though, it's not really optimized for full screen video. It handles full screen games pretty well, though. Especially when you expand the field of view in the game settings. I like HP's design choices here. All the guts are in the base with an SD card slot, USBC charging port, and headphone jack easily accessible on the side. Plus there are four usb and HDMI in and out and an ethernet connection on the back. One of the niftier design choices is the retractable webcam. It not only preserves the stinbezel aesthetic of the monitor, you can rest assure that no one's watching you.