CNET First Look
HP's 20-inch mega-tablet, the Envy Rove 20It's big and heavy, but this 20-inch hybrid all-in-one is the least expensive way to get into tabletop PCs.
I'm Dan Ackerman, and we are here taking a look at the HP Envy Rove 20. This is another entry in the rapidly-growing category that I call tabletop PC. And what that means is this looks like an all-in-one. It's got a big screen right here, it's got a keyboard and a mouse. But unlike other all-in-ones, there's no power plug plugging this thing in because it actually has a battery built into the screen itself-- which means that like other tabletop PCs, you can fold it back and then pick it up and carry it around with you like it's a gigantic 20-inch tablet, which is essentially what this is. And then, when you're tired of carrying it around because it weighs 12 pounds, you hit a little switch in the back, and the kickstand comes out, and then you can lift it up to just about any angle-- the kickstand is probably the cleverest thing about it. This is as high up as it gets, but then, any angle in between, you move it back a little bit, it stays; you move it back some more, it stays; you move it back up, it stays. I love that this kickstand will pretty much stay at any angle, and you can even just move it with one finger, and is balanced and weighed appropriately so that it will stay exactly where you want it to. Unlike some of the other tabletop PCs we looked at-- even though this is a big 20-inch screen-- it's only got a 1600x900 resolution, which is less than the 1920x1080, the full 1080p HD screens that we've seen on a few other tabletop PCs and frankly, most other bigger screens. It's also got a Core i3 CPU, not the faster i5 or i7 that we've seen, again, in other versions of the same type of computer from other PC makers. In its defense, the Rove is a little bit less expensive. That Core i3 configuration with a full 1-terabyte hard drive, it's $899, maybe a little bit less if it's on sale. You'll be paying at least $100 more for something from other manufacturer that's comparable. Might be a complaint, of course, is that it is really thick and really heavy. Again, it weighs 12 pounds. And I'm mystified by that because Dell manages to make an 18-inch version. This is a 20-inch screen, this is 18-inch screen, but this thing is about 5 pounds, and it's so much thinner and so much lighter. This one has a Core i5, and it-- and a full 1080p screen. Again, it starts at $100 more and goes up from there. But the weight difference is pretty fantastic. If you mean to keep your PC sitting still most of the time, you just pick it up and carry it on occasionally, or you wanna fold it down and maybe play some chess and other tabletop game, then you could certainly save a few bucks and get this version right here. I'm Dan Ackerman, and that is the HP Envy Rove 20.