In case you haven't noticed, the line is becoming increasingly blurred between varying types of PCs that used to have a single purpose. Not anymore. Following the introduction of Windows 8
, we've seen several hybrid convertibles, including some funky designs, and that flexible approach to computing is being extended wherever OEMs feel there's a market. For HP
, that means releasing an all-in-one (AIO) desktop that is anything but stationary.
HP's new ENVY Rove 20 is being billed as a mobile AIO -- the company's first, in fact -- that's no longer tied to the desk. It goes from being upright to completely horizontal for a tabletop
entertainment experience, HP explains. So, when dad or mom finish working, they can tote it into the living room and play a game with the kids, or some other utopian vision OEMs have in mind for such systems. It should be made clear that HP isn't advertising this as a tablet that you'll take on the train or even out of the house. At around 12 pounds, it's meant to roam about your abode from room to room.
"Customers are looking for mobility and flexibility in their computing devices to give families new ways to bring generations together," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions, HP. "HP is evolving to meet our customers’ needs by designing next-generation form factors, like the Rove mobile all-in-one PC, which will enable people to connect, share and create in ways they never imagined."
Balancing the dual-use scenario HP lays out is a 20-inch 1,600x900 IPS (in-plane switching) LED panel with wide viewing angles and 10 points of touch. Specific specs are a little light at this stage, but we know it comes equipped with 4th generation Intel Core processor options (Haswell) and built-in Beats audio.
The HP ENVY Rove 20 will be available in July. Pricing has yet been announced.