Depending on where you live, it is just a matter of weeks before school is once again in session. In preparation for the back-to-school shopping season that for many has already begun, HP has gone and revamped its Pavilion all-in-one (AIO) lineup with new digs and upgraded components. And rather than focus on a single task, the retooled systems can be flexibly configured to tackle a variety of subjects, even gaming.
"We listened to our customers when redesigning the HP Pavilion All-in-One to ensure we’re bringing features consumers crave, making it the perfect overall family PC," said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, Displays & Accessories at HP. "It’s a powerful desktop that can handle whatever a family wants to do—connect, work, create, or consume—while the architecturally-inspired design packs style and personality to make it a home-enhancing investment."
When it comes to AIO PCs, the display is arguably the most important aspect since you can't replace it without throwing away the entire system. In this case, the Pavilion 24 and Pavilion 27 feature edge-to-edge 1080p touchscreens, with the Pavilion 27 offering an optional upgrade to 4K. Each display uses an in-plane switching (IPS) panel with fabric covered dual speakers tuned by B&O Play underneath. They're pretty attractive, as you can see above.
Driving these displays are Intel 7th generation Core and AMD A12 processor options, both with integrated graphics. For buyers who are into casual gaming, HP offers an upgrade to a discrete Radeon 530 GPU. These revamped AIO systems also boast 12GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, 1TB or 2TB of storage with or without 16GB of Intel Optane Memory. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and a DVD burner.
Privacy advocates will applaud the return of a switch that covers the webcam when not in use. This ensures that even if the system is hacked, the person on the other side cannot see or record what's going on. The switch also disables the onboard microphone so that voice chat is kept private as well.
Port selection is fairly robust here. Each Pavilion has two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a single USB 3.1 Type-C port, and two USB 2.0 ports. There is no Ethernet port for wired connections, though users do get access to dual HDMI ports (input and output).
HP tells us the new Pavilions will be available soon starting at $750.