HP Envy 23 review

Less versatile than some, but a quality screen and a powerful specification make this an attractive alternative if more demanding applications are a priority

Mike Jennings
21 Mar 2013
5
Price when reviewed 
1,050

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All-in-ones usually look great, but the HP Envy 23 is one of the most stylish we've ever seen. The key to its success is its hinge-and-base arrangement: instead of a simple prop- or monitor-style stand, the Envy’s display connects to the slender base via a pair of tubular legs that extend down from the bottom corners and curve into the base’s sides.

It’s an eye-catching design, and one that’s matched by good build quality. Although it looks worryingly slight, the base anchors the machine solidly to the desk, and the tilting mechanism feels stiff and reliable.

HP Envy 23

The downside to this design is a lack of flexibility. Other machines have double-hinged stands that allow them to tilt and fold flat, but the HP Envy has a comparatively restricted range of movement. It’s enough for using the system as a main PC while sitting at a desk, but you can’t push it back far enough to comfortably use from a standing position.

The keyboard and mouse are middle-of-the-road units. The keyboard’s traditional design contrasts awkwardly with the Envy’s ultra-modern chassis, and the keys feel light and plasticky, with an indistinct action. As usual, the keyboard has no Windows 8-specific keys; we’ve no complaints about the mouse.

Screen and core performance

The Envy’s screen has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, and quality is good. The colour accuracy is excellent, with an average Delta E of 3.3, ensuring images never look oversaturated or unnaturally cool or warm. For photo editing, it’s excellent; any flaws we did come across – such as a miniscule strip of backlight leakage along the bottom edge of the display, and a lowish maximum brightness of 208cd/m2 – are minor gripes.

HP Envy 23

You won’t be disappointed with performance, either. The system’s Core i5-3330S is a low-power part, but it’s one of Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge range of chips and has plenty to recommend it. It has a stock speed of 2.7GHz, a top Turbo Boost clock of 3.2GHz and 6MB of L3 cache – twice the amount that's included in slower Core i3 chips.

The HP’s application benchmark score of 0.8 is enough – when coupled with 6GB of RAM – to keep Windows 8 feeling nippy. We didn’t experience any sluggishness when navigating Windows 8’s Live Tiles and full-screen apps, and desktop mode was similarly responsive.

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Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity2,000GB
RAM capacity6.00GB
Screen size23.0in

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency2.70GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155

Motherboard

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics cardAMD Radeon HD 7450A
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 7450A
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskHitachi Deskstar 7K3000
Capacity2.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity1.80TB

Drives

Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080

Additional Peripherals

SpeakersHP Beats Audio
Speaker type2 x 2W
PeripheralsMedia Centre remote control

Case

Case formatAll-in-one
Dimensions580 x 214 x 455mm (WDH)

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardHP wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption47W
Peak power consumption91W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings19fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.80
Responsiveness score0.76
Media score0.90
Multitasking score0.74

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