HP Envy 34 Curved, Analysis: an Imposing Team with a Price That Scares

The ultrapanoramicos monitors they take some time to surprise us by format and performance, and now there is a manufacturer that has taken the concept to offer an all-in-one that also stands out for the curved design of the screen.

The HP Envy 34 Curved It is a team that surprises from the first moment with these dimensions and that design, and we have had the opportunity to study it in detail. Do you have the sense ultrapanoramicos all-in-one? It is what they reveal in our analysis.

A stunning design

It is difficult to not feel attracted by the ultrapanoramico and curved design HP screen: exterior finish is spectacular, with two big bands of speakers flanquando screen – which makes it even more long – and a black frame on the front that contrasts with the back in which dominates the White Pearl.

It is not an ultra-slim monitor, but is it clear, it is not only a monitor: the all-in-one HP integrates in its interior components that make its thickness, especially in the central part of this curve, notable, but those lines make even with this handicap the aspect of the team is impressive.

There are some prominent notes of that design, like the possibility to tilt the screen slightly to adjust the viewing angle. That makes it possible to balance the fact that the screen, at least in our first impressions, It is located at rather low altitudes.

That obligated to look down Sometimes, something that is solved with a height adjustment that unfortunately we dont. The solution, of course, is the place this screen about additional support on the table to adjust the height to which we “face” to the screen.

The design also offers some questionable decisions: probably is a success, placing the headset port on the bottom of the screen, but do the same with the reader of card or two additional USB 3.0 ports is more debatable. In fact we wanted those ports to be classified under one of the sides, but HP have preferred to take advantage of that bottom edge – where we also find the controls of the monitor – and of course the back of the screen.

Is where you will find the Gigabit Ethernet port flanked by USB ports (2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0), and a pleasant surprise: the fact that in addition to the HDMI output port – if we want to connect an external monitor – We also have an HDMI input port to use the screen to connect other video sources.

This function is very interesting, though He would have liked to have in addition a DisplayPort port also, an increasingly accepted standard in the industry and that it would have been perfect complement to make fully effective the double function of the equipment as a monitor of any of our devices.

Specifications of the HP Envy 34 Curved

Supply HP certainly stands out for that curved screen with the diagonal, but the commitment of this manufacturer should take account of the whole of a solution that should render properly. Are we kind of components on a computer with these characteristics? This is what we wanted detail below with the help of this table:

HP Envy 34 Curved
Screen IPS 34 inch WLED 3.440 x 1,440 pixels 21:9
Processor Intel Core i7-6700T (Quad-core 2.8 GHz, 35W TDP)
Memory 1 x 8GB DDR4
Graphics Intel HD 530 (24 EUs to 350-1100 MHz)
Storage 128 GB SSD PCIe M.2, 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive
Connectivity WiFi 802. 11ac (2 x 2) with Bluetooth 4.0, GbE
Ports 2 USB 2.0, 4 USB 3.0, 3 in 1, headphone socket, HDMI card reader in, HDMI out
Sound 6-speaker Bang & Olufsen
Operating system Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Other Keyboard and mouse with USB wireless receiver module included
Intel RealSense 3D camera
Dimensions 929 x 168,5 x 467 mm
Weight 13.5 kg (touch)
Price EUR 2.999

The outstanding feature of this equipment is without a doubt its 34 inch that 3.440 x 1440 resolution IPS screen pixels and this format 21:9 ultrapanoramico. HP policymakers indicate that this screen – beware, you don’t touch, that would already be note – provides 99% of the sRGB color gamut and also has certification Technicolor, which theoretically ensures that you will see colors the same way that were originally conceived for the content that is displayed on the screen.

These dimensions provide space to integrate components with some freedom, but as in any other all-in-one that boasts, we have a laptop encased in a monitor. That begins noticing in the processor, Intel Core i7-6700T with a TDP of 35W clearly it is directed to this type of machines, but there are many signs that let us assume that we are not to use PC, but rather a powerful portable.

The most important is probably that affects the graphical capability. The screen resolution is governed by two chips: the first, the GPU which integrates Intel SoC. IE: an Intel HD Graphics 530 which is certainly valid for work and enjoy multimedia content, but that will be short on demanding games. Precisely to their aid goes the option consisting of HP in the team that we have tested: a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960A, a special version of this model for this OEM in particular that allowed to enjoy a decent though not suitable for demanding gamers performance.

The storage section is solved correctly thanks to the inclusion of a 128 GB SSD drive enabling system and applications to be launched and run smooth and fluid. If we need more HP space also integrates a 1 TB hard drive which of us surprised by not being as the sector notebook-oriented as we thought (7,200 RPM highlighted in this 2.5-inch with SATA600 interface unit). The SSD (a Samsung MZHPV128HDGM PCIe format M.2) saves the roles if we need brutal transfer speeds, while if we need capacity there we have the HGST, subsidiary of Western Digital drive.

Two paste here: the first, that HP have decided not to facilitate users to “toqueteen” the team on their own and make their own changes, so any update of components is a complex unless one has experience and the right tools. The second, contrary to what happens with your monitor curved – HP Envy 34 c, which is only screen – You can not access a PiP mode (Picture-in-Picture) with which to view two video inputs simultaneously in split screen.

Working at 34 inches: Windows Me

The fundamental advantage of having a team with this resolution of labour is that we will have a really wide area in which to distribute our windows. Here the combinations are numerous, and almost split screen mode falls short with that screen diagonal.

In fact we prefer to use the screen to thirds or sixths: It is a shame that HP does not provide a specific utility to take advantage of that orientation. Equipment requests screams some kind of tiling window manager, very typical in Linux distributions, but here we have comfortable solutions at our fingertips.

It is the case of WinSplit Revolution, which allows you to easily place screens in different proportions and locations, and thus take full advantage of this area of work. Those 3.440 x 1,440 pixels give to much, and it is a pleasure to be able to Locate windows thirds for different content or even split some of these fractions in half to having a configuration with several windows in which at all times can enjoy its contents without problems.

Enjoy and play in 21:9 is another dimension

It is a reality for all applications not so much for the video: today there are few contents It will not take native content 21:9. On YouTube, for example, you might find some videos and trailers in this format, but they are the least.

Here it is clear that the standard is ‘conventional’ widescreen with a 16:9 which makes at least appear black bands on the sides of the reproduced content, something that a little lackluster this reproduction. Although there are extensions for browsers that scaled those videos and adjust the aspect ratios (Netflix Ultrawide Display Support and Black Bars Begone are two examples for Chrome), this operation is usually done at the expense of cutting the video resolution or any of the areas in which that content is displayed.

For content which prevent other sources also this problem, can be though There are players that make a scaling and proper adjustment of those videos. The abandoned ArcSoft Total Media Theatre is one of the most popular among users of monitors of this format by that good content to the 21:9 format adjustment, although there are who go to other players.

A good example is VLC that you can try forcing the aspect ratio or ending up with a crop (and not a zoom) image to avoid the annoying black bars. The Councils when it comes to trying to make the most of these video content are varied, so Here is trying to find the combination that suits each user. We test for example with the player Open Source MPC-HC options and were able to adjust those contents without too many problems achieving a fantastic result.

Is that HP does not include any option to make this task easier? Well Yes, does it: the team arrives with a evaluation version of Cyberlink PowerDirector, which can for example zoom on video – losing information, logically – to be able to reproduce those contents without black bands. Even native Windows player can to help in that task.

In that video playback if it is true that we have with the help of this powerful 6 front speakers system (4 in the case of the 23.8- and 27-inch models) developed by Bang & Olufsen and sound in a very decent way in various situations. In our tests with different video and audio contents we enjoyed a sound quality remarkably profiting once more of the dimensions of this team and especially these Sidebands aimed exclusively at this facet.

The presence of the black bands not only occurs in video content, but that it also does in games, but fortunately in a rather less sharp. In relatively recent titles, it is likely that these 21:9 modes are supported natively, but for those who give some other problem there are potential solutions.

As they explained in PCMonitors, many modern games take advantage of the so-called Hor +, a mode that allows you to scale the Visual field (Field of View or FOV) to adapt it to those resolutions ultrapanoramicas and enjoy these titles as it should be: shows details in the horizontal and in the vertical.

Others are developers who can support these resolutions by patches that correct these errors, but even in the absence of patches always can try solutions such as that cited in PC Gamer: as Flawless Widescreen or Borderless Windows Gaming systems allow precisely take advantage of these games full screen without loss of resolution or quality, simply taking advantage of that extra area that, Yes, will impose an additional burden on the computer.

What is clear is that the result is worthwhile, experience more immersive winning even more whole thanks to the curvature of this screen. There is a forum of reference on this issue, WideScreen Gaming Forum, which can resolve your doubts in this respect.

The graphical power of the equipment is for these cases remarkable but not exceptional, so enjoy a high level of detail with these resolutions demanding games will be rather difficult. We tried a couple of titles-‘Dirt Rally’ and ‘Crysis’ – and check how to enjoy these games with good quality – but not at the highest level of detail – on this screen was a real enjoyed.

No surprises in performance

When it comes to of evaluate the performance This team was, as usual, if doubts take as reference desktop or desktop.

The all-in-one are actually as we said closer be laptops than desktops These hardships are that subject, so we have tried to put in situation that performance compared with some models that could establish a good framework of reference.

Dell XPS 13 (9343, Intel Core i5-5200U) Dell XPS 13 (9350, Intel Core i7-6500U) Mountain Light 144G (Intel Iris Pro 5200) HP Envy 34 Curved (Intel Core i7-6700T)
PCmark Home 2.216 2.827 3.729 3.373
PCmark Creative 3.280 3.793 3.975 4.272
3DMark Cloud Gate 5.180 5.613 9.829 15.616
3DMark Ice Storm 50.172 51.315 72.273 34.953

Here the results have been very decent although expected for a team that despite can be considered as a laptop by the choice of components is one high-flying. This processor and that dedicated graphics help a lot except in one of the tests, 3DMark Ice Storm, which inexplicably gave a value below expectations.

These synthetic tests joined them what we do to storage units. Here the difference was apparent between the SSD, which according to CrystalDiskMark succeeded in 1986 and 436,4 MB/s sequential write respectively, and the hard disk of 1 TB, with which we obtained 144,3 and 137.7 MB/s respectively in the same tests. The difference is obvious, especially in readings.

Here it is worth mentioning a section which is also important for many users: the noise level generated by the HP Envy 34 Curved it is normally very low, but the thing changes if we enjoy a game or take this opportunity to work with any demanding application. In those cases the ventilation of the equipment into action in a sensitive way and appears that buzz without being unbearable It can become something annoying.

Hardware & software

We are in the front of the screen with the Intel RealSense3D camera with a sensor 2 Mpixel that manufacturer is able to record videos to 1080 p. This camera is the one that makes it possible to identify via Windows Hello, the system of biometric authentication that allows to authenticate the session using facial recognition, without the need for passwords. This type of system charged much sense in this team that we always use that camera “looking at us in the face”, and saves us the traditional username and password-based authentication method.

It is also necessary to mention the presence of wireless keyboard and mouse included next to the small USB key that serves as a wireless receiver for these devices.

The mouse is OK, but keyboard detract a little from the set. Here HP wanted to offer a provision too compact and without spaces to save size, when it is assumed that this is a desktop computer that certainly doesn’t skimp on the screen diagonal. If already contabais with a mouse and keyboard of your choice it is likely that you prefer to keep your application before using the provided by HP.

This team is governed by the 64-bit of Windows 10 Home Edition, and although we can do using the touch of this operating system – as we said the screen is prodigious, but not up to there – that have seen as support of the resolution of the teamwork is perfect.

In that offer software there are some utilities own HP. One of the most prominent is HP my Display, that allows you to configure basic parameters of the monitor such as working mode – default, ‘technicolor’, text and games-, brightness, contrast and volume or set the white point (sRGB, hot and fresh).

This is a basic utility and a rough interface that nevertheless allows easy access to those default modes. Missing, that if, any way to save custom settings and access control more fine monitor options, but it is certainly useful for those basic parameters.

Beyond that we have with HP Lounge, the alternative characteristic of this manufacturer to Spotify, or with HP Recovery Manager, which you can install drivers, restore the system or create media recovery, inter alia.

Unfortunately There are also some bloatware, for example present through the application of TripAdvisor, games such as Candy Crush Soda Saga or links with advertising tiles at the start (Booking.com) menu.

We also have the trial version of the suite antivirus McAfee LifeSafe, a classic as among numerous manufacturers who keep coming to agreements with this and other developers of solutions of security that users simply do not ask. Nothing particularly serious, but it confirms that this trend remains one of the evils of the industry.

HP Envy 34 Curved, opinion and Engadget note

What is looking for one in a ultrapanoramica screen? It is normal to take advantage of that resolution and these both dimensions when working as to enjoy content and, of course, play.

The HP Envy 34 Curved meets ample form in two of those three scenarios. The work area gives a huge margin to (try to) be more productive, and certainly this format helps that video content – especially those with 21:9 native format, which many are not – shine with their own light.

It gets more complicated in the field of games. Dedicated graphics help, but not in demanding titles that will test to the GPU to these resolutions. At this point It is difficult to recommend this team, and in our opinion it is more advisable to buy a ultrapanoramica screen that is only a screen (or bet on a multi-monitor configuration) and connect it to a PC for these scenarios.

The rest of scenarios will be a valuable ally in all kinds of tasks, although the HP Envy 34 Curved is conditioned by a factor: its high price. The buts to the team are the usual ones of this format, just offering us the power of a laptop computer and a single clear advantage: space saving.

It can be that some users have that as a priority, but in our opinion the benefit of this type of equipment also becomes its ballast. This spectacle that boasts It had to have a price, but in our opinion this is too high in the final equation.

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