HP Envy xt Beats Special beats audioEdition review Loud design louder speakersThere is a problem here the screens glossy coating makes for a very reflective . In brighter environments, youll run into a lot of glare, and often be staring right back at your reflection. I found I could get around that by adjusting its position on my desk, but some might not have that luxury.
The HP Envy xt Special Edition serves up rich, clear audio and has an attractive design that stands out.
If you miss this model, there may not be another. FollowingApples purchase of the Beats brandearlier this year, HP can only develop new products with Beats branding and technology through the end of , and can continue to sell existing products, such as this one, through the end of .
The PCs inch touchscreen has a ,x,pixel resolution, and quality is rather good. Colors are reproduced ithfully, and look bright and vivid on the . More importantly, I noticed no shifting or contrast degradation as I looked at s on the . Text looks crisp, which makes for a great reading experience. Video quality is similarly strong, and HD movies look sharp.
The Bottom LineThis inch allinone is built for entertainment, offering great speakers and a striking look. But the glossy, reflective throws a wrench in the works.
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On sale in the US for ,, this exact model isnt available in the UK or Australia. The equivalent models, with the same screen and similar specs, are the HP Beats Edition nna, which sells for a base in the UK, and the HP Beats AllInOne na, which will set Australians back AU,.
That leaves plenty of room on the TB storage drive. Its a relatively slow ,rpm model, however. For an extra on HPs US site you can get a model with a TB solid state hybrid drive SSHD, and thatll be worth the upgrade. You can also spend a bit more to replace the DVD burner with a BluRay drive. Id recommend bringing your own keyboard and mouse though. The bundled pair are wired, and while not bad, not very good either just your standard, generic packins.
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This PC is otherwise relatively light on bloatware. McAfee Antivirus rears its head, but that can be silenced if you like your virus protection a little less naggy. The WildTangent Games portal that seems to turn up on every new PC purchase is here too. A Vevo app serves up music videos from the Web, and there are a few preinstalled music apps, including Edjing, which loads up music files on your PC and turns the into a pair of ux turnles. Real DJs will probably turn up their noses at it, but I think its cute. All told, the preloaded apps are relatively unobtrusive except for McAfee, which is still pestering me to register something and are easily uninstalled.
This allinone sits on an easellike stand, and can lean back a ir amount to give you a more comforle suce for gaming and doodling. It cant lie completely flat, and the hinge is a bit stiffer than one I saw on theAcer Aspire U, but its still irly easy to shift about.
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The BadA glossy coating makes the very reflective in direct light, and the lack of discrete graphics limits gaming potential.
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Its attractive is soured by a glossy coating that makes it overly reflective, and integrated graphics rather than a discrete card means you can rule out highend games. But good looks are coupled with decent performance for casual games and streaming media. For music lovers, its inch HD screen sits on a great set of speakers, and HP includes a few custom music and mixing apps for amateur DJs.
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Youll run into no compromises with the four speakers and subwoofers running along the bottom of the . Beats headphones have a bit of a reputation for being overpriced and gaudy, but Im going to leave that discussion to the mavens. I rather like the bold, almost aggressive grille, and these speakers sound as impressive as they look, pumping out clear, rich audio that will easily fill a room with sound. In typical Beats theyre a little bassheavy, but there is a Beats Audio configuration tool buried among the preinstalled apps that offers an equalizer you can tweak to your liking.
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Do you like red? Because thats what youre getting here. TheHP Envyxt Beats Special Edition is available exclusively in a red so bright and bold its a bit flabbergasting, though right in line with Beatsheadphonessignature . The lack of alternate s strikes me as a bit of a missed opportunity here, though. But dont get me wrong I like red. And maybe youll like the bright, aggressive stance this allinone takes many of the passersby here at s offices certainly did.
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