HP Pavilion All-in-One Hands-on

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HP Pavilion All-in-One Hands-on

Designed to match the aesthetics of your bedroom, dorm room, living room or kitchen, HP claims its Pavilion all-in-one has been redesigned with a fresh, clean look with more angular lines. The new Pavilion AiOs this year come in two different screen sizes: a 23.8-inch and a 27-inch model. Additionally, there are two different body styles to choose from for the 23.8-inch, as HP has created a second style with a sleeker near-bezel-less display.

Available in a plastic frame, the HP AiO look attractive. The computers are housed in a plastic shell with a bottom, front-firing B&O speaker bar, metal stand and plastic-covered metal base. The result is similar to a small HDTV that you can place on your desk, and it’s an attractive design, which HP claims to be even sleeker than the more premium Envy or Spectre displays from just a few years ago, but at an even more affordable price today.

hpallinone3.jpgNew to the Pavilion AiO this year is the front-firing B&O-tuned speakers. Last year’s models utilized a downward-firing speaker, and HP claims that the front-firing design is more immersive and the B&O tuning creates loud, clean audio. The same signature B&O speaker bar is carried over from the laptop design, and HP claims that its micro-grilled perforated pattern represents an audio wave.

To enjoy your visual content, the displays can be configured with either a 1080p FHD resolution or a QHD screen resolution. The screen can tilt between 0 and 25 degrees.

Powering the AiO experience is up to an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor with optional NVIDIA GT930A graphics or up to a 7th generation AMD A10 APU processor. The systems can be configured with up to 16GB of memory and 3TB of storage or hybrid drive options up to 1TB.

Ports are placed in two areas of the AiO. Rear ports helps keep the system clutter-free on your desk. On the rear, there are one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a LAN connection and HDMI port for connecting the system to a second display. Unfortunately, the Pavilion AiO does not support HDMI input, so you can’t use the Pavilion’s screen to display content from a phone, tablet or camera, for example.

hpallinone2.jpgThere are also ports on the chin of the AiO. They include a USB 3.0 port, USB Type-C port, media card reader and audio combo jack. I found the bottom-facing ports on the chin to be hard to access, as the screen didn’t tilt far enough back to make it easy to see the ports.

The bezel-less 23.8-inch Pavilion model is only available in FHD screen resolution, and although this more premium AiO shares a similar design language to the regular AiOs in the range, there are a few differences. First, the reduction in bezel produces a striking reduction in size. If you’re in a more compact space, this model may fit in better.

Second, the bezel-less Pavilion AiO also comes with a pop-up camera. HP says that not only does the camera tuck into the display, but it also mechanically disengages when it’s tucked inside the computer. This may be an important consideration for users concerned with privacy.

And lastly, the bezel-less display doesn’t come with an optical drive whereas the other models do.

If you like what the bezel-less model offers, be prepared to pay a premium for the design. This model will cost $749 when it launches on July 10, compared to $699 for the standard 23.8-inch model. The 27-inch model starts at $999 when it becomes available on July 3.