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Sep 19 2013, 12:28 IST
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The Rove 20 is a hybrid computer with advanced touch technology. The Rove 20 is a hybrid computer with advanced touch technology.
SummaryThe Rove 20 is a hybrid computer with advanced touch technology.

The Rove 20 is a hybrid computer with advanced touch technology. It can be a good productivity tool as well as an entertainment device for watching movies and playing games

As more and more people own a mobile phone these days, there is growing enthusiasm to watch movies and play games on the small screen. A smaller screen, after all, gives you the ability to stream movies from the internet or play games almost anywhere—in office, while commuting or in the comforts of your home. There is also a growing appetite amongst consumers to use their mobile phones to buy tickets too. But the fact is, television continues to be preferred by the viewers to watch movies because a big screen gives you a lot to look at, and a lot of detail.

Estimated street price; Rs 69,990

Consumer interest in large phones and large televisions has certainly spurred renewed faith in the idea of going big. An early trend spotter, the American PC maker Hewlett-Packard has introduced a powerful all-in-one PC which can be used as a productivity tool as well as an entertainment device. The R69,990-a-piece HP Envy Rove 20 is a fairly heavy computer (5 kg) with a 20-inch screen. It looks like a small HDTV, with a spring-loaded kickstand permanently

attached to the back panel. Its screen is bright with a 1,600-by-900-resolution IPS panel and Beats Audio with sub-woofer. This combination of components makes the system ideal for streaming music or movies from the internet. And, it comes with an internal battery which should give you about three hours of battery life on a full charge.

Straight out of the box, I wondered whether it’s a tablet, or a desktop, or a hybrid of the two. In my opinion, the HP Envy Rove 20 walks the line in-between. It has a unique design and the best part is that it is easily convertible from a conventional computer sitting on the desk to an easy-to-handle tablet device, enabling families and friends to enjoy it as an entertainment machine. This is probably the reason as to why HP folks call their new device Rove; it can move from place to place.

On the back there’s a squeezable panel which, when fully depressed, pops out the large metal kickstand which hinges down to prop the HP Rove up. At its full extension, it’s akin to a regular desk-bound all-in-one, but push the Rove 20

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