HP Envy 23: The magic of touch

Updated: Aug 29 2013, 14:13pm hrs
Hewlett-Packard Envy 23 TouchSmart is a beautiful looking all-in-one with a large 23-inch high-definition display, but gives average performance. It comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. Powered by Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics, this Envy provides decent graphics performance. The machine also has an intuitive touch which makes its usage even more interesting and easy.

The HP Envy 23 TouchSmart looks and feels the way that an all-in-one should: its sleek and easy-to-use, with a sturdy, easily-adjustable stand and well-positioned ports. A standard wireless mouse and keyboard are provided with the desktop. The big optical wireless mouse like any other typical mouse has a scroll wheel and two buttons. The mouse overall is accurate and responsive. The large black keyboard on the other hand has regular style keys. It also has a plastic border which is black around the edge. The lower left corner of the back of the screen mainly consists of ports. The ports on the left side include two USB 3.0 ports, a card reader, microphone and headphone jacks.

The HP Envy 23 TouchSmart sports an attractive, glossy 23-inch touchscreen with a native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The screen looks good and has no rendering issues, and images and text look crisp and clear. Colours look mostly accurate.

As a touchscreen, the TouchSmarts screen is excellent. Its smooth to the touch, which makes using it very comfortable, and its accurate. Multi-touch gestures are very smooth and quick. Overall, everything feels snappy on this screen.

The back ports include a lock slot and four USB 2.0 ports. The right side of the screen consists of HDMI output, minus buttons to move through the menus, and a DVD-RW drive. The 23-inch touch screen supports 1080 x 1920 full HD resolution.

In out testing, the AIO scored 3,033 in PCMark 7, which is used for measuring regular productivity performance. It scored 1,116 in 3D Mark for graphics. Both are average scores.

Kirti Sharma