HP ENVY Rove20: Specs, Pricing and Available Soon!

So I’ve been teasing and talking with you guys about the ENVY Rove20 over the past few weeks. Today, I’ve got the scoop for you on what’s going into the guts of this one-of-a-kind mobile all-in-one PC. Keep reading for the specs, pricing and official availability….

 

fingertapps envy rove - small.jpgFOR THOSE THAT DON’T KNOW….

(Feel free to skip to the second section for the specs if you already know the deal here)

 

It may look like a larger-than-life-sized tablet, but don’t go thinking that you can play a pinball game on the bus with HP’s new ENVY Rove20. (I was tempted to try.) This is an awesomely designed All-in-One PC that you can take with you around the house. And it’s more than enough to make a statement about being a family-ready PC.

 

Sitting on a table, Rove stands out with good looks – and it stands up with the aid of a smooth hinge. I can’t really underscore how the design of this one simple thing makes all the difference. Folded into the back of the unit, this awesome metal prop supports the Rove without getting in the way. I can simply push my finger and the Rove changes elevation so you can go from 90-degrees up to lying flat on a table and it works great – easy to shift position, and when you start tapping on the screen at whatever viewing angle, it won’t wobble.

 

Combine that hinge with the battery and you get an in-home PC with flexibility and mobility to move around the house. You don’t need to worry about extra gear or peripherals….or anything. It’s self-contained….and if you don’t want to plug in a keyboard / mouse, you don’t need to sweat it.

 

How much is it? Let’s make this official. Drumroll, please……

 

THE PRICE / AVAILABILITY FOR HERE IN THE U.S.

It’s going to sell for $979. You can order it starting July 14th on the HP shopping site. A week later, you’ll be able to see it for yourself on Best Buy’s store shelves starting July 21st.

 

envy rove.jpgTHE SPECS

  • 20-inch IPS widescreen HD+ panel
  • 10-point touch screen
  • Intel “Haswell” Core i3 processor
  • Integrated Intel HD-4400 Graphics
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 
  • 1TB SSHD Hard drive w/ 8GB cache (we’ve talked a little about Solid State Hybrid Drives here).
  • Three USB 3.0 ports: One charging port (right side),two ports (left side)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Internal battery with over three hours run-time.
  • 802.11ac! (This is a good thing for fast connectivity across your house!)
  • Flash card slot
  • Rotation Button (so that you can spin the screen to portrait mode….or if you just want to adjust the screen to someone sitting across the table from you)
  • Beats Audio (with a front-firing speaker bar sitting at the edge of the bezel.)
  • It also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse (for when you need to go old-school)

THE INTERVIEW

Curious about the choice of internal components, I pulled aside HP’s suave Xavier Lauwaert to talk more about what went into Rove.

 

 TheNextBench: Since we’re officially revealing the specs today, let’s talk a little about the decision to go with Intel’s Haswell processor family and what it does for Rove.

Xavier Lauwaert: It’s a Core i3 of the fourth-generation Intel processor and that means a couple things. It provides a better battery life and improved graphics – It’s running UMA graphics. That battery life is significant because, remember, this is a mobile all-in-one PC. You can move it around the house and not worry about plugging it in for over three hours.

 

Beyond that, the mobile all-in-one market is brand new and Rove – to my knowledge – is the first one to offer a 4th-generation Intel Core processor. That means you’re going to have a much better experience graphically than you might see in other mobile all-in-ones on the market.

 

TNB: I also noticed that it’s got a solid state hybrid drive (SSHD)

XL: Yep, this is also the first mobile all-in-one to offer an SSHD. 8GB of RAM combined with a normal hard drive provides for improved speeds.

 

TNB: But you only see the benefits with commonly used files that get loaded frequently into the system….

XL: Precisely, I believe the biggest improvements you’ll see are with cold boots and frequently-used applications. Not only does it relaunch from hibernation quicker, it relaunches those apps quicker.

 

TNB: I have to say, I was actually really happy with the display in my initial tests….not just how it looks, but also some of the features you added to it.

XL: Yes, we do have an IPS panel with wide viewing angles. Sometimes – especially when you’ve pushed Rove down onto a tabletop – you want to reorient the screen for people without having to turn the computer. That’s why we added a rotation button to the side.

 

TNB: It’s neat! I was sitting at the kitchen table and wanted to show the inlaws something when sitting across from me. All I had to do was hit a button and they were looking at it from their side.

XL: That’s exactly what I’m talking about.

 

TNB: I know that WiDi (Wireless Display) tech from Intel has been improving over the years, dropping latency times and all, but how do you see this being a factor for Rove?

XL: This is the first time we’re also seeing WiDi on  an HP (mobile) all in one. Where notebooks that have WiDi still put a keyboard in front of you, you’re essentially turning Rove into a Mega Remote Control.

 

TNB: Actually, I don’t know if I told you, but when I was goofing around with Rove, I tried using it in my backyard to read the news….

XL: Was it bright enough outside?

 

TNB: Oh, yeah. In fact, I can absolutely see this as a good option for watching streamed content (or piping music in the backyard) during a party.

XL: You should see how I used it once….

 

rove boom box-small.jpg

 

TNB: I do have a general question about the mobile All-in-One, since it is a fairly new concept – How do you see it being used in the home?

XL:  Right now, it’s a free-for-all with form factors in computing devices.If you look at the competition….and notebooks for that matter…things are quickly evolving. You still have traditional clamshell laptops, then convertibles started coming in, now detachables….and they vary in sizes. So the question becomes, “How far do you go with a tablet?” and “How big (or small) do you go with a detachable laptop?”

 

With Rove, the idea was to create something new. The vast majority of people are merging products….and some are moving away from towers. Smartphones started conveying the idea that the data you need shouldn’t be shackled to a single location. So we took a logical step for wanting to easily move a full-featured desktop around the home. The other important thing was making a smart design – like the hinge and all-inclusive features so that you don’t feel like you’re missing a stand or keyboard…or need extra speakers that sound better. Because everything you need it right there and able to move with you. And the large 20” display doesn’t hurt, either.

 

TNB: Yes, all that is true, but do you think people are buying these as primary PCs in their homes?

XL: In a traditional home, I see this as a good, supplemental PC that fits everywhere and is unshackled from any physical location. If you have mainstream-use needs, this is also a good, stylish solution for homes and apartments that are tight on space.

  

TNB: OK, One last question I need to ask as a tech-head / gamer / guy that always wants more – any thoughts on the likelihood of squeezing discrete graphics into a Rove down the road?

 

XL: We believe in the goodness of Intel’s 4th Gen chips so – at this time – no plans to add graphics. If you are mostly consuming media – which is what our studies have shown people to do with Rove – then the UMA solution should suffice, plus it helps on the battery life.

 

Do you have any additional questions for Xavier or myself? Or maybe you have some ideas how you'd use Rove? We'd love to hear from you.

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