HP starts selling Envy Rove 20, its 20-inch Windows 8 AiO-tablet, for $979

In May, HP announced its newest Windows 8 PC, the Envy Rove 20. The 20-inch touchscreen all-in-one is similar to the previously released Sony 20-inch Vaio Tap 20, the 27-inch Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon and the 18-inch Dell XPS 18 in that it can also be used as a stand alone, and huge, Windows 8 tablet.

This week, HP finally started selling the Envy Rove 20 on its website and announced that the price for the PC will be $979.99. It also revealed its full hardware specs for the first time. The 20 inch IPS screen has a resolution of 1600x900. Inside, Envy Rove 20 has an Intel Core i3-4010U processor with a clock speed of 1.7 GHz, along with an embedded Intel HD 4400 graphics chip.

It also has 4 GB of RAM that can be upgraded to 16 GB, a 1 TB hard drive combined with a small 8 GB SSD for fast caching, and three USB 3.0 ports. The internal battery in the Envy Rove 20 is supposed to last up to three hours.

You may be wondering if this new PC could be upgraded to support a discreet graphics card for more hard core gaming. Unfortunately, as revealed in an in-house HP interview, the company has no such plans for adding a dedicated graphics card into the Envy Rove 20.

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Guys, this tablet is a tabletop tablet. Portability is an extra. Battery life is an extra. It's meant to be operated on the desk, not on the go. It weighs over 5 kilos after all. For what it is, it's a great product. And the resolution is OK too - I don't get why everyone suddenly started going crazy about high resolutions... Like everyone is already brainwashed from marketing talk and the race in mobile phones for big ppi. You don't look at 20" screen from 5 inches away.

The internal battery in the Envy Rove 20 is supposed to last up to three hours.

They're not even all that confident about 3 hours. So, probably more like 2 hours, or 2.5 if you're browsing the web and watching videos and running a couple of extra apps.

It might be cool if you wanted to take your whole PC into the kitchen sometimes, but it's too big and too battery hungry for much else.

I'd much rather have an 8-10 inch with better portability and battery life.

3 hours? This device would be so nice if they could balance everything better. My Sager gaming laptop gets better battery time and it can blow this tablet away spec for spec. How the MacBook Air gets 10-12 hours and HP could barely get 3 hours is mind boggling.

JHBrown said,
3 hours? This device would be so nice if they could balance everything better. My Sager gaming laptop gets better battery time and it can blow this tablet away spec for spec. How the MacBook Air gets 10-12 hours and HP could barely get 3 hours is mind boggling.
I am assuming you can read. The device has a 20" screen and you're trying to compare it to a regular laptop that has a 15" screen? Also Macs have a battery that is nearly the full size of the bottom of the laptop, while most Windows machines use a much physically smaller battery. Not sure why HP didn't make this thing at least have a batty 1/2 the size of the device, unless it would make it very heavy.

Also at 20" I doubt you will lung it around much, so am sure it will always be plugged in. So the fact it has a battery anyways is a very moot point.

HP, how about using an APU next time? Cheaper, graphics cores are way over the Intel's HD series (since you have no plans to fit a discrete card in there).

Or how about make two different machines. One with Intel and one with an AMD APU?

mrlcutleruk83 said,
no pen?

I looked on the specs/accessories and saw nothing, could have been a useful device had it included it.

I imagine the resolution is modest because a higher resolution would've drained battery life even quicker; however, since most people will probably use this as their main computer (and plugged in most of the time) a higher resolution might've made more sense... at the expense of battery life.

Your Nexus 7 isn't a 20" full powered PC...I don't understand how everyone here is even making comparisons to laptops and android tablets...it's a completely different device. 3 hours on a 20" IPS touch screen is impressive.

rakeshishere said,
My 7'' Nexus 7 gives me easily more than 3hrs battery life.

Is this the part where we yell out things that are completely different?

A 20 inch screen with a 1600X900 resolution? That's really bad. So let me get this straight. The Surface Pro has a better processor, a better screen resolution (although a smaller screen, but to me at least, the resolution is all that matters).

I can't believe a device that large can have such ****ty specs for such an unnaturally high price. You would think that more decent hardware would be able to fit in there.

To each his own. . .for me it would be nice to get my hands on for no other reason then to put it through its paces, and see how well it would work as a tablet will reading a book in PDF on a two page theme. . .