Some vendors seem to have embraced touch-enabled computers in a big way. ASUS has its 18.4in Transformer AiO PC, Sony has its 20in Tap 20 all-in-one PC, and now HP has introduced it own 20in all-in-one touch PC, the Envy Rove 20. From the name alone, you can tell that this PC wasn't designed to just sit in one spot and be part of the furniture.
The HP Envy Rove 20 is a 20in, all-in-one desktop PC that runs on a fourth-generation Intel Core processor, but even more interestingly, it has a built-in battery so that you can move it around while it's still running. HP says it's good for about 2.5 hours. This makes it a convenient machine to take with you from room to room. In one scenario, you could use it as a temporary screen when you want to watch videos outside, in the bedroom or in the kitchen (if that's your thing).
While you can't use it as a tablet in a traditional sense — it weighs around 6kg and is just way too big to rest in your lap, unless your name is Shaq — you can use it as a tabletop touch system quite easily. You can sit in front of the screen and tap and swipe the screen to browse media files, or you can place it flat on a table (or the floor) and play games on it.
HP envisions it as a new-style home entertainment device on which electronic board games (think Monopoly, for example) or even pinball games could be lots of fun. The screen is based on IPS technology, it's Full HD, and it supports up to 10 simultaneous touch inputs.
You can, of course, you use it as a normal desktop PC, and HP will ship it with wireless peripherals that are very convenient for that purpose. We don't know the full specs yet, but the main thing is that this unit will come with a fourth-generation Intel Core i3 CPU, which could help in the power consumption stakes when running on battery compared to Core i5 and i7 variants, but it will definitely help in keeping the price point low to attract as many families as possible.
Connections are sparse, though: it has three USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot. Just like a tablet, you get volume buttons, a screen rotation lock button and a headphone port. Speakers are built in to the unit and they are of the Beats designation, so they should sound decent. There's built-in Wi-Fi, too.
The Rove has a metal stand that's hydraulic, which makes it smooth and easy to manipulate with one hand, and you can push it until it's flat on a desk. When it's flat, it locks in place and you need to press a button on the right side to release it (it flips back out on its own) in order to turn it back into a regular PC screen.
It should become available to buy in the next month or so and we'll bring you a full review as soon as we can get our hands on one. The one we took pictures of for this article was on display at the launch of Intel's fourth-generation Core CPU here in Sydney.