It might be in your best interest to go for All-in-One desktop if you want a comfortable, effortless choice. Since every necessary part of the computer is included you just need to plug in the system and behold, it works. HP 27-b010 ENVY offers this kind of All-in-One functionality, but the big question is its expensive price…
Performance in nutshell
Intel Core i7-6700T is one of the better desktop processors, and you can be sure to find it in HP 27-b010 ENVY. It offers quad-core setup, and the clock speed is already high 2.8GHz with turbo taking it to a whopping 3.6GHz. The i6-6700T is really in the heavy processor series, one of the popular benchmarks the CPU Mark gives it ~9000 points. Regular desktop processors are in the range of 5000-7000. You get a lot of oomph here, demanding programs such as Adobe Premiere can be used on this desktop.
The high performance continues in memory section as there’s 16GB DDR4-2133 memory attached to the mainboard. The maximum memory is 32GB thanks to two DDR4 slots.
There are two storage drives, an old school 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive for the bulk of your files, and a 128GB M.2 PCIe/NVMe solid-state drive for high transfer rates. I’m pretty sure the operating system, Windows 10 Home 64-bit, is installed on the SSD part. Thus, it will boot darn fast, around 7 seconds to desktop screen from shutdown state.
Notes on gaming
As it is, they included a dedicated graphics card in HP 27-b010 ENVY. It’s the mobile-level GeForce GTX950M which uses 2GB GDDR5 video RAM. It surely isn’t a top-notch graphics solution but still much better than integrated chips. You can play any game on this no worries, as long as you remember to use lower settings on some of the heaviest ones. Here are some real-life examples:
– The Witcher 3, medium settings and 720p, ~40FPS
– GTA 5, medium settings and 720p, +60FPS
– Battlefield, medium settings and 720p, +70FPS
– Minecraft, +100FPS
I’d call it pretty decent for gaming!
What ports and connections are offered?
For All-in-One unit, HP 27-b010 ENVY offers a decent connectivity. To begin with, four USB 3.0 connectors are available in the back for your devices. There is also Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) at your service.
The dedicated video ports are two: HDMI output and input. You’ll find the former useful if you want to plug in a second monitor, like HDTV, to this computer. The HDMI-input can be used with device such as Xbox if you want to play it through this desktop’s display.
The WiFi supports dual-band 802.11ac standard and Bluetooth 4.2. There’s also 1000Mbps RJ-45 for all of those who want to use Internet with cable.
Anything else that is important?
So remember that you get a nice display with HP 27-b010 ENVY. The diagonal is 27 inches which is probably bigger than the screen on your current desktop. It supports up to 2560×1440 resolution which is sweet for professionals and digital artists. Casual users can probably do with different supported resolutions. It’s a touch enabled screen with IPS panel, giving around 180 degree viewing angles.
The desktop has a built-in webcam.
Summing it up
HP 27-b010 ENVY is a power user’s desktop solution. The components inside are pristine, the holy trio of i7 processor, 16GB RAM and solid-state drive will take any user far with his software efforts – even with something as heavy as image editing. In addition, graphics performance is present as well: the GTX 950M card will run even the newest games if you skimp on some settings. The only real downside I can think of is the price, but if you can put everything the HP offers to a good use, it will be a good acquisition for you!