HP ENVY 27-p041 All-in-One Desktop Review

April 21, 2016
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HP ENVY 27-p041 is a fast All-in-One desktop, or how do things like Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM sound to you? There’s also huge 27-inches monitor included, not to mention better than Full HD resolution. Such a system looks excellent, but are there any reasons why it sucks…?

The good

Indeed, you’ll find the display great in HP ENVY 27-p041. It is a 27-inch screen (bigger than an average PC monitor), and the resolution is 2560×1440 – bigger than Full HD. A lot of screen estate is offered; for example having two browser or MS Word windows side by side will work no problem. Also 10-finger multi-touch is supported. Panel type is IPS, so viewing angles shouldn’t be an issue. On top of the screen, a 720p webcam is available.

Processing power is good, too. The processor is Intel Core i5-6400T, with most interesting specs being four cores, 2.2GHz clock speed and 2.8GHz turbo. High-end, yes, and the average CPU Mark score is around 5200 – you’ll find such a powerhouse adequate for heavier-than-browser programs, such as Adobe Photoshop and other similar software. Memory is alright as well, 8GB DDR3 low voltage type, however I don’t think you can upgrade it.

Ports are decent for All-in-One: four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 for common peripherals. In addition, HDMI input and output are offered, meaning you can plug a secondary monitor or HDMI-outputting device like Xbox to this computer and use the console through the HP’s own screen. Also Gigabit RJ-45 port is at your disposal, and 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card for wireless connections.

The neutral

AMD Radeon R7 A365 is the discrete graphics engine in HP ENVY 27-p041. It’s not hardcore gaming friendly, but surely you can do something with it. There are not benchmarks or reviews available, but it is expected to be somewhat better than new integrated chips from the Intel side. Thus, running games such as GTA 5 is advisable on low-to-medium settings (and 720p resolution), you should get around 30 frames per second then.

3-in-1 card reader is installed, you can slip in memory cards and transfer data easily that way.

Wireless keyboard and wireless mouse are included.

The bad

Hardly a bad thing, but the storage drive of HP ENVY 27-p041 doesn’t earn the computer any extra points. I mean, it’s surely big – 2 terabytes – but the conventional hard drive technology (5400RPM spindle speed) won’t make it exactly fast. It might be a better idea to have a solid-state drive; that you can in fact install here yourself if you have technical skills.

There is no optical drive for some reason. You must get external DVD burner if you wish to use discs.

Final thoughts

HP ENVY 27-p041 should be worth it if you want a “plug and play” package that can also deal with heavier software – including programming and image & video editing programs. See, this desktop comes with everything necessary – display and input devices included – so you just plug it in and everything works. Equally important, the Core i5 CPU with the help of 8GB RAM is plenty and no software I can think of should lag here. Even some gaming performance is present thanks to the graphics card. If you have the money and desire for a beefier desktop, check out this powerful HP!

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