The HP Envy Rove 20 is an all-in-one desktop PC which has a touchscreen and a built-in battery so that you can pick it up and carry it around the house like a big tablet. Weighing almost 12 pounds, it’s not exactly as portable as an iPad, but it also doesn’t have to be tethered to your desk by a series of cables the way a desktop computer normally would be.

Introduced in May, the HP Envy Rove 20 is now available from Best Buy for $980.

HP Envy Rove 20

The computer sports a 20 inch, 1600 x 900 pixel IPS display with wide viewing angles, 802.11ac WiFi, 4GB of RAM, 1TB of storage (plus 8GB of solid state cache), and an Intel Core i3 Haswell processor.

It also has an Ethernet jack, SD card slot, Intel Wireless Display technology, Bluetooth, and 3 USB 3.0 ports. It comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse.

A number of companies have introduced computers recently which blur the lines between all-in-one desktop computers and tablets. Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and Sony all have models that walk that line. The idea is that you can use your computer in new ways — and new places. For example, you can pick up the PC and carry it around the house, allowing you to use the same computer in your office, living room, and kitchen.

You can watch a movie in one room, carry the PC to another and use it to read recipes or watch a cooking show while you prepare dinner. Or you can lie it flat on the floor or a tablet and play digital board games.

What you’re probably not going to do with a 20 inch, 12 pound tablet, is stuff it in your bag and take it to school with you.

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8 replies on “HP Envy Rove 20 big-screen tablet (or desktop) now available for $980”

  1. Others say that this is a pile of crap, but after owning a Microsoft RT, any computer is great!

  2. Does its display have a decent digitizer for use with a pen?

    Not going to buy a useless touch screen without that, just to smudge with your fingers for things a mouse would do just as well.

  3. I like the basic idea, but….

    1. 12 lbs = fail
    2. only 1600×900 (not full HD) = fail
    3. no VESA mount holes = fail
    4. no digitizer pen with palm rejection = fail
    5. Core i3 CPU requires noisy fan = fail

    1. You nailed it…

      The features you mention as missing would have actually made that clunker worth 1k. The way it is, I’m not sure its worth half that.

      HP is getting as lame as …ummm, Microcruft…

    2. Well…

      1) Anything 20″ isn’t going to be remotely light! But some people actually prefer working on large tablets because it gives them more space to work… So some people may consider that a acceptable compromise as otherwise they’re stuck with tiny tablets…

      2) For something intended to be used as a tablet, I agree… resolution should be higher!

      3) It’s a All In One, not a monitor! Though, there may be some cases where people may still want to mount it… it’s a bit heavy for that kind of usage though…

      4) Would be nice but would also raise the price… look how expensive WACOM Cintiq’s are… and those are just the screen with digitizers!

      5) Maybe, given a large enough heat sink even a Core i3 can be made fan-less… it’s just not possible for small laptops and small tablets, but this is a 20″ screen device and pretty thick too… So the fan may be quieter than it would have been in a smaller system…

    3. Dell XPS 18 is the answer for most of your concerns.

      For almost same price as this ($999) you will get 18 inch, FULL HD tablet/desktop with core i3 processor and weighs just 5 pounds compared to this 12 pounds rovo.

      Problem is it comes with old 3rd generation core i3 processors.

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