HP Envy 34: Two-minute review
The HP Envy 34 All-in-One PC is without a doubt one of our favorite all-in-one computers we’ve ever used. And with it offering more performance and features than any competing PC in its class, it honestly doesn’t even come close.
Let’s shake things up a bit and lead with what’s missing from this computer, just to get it out of the way so we can talk about everything we love about it.
Aesthetically, the Envy 34 isn’t much to look at. It doesn’t have the pop of color you’ll get with a new iMac (24-inch, M1), and it’s easy to pass the Envy 34 in an office and not give it a second look. It’s that kind of computer, at least from a distance.
It’s also running an 11th-gen Intel processor instead of a new Alder Lake chip. Alder Lake chips run very hot, so this might not be a bad thing in an all-in-one where cooling is an issue.
The GPU is a mobile chip, but that too is probably unavoidable as this is an all-in-one rather than a desktop tower with more robust multi-fan cooling solutions.
And finally, the biggest issue you’ll encounter is that the higher-spec model of the Envy 34 is quite expensive, but that’s a given if you go with something higher-spec.
All that being said, from the spectacular design to the sharpness of its screen; its features, upgradeability and functionality; its relative accessibility; and above all its performance, the HP Envy 34 is phenomenal in almost every way that matters.
We’ll even say it’s better than an iMac, especially for creatives who aren’t locked into Apple’s broad ecosystem. If you’re looking for the best all-in-one computer and you’re not just looking for a budget, general purpose PC, this is the one you should put at the top of your list and see if your competitors can beat it. We doubt they will.
HP Envy 34: Pricing and Availability
- How much does it cost? From $1,999 / £1,999 / around AU$2,800
- When do you leave? Available now in the US and UK. Not available in Australia at the moment
- Price as reviewed? Review configuration MSRP $2,349/£2,499/about AU$3,380
The HP Envy 34 All-in-One PC is available now in the US and UK, starting at $1,999 and £1,999 respectively. It is not currently available in Australia, but we have contacted HP for a possible Australian release date and will update this review if and when we receive a response from the company.
Here they are HP Envy 34 configuration sent to for review:
CPU: Intel Core i7-11700
Graphics: Nvidia RTX 3060
HIT: 16GB DDR4-2666 (4 x DIMM slots, upgradable to 128GB)
Screen: 34-inch IPS, 5120 x 2160p, 500 nits, 98% DCI-P3, anti-reflective coating
Store: 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 slots, up to 4TB)
ports: (rear) 2 x Thunderbolt 4; 4 x USB Type-A (10Gbps); 1 x RJ-45; 1 x combo connector; (Side) 1 x USB Type-C (5Gbps); 2 x USB Type-A (5Gbps); HP 3-in-1 memory card reader;
Connectivity: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Audio: Dual Bang & Olufsen 2W speakers
Camera: 16MP mobile binning webcam with physical privacy shutter
Weight: 24.36 pounds | 11.05 kg
Size (L x D x H): 32.17 x 8.78 x 14.5 inches | 817.11 x 223.01 x 368.3 mm
The initial setup in the US and UK is the same, with an 11th Gen Intel i5-11400, an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD for $1,999 / £1,999.
The configuration submitted to for review features an 11th Gen Intel i7-11700 CPU, an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD. This setup costs $2,349 / £2,499. The top tier spec features an 11th Gen Intel i9-11900, an Nvidia RTX 3080, 32GB RAM and a 1TB SSD for $3,429 / £3,499.
Compare that to the 24-inch iMac, which has a starting price of $1,299 / £1,249 / AU$1,899 and comes with an Apple M1 chip with a 7-core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage.
While the Envy 34 is $700 / £750 more expensive, its base configuration comes with double the RAM and SSD storage. It also comes with a discrete GPU with its own dedicated video memory and an ultrawide 5120 x 2160p display with a maximum brightness of 500 nits and 98% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamma.
The fully spec iMac, meanwhile, is priced at $2,499 / £2,449 / AU$3,699, and it comes with an M1 with an 8-core GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 2TB SSD storage. The configuration we reviewed has half the storage capacity, the same amount of RAM, an RTX 3060 with dedicated VRAM, and an ultra-wide display, making it by far the best value for creatives, especially when you factor in storage and memory. upgradeable and more than double the number of ports on the iMac, including an SD card reader.
HP Envy 34: Project
- The screen does not rotate
- Excellent number and placement of doors
- 16MP mobile webcam
While the HP Envy 34 isn’t flashy at all, it’s a true Swiss Army knife when it comes to functionality.
The PC comes in a single color, Turbo Silver, and comes with a slim, full-size wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse. They’re generally decent enough to use, and while the keys are a bit too shallow a profile for our tastes, anyone coming from a Mac will be right at home. They’re incredibly responsive to wireless devices, and we’ve yet to experience a drop in mouse or keyboard connectivity after prolonged use.
The 34-inch, height-adjustable 5K 21:9 screen is simply beautiful to look at. With 500 nits of brightness, anti-glare coating and 98% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut, you’ll be hard pressed to find a creative all-in-one with this size, resolution and color fidelity at this price. Although adjustable in height, the display does not rotate, unfortunately.
The ports on an all-in-one PC can be difficult to access, and that’s still the case for some of the Envy 34’s ports, particularly the ports on the back. But this is much negated by the Envy 34, putting two USB Type-A and one USB Type-C ports on the computer stand within reach of the user.
Even better, the stand also has a media memory card reader, so inserting an SD card full of photos takes about as long as it takes you to sit down in front of it.
HP Envy 34: Features
- Upgradeable RAM and storage
- 15W wireless charging built into the base of the stand
- Mobile webcam with physical privacy shutter
The HP Envy 34 is as feature-packed as any all-in-one we’ve seen.
The two 2W Bang & Olufsen built-in speakers won’t compete with the best soundbars anytime soon, but they still deliver decent sound for built-in speakers. If you’re an audio professional hoping to use this for audio mixing work, it’s definitely better to use headphones or external speakers. Otherwise, they’re perfectly fine for everyone else who isn’t audiophile.
Many MFPs have some degree of upgradeability, but some do not; particularly the Apple iMac. The Envy 34 can be upgraded to 128GB of RAM and 4TB M.2 SSD storage, which means there’s more than enough expandability for creatives who process heavy multimedia content.
Then there’s the 15W wireless charger built into the base of the Envy 34’s stand. Is this really a necessary feature for an all-in-one PC? Of course. Is it thin sometimes? Yup. Is it a fantastic thing to have on your work PC anyway? Absolutely.
And now the webcam. This is not your standard 720p or even 1080p webcam, but a 16MP IR webcam, which offers incredibly sharp resolution for video recording. It supports Windows Hello, making logging in as easy as sitting in front of your computer.
Plus, it’s mobile and has a magnetic base that attaches to all sides of the screen, so you can use it in many ways you wouldn’t be able to with a standard built-in webcam. That means you use one USB port in the process, but with so many ports, you can afford it.
Best of all, there’s a physical, sliding privacy shutter on the webcam with diagonal stripe pattern to clearly see when the camera shutter is in use. Few manufacturers do this, so we’d love to see it with the HP Envy 34.
HP Envy 34: Performance
- 11th generation Intel processor
- GPU up to RTX 3080 with Nvidia Studio drivers
- GPU performance is poor
The HP Envy 34 even has an Intel Core i9-11900 S-series chip, so even though it’s a high-end Intel processor, it’s a full 65W desktop-class processor. This provides powerful performance in an all-in form factor. -one, especially when paired with an RTX 3080 GPU.
The main issue with the Envy 34’s performance that we’ve reviewed is that its GPU is a mobile chip, so it’s weak for a “desktop”. That means you won’t get the full desktop-class performance you might expect just by looking at the specs. We can’t imagine how you could without melting your PC, so this isn’t surprising. Just understand that even though this is a desktop PC, that doesn’t mean it comes with a GPU on par with the best graphics cards. That just won’t be the case.
Here’s how the HP Envy 34 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
Cinebench R23 Single Core: 1,552; Multi-core: 8,992
3D Mark King’s Landing: 3,611; Time Spy: 6,156; Fire Attack: 12,766; Night Attack: 13,657
GeekBench 5: 1,605 (Single core); 6,882 (Multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 6,461
Handbrake: 32 fps
PugetBench for Adobe Photoshop: 561
PugetBench for Adobe Premiere: 593
Blender (Monter): 994; (garbage shop): 584; (Classroom): 507
The processor is also a high-end Intel chip, so pre-Intel ones jumped into Alder Lake and doused everyone with the phenomenal performance of its 12th generation. You’re missing out on that performance here, and in terms of CPU scores, even the 12th Gen Intel mobile CPUs nearly outperform the 11th Gen desktop processor in the Envy 34.
But these chips outperform just about everyone else and work so well that it would honestly be impossible to safely operate them without limiting their performance in an all-in-one PC. The 11th Gen Intel chips in the Envy 34 are probably the right compromise here.
They still deliver excellent performance, going toe-to-toe with the 24-inch iMac in Geekbench and Cinebench R23, and the Envy 34 really excels when handling creative workloads like photo and video editing.
The Envy 34 scored 871 on PugetBench Photoshop, compared to the iMac’s 649. When encoding a 4K video to 30fps 1080p video, the Envy 34 did the job significantly faster than the newer iMac, encoding 37 frames per second compared to the iMac’s 24.5 frames per second.
This might not be the best gaming PC, but for creative professionals you now have a serious alternative to the iMac, and if you can afford the premium for the Envy 34, this is absolutely the all-in-one you should be looking for.
Should I buy an HP Envy 34?
Don’t buy if…
|Value||The HP Envy 34 isn’t cheap, but for the hardware you’re getting, it offers incredible value.||5/5|
|Project||While not flashy at all, the design is highly functional and the display is beautiful.||4/5|
|Features||From the wireless Qi charger built into the base to the 16MP mobile webcam, there are plenty of extras in the Envy 34.||4/5|
|acting||The Envy 34 handles creative workloads with ease and can also keep up with productivity tasks.||4/5|