First of all, HP Rove is in no way a tablet, but rather an All-in-One computer that you can use away from the desk, but from a distance it can seem like an ordinary tablet. As soon as you get close to it, you’ll see that there’s an elegant desktop computer in front of you. In case you’re still having doubts, as soon as you take the “tablet” in your hands, you’ll be sorry you didn’t spend more time at the gym.
In all fairness, HP didn’t say anywhere that Rove is a tablet. Slightly chubby look confirms that inside of it there’s a true computer. On the sides there are three USB 3.0 ports, screen rotation button, volume rocker, audio in/out and power connector. Power button is located on the top side, in the middle, above the 20-inch screen is a HD camera, while Beats Audio speakers are located below the screen and Windows button. The layout of all that is great, which can’t be said for SD card slot which is located on the bottom side and it’s completely unusable when device is used as an All-in-One computer. On the back side is a high quality hinge with adjustable angle, which enables you to set the HP Rove just as you want it. We’re emphasizing the quality of this hinge, which will enable you to really lean on it while working. Build quality of the rest of the device doesn’t lag behind at all, so in this segment, HP completely justified its reputation as a premium manufacturer.
HP Rove uses Intel i3-4010U processor at 1,70 GHz and has Intel HD 4400 video card. It has 4 GB of RAM, hybrid hard drive of 1 TB and IPS screen with 1600x900 resolution. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard, and it’s possible to connect it to 10/100 network over an USB adapter.
|HP Envy Rove 20|
|Processor||Intel Core i3-4010U 1.7 GHz, 3 MB cache, 2C/4T|
|Memory||4 GB DDR3|
|Graphics||Intel HD 4400|
|HDD||1 TB 7200 rpm SATA|
|Display||20" IPS HD+ (1600x900 pix) touchscreen WVA LED|
|OS||Windows 8 64|
|Interfaces||3 USB 3.0, 1 audio in/out, 3-in-1 memory card reader|
|Connectivity||802.11 a/c combo Mini Card (2x2), dual band, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiDi/Wifi Direct support, 10/100 NIC over USB dongle|
|Additional||HP wireless mouse and keyboard|
|Dimensions||50.6 x 6.65 x 32.1 cm|
When you turn on the computer, you’ll be greeted by the 64-bit Windows 8 with all its advantages and flaws. There’s also the unavoidable software which comes free in the package, such as Windows Store, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2013 (60-day trial version), HP recovery tools, HP Connected Music, Beats Audio console and a couple of games. One thing that came as an unpleasant surprise is the sluggishness of the whole system, which is most noticeable in slow response time in free applications, which can be solved with a future update. On the other hand, sound and image that HP Rove reproduces are great. The device doesn’t heat as much and it’s silent, and the battery proved to be really good, although this computer will spend most of its time connected to the charger. Working with the touchscreen was great, but it could be a bit more precise. In case this work mode bores you, you have at your disposal a decent HP wireless keyboard and wireless mouse and then HP Rove becomes a classic desktop computer.
Regardless of its size and weight, from time to time you’ll still be holding this device in your hands or rather in your lap, because after a while, holding it becomes tiresome. That’s when the big screen comes fully in the play and all flaws are disregarded. Working on such a big surface that is so close and easily accessible is really great. For example, playing Monopoly which is included and which is completely adjusted to the big touchscreen, and all of that from a close perspective, is really a different and fun experience. Unfortunately, it is really heavy and can’t be held in the lap for too long, so this mode of use isn’t possible for a prolonged period of time. It’s really a shame that it’s not at least third the weight and half as thick. Luckily, such technology is currently being developed (did someone say Phablet?), so we can soon expect to see lighter and thinner tablets.
In the end, only one question remains – who is the target audience? Considering the price and its capabilities, we doubt it will find its place in many homes. It will probably be seen more often in offices of executive officers of successful companies, who both literally and figuratively have to “draw pictures” to their colleagues. For this literal part, they have at their disposal HP Envy Rove 20.