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HP Envy 32-inch Media Display with Beats Audio

by on February 15, 2015
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It is very clear that we have reached in age where people want the same kind of clearness on a desktop monitor that is equal to that of our televisions. For a while, it appeared that our monitors were better for watching TV, until television makers figured out that you can just release a screen and called it a “display”, and everyone is happy.

It is also pretty clear that HP ENVY’s 32-inch LED Screen is meant to be targeted as a monitor, but if you want to hook up something besides a computer to it, it can do that too. In fact, its Beats Audio speakers could give the next video that you watch some great sound as well as sight.

The HP ENVY 32-inch LED Screen may not be the 4K monitor of your dreams, but it will at least make some of your monitor dreams come true. Considering that 1080p is kind of slowly becoming an antiquated spec, it is interesting to see if the 1440p will float until more affordable 4K displays become available to the general public.

The Good

HP promises some serious satisfaction with “vibrant detail form practically any position with consistent color and image clarity maintained across an ultra-wide 178 Degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles”, according to 9 to 5 toys. It promises 2560 x 1440 resolution at 3.6 million pixels, which is 4 times more pixels than a 720p HD panel.

The 178 degree viewing angle seems to be a huge point that HP really wants to emphasize. I can see why, as angles of that degree on any monitor is pretty impressive.

If you are looking for good sound, call the doctor. In this case, it is Dr. Dre, who has used his Beats Audio to supply the sound for the ENVY. It has dual 6-watt speakers for a very “booming” sound for a monitor with front-firing speakers. Beats Audio is best known for having its logo on almost every headphone owner’s headphones. Yes, they’ve got that brand name recognition going on, and they are a welcome addition to an HP product.

The HP ENVY also boasts “maximum brightness” with instant crisp imagery with LED backlight along with HP’s BrightView technology with Low Haze Enhancement, promising little to no warm up.

In addition to those quality features, it is possible for the user to customize his or her screen with HP MyDisplay Smart software for user settings, allowing for the partitioning of the screen to run up to four screens. By the way, it is also PC or Mac compatible.

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The Bad

Best Buy’s ratings are pretty good on this one with 13 out of 15 giving it four stars. Here is what the others had to say.

One remarked it as “an Apple copy”, and the slim minimalist design certainly looks like Apple’s design, but at least it is not sterile white in color. It does have the same resolution as a 27-inch iMac monitor at 2560 x 1440 resolution. Another remarked that the 8ms seemed too slow.

Some reviews on Amazon also pointed out that the biggest downside was that the monitor only had a 1-year warranty, even though it really should be more. Here’s another interesting fact, though. Amazon has the HP Envy 32-inch monitor listed as IPS, when it is actually not. This customer contacted HP, who stated that the HP Envy 32-inch monitor was WVA+, which stands for Wide Viewing Angle. There isn’t a lot known about this tech, and so it is not known whether this will set the standard or not.

Final Thoughts

This is not a 4K monitor, and in case you are wondering why a website known as 4K would report about it, it is because we like to report on the alternatives. So yes, you won’t be riding on the 4K bandwagon with this, but you are going 1440p, which is still not as good, and a step above 1080p. Its pixel count is about half as much as a 4K display of approximate size, and the stereo speakers by Beats Audio might make it worth the purchase for some seriously good sound.

Specs

Weight: 23.1 lbs with the stand, 19.8 lbs without.
Dimensions: 33.9 x 70 x 20.6 in (with stand); 33.8 x 2.29 x 17 in (without stand)
Screen size: 32 inches, measured diagonally
Response Time: 7 ms gray to gray
Colors: Not known
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Refresh Rate: unknown
Screen Lighting: Not known
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
OS Compatibility: Windows
Connectivity Ports: 1 MHL (with HDCP support); 2 HDMI (with HDCP support); DisplayPort 1.2 (with HDCP support)

Highlights

One of the things that will be appreciated about the HP ENVY is how super sleek and ultra-slim that it is. Speaking of a unique look, the remote control is also something of a wonder as it is somewhat curved, like the LG Flex phone. It has about six buttons for control, which should make it easier on the user.

HP ENVY

The stand for the ENVY 32-inch monitor has a very interesting shape that is unlike any other stands for monitors or even high-quality televisions. Not only does it have a unique aesthetic value, but it is practical as it provides the user much easier access to the rear ports. Speaking of the stand, it can be adjusted to the user’s personal preference with a 5 degree forward or 25 degree backward tilt. It also has the standard VESA mounting in case you want to put it on the wall.

This might sound kind of retro, but the HP ENVY 32-inch monitor has a volume dial. It is actually a volume jog dial, and it comes with a one touch mute button. I couldn’t really find a picture of what this dial looks like, but you’re more likely to probably use the remote anyway.

On a somewhat related note, HP is really putting a lot of time sharing about HP Connected Apps. This allows the user to find files, photos, music, and whatever else across wherever you keep them. I’m not certain why they would highlight this feature unless it is connected to this monitor somehow, so I guess you can connect this ENVY 32-Inch monitor to this.

Visual Specs

Now here is the part where we repeat the numbers for you. It is an extremely good Quad HD at 2560 x 1440 resolution, at quite a wide viewing angle. Then there is also the 10,000,000: 1 dynamic and the 3000:1 static, as well as the 7ms gray to gray. There’s also the 300 cd/m2 brightness for very clear on-screen images.

All this, plus “vibrant detail from practically any position with consistent color and image clearly maintained across an ultra-wide 178-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles. As I have stated before, HP really wants you to know that it can do very wide viewing angles.

Connectivity

As mentioned before in the highlights, the connectors are pretty simple to access. It comes with 1 MHL port, 2 HDMI ports, and a DisplayPort 1.2. There is also a BeatsAudio headphone jack, as well as 2 downstream ports and 1 upstream USB 2.0 port, good for connecting and/or charging of devices.

Pricing

The price on the official HP website for the product shows it listed at $499.99, but this is slashed to $479.99. Contrast that with Amazon, who has it on their site for $499.99, but it is slashed to $449.99. So I suppose that the highest price you’ll pay is $499.99, with Amazon’s $449.99 being the lowest.

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Not so Great

As I have said before, you are not going to get 4K with this, and if you were expecting it, prepared to be disappointed. Or, you might decide that you might just like 1440p, and it looks very clear to you. Customer satisfaction is difficult just as one might even be able to tell the difference between 4K and the next best thing. After all, many average consumers don’t see a huge difference between Blu-ray and DVD, especially on smaller screens.

Positives

• It has 2560 x 1440 resolution

• 178 degree viewing angles

• Two 6-Watt Dr. Dre Beats Audio speakers (oh yeah!)

• Brightview technology with little to no warming up

• Customizable screens for four different viewings

Negatives

• Not quite at the 4K yet

• Is very much an Apple screen clone.

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Maybe you are looking for an affordable 1440p monitor. If so, then this could be the way to go, but you should probably shop around first. You’re actually lonely looking at a few hundred dollars more for a 4K version, but if you want to go the cheap route, it is your eyes.

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