HP's new Envy Desktop brings more power, new design for modern creators
The HP Envy desktop PC has been overhauled to better act as a powerhouse for creative work.
What you need to know
- HP's pre-built Envy desktop PC has been updated for 2022.
- It will come with up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti GPU.
- Toolless entry and standard parts should make for easy future upgrades.
- The new HP Envy desktop is expected to launch Spring 2022.
Announced at CES 2022, HP's pre-built PC lineup is getting a big upgrade with the expected Spring release of the new HP Envy. It's been a few years since the Envy design saw an update, and HP has moved beyond the vertical tile look for a cleaner (but taller) look. Thanks to a ton of configuration options ranging from a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12400 CPUs up to a Core i9-12900K CPU and up to a NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti GPU, the Envy is a PC built for every level of creativity. It should insert easily into our collection of the best desktop computers.
Take a look at the configuration options HP is offering.
|OS||Windows 11 Home|
|Processor||12th Gen Intel|
|RAM||Up to 128GB (4 x 32GB)|
|Storage||Up to 1TB M.2 PCIe NVme SSD|
Up to 2TB SATA HDD (7,200RPM)
|Graphics||AMD Radeon RX 6600XT|
AMD Radeon RX 6700XT
NVIDIA RTX 3060
NVIDIA RTX 3060 Ti
NVIDIA RTX 3070
NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti
NVIDIA RTX 3080
NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti
SD card reader
Three 3.5mm audio
|Wireless||Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201|
|PSU||500W 80 Plus Bronze|
600W 80 Plus Gold
800W 80 Plus Gold
|Dimensions||6.5 (W) x 15.59 (H) x 17.64 (D) inches|
(165mm x 395.9mm x 448mm)
|Weight||30.31 pounds (13.7kg)|
Ports have been expanded with this new design, with the top front panel of the PC offering up an SD card reader, three USB-A, USB-C, and dual 3.5mm audio jacks for headset and microphone. The back of the PC has another USB-C port, one Thunderbolt 4 port, Ethernet, four USB-A, and three 3.5mm audio jacks. Video ports will differ depending on the GPU you choose; there are four PCI expansion slots available, with at least a couple being taken up by the GPU. The PC will be able to handle up to four 4K displays if you go with the RTX 3060 GPU or better.
Not only is the performance hardware capable of handling just about every level of work — from productivity tasks like email, web browsing, streaming, and word processing to video editing, design, and development — it's also upgradeable thanks to easy tool-less entry. The blow-up diagram shows no use of proprietary hardware, meaning you should be able to keep this PC relevant longer into the future.
To help you up your productivity, HP includes its Palette suite of software, including Duet and QuickDrop. Duet allows you to connect a secondary tablet, PC, or phone to be used as a secondary monitor (complete with any inking capabilities), while QuickDrop lets you move files quickly and easily between HP products.
If you're searching for a powerful pre-built PC with the best CPUs and best graphics cards that doesn't look like a gaming PC, the HP Envy should now compete much better with the likes of the Dell XPS Special Edition desktop. The new HP Envy desktop is expected to launch Spring 2022, with prices coming closer to launch.
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.