Envy 23xt Beats Special Editionby HP

  • Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition
  • Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition
  • Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
73%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Audio and bass is impressive; if you like Beats headphones, you'll probably like this.
  • This PC has an unusually striking red-and-black design to match the famous beet-red Beats colors. Nothing else looks quite like it.
  • This computer is surprisingly energy-efficient.

CONS

  • Performance could be a lot better. No solid state drive means everything takes longer, and the integrated graphics offer slower performance for PC games.
  • This PC is expensive compared to its competition--you're paying for the Beats audio and branding.
  • The glossy display is overly reflective, which is a problem for an entertainment-focused PC.
HP's Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition is a 23-inch all-in-one PC with a touch screen. Unlike HP's other Envy PCs, this is a special edition PC made in partnership with Beats--before it was purchased by Apple. It's an entertainment-focused PC colored to look like a pair of Beats headphones. It includes "Beats Audio," promising better sound quality and more bass than competing all-in-ones.
NameEnvy 23xt Beats Special EditionXPS 18 (2014)SproutiMac (21.5-inch, 2014)C560 Touch All-in-One
ManufacturerHPDellHPAppleLenovo
Techwalla Score
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List Price$1050$1100$1900$1100$850
90%

I was surprised how energy efficient this computer is. It measures around 50~70 Watts/hour for normal use, but most of the time stays around…

I was surprised how energy efficient this computer is. It measures around 50~70 Watts/hour for normal use, but most of the time stays around 50 Watts/h. That is less than my 15” laptop consumes so I have to say this desktop is very energy efficient.

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70%

This Envy’s Beats speakers offer beefy, bass-heavy audio that won’t disturb the neighbors, but can easily rock your house. The focus on bass…

This Envy’s Beats speakers offer beefy, bass-heavy audio that won’t disturb the neighbors, but can easily rock your house. The focus on bass adds oomph to action scenes in movies and games, and also helps the mid-range remain clear when playing music.

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70%

Its attractive display is soured by a glossy coating that makes it overly reflective, and integrated graphics rather than a discrete card me…

Its attractive display is soured by a glossy coating that makes it overly reflective, and integrated graphics rather than a discrete card means you can rule out high-end games. But good looks are coupled with decent performance for casual games and streaming media.

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60%

Fire engine red, Christmas red, beat-read, if only HP had put an SSD in this PC. It’s nice-looking, sounds good and the screen is nice. But …

Fire engine red, Christmas red, beat-read, if only HP had put an SSD in this PC. It’s nice-looking, sounds good and the screen is nice. But the overriding impression I took away from it was how slow it booted and programs installed and loaded.

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