The Bottom Line
Jan 24 2012 - At its price point, the HP Envy 23-d055 offers a bit more performance than other touchscreen based systems. This comes from a quad core desktop processor and AMD dedicated graphics. The downside is that the design is a bit dated now and HP doesn't have the edge in touchscreen software that it once did since the release of Windows 8.
- Multitouch Display With Greater Tilt Range
- Dedicated Graphics Processor
- Quad Core Processor For Additional Performance
- Just 6GB of Memory
- Lacks The Software Edge It Used To Have Before Windows 8
- Intel Core i5-3470S Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With AMD Radeon HD 7450A 1GB Graphics
- Intel HDA Audio With Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 2.0, Four USB 2.0, 6-in-1 Card Reader, 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- 22.8" x 17.9" x 8.4"
- Windows 8, Office Starter, Cyberlink PowerDVD, Notron Internet Security
Review - HP ENVY 23-d055 TouchSmart
Jan 14 2012 - The HP ENVY 23-d055 TouchSmart is their larger and more premium of their all-in-one series. It shares the same design as the past TouchSmart 520 but carriers the ENVY product name that was one reserved for high end performance systems. The design features a heavy base with two rod arms that hold of the display. This does a good job of holding the screen up when it is being used with the touchscreen and can fold back to a greater sixty degree angle that can make touch use easier on the user but it does not fully fold back like the previous Samsung Series 7 or even HP's Z1 Workstation.
Powering the HP Envy 23-d055 TouchSmart is the Intel Core i5-3470S quad core processor. This is combined with 6GB of DDR3 memory which is surprising as most of the competition is offering 8GB at this price point. Overall, it still runs smoothly with the Windows 8 operating system but it may show some slow downs in more demanding tasks from less memory. Overall, it offers better performance for those that are looking to do some tasks such as desktop video editing than most of the options at this price point.
While the ENVY 23-d055 TouchSmart has many upgraded features over the smaller and more affordable version, the storage features are identical. The one terabyte hard drive provides a good amount of storage for applications, data and media files. It spins at the traditional 7200rpm spin rate which is faster than the green class drives that spin at 5400rpm but those are generally in much less expensive drives. If you need additional storage, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage. These ports are on the left side of the display which is a bit disappointing as most people added storage will have them plugged in all the time and the ports on the side does little to hide those cables. A dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
What sets the HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart apart from most all-in-ones now is the graphics. I'm not talking about the display but the graphics processor. Most all-in-ones now rely on the Intel HD Graphics that are built onto the Intel processors. They provide limited 3D performance and only offer acceleration for media encoding with specific programs. Here HP uses an AMD Radeon HD 7450A graphics processor with 1GB of memory. Now this doesn't have the 3D performance to be running modern games at the full native resolution of the monitor but it does allow for some casual PC gaming unlike the integrated options. In addition, it offers acceleration of a greater range of non-3D applications including programs like Photoshop. The display itself is your standard 23-inch panel that is found in many of the latest all-in-one systems. It has a native resolution of 1920x1080 for full 1080p HD video support. The touch interface is responsive Windows 8 and handled multitouch gestures without a problem.
One of the big problems that HP now has is the software. Before they had their TouchSmart and then Magic Canvas software that really set them apart from other systems that relied almost entirely on the limited touch interface of Windows 7. Now with Windows 8, the system isn't really all that different from the rest of the models out there as they all have the same basic touch capabilities.
With a price tage of between $1150 and $1250, the HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart sits in a middle ground for all-in-one systems between value and high end performance. Competition at this price point includes offerings like the Apple iMac 21.5-inch, Dell's Inspiron One 23, Samsung's Series 7 and Sony's VAIO L. Apple has one of the most stylish systems with some good performance but it is a bit slower than HP. Dell's Inspiron One 23 is very similar in features but lacks a dedicated graphics processor. Samsung's Series 7 offers roughly the same level of performance with better audio and a more modern design but lacks the dedicated graphics. Finally, the Sony has much less performance from mobile components but has a larger screen and a bit more media focused features.