HP has been making all-in-one PCs for some time now, but now it’s attempting to adapt to the touch-centric ways of Windows 8 with its new Recline series of desktops. The HP Envy Recline23 TouchSmart All-in-One PC and the HP Envy Recline27 TouchSmart All-in-One PC don’t have the most intuitive names, but they do take a stab at simplifying touch input on the traditionally large screens of the desktop.
More specifically, the devices both feature a fairly unique hinge design that allows them to bend over the edge of a desk and over your lap without falling over. They can be laid down flat like traditional touch-based AIOs, but the hinge lets them get situated in a more touch-friendly (and thus Windows 8-friendly) position. A video from HP’s “The Next Bench” blog demonstrates what we mean below.
The Recline23 and Recline27 can be used like a traditional desktop as well when hooked up with their wireless keyboards and mice. As far as specs go, the two come with 23- and 27-inch 1080p IPS displays, respectively, and can be configured with any one of Intel’s latest Haswell processors. They can sport up to 16GB of RAM, optional Nvidia GeForce 730M graphics, up to 1TB of storage (with an SSD option), 802.11ac WiFi, and Beats Audio.
And speaking of Beats Audio, HP says that it’ll be offering a specially branded Beats version of the Recline23 AIO, which will naturally come with Beats-certified speakers and black and red accents. That will start at $1250 when it launches in November, with other configurations costing as low as $1100 sometime “later this fall.”
The standard Recline23, meanwhile, will come with a Core i7 chip and 8GB of RAM, and will cost $1350 when HP puts it on sale tomorrow. Lesser configurations will cost as low as $1000 when they launch in “select retail stores” later this month. The Recline27 will also go on sale tomorrow, but it’ll start at $1400.
Those aren’t HP’s only new products, though. The company also announced a pair of new monitors: the HP Pavilion 23tm Touch Monitor will go on sale October 6 for $350 and feature a 23-inch 1080p touchscreen that can bend 70 degrees, while the HP Envy 23 IPS Monitor will go for $250 this November and feature a less flexible 23-inch 1080p display of its own.
Finally, HP also unveiled the HP Envy Phoenix 810 Desktop PC, a gaming desktop that’ll arrive with a Core i7 processor, Beats Audio and either an Nvidia or AMD GPU. That one will hit stores on October 16 for $1300.