Summary: The Envy 23 doesn’t aim to reinvent the wheel and ends up being a decent PC in the process. While it certainly won’t replace your gaming rig, it is a capable workstation/family PC. But at $1,840, it costs a whopping $540 more than the ET2300 without giving our zero-point much to be envious about.
Conclusion: If you're shopping in the $1,800 ballpark, Dell's touch-screen XPS One 27 offers a larger, higher-resolution screen and slightly nicer aesthetics. But with a saner configuration, the Envy 23 TouchSmart is a fine choice as a family or media PC. Its responsive touch screen, decent audio, and HDMI port make it a versatile machine for a number of tasks.
Conclusion: In the end, the HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart can do pretty much anything you throw at it, and it can certainly handle the demanding needs of an entire family, from the little kids all the way up to the impatient grandparents. It comes with most of the features that you would want on a high-end all-in-one desktop -- it’s got the large 1080p touchscreen display, a huge hard drive, gobs of RAM, and a super-fast processor.
Excerpt: The £1,049 model HP Envy 23 TouchSmart all-in-one PC , available in Currys and PC World, has a third-generation Intel Core i5-3330S processor, 6GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 7450A with AMD App graphics card, and an impressively large 2TB hard drive. It's also got a 23-inch touchscreen, a Blu-ray disc optical drive, and built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n. The Envy 23 TouchSmart runs Windows 8 . See also: Group test: What's the best all-in-one PC?