Conclusion: The HP Envy Rove 20 is certainly not the last we’ve seen of these portable AIOs, but as a first-generation attempt by HP, it’s mostly smoke and mirrors. The sturdy design gives way to rather average performance that you might see from the likes of an Ultrabook, not an expensive AIO.
Summary: How many products that try an innovative approach, the HP Envy Rove 20 is a very interesting device in terms of design, but suffers from some defects due to the compromise that seeks to achieve. As a desktop, is characterized by great portability, but entry-level performance.
Conclusion: As for the Envy Rove 20, we admire its elegant hinge kickstand, but we prefer the Dell XPS 18 for its lighter weight and sharper 1080p screen. If Dell would update the XPS 18 with a "Haswell" chip, we suspect we'd prefer it still more.
Conclusion: The portable touchscreen All-in-One segment is one of the more niche places Windows 8 has extended to, but it's arguably one that makes more sense. More often than not, we ditched the mouse and reached for the touchscreen instead; even the keyboard could stay in a drawer for most of the time, though...
Conclusion: The HP Envy Rove 20 is a well-rounded, beautifully put together portable bundle, even if it's not something that people will use much as a true portable. We don’t like the fact that the display sits directly on the desk, but that’s an issue with all tablet-desktop crossover products, not just the...
Pros: Smart multi-tilt stand, great touch-sensitive interface, bundled Ethernet dongle, quiet in general use, stays very cool
Cons: No height adjustment, inconvenient SD slot placement, love-or-hate keyboard and mouse, heavy for a 'portable'
Excerpt: Portable all-in-one PCs that resemble a large tablet computer are becoming much more common. The HP Envy Rove 20 is one of the latest examples of such PCs, and it’s equipped with a dual-core Intel 1.7GHz Core i3-4010U processor and a 20in touchscreen display.
Summary: How big could tablets be? Last we checked tablets with 10 inch displays were like huge, well now we welcome the world’s largest tablet by HP. The HP Envy Rove 20 has a display which scales to 20 inches! It’s so huge I don’t even know why they even call it a tablet.