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HP Envy Recline 27 TouchSmart All-in-One PC review

HP Envy Recline 27 TouchSmart AIO - Bringing Touch Closer to You

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Overall rating 7.5/10
Design:
8.5
Features:
7
Performance:
8
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Fairly powerful processor
Generous amount of RAM
Flash augmented storage
Well-engineered stand
THE BAD
Very glossy and reflective display
Letdown by weak GPU
Quite pricey
Mediocre audio performance


Performance

Test Setup

To evaluate the HP Recline 27, we will be putting it through our usual benchmarks. However, this time we have omitted PCMark 7, as it is getting outdated; and also added a new gaming benchmark in the form of Tomb Raider. As for comparisons, we will be looking at how it fairs against the recently reviewed Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon as well as other AIOs such as the ASUS Transformer AIO and ASUS ET2411INTI. For the newer benchmarks such as 3DMark 2013 and PCMark 8, we were not able to recall the other AIOs for retesting so we will be including results from comparable systems that were recently reviewed.

Test Systems Compared
  HP Envy Recline 27 TouchSmart All-in-One PC Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC ASUS Transformer AIO P1801 Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 ASUS ET2411INTI-B037C
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Core i5-4770T (2.5GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-3537U (2GHz, 4MB L3 cache)
  • Desktop:
  • Intel Core i5-3350P
  • Intel B75 chipset
  • Tablet:
  • NVIDIA Tegra 3
  • Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor (2.30GHz, 6MB)
  • Intel Core i7-3770S Processor
  • Intel H61 Chipset
Operating System
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8
  • Desktop:
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Tablet:
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.1
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Memory
  • 16GB
  • 8GB DDR3
  • Desktop:
  • 4GB DDR3-1600MHz
  • Tablet:
  • 2GB DDR3-1600MHz
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz
  • 2GB~8GB (2 x SO-DIMM)
Display
  • 27-inch
  • 1920 x 1080p
  • 27-inch LED, 1920 x 1080
  • 18.4-inch HD IPS display
  • 27-inch, FHD AntiGlare with Multi-touch
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT630 (2GB)
  • Full HD 23.6-inch display with 2-point optical imaging touchscreen
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Storage
  • 1TB 5400rpm HDD with 16GB ExpressCache
  • 1TB HDD
  • Desktop:
  • 1TB HDD
  • Desktop:
  • 32GB flash
  • 1TB HDD (5400rpm)
  • 500GB~2TB SATA HDD
Optical Drive
  • None
  • Slot-in SuperMulti DVD combo drive
  • BD Combo
  • Tray-in SuperMulti DVD/Blu-ray Combo/Blue-ray Writer
Audio
  • Beats audio
  • 1 x subwoofer output
  • Stereo speakers
  • Desktop:
  • 2 x 3 W SonicMaster speakers
  • Tablet:
  • 2 x 1.5W speakers
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theatre v4
  • Sonic Master
  • DTS surround Sensation UltraPC II
  • 2 x 3W speakers
Video
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 730A
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M 2GB DDR3
  • Desktop:
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
  • NVIDIA GT 630M 2GB GDDR3
Networking / Communication
  • Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated NFC
  • WiDi
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Desktop:
  • Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Tablet:
  • Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Broadcom 11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless, HD 720p webcam
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 1.3-megapixel webcam
I/O Ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x HDMI in
  • 1 x memory card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Multi-card reader (SD, SDHC,SDXC,MMC, MS, MS-Pro)
  • HDMI input
  • Headphone jack
  • Microphone jack
  • Desktop:
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x 3 -in-1 Card Reader
  • 1 x Headphone
  • 1 x Microphone
  • Back I/O Ports 1 x HDMI-Out
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN
  • 1 x TV Jack (Optional)
  • 1 x Kensington Lock
  • 1 x DC-in
  • Tablet:
  • 1 x 3.5mm 2-in-1 audio jack for headphone / mic-in
  • 1 x Docking port (charging + PC for data sync)
  • 1 x Card reader (MicroSD)
  • 1 x Mini USB 2.0 port
  • 1 x 33W DC in
  • 1 x Kensington Lock
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • Headphone
  • Mic
  • 6 in 1 Card Reader
  • HDMI
  • RJ45
  • Side:
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x e-SATA(USB2.0 Combo)
  • 1 x 3 -in-1 Card Reader
  • 1 x Headphone
  • 1 x Microphone
  • Back:
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x HDMI-In
  • 1 x HDMI-Out
  • 1 x VGA(D-Sub)-In
  • 1 x RJ45 LAN
  • 1 x TV Jack (Optional)
  • 1 x Kensington Lock
  • 1 x DC-in
Dimensions
  • 655.32 x 265.17 x 487.68mm
  • 690.5 x 430.5 x 29.8 mm
  • Desktop:
  • 466 x 162 x 376mm
  • Tablet:
  • 466 x 18 x 294mm
  • 650 x 480 x 220mm (W x H x D)
  • 590 x 461 x 60~230mm (W x H x D)
Weight
  • 14.5kg
  • 8.26kg
  • Desktop:
  • 4.1kg
  • Tablet:
  • 2.1kg
  • 11.6kg
  • 10.8kg

 

PCMark 8

Performance from the Recline 27 on PCMark 8 was very encouraging and perhaps not entirely unexpected given that it has a rather beefy Core i7-4770T processor. It might be a “power-optimized” model, but it packs four cores and has HyperThreading as well as a large 8MB L3 cache. Its scores on the “Home” and “Work” scenarios were amongst the highest, giving even mighty gaming notebooks like the Aftershock XG13 and Razer Blade a run for their money. However, its performance was more subdued on graphics-intensive scenarios like “Creative” and the Adobe portion of “Apps”, which was in no small part due to its entry-level GeForce GT 730A discrete graphics. The MacBook Air, Aftershock XG13 and Razer Blade notebooks ruled the “Storage” scenario thanks to their flash storage. 

 

Graphics & Gaming Benchmarks

The NVIDIA GeForce GT 730A is an entry-level discrete graphics solution, so we were not expecting much from the graphics and gaming benchmarks.

On 3DMark 2013, the Recline 27’s scores put in the middle of the pack, behind the Toshiba Satellite P50 (NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M) and the two gaming notebooks (both have the NVIDIA GeForce GT 765M). However, its scores were markedly faster than the IdeaCentre Horizon (last generation GeForce GT 620M) and the MacBook Air (Intel HD Graphics 5000).

On 3D Mark 11, the Recline 27 fared well, because most of the AIOs that we have reviewed recently were running NVIDIA’s last generation GeForce GT 630M. The ASUS Transformer AIO has a comparable GeForce GT 730M GPU.

On Far Cry 2, the Recline 27 performed appreciably better than the older AIOs thanks to its more powerful GPU. Only the ASUS Transformer AIO, which has a similar GPU, was able to match it.

We did not have the chance to run Tomb Raider on the older AIOs, but just to give you an idea, we have included results from the recent gaming notebooks that we have tested. Overall performance was pretty disappointing because at 1080p resolution and even on just “Normal” settings, the Recline 27 could only manage 20.9fps.

We further investigated the Recline 27's performance on Tomb Raider by running it at “Low” settings and that gave us 30.9fps, barely above the minimum playable threshold of 30fps. To get above 30fps with “Normal” settings, you would have dial back the resolution to 1280 x 800 pixels.