Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system is finally bringing the touch revolution to the PC world and HP is one of the leaders. Today the company is presenting two new all-in-one (AIO) systems that feature the much-needed touch interface for Microsoft’s Metro UI.
Unlike the HP Pavilion 20 AIO that we discussed here
, the HP ENVY 20 and ENVY 23 AIO systems are coming with the complete package that’s needed to enjoy Windows 8 properly.
The systems are powered by Intel’s powerful 3rd-generation Core processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture, while the Pavilion 20 AIO
will only feature Sandy Bridge CPUs or AMD
We’re quite disappointed HP is not preparing an AMD
A10-powered ENVY TouchSmart system, but we’re hoping it will eventually offer such a configuration so that users can really enjoy the much-needed 3D performance.
HP’s ENVY 20 and ENVY 23 AIO systems
feature Beats Audio sound and HP TrueVision webcam technology as well as lots of other HP bonus software.
The systems are slated for an October 2012 launch, probably right after the Microsoft Windows 8 launch event.
Pricing is set at $1100 (860 EUR) for the ENVY TouchSmart 23 and $850 (665 EUR) for the ENVY TouchSmart 20 AIO.
The new systems also come with a wireless keyboard and mouse, but we’re happy to see that the HP ENVY TouchSmart 23 also has a slot-in optical disc drive (ODD) unit that is much sleeker and has increased durability when compared with tray loading ODDs.
On the other hand, on the HP ENVY TouchSmart 20 AIO, the company quickly went for the lower cost of integrating an ordinary slim ODD that’s prone to usage damage, dust and other mishaps.