HP’s new Envy desktop looks like an Apple-made gaming PC


HP announced an update for its Envy desktop PC at CES 2022. The PC sports a sleek new design with a matte silver finish around the body, reminiscent of the Mac Pros of years gone by. And unlike previous Envy desktops, you can pack some serious gear inside of this one.

The machine is aimed at creators, and the specs back it up. You can configure it with up to an Intel Core i9-12900K and Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti processor, as well as a maximum of 128GB DDR4-3200 memory.

For context, the latest-gen Envy desktop was locked to an 11th-gen i7 and RTX 3060. The recently announced HP Omen 45L is better suited for gaming, but with the hardware on offer for the Envy desktop, it could be of a gaming monster. also.

That’s enough to run the latest AAA games in 4K, but Envy Desktop is designed to satisfy more than gamers. The machine comes with HP Palette, which is a digital workspace that includes a variety of productivity features – Duet for HP, which lets you expand your desktop to an HP tablet, and QuickDrop, which lets you quickly share photos between your phone and HP device.

Apart from digital screen sharing, you can also connect up to four monitors to the Envy Desktop, as well as extend your connectivity through the Thunderbolt 4 port. The new design also takes note of HP’s Omen line with a tool-less enclosure that lets you upgrade memory, storage or graphics right down the line.

HP doesn’t have final pricing details yet, but you can expect a much higher price tag than the last-gen model if you go for a premium configuration. The machine can scale to a Core i5-12400 and RTX 3060 GPU, which should be a lot cheaper. HP says the Envy Desktop will be available in the spring.

In addition to the Envy Desktop, HP announced the Z2 Mini G9, which the company calls “the world’s most powerful mini workstation.” Continuing the trend of the Z2 Mini series, this new machine is just 8.6 inches deep and 8.3 inches wide, allowing you to mount it behind the newly announced HP Z40c G3 monitor or under your desk.

HP Z2 Mini PC with an HP monitor.

It might be a mini PC, but the Z2 Mini G9 is still a workstation. It comes with a low-profile Nvidia RTX A2000, along with 12th generation Intel Core vPro processors and DDR5 memory. The machine even supports unlocked Intel K-series chips, allowing you to overclock your processor if you wish.

HP does not yet have pricing details for the Z2 Mini G9, but the machine is expected to start shipping in March. Along with these announcements, HP unveiled several new products at CES 2022, including new Elitebook models and new monitors with built-in webcams.

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Robert P. Miller