The latest models were more about high overall performance than games. The latest version is the HP ENVY printer, which is based on the new 4th generation of Intel Core I processors. The design is more similar to the previous ENVY h8 than the ENVY h9 Phoenix. This is a good thing because the h9 has a little too many lights for the average user. Surprisingly, the HP ENVY 700-060 is based on an Intel Core i5-4430 quad-core processor. This is the lowest quality of the new 4th generation Intel Core I processors currently available. It's a decent processor for most users, but slower than most competitors that offer faster i5-4670 or Core i7-4770 processors. This only affects users who perform extremely demanding tasks such as editing desktop videos. The processor is equipped with 10 GB DDR3 memory, which is somewhat unusual. It consists of two 4 GB and two 1 GB modules to achieve this result, and the performance difference between it and 8 GB is negligible. Anyone looking at future memory expansions should remove the 1 GB module pair. One of the big advantages of the HP ENVY 700-060 over the competition is the use of a solid-state drive.
Some companies have chosen to use some small SSDs for the cache, but this system uses 128 GB as the primary startup and application drive. This is a relatively small drive that can fill up quickly when users store their data files there. To address this issue, HP has also integrated a 2-terabyte secondary hard drive to store your larger data files and to store the SSD for the operating system and applications for best performance. This offers a larger amount of storage space, but also exceptional performance when the system boots up and applications load in about ten seconds. If you want to add additional storage space, HP provides the system with four USB 3.0 ports for use with high-speed external storage drives. A standard dual-layer DVD burner for playing and recording CD or DVD media remains in the system, even if it is currently not as relevant. The big mistake with the HP ENVY 700-060 is the graphics system. Almost every competing system at this price includes a dedicated graphics card, even if it's a very inexpensive one. HP chose the Intel HD Graphics 4600 instead, which is integrated into the Core i5 processor. This is a slight improvement over the previous generation HD Graphics 4000 of Intel processors. It still lacks significant 3D performance, so it really can only be used for older games with low resolution and detail. However, what it does offer is nice acceleration for video encoding when used with Quick Sync-enabled applications.
There is now room in the system to install a dedicated graphics card and the power supply has a decent 460 watts of power, which means that it can process some decent-performing 3D cards. HP has been offering wireless networking capabilities in many desktops for several years. This has always been nice and convenient for connecting the computer to a home network. What is disappointing is that HP only includes a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi solution. This means that the less crowded 5 GHz spectrum cannot be used for 802.11a or 802.11n standards. This dual band support is becoming more common in the desktop space as the cost of adding is relatively low.
The HP ENVY 700-060, priced between $ 800 and $ 900, had a lot of competition. The next competitor that includes a solid-state drive for caching is Acer with its Aspire AT3, but the system costs $ 1,000. As a result, it has a faster Core i7, 16 GB of memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 graphics card.
For those who are not necessarily interested in the solid-state drive, there are a number of options, including the ASUS Essentio M51AC and the Dell XPS 8700. Both are in the same price range as the HP system, but are with one faster i7 equipped -4770. The ASUS doesn't have a Wi-Fi network, but it does have a GeForce GT 625 graphics card. The Dell, on the other hand, only has a 1 terabyte hard drive, but has a Radeon HD 7570 graphics card and a dual-band Wi-Fi network.