HP's Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition all-in-one PC is a stylish desktop that combines performance and premium audio with a bright red finish. Its IPS panel delivers good colour reproduction and viewing angles, and it's capable of supporting 10-point multi-touch input for extended sessions. The Intel quad-core 2.2GHz processor and 12 gigabytes of RAM provide ample power for everyday computing, though the gaming experience is hampered by the computer's reliance on integrated graphics.
The bundled keyboard and mouse are wired, and they take up two of the four available USB ports. An SD card reader, an Ethernet port, and a 3-in-1 media card reader round out the physical connections. A DVD burner is also included, but you'll have to upgrade it to a Blu-Ray drive if you want to use this all-in-one for home entertainment.
Like most small all-in-one computers, the HP Envy Beats is propped up by a simple kickstand that supports the computer similar to the way a picture frame's stand works. It's not adjustable, however, and you can only adjust the system's height by placing books under it.
The computer ships with Windows 8.1, and it's ready to work right out of the box. The built-in HDD is a standard 1TB model, but the slow 5,400rpm rotation speed will limit storage space. Fortunately, you can upgrade to an SSD for a few hundred dollars more, which will greatly increase the PC's responsiveness. We tested the PC's gaming capabilities by running League of Legends at 1080p resolution and medium detail settings. The computer managed a playable average of 42 frames per second, but it was no quicker than competitors that sell for half the price.