HP’s 5K ultrawide all-in-one has workhorse specs, dual magnetic webcams

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Enlarge / A camera is on the user; the other facing the desk.

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Businesses haven’t taken a big liking to all-in-one (AIO) PCs lately. Exciting AIO releases in the US are rare and ever since Apple discontinued the 27-inch iMac, there has been some gap for users looking for the simplicity of an AIO, along with ultra-high resolution and powerful components. HP apparently noticed this discrepancy because in September it release a 34 inch AIO with a 5120×2160 resolution, current-gen Intel and Nvidia parts, and flashy features aimed at workers.

Magnetic webcam(s)

A webcam that can magnetically attach anywhere on the display frame is one of the distinguishing features of HP 34-inch All-in-One Desktop PC announced today at HP Amplify channel partner conference.

The cameras use temporal noise reduction when producing an image, and there's Windows Hello support for facial recognition logins.
Enlarge / The cameras use temporal noise reduction when producing an image, and there’s Windows Hello support for facial recognition logins.

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This is similar to a Dell Magnetic Webcam Concept showed us in December, but the camera isn’t wireless and can’t attach directly to the screen. The AIO also supports up to two of these magnetic cameras; they would use pixel binning for 4 MP per still image or video, according to HP.

With two cameras, users can video conferencing their face while simultaneously presenting a secondary view, to broadcast things like their desk top, a product prototype, an actual document, or a whiteboard. The included software has a function to crop the image to center documents and flatten the appearance of paper so they appear more natural in the video. We should try the feature to see if it’s useful, distracting, or even noticeable.

HP has jammed the all-in-one’s camera with software features that, if they’re like the implementation in some of HP’s latest laptop webcams, you might be able to live without. They include dynamic voice leveling, auto-framing, and low-light and backlight adjustment. The mics also use AI noise reduction.

Speaking of things we could do without, especially in a work environment, the all-in-one introduces a feature that can change your video stream on a conference call to a freeze frame of your image with the acronym “BRB” (or “be right back,” for those who haven’t IMed in a while), written largely at the bottom to let callers know you’ve walked away.

While some of the aforementioned features might seem fancy, we could see ourselves using its other features on a daily basis. There’s a base with 15W Qi wireless charging, and the height-adjustable stand has a USB-C port and two USB-A ports (both running at 5Gbps) that are hopefully , easy to access regardless of the height of the screen.

Some ports are on the side of the stand.
Enlarge / Some ports are on the side of the stand.

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High resolution, scalability and other specifications

HP’s 34-inch all-in-one desktop PC may invite comparisons to Apple Studio Display, due to its 5K ultrawide resolution and HP’s materials describing the computer as delivering a “studio-like experience” and “studio quality”. Aimed at professionals, the AIO features a 21:9 IPS display with a lower pixel density than Apple’s 27-inch 16:9 monitor (163 pixels per inch versus 218 pixels per inch).

But the HP All-in-One packs desktop-level components inside, while the Studio Display only uses a smartphone-grade A13 SoC (for features related to things like webcam and Hey Siri). HP’s PC goes up to an Intel Core i9-12900 with vPro, an Nvidia RTX 3060 LHR GPU (6GB GDDR6X), 4TB of storage on two NVMe M.2 SSDs, and 128GB of DDR4-4800 RAM. Storage and RAM are supposed to be easily upgradeable or replaceable via a panel that opens at the back of the computer.

A panel at the bottom of the rear opens to access RAM and storage.
Enlarge / A panel at the bottom of the rear opens to access RAM and storage.

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These are steep specs compared to other AIOs available today in a larger size. For example, Lenovo’s 27-inch 4K All-in-One Yoga 7 has an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, AMD Radeon RX 6600M (8GB), 1TB of storage and 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. Apples 24 inch iMac has up to an M1 with eight CPU cores and eight GPU cores, 8GB of memory, 512GB of storage, and 4480×2520 pixels.

HP claims 34-inch desktop PCs IPS The panel can reach 500 nits of brightness and cover 98% of DCI-P3. For comparison, we recorded 98.9% DCI-P3 and 589 nits in our Studio Display Reviewand Lenovo’s Yoga AIO 7 claims 360 nits and 99% DCI-P3.

The port selection continues on the rear with a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports, four USB-A (10Gbps), HDMI 2.1, RJ45 and a 3.5mm jack.

For those looking for an all-in-one with a little more size, pixels, and power (and maybe a gimmick or two), the HP 34-inch All-in-One Desktop PC will start at 2,119 $ and will include an i5-12500 and RTX 3050 (4GB) LHR GPU.

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