When I was asked to try out the new HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO PC, I jumped at the chance. The computer comes with a 23" touchscreen, do you know how great that is for editing photos? I immediately said yes. I'm a Pinterest fanatic and I love to pin pretty offices and desks, (btw are you following me on Pinterest?) so the ENVY fit beautifully on my marble bistro table. Pretty desk for 2013, check.
I set it up right next to the spot where I shoot all of my DIYs so I will have easy access to my email while working. I am also the Alt Channel Director which means I am checking my email a billion times a day to make sure that everything is going smoothly and we are lining up the best classes and teachers. Being able to use the touchscreen to check it quickly saves a ton of time. I also have to say how amazing the Windows mail preview is for email. I can just click the delete button and send stuff directly to the trash. I might meet my email goals for the year...it is looking promising! I also LOVE the ease that I can stream music, so simple and such a great inspiration. I haven't been listening to music while I DIY in forever, but now that it is right next to me, I'm loving it. The ENVY comes with beatsAudio speakers, it's pretty darn fantastic.
I'm loving the colors of Windows 8, they are so bright and punchy that I couldn't help but be inspired by them. A few of my DIYs have those colors as inspiration and I loved using them.
If you are worried that a touchscreen is hard to use, I'll be honest, it's a little different, but after a few minutes it really is intuitive. Besides, your mouse still works and you can go to a traditional desktop in a flash, so while you are stilll getting used to the new capabilities, you can pop around old school style in a pinch.
So, have you been thinking about this...a touchscreen. Let it sink in. I have tested this baby with Illustrator and Photoshop and let's just say you don't need a tablet anymore. I could never get my writing to look right with that little pen and tablet anyway, but with this you can write directly on the screen exactly where you want it and ta-da! Instant awesome. Best. Part. Ever.
HP is a sponsor of Alt and gathered a few design and DIY bloggers that will be there and we all got the chance to take these babies for a test drive. I will be talking about my experience at Alt (and the excting things I found out this thing can do) in the HP lounge, so be sure to stop by and say "hi."
I wrote this review while participating in a program on behalf of HP and received an ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO and other products as a thank you for my participation.