The best thing about tablets is that they're light, portable, and their battery lasts significantly longer than laptops. HP's new 20-inch Envy Rove (twice as big as an iPad) is an all-in-one Windows 8 touchscreen PC that defies all the normal benefits of a mobile device — so we're left wondering: why would we need one?
The HP Envy Rove has about three hours of battery life and weighs a hefty 12 pounds. It's not exactly a handheld device, which is why there's a hinged stand that holds the tablet upright. Although the Envy Rove isn't the most mobile of mobile devices, that extra screen real estate could make a huge difference for watching a movie, presenting a slideshow, or playing multiplayer games.
What the giant touchscreen lacks in portability, it makes up for in performance. The Envy Rove comes with built-in Beats Audio with a subwoofer sound system, 10-point touch, Intel's next-generation processor, 1TB hard drive, a mouse, and a keyboard. The Envy Rove puts the emphasis on gaming, and comes with Monopoly, Fingertapps' Jigsaw Wars Puzzle, Fingertapps Musical Instruments, and Disney Fairies preloaded.
It's probably more accurate to think of the HP Envy, due on shelves in July for under $1,000, as more of an ultraportable desktop-tablet hybrid, rather than just a tablet. We've seen laptop-tablet hybrids gain popularity in the world of mobile computing, so perhaps giant touchscreen PCs will have a similar fate.
We want to know what you think: is a giant tablet the new gadget your digital life is missing?