HP Envy 32-Inch Monitor Quad-HD Monitor; An In-Depth Review 

The HP Envy 32-inch monitor is a super-sized media display that sports the best audio system for display monitor today – BeatsAudio. A partnership between HP and Beats by Dr. Dre, the brand best known for their high quality headphones, promises to give your desk the ultimate combination of impressive display and immersive audio quality. But does the combination really work for computer setup? What more can this massive monitor offer? Check out this in-depth review from Dual Monitors Guide to know more.

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Who is it for?

If you’re looking for a good all-around huge screen for your media needs, games, and watch movies, and have a work monitor that doubles as a TV or entertainment display, then you should check out HP Envy 32-inch monitor. It’s one of the affordable 2560x1440 32-inch monitors out there.

 

Benefits

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The HP Envy 32 Media Display is quite a mind-blowing Quad HD monitor, designed to push all your work and entertainment limitations to new heights. Its brilliant imagery is paired with modern streamlined design with wide viewing angles and broad port connectivity, allowing users to immerse themselves to unique combination of advanced display and great media functionality.

 

Impressive Display

HP Envy 32 Media Display sports a large Quad HD display with its 32-inch display, with a Quad HD resolution of 2560x1440. It has four times more pixels than the traditional 720p display for true-to-life color. The 10,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio allows the screen to deliver in amazing clarity; deeper blacks, brighter whites, and crisper colors.

When it comes to gaming, there is no denying that the HP ENVY 32-Inch works beautifully. If you came from 1080p standard, then the 1440p is a treat for you, as games really look beautiful in its expanded and stretched 32-inch screen. Being locked at 60Hz and without the help of G-Sync technology or Freesync technology to provide good support for the aging video cards, it may not have the ideal fast response time (works at 7ms pixel response) for fast action games. However, using Radeon 7970/280x or a GTX 680/770 can easily solve the problem for you, as these video cards can push your monitor’s performance and get all the eye-candy in PC games. Ghosting is not an issue in this display, unless if you’re used to using 144Hz monitors. If you plan to use this display for watching movies at home or videos from YouTube, then the big screen of this monitor is a huge treat.

 

With Beats Audio System for Rich and Immersive Sound Experience

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The HP ENVY 32-Inch screen monitor takes pride on its built-in Beats Audio system, which makes the good sounding and rich audio quality in any monitor today. The speakers are strategically located in both left and right sides for immersive audio experience. The clear and bold sound flows thoroughly to the front-firing 6-watt speakers, which you can share with anyone in your room, or set to your preferred preference. Though it is not really mind-boggling, it certainly has good quality, capable of making warmer and softer sound. You can share the amazing sound conveniently using the volume jog dial or turn it off through the one-touch mute button. The monitor also features side-accessible headphone jack for more workstation convenience.

 

Great Viewing Angle to Let You Enjoy the Display from Any Seat in the House

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This HP monitor uses WVA+ panel, a type of VA panel with better viewing angle. It uses Quad HD at 2560 x 1440 resolution on a wide-viewing angle screen, with clear and vibrant details, consistent colors, and great image clarity in any position across its ultra-wide 178° viewing angle, both horizontal and vertical.

 

Customizable Screen for All Your Computing Tasks

The huge screen is great for multi-tasking, and HP knows exactly how to utilize the huge screen of this display as they equip it with their HP MyDisplay Smart software, allowing users to set the settings at start up and partition the screen to run and view four (4) different programs simultaneously.

 

Decent Power Consumption

Despite of its big size and resolution, this monitor fairs nicely in terms of its power consumption. At Standard mode (at full brightness), it consumes 42 watts. 38 watts at Factory Default setting (90% brightness) and about 18 watts at 0%, a little too dim, but still very usable.

 

Dual Monitor and Multiple Monitor Setup Options

As a super-sized media display with good quality audio system, the HP Envy 32-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor is really made for entertainment, which is why it’s just fitting for HP to give its cabinet with VESA mounting holes.

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There isn’t much choices out there for dual monitor setup of 32-inch screens, which means the Planar Monitor Stand 997-6504-00 is your best bet. This stand can support two monitors of up to 32-inches, with maximum weight limit of 26 lbs. per arm. It is made up of all-metal construction, ensuring solid built. The only plastic parts you will find are the tightening knobs and some washers. It offers flexible adjustments; you can slide your monitors in and out the pole, twist, pivot, etc.  It comes with a cable organizer to help keep your desk or workstation neat, and it is very easy to setup and install.

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If you simply want to use this monitor as a standalone display, then your best choice is the Ergotron LX Desk Mount LCD Arm. It’s a nicely polished monitor arm made with extra durable construction. It’s been well tested and proven to last 10 times longer than the life-cycle of many competitive brands.


Design and Features

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Design wise, the HP ENVY 32-Inch monitor looks stunning even when turned off. Thanks to its exquisitely modern and ultra-slim display, the screen seems to float on top of its distinctly unique and open-wedge designed stand, which brings convenient access to all of the monitor’s rear ports.

 

I/O Ports

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Double USB: For charging or connecting, take advantage of two USB 2.0 ports.

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HP Envy 32 Media Display, like any other products in the Envy line, is designed for mobile connectivity. It has the MHL (mobile high-definition link) port that lets you stream your mobile content to the big monitor screen, while simultaneously charge your device up. The mass connectivity includes MHL, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs for all your devices.

 

Remote Controlled Functions

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This HP display lets you control your content from the comfort of your own comfortable couch, thanks to the HP remove, you can turn the monitor on or off, adjust the volume level, turn it to mute, or change your input. You can also use the remote to enlarge on-screen menu so you can adjust your monitor’s settings easily and comfortably from a distance.

 

Distinctively Unique Stand

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One major drawback about this HP monitor is its lack of adjustability and flexibility. While you can tilt the display up to 5° front and 20° back (not side to side), there are no other adjustments available. It stand can’t rotate the display for landscape and portrait options and doesn’t have height adjustability option. There is however, a 100mm VESA mounting plate included in the box, which gives you more flexibility options as you can use third-party ergonomic solutions such as desk stands, desk mounts, and wall mounts.

 

Tech Specs

Package includes the HP ENVY 32-Inch monitor, base plate, power cable, remote, 100x100mm VESA mounting plate, 1 HDMI cable and 1 DisplayPort Cable, and miscellaneous documents bundled with a support CD.

 

Bottom Line

The HP Envy 32-inch LED monitor effectively combines great display quality with impressively immersive audio system. This display has maximum versatility and the ultimate entertainment system you can ask for your desk or workstation.

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As a TV and entertainment display, this monitor performs great, given its resolution. However as a computer monitor, which is what it’s really supposed to be, many will feel it lacks something to complement your workstation. Fonts may not be clear enough for some users, and there are blurry areas from time to time when opening files and documents for extensive reading. If you’re looking for a huge display for your CAD designing, photo editing, or other tasks that require color precision, then you may need to look elsewhere, as this monitor is simply not built for those tasks. However, if you’re looking for an all-around display to watch your favorite TV shows, high-definition movies or play games, then this monitor is good for you. It has the “Multimedia” option, which is great for all-around use (without custom calibration). There’s also the “HP Enhance +” option on its menus, however, it doesn’t offer much different in viewing experience.

The biggest challenge in this display is its 1-year warranty. For a big company like HP, we obviously want better support, and a 3-year warranty sounds just right, even if it covers just the parts. HP however, said you can purchase the 2 or 3-year warranty option. Also, should you decide to sell this display, it comes with a backlight hour-counter in its menu, which can depreciate the value of the product, depending on how much you use it.

All in all, HP Envy 32-inch LED monitor is still a fantastic monitor for its price. If you’re looking for a large display to pair with your gaming consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, etc), or for watching high definition action movies, then this is a great huge screen option for you. It is one of the biggest and cheapest 2560x1440 displays out there.

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