How the HP Envy23 Became the Family Computer
My new HP Envy23 Touchsmart All-in-One has been designated the “family computer” and has taken up residence in my living room where I have my home theater. As I’ve been writing about the Envy all month, it has become my go-to productivity computer, my way of keeping in touch with far away friends so usually I would be stingy with a computer I like to use this much. Instead, I’m enjoying that the whole family can share it and that it has become part of our family’s home center.
It can sit on the side table looking all sleek without the need to have a keyboard and mouse sitting out (they are in a drawer in my coffee table) because it is touchscreen. Often we will be watching a TV show or movie and want to know more–the name of an actor and what other shows they have done, something about history or the location of a film. With the HP Envy 23 Touchsmart, we can simply walk up to the monitor, swipe to search for the IMDB app, use the touchscreen virtual keyboard to type in an actor’s name, and we have information easily. The Envy23 also has voice commands so I can search for a historic event or location by talking to the computer
I have also integrated the computer with my home theater using the PlayOn app, as well as PlayTo from Windows Media Center, and Chromecast to stream online videos to a Chromecast device connected to my TV. When Windows 8.1 comes out this fall I am looking forward to Miracast wirelessly mirroring my whole desktop to my TV.
While it’s easy to stream from the computer to my TV, I don’t always need to turn on my home theater. The high definition monitor of the All-in-one Envy23 Touchsmart is beautiful enough to watch videos and the Beats audio can fill the room without turning on the whole big home theater speakers.
It’s large screen makes it easy to share game play when we get tired of TV shows.
As we saw in the video in my last blog, Tobey’s daughter is now sharing play time of Free Flow– a game she loves and they now play together on Tobey’s desktop and monitor.
Basically the Family Time computer has lived up to its name. It has become a tool that is always there when we need anything, quick to respond. It’s become a go-to productivity tool. It’s become my video phone lifeline. Special thanks to HP for including me (and Tobey) in their Family Time sponsored blog series. We love our HP Envy PCs–both the All-in-One and the desktop…and if hadn’t been for this experiment, I would never have known that I could be so happy to leave my Mac behind.