Amazon revealed a partnership with PC manufacturers at CES earlier this year where Alexa will be featured front and center on Windows 10 computers. The HP Pavilion Wave, which is a desktop PC that doubles as a hands-free Alexa speaker, has since been released. I got a quick hands-on with the Wave at CES and saw the potential of merging Alexa with computers. Now HP has announced a new All-in-One desktop PC with far-field mics and speakers built into the base for Alexa.
The new HP Envy is the first All-in-One with built-in Alexa capabilities. It features a massive 34-inch curved display with a WQHD (3,440 x 1,440) resolution. A 27-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440) version without Alexa or a curved screen will also be available. The base of the PC is where you’ll find four Bang & Olufsen speakers, microphones, and the classic blue light for Alexa.
Alexa on PCs will allow the same functionality that you’d expect from most 3rd-party Alexa devices. You’ll be able to request music, control smart home devices, ask questions, and all the other usual assortment of Alexa capabilities. Additional Alexa-enabled PCs from Acer, Asus, and Lenovo will be released later this year.