Excerpt: HP TouchSmart 300 is a good performer in terms of productivity but it is not as good as the higher end HP TouchSmart 600. I did some multitasking and was pretty satisfied with what the machine had to offer. Compared to the Acer Aspire Z5610, the HP system was slower in my Photoshop and iTunes test. However, in the Cinebench multicore tests, this machine was second to only Apple’s iMac.
Excerpt: HP has been offering good utility and simplicity in computing through its TouchSmart line of products in the past. Following this trend is the TouchSmart 300 and the model we tested has a suffix ‘1040-in’. The 300 is quitemuch smaller than its elder brother, the TouchSmart 600. Nonetheless, with a 20-inch screen, great audio output and a plethora of multimedia touch applications, this is a fun and easy to use mid-sized home entertainment PC.
Summary: On first inspection the HP TouchSmart 300-1120 seems like a capable enough all-in-one, but it loses a lot of appeal once you compare it with others on the market. If you want an all-in-one PC for the kitchen counter, this system may work for you. For general computing or home entertainment needs, you can find several other all-in-ones with better features for the price.
Pros: Best-in-class touch software.
Cons: Small screen and underwhelming PC components for the price; slow performance
Conclusion: HP tapped AMD’s dual-core Athlon II X2 240e processor, which runs at 2.8GHz, and coupled it with AMD’s RS780MN chipset, which includes AMD’s Radeon HD 3200 graphics processor. The integrated GPU has 128MB of dedicated memory and can access the system’s main memory if it needs more. The 20-inch widescreen display has a native resolution of 1600×900.
Pros: Awesome touchscreen display and user interface; TouchSmart versions of Netflix, Hulu, and Pandora; can be wall mounted
Cons: Integrated graphics; voice-recognition needs work; not designed for demanding applications
Summary: With a small screen for its price, we can't justify the TouchSmart 300 as a home entertainment all-in-one PC. It's also slower than more affordable midtowers, so you can spend less for more productivity. This leaves HP's touch-based software as the TouchSmart 300's primary selling point. We'd recommend this PC in the kitchen, but it's less appealing elsewhere.
Pros: Strong touch-based recipe software, attractive and capable enough as a small-scale home entertainment device.
Cons: Other all-in-one PCs in its price range have larger screens; missing a few features we liked about the higher-end TouchSmart 600; outperformed by cheaper midtower desktops.
Summary: The TouchSmart 300-1060a is one of HP's most affordable touch-screen PCs, and it's a reasonable choice if you want to use the TouchSmart interface. For normal Windows use, however, the lower resolution and smaller display make it a poor alternative to slightly more expensive models.
Pros: Good touch experience within TouchSmart software, 802.11n Wi-Fi, decent performance
Cons: Poor accuracy in standard Windows 7 interface, display isn't suited to precise touches, bloatware
Conclusion: Lo malo: Tiene aceleradora gráfica integrada, la característica de reconocimiento de voz necesita un poco más de trabajo, y no se recomienda ser utilizado para juegos. El resultado final: A primera vista, este computador parece uno muy capaz para ser un todo en uno, pero es fácil llegar a la decepción cuando se compara con otros similares en el mercado.
Pros: Lo bueno: Tiene una excelente pantalla táctil, está bien integrado con Windows 7, tiene buenas características, y contiene versiones optimizadas para el uso táctil de Netflix, Pandora y Hulu.
Cons: Lo malo: Tiene aceleradora gráfica integrada, la característica de reconocimiento de voz necesita un poco más de trabajo, y no se recomienda ser utilizado para juegos. El resultado final: A primera vista, este computador parece uno muy capaz para ser un todo en uno, pero es fácil llegar a la decepción cuando se compara con otros similares en el mercado.