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HP TouchSmart 520

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Overall 8

HP Touchsmart 520 All-in-One Desktop Review

17 April 2014
  • Excerpt: All-in-one desktops occupy a very unique niche. In the simplest sense, they are a compact desktop computer, with all the individual peripherals integrated to create a single unifying design. There are advantages to this quality alone. The AIO's smaller footprint gives you more freedom to clutter your desk with other odds and ends. Having the guts of the computer contained within the same chassis as the monitor also minimizes cable clutter.
  • Cons: Future Upgradeability:, Bloatware:
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Overall 9

HP TouchSmart 520-1070 Review

maximum pc
27 May 2012
  • Excerpt: HP once built its TouchSmart line using notebook components because they required much less active cooling. Limiting the number of fans inside the machine made it quieter. This TouchSmart not only uses a desktop CPU—Intel’s low-power Core i7-2600S, running at a stock 2.8GHz—but HP has also packed a discrete GPU inside this TouchSmart’s chassis.
  • Pros: Magic Canvas UI; fast CPU (for an all-in-one); discrete GPU; lots of memory.
  • Cons: Poorly placed display input switch; 5,400rpm hard drive.
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Overall 6

HP Touchsmart 520

11 April 2012
  • Summary: HP does shoppers a disservice with the inconsistent pricing between this otherwise decent retail-only desktop and the more affordable, identical model available via HP's Web site.
  • Pros: The retail-only HP TouchSmart 520-1050y offers solid performance for its price, and has most of the features we look for in a midrange all-in-one.
  • Cons: The lack of an HDMI input is inexcusable, but worse is the fact that you can get the same model for $50 less via HP.com.
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Overall 8

HP Touchsmart 520-1080

9 April 2012
  • Summary: A great design with top touch integration, but it’s let down by weak graphics and screen
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Overall 5

HP TouchSmart 520xt

8 April 2012
  • Summary: An off-kilter value equation makes it hard for us to recommend the otherwise serviceable HP TouchSmart 520xt.
  • Pros: HP's new TouchSmart 520xt has a reasonable selection of up-to-date features, including USB 3.0 and HDMI input.
  • Cons: Touch all-in-ones from competing vendors, and from HP itself, offer similar or better performance at lower prices.
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Overall 8

HP TouchSmart 520 All-In-One Review

19 March 2012
  • Conclusion: I measured the power draw of the TouchSmart 520 using a Kill A Watt power consumption meter. At Idle, the system fluctuated between 60-65 watts. I used a combination of Prime 95 and OCCT’s PSU stress tool to generate a full load on the system of 132 watts. The system remained virtually silent throughout stress testing. I had high hopes for the Beats Audio on this system given the ample space for sizable speakers and HP didn’t disappoint.
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Overall 8

HP TouchSmart 520-1070 Review

13 March 2012
  • Excerpt: All-in-one computers aren’t often looked upon fondly by geeks, but they’re a segment of traditional desktop computers that’s gaining attention while old-fashioned towers fall out of the spotlight. The reasons for this are not hard to understand. All-in-one PCs are far more attractive and also easier to manage. Most of them ask that you do nothing more than plug in the power and go. You can connect to your peripherals and the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Pros: Robust build quality, Excellent 1080p display, Great sound quality, Well-designed touch software
  • Cons: Expensive as tested, Poor discrete graphics performance, No HDMI out
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Overall 8

Expert Review

22 December 2011
  • Conclusion: Unless you plan on doing a lot of processor-stressing heavy lifting, such as HD video editing, one of these more modest configurations could be a better fit. Pair that under-$1,000 price with the TouchSmart's big, crisp touch screen and improved design, and we're willing to bet it will lure away more than a few potential iMac buyers.
  • Pros: Design is both good-looking and highly functional, Substantive touch software, Excellent application performance, Impressive audio and video output
  • Cons: Radeon graphics in test model didn’t add much gaming muscle, Windows 8 would make this machine more appealing, but won't be available for months
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Overall 8

A 23in touchscreen PC that can be quite fun to use, especially in a family setting

Good Gear Guide.au
17 May 2012
  • Summary: The TouchSmart 520 is a capable computer system for everyday tasks, but its touchscreen offers a better way to interact with your content. Simply point to, drag or tap your files to let the magic happen. It's a very decent home machine that should go down well with kids especially, but we do wish it had a better graphics card.
  • Pros: Smooth 2-input touchscreen, All-in-one design, Full HD
  • Cons: Slow graphics performance, No digital audio out
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HP TouchSmart 520 Desktop PC Review

Desktop PCs
1 March 2012
  • Excerpt: HP has always been a success when it comes to all-in-one touchscreen PC, and particularly, the TouchSmart series. However, in the recent days, the coveted all-in-one chunk of the industry has been bitten by Apple’s iMac. This being the climate, the rivals such as HP and Sony sit there just hoping that Windows 8’s touch [...
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