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.
Excerpt: �What�s the first thing you noticed when unboxing the system?� asked an HP representative during a briefing call regarding the TouchSmart 520 all-in-one PC I�d received for evaluation a week or so earlier.
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.
Summary: The HP TouchSmart 520 is, quite rightly, the culmination of everything HP stands for. While the TouchSmart 520 is neither the most refreshing nor the most innovative thing from the long-standing, coveted company, every bit of it is so lovingly honed, every aspect of it so finely tuned and polished,...
Pros: Great performance, Good display and audio, Surprisingly accurate touch screen
Cons: Screen a little too reflective, Touch screen functionality not perfected
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...
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
Conclusion: The HP TouchSmart 520-1070 all-in-one desktop PC isn't for the budget set, but a quad-core Intel processor, 2TB hard drive, and a slew of entertainment features make it a worthwhile purchase.
Pros: Quad-core Intel Core i7-2600s processor is fast. Huge 2TB hard drive. Big 1080p display. Beats Audio. HDMI-in offers long term use. Blu-ray, TV-tuner and remote. Bundled with wireless keyboard and mouse.
Cons: Large power brick. Short 60-day subscription to Norton Internet Security.
Excerpt: HP's all-in-one PCs typically occupy a competent middle ground - powerful enough to ensure that running multiple programs and keeping several browser tabs open at once won't be a problem, while still being sufficiently quiet and attractive not to look out of place in your sitting room.
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.