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.
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.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a PC fit for work and the family, the HP Touchsmart 520-1130ea is ideal, but fans of high-end gaming, and processor intensive tasks should opt for something a little more powerful.
Pros: The pleasing display is one of the first things to sit up and take notice of. Its 23-inch full HD display looks great whatever the task. If you’re watching movies on it, you’ll find that’s when the HP Touchsmart 520-1130ea really shines. Colours are bright and sharp. The DVB-T tuner also lets you view Freeview TV channels to get even more from the HP Touchsmart 520-1130ea’s entertainment chops. Speakers powered by Beats Audio deliver better volume and bass than you’d ...
Cons: Those looking for a powerful desktop PC would be advised to look elsewhere. While the HP Touchsmart 520-1130ea can handle all the basic tasks with ease, it still isn’t powerful enough to run the latest power-hungry games as well as others, and take on as much without a stutter or two.
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.
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.
Conclusion: All-in-one machines aren't known for their raw performance, but such is the march of technology that a system like HP's TouchSmart 520-1070 can exist. Our gamut of benchmarks and subjective analysis of real-world performance reflect the hardware's capabilities, not the form factor. And in terms of the former, the 520 brings some serious components to the all-in-one party, including a Core i7-2600S, AMD Radeon HD 6450A graphics, and 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory.
Pros: High-end hardware not typically found in most all-in-one systems, Discrete graphics opens the door to game play, Lots of storage space, Wireless mouse and keyboard, HP's Magic Canvas software works extremely well with the touchscreen, Beats Audio works wonders with the integrated speakers
Cons: You won't be playing overly demanding DX11 titles on this, Slow spinning hard drive
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