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.
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. I told the rep that the system was extremely heavy which prompted a discussion regarding the weighted aluminum base, freestanding configuration and more.
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.
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, that one would be hard pressed to find fault in it. This all-in-one PC doesn’t start out looking to impress, but the design itself is worthy of mention.
Pros: Great performance, Good display and audio, Surprisingly accurate touch screen
Cons: Screen a little too reflective, Touch screen functionality not perfected
Summary: Considering how close HP came to selling off or severing its world leading PC division, it's products like the new TouchSmart 520-1070 all-in-one (AIO) that make us glad somebody switched out the company's water supply. Actually, it's HP's old CEO, Leo Apotheker, who was responsible for the OEM's temporary insanity, and not some tainted H2O, but that's a rant for another time and another place.
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
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
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. With unassuming looks and a respectable overall score of 62 in our benchmark tests, the TouchSmart 520-1130ea fits comfortably within this vision of a family PC.