Summary: You’ll still find yourself dropping out of the TouchSmart interface to use programs such as Word and Photoshop, but HP’s software is much less of a novelty than it used to be. And we’ll repeat our caveat about all-in-ones: This machine makes a great second computer; don’t expect it to be your one and only.
Excerpt: With a claim of “ nearly 30-years of touch innovation ” under its belt, HP is no stranger to touch-input technology. The company has recently integrated touch input into a number of its consumer and business product lines, such as tablets and displays and perhaps is most well-known for its line of TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs.
Conclusion: With all-in-one touchscreen PCs becoming less expensive all the time—you can now find one for as little as $500-$600 at major retailers—the $1,519 TouchSmart 600-1055 might seem a bit pricey. Keep in mind, though, that HP’s machine is offering an enormous and unparalleled touch display, a terrific suite of useful, intuitive, touch-enabled software, and industrial design that’s both beautiful and clever.
Pros: Huge, gorgeous, 16:9 1080p screen., TouchSmart suite delivers some excellent programs., Svelte and attractive design., Doubles nicely as a PVR/TV, complete with HDMI input for game consoles.
Cons: Touchscreen is still just a smidge finicky., Middling processor and graphics card could do with an upgrade., It’s still a bit costly.