Summary: We were very impressed by the Touchsmart 610 -- it's a system that beautifully designed, and it's both robust with its power and innovative with its functionality. The computer's specs are packed in a slim, compact frame that can take virtually everything you throw at it without any slowdown issues, and it's light enough to carry from place to place in the house without being bulky or seeming out of place.
Pros: Very Strong Performance:, System Design:, Recline Functionality:, Magic Canvas (When Everything Works Perfectly):, Display Quality:, HP Linkup:, Beats Audio:
Cons: Magic Canvas (When It Doesn't Work Well):, No USB 3.0:
Summary: We recommend the HP TouchSmart 610q with few reservations thanks to its speed, its competitive pricing, and an innovative tilting case design that makes this a best-in-breed touch-based all-in-one.
Pros: The HP TouchSmart 610q's benefits include fast performance, competitive pricing, and innovations to its case design and video inputs.
Cons: We have few complaints about this system, although it would have been nice if HP had included a video output port.
Excerpt: Touch screens are all the rage with mobile technology, but touch-enabled desktops are still few and far between. HP originally led the way with the first TouchSmart PC back in 2008 , and since then they’ve been continually innovating the line. The HP 9300 and 610 are the two latest additions to the family and the first to incorporate a 60 degree reclining stand.
Conclusion: This computer is a tour-de-force for modern touchscreen desktops. It throws everything that one could imagine at the task at hand. It has fast hardware, a brilliant display, a custom touch interface, and a unique hinge that makes it possible to angle the entire touchscreen in numerous ways for easy use. Even so, there are flaws in this design.
Pros: Beautiful 1080p display, Touch input is responsive, Fast hardware, Unique hinge works well
Cons: Expensive, No HDMI out, Touch input is of questionable use
Excerpt: Is it just us or do all-in-ones seem to be having a moment? Over the past two months, we've seen Toshiba make a belated jump into the market, while Lenovo went and added one to its family of Think-branded laptops and desktops. And that's not even counting models by old-timers like Apple, Dell, and MSI. And then there's HP, which has been making touchscreen all-in-ones for three years -- long before they were a thing .
Pros: Gorgeous 1080p touchscreen, Innovative and useful sliding hinge design, Great performance and specs for the price
Cons: Design has a few chintzy bits, Takes up more space than competing models, The keyboard isn't our favorite
Excerpt: It’s clear that HP sees the value in this category. The PC maker’s new TouchSmart is sleek, polished, and is the first all-in-one we’ve ever seen to feature a subwoofer-out jack. HP makes a subtle but valid point here: The truth about these systems is that, regardless of where we set them up—kitchen, living room, garage—we find ourselves frequently using them as music stations, so why not aim for higher audio fidelity?