Pros: Outstanding display; 22" touchscreen is a novel experience, Built-in TV tuners, Great speakers for an all-in-one device, TouchSmart software suite is functional and fun to use, One-button youtube webcam and video uploads
Cons: Optical drive difficult to see when sitting in front of the machine, Too many buttons on remote, Power brick is enormous
Summary: HP's new-and-improved TouchSmart all-in-one PC refines the touch-based concept it introduced last year. Faster all-in-ones, and Apple's iPhone, make the TouchSmart seem a bit behind the times, but the convenient software and its kitchen-friendly design offer functionality that's unavailable elsewhere.
Pros: Svelte new design; large, touch-sensitive display; easy to use, touch-friendly software, a lot of wireless connectivity options; underbody keyboard light.
Cons: Single-point, Windows-based touch looks dated next to multitouch iPhone; slower than other all-in-ones in its price class.
Excerpt: HP’s TouchSmart line of all-in-one desktop computers has undergone quite a transformation since we examined the very first model, the IQ770, nearly two years ago. Not only is every change for the better, but HP has managed to slash prices by several hundred dollars. The formfactor is the most obvious change to the TouchSmart line: The IQ770 was like a monitor stuck on top of a pizza box; the new series looks like an oversize picture frame.
Conclusion: If only the TouchSmart IQ506 22-inch were a better desktop computer. We’d buy one, set it up in the kitchen, find recipes online, and live with the single-touch interface in hopes that the mouse would become a less vital part of our daily routine. And the IQ506 is an amazing touch computer with a lot of promise.
Conclusion: So what do we think of the TouchSmart, other than bracing ourselves for flames from Apple fans understandably outraged by its combination of iMac, iPhone, and OS X influences? We think it fulfills the promise of last year's bulkier, less capable version, with touch technology you're likely to use almost daily instead of playing with for a few weeks before giving up on it in favor of the keyboard and mouse. We wish the 25.5-inch model cost less. We like it a lot.
Conclusion: Without a doubt, HP's TouchSmart IQ506 is a worthy successor to its predecessor, the IQ770. Design wise, shrinking down the somewhat clunky (by the new standards) design of the IQ770 (which weighed at hefty 17kg) to a more streamlined form factor (of about 11kg) was an improvement that we liked a lot and something that HP has done remarkably well.
Conclusion: Faszination pur: Wer schon immer einen Rechner mit Touchscreen wollte, wird vom HP TouchSmart nicht enttäuscht. Zwar verzichtet der Hersteller auf das komfortable Multitouch, zeigt aber anhand der eigens entwickelten Software, dass ein Finger auch schon ausreicht. Wofür eignet sich der SmartTouch? Idealerweise hängen Sie sich das Gerät an die Wand und nutzen ihn als Media-Client. Videos, Diashows und Musik mit dem Finger als Eingabegerät – einfacher geht es kaum.
Pros: Toller Touchscreen, Große Festplatte, Schickes Design, Windows Vista 64-Bit