Conclusion: Perhaps most impressive is SmartCalendar, which lets you type or scribble messages or reminders that appear as bulletin-board- or refrigerator-style sticky notes, with the added option of recording a brief (two minutes max) voice message.
Excerpt: One look at the HP TouchSmart makes a striking impression. As it should, since it’s in your kitchen. Reviving the “all-in-one” PC, the TouchSmart is easily one of the best stabs at a computer-as-appliance product.
Pros: Incredible good looks. Cleans up easily. Includes a spot and cables to connect an HP photo printer (without additional footprint). Decent specs: 2 GB of RAM, 320 GB hard drive, beefy graphics card, and slot-loading DVD burner. TV tuner and foot-shaped remote control included.
Cons: Pokey CPU (1.6 GHz AMD Turion) makes the TouchSmart painfully slow to respond. Windows Vista OS makes for an unhappy (and buggy) companion to sleek TouchSmart software. Screen loses clarity when not viewed straight-on. Minimal upgradeability.
Excerpt: This must be considered to be a cross between a desktop and a tablet PC with the built in touch screen being the part like a tablet. However overall it is certainly not a mobile offering. The Vista speed rating is 4.6
Conclusion: The HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC is a machine that defies the conventional genres that we tend to place computers into. It is certainly not the high-powered gaming machines that excite the hardcore enthusiasts, yet it can serve up a decent game of Quake 4 for the less fussy.