Summary: HP’s TouchSmart IQ770 could never serve as our primary PC—we knew going into this review that it wouldn’t compete with our zero-point reference platform, and it’s clearly not designed for hardcore gaming—but we’d rather have multiple PCs dedicated to particular tasks than one machine that’s crappy at everything. This one has definitely earned a place in our dream kitchen.
Pros: Well designed, great display, very good touch screen, relatively small footprint.
Cons: HP’s TouchSmart applications are so limited that they’re virtually worthless.
Conclusion: Pros: • Powerful and simple to use • Touch screen works as advertised • Useful GUI interfaces • Upgradeable memory and storage • Integrated ATSC tuner • Keyboard lacks media shortcut keys • Mobile CPU • Could use a cleaner look • No next-generation DVD drive
Pros: Powerful and simple to use; touch screen works great; upgradeable memory & storage
Cons: Keyboard is missing media keys; uses a mobile CPU
Summary: It’s been a long road to mainstream acceptance for the touchscreen. HP built one into a desktop PC called as far back as 1983, but since then it’s had to settle for a niche role on PDAs and tablet PCs. Like the Rasputin of tech, though, it’s returned in the guise of the Touchsmart. This HP is powered by Vista and is the first all-in-one you can navigate with your pinky. But is it an iMac-botherer? Not quite the icon First impressions suggest not.