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.
Excerpt: All-in-one systems are nothing new; Sony, Apple , Gateway and even Dell all have systems that integrate the monitor and PC. But with exception to Apple’s iMac , none of these systems have been particularly hot sellers. Maybe they were ahead of their time, or simply not powerful enough to be taken serious enough, after all who wants to spend money on a system that cannot last the test of time?
Pros: Powerful and simple to use; touch screen works great; upgradeable memory & storage
Cons: Keyboard is missing media keys; uses a mobile CPU
Summary: The TouchSmart is one cool PC. We doubt we'd use it in the kitchen, as suggested by HP, but its all-in-one form factor is nice to look at and the touch-sensitive display is a good, if occasionally unnecessary, addition.
Pros: Touch-sensitive screen, Interesting design
Cons: Mediocre performance, Lack of upgrade options
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.