Reviews and Problems with HP TouchSmart IQ81X series
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HP TouchSmart IQ816
22 February 2009
Summary: HP's new entertainment PC, the HP TouchSmart IQ816, features a gorgeous 25.5-inch touchscreen, a trendy case design and an integrated Blu-ray player, all of which make it a good choice for a secondary home entertainment center.
Summary: We really like all-in-one PCs, but the IQ810 is rather pointless. Touchscreen displays don't really work on screens of this size because they make your arm tired from waving all over the place. If you want an all-in-one PC there are better designed options available
Pros: Attractive to look at; wireless keyboard, mouse and remote.
Cons: Glossy screen is too reflective; average performance; hefty price.
Summary: No other all-in-one PC can offer touch-based input or an LCD screen as large as that of the HP TouchSmart IQ816. It's hard to deny that those features make this a compelling desktop for families with a place to put it.
Pros: Largest screen among mainstream all-in-one PCs; unique touch-based interface; public TouchSmart development kit could expand touch software library; convenient expandable hard-drive bay.
Cons: Weak audio output; performs like a $600 desktop; non-VESA-standard wall mount.