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.
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.
Conclusion: Having lived with the PC in the home environment for over a week we have to say that while good, it's not without its problems and that problem for UK homeowners being the size. For this PC, you will have to place it in an area of your home that gets plenty of traffic like the kitchen.
Pros: Touchscreen, SmartCenter software, compact within its size
Cons: Large, to get full benefit have to have it in your kitchen or lounge