HP TouchSmart 600 All-In-One PC Review - HotHardware

HP TouchSmart 600 All-In-One PC Review

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With a claim of “nearly 30-years of touch innovation” under its belt, HP is no stranger to touch-input technology. The company has recently integrated touch input into a number of its consumer and business product lines, such as tablets and displays and perhaps is most well-known for its line of TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs. In fact, when the TouchSmart first debuted in 2007, it was one of very first multi-touch desktop PCs to hit the market, though touch technology has come a long way since then, especially with the advent of Windows 7's touch capabilities.

Taking advantage of a good thing when they see it, HP has produced a few major updates to the TouchSmart line, culminating in the latest release of the TouchSmart series, the 20-inch TouchSmart 300 series and 23-inch TouchSmart 600 series. Other than screen size and specs, both the 300 and 600 series have much in common, including a relatively thin chassis, glossy 16:9 widescreen display, and a plethora of touch-enabled features and applications.


Many of the touch features take advantage of the new and improved touch features built into Windows 7, but HP's new TouchSmart PCs also come with a bevy of custom touch-enabled apps as well.  More on these in a quick video preview we have for you here and in the pages ahead...


 
HP TouchSmart 600-1055
System Specifications

                    Direct Price (as tested): $1,499.99

Pricing for the 20-inch TouchSmart 300 series starts at 799.99, and the 23-inch 600 series starts at $999.99. We were sent the TouchSmart 600-1055, which sells for $1,499.99 (at the time of this review). All of these are the prices you would pay if you were to purchase the systems direct from HP. We were hard-pressed to find other vendors selling the system for much less--about $50 lower is the best we could find. The TouchSmart 600-1055 is a specific, non-configurable configuration--HP refers to it as a “quick-ship model;” but HP also sells versions of the 300 and 600 series that can be configured to order on HP’s site--these are the TouchSmart 300z, TouchSmart 600t, and the TouchSmart 600xt.

The TouchSmart 600-1050 is powered by a 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile P7450 processor, 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM, Nvidia nForce 730i chipset (1,066MHz Front-side bus), Nvidia GeForce GT230M GPU (1GB), 750GB 7,200RPM SATA hard drive, slot-loading BD drive, and running Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit). The system also includes Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless networking, and Bluetooth. Rounding out the system’s feature set are integrated stereo speakers and a built-in TV tuner.

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With smooth 1080P video playback and a 23" screen, and nice speakers you could probably use this as a All-in-one media center for your dorm room.

 

@realneil Lol, what spurned that question?

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Wow Dave when are we having a contest to give away your beast of a system WOW

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Well as I stated earlier this is a general user system. I see it like the ones you see in commercials with a housewife in the kitchen using one. The other thing you have to also realize is that is the largest PC market there is (the general unskilled user). That's what I am referring to in my earlier comment. That is where the money is made that is what actually influences the world so it makes sense really.

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Oh hey Dave if you get your tri monitor setup and need help getting rid of that 30" HP display I can help you out. I won't even charge you because I consider you a friend lol!

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All in all a great review, but this isn't a system for anyone under 15.  My Six year old has broken two screens while playing on disney and other childrens play areas.

The great video the superb sound really makes this a great dorm room additon as your tv, pc, and entertainment station.  I'm really impressed.

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I guess it could be like the family computer, something to place near the entrance of your house or in the shared living room. People could leave notes for each other on it, you could watch TV, do basic word processing, etc. The best thing about the design is that it's a space saver and you can put it wherever you want to.

 

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Yeah this is a kitchen family room unit to me. It does look pretty capable for an all in one unit to me though. I personally am just not much for all in one units.

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Not my type or anyone in my house's type of computer :D, This would be fun for kids to mess around with though ;)

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yeah it's not mine either, but I am just talking about the all around functionality of it. I do more with a computer that twitter check email and surf the web. I surf the web, run a lot of programs,  school, game, email, budget bank, shop, benchmark, and everything I can with it as well. I am sure many of you do as well. The general user does not though. Generally they are also the largest part of the market as well besides business. So thats what this type of device is aimed at.

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i see no point in a touchscreen monitor.  i would think it would smudge easily.  but it does look pretty.

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