HP Touchsmart 520 All-in-One PC Review
Overall Design & Layout
A giant metal hinge extends down and secures the 23-inch panel to a silver base made of plastic. It offers a generous amount of tilt (-5 degrees to 30 degrees), giving you a bit of flexibility in a form factor that typically errs on the side of being static. At the same time, the entire unit is sturdy and doesn't wobble or wiggle in reaction to enthusiastic finger taps.
The 23-inch LED backlit multi-touch display features a Full HD 1920x1080 screen resolution and is rated at 250 nits brightness (typical) with a 5ms response time and 1,000:1 contrast ratio (typical). It's not going to blow you away with super wide viewing angles and professional grade color accuracy like an IPS panel will, however, we found it more than sufficient for day-to-day computing and watching Blu-ray movies.
There's a fair amount of connectivity options included with the 520. On the back of the unit you'll find four USB 2.0 ports, a GbE LAN port for wired Internet (802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi is built-in), a coaxial cable port to use with the built-in TV tuner, an IR blaster jack for HP's bundled TouchSmart remote and accompanying cable, a subwoofer output, and an audio line-out port.
A slot-load Blu-ray burner (yes, burner) is located on the right-hand side and sits above a series of physical on-screen display buttons, four in all. Underneath that is a handy HDMI input for plugging in your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 console, or anything else that utilizes an HDMI connection (like your notebook or tablet PC). This is a great selling point, especially for college bound students who might not have enough space in their dorm to accommodate both a PC and a television.
Over on the right side is a 6-in-1 media card reader, a pair of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, and mic/headphone inputs. It's a nice collection of ports, though noticeably missing is an eSATA port or HDMI output, both minor quibbles for an otherwise well connected all-in-one.