updated 11:10 am EST, Mon January 8, 2007
HP TouchSmart and tx1000
HP on Monday formally introduced its TouchSmart PC (PDF) at the CES show in Las Vegas. Previously known under its Crossfire codename, the iMac-like all-in-one is another of Microsoft's Windows Vista showcases and is designed as a central computer that can handle virtually every need of a typical home. In addition to running the new OS, the new media center is based around a 19-inch touchscreen used for quick access to news, programs, and weather; the tactile interface is also useful for a custom version of HP's Photosmart software that allows photo retouching through finger and stylus presses.
The TouchSmart is also TV-friendly, the company says. Analog NTSC and digital ATSC tuners are part of the design and can be used to both play and record video to the computer's 320GB hard drive. The system is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Turion 64 X2 and ships with 2GB of memory, GeForce Go 7600 video, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. The TouchSmart PC should be ready in time for Vista's launch at the end of this month, though pricing is still unavailable.
A full-sized photo of the TouchSmart, as well as official details of the tx1000 tablet, are available after the jump.
Following this news is the public announcement of the tx1000 (PDF) convertible tablet PC. As confirmed by a product leak late last month, the 12-inch PC is one of the rare tablet PCs built for entertainment rather than business. It comes pre-equipped with the touch-sensitive media playback buttons of the company's dv9000 and similar notebooks, but also includes its own mini-remote and dual headphone jacks for sharing sound. The system should accompany the TouchSmart late this month and will ship in its high-end configuration with a 1.8GHz Turion 64 X2, 2GB of RAM, and 160GB of storage as well as a 1.3-megapixel webcam. Pricing remains unknown.