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HP ups TouchSmart to 26 inches, Blu-ray

updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue September 16, 2008

HP TouchSmart IQ800

HP tonight updated its TouchSmart all-in-one PCs to push them into high-end home theater territory not covered by earlier models or rivals such as the iMac. The IQ800 series carries a 25.5-inch, 1920x1200 display that converts the touchscreen PC into a near home theater; accordingly, the system comes with a Blu-ray combo drive in one model while all of them have 1080p-capable video and ATSC/NTSC TV tuners. To match the HTPC focus, either system also has new ambient lighting on their chins that either illuminates the wireless keyboard on a desktop or just sets the mood.

The PC builder's custom touchscreen interface is the same as before and streamlines lightweight photo management and editing, music playback, and widgets for weather or other info.

Two models start off the IQ800 line. The IQ804 is built for average use with a 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a DVD burner and a GeForce 9300M GS for video. An IQ816 model adds the Blu-ray combo drive along with a Penryn-era 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo, a larger 750GB hard disk and GeForce 9600M GS video. Wi-Fi over 802.11n provides local networking for every model while either also has a Pocket Media Drive bay to add extra internal storage.

HP starts the IQ800 series at $1,899 and estimates a launch for September 21st. The premium IQ816 boosts the price to $2,099 for an October 21st release.

By Electronista Staff


  1. bluejammm

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    Joined: Jul 2006


    Wish it ran OSX

    I am so amazed and disappointed the latest iMacs didn't come with touchscreen and Blueray.

  1. Rezzz

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006


    do you have long arms?

    do you have long arms? how long are they? they had better be really long if you don't want to get up off the couch to touch your HPTV.

    what's that you say? it has a wireless keyboard? fascinating.. so, why does it have touch again?

    this is just plain silly. the product has merit if it is sitting on your desk. much less so when it is hanging on your wall.

    this is why the set top box was developed. to bridge the gap. because the way you interact with each device is completely different.

    the iMac will have touch before Christmas. and it will offer superior usability.

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