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HP gives all-in-ones multi-touch, Hulu and Netflix

updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue October 13, 2009

HP launches TouchSmart 300 and 600

HP early today is making an aggressive push into touchscreen PCs with two key updates to its TouchSmart home all-in-ones. The TouchSmart 300 and 600 add true multi-touch input and have significantly expanded use for the technology: they can not only use pinch-to-zoom, flicks and other gestures in the general operating system thanks to Windows 7 but in several new touch apps for the systems' custom front end. They can now navigate Hulu or Netflix streaming video, stream Pandora or Rhapsody music, or update and follow Twitter feeds all primarily using touch.

Both models are significantly smaller than before with 16:9 ratio displays at 20 inches (for the TouchSmart 300) and 23 inches (for the 600); HP tells Electronista that the 22- and 25.5-inch outgoing models were too big to be kitchen PCs or otherwise fit in tight spaces. The computer builder has gone so far as to bundle a special RecipeBox app that aggregates recipes from online websites and can take voice commands from a Bluetooth headset, such as asking for instructions.

The TouchSmart 300 starts off from $899 and is the AMD-based entry in the set with a 2.7GHz Athlon II dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and Radeon HD 3200 integrated video; a slightly uprated version brings a 2.8GHz chip and a 640GB drive. Picking the $1,049 TouchSmart 600 switches to Intel hardware and brings a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo, a 750GB hard drive, TV tuning and a previously unseen GeForce G200 integrated video chipset. A second version upgrades to a newer-generation 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo as well as dedicated GeForce GT 230M graphics and a Blu-ray combo drive.

The TouchSmart 600 is a Windows 7 launch system and will be available with the October 22nd OS launch, while the TouchSmart 300 will arrive slightly later, on November 1st.

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By Electronista Staff
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Comments

  1. WiseWeasel

    Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 1999

    +1

    nice

    Snazzy demo, until you realize what a pain in the arms it is to use a touchscreen at eye level for any appreciable amount of time. Somehow, I think most users will end up using the keyboard shortcuts rather than raise their paws to their screens.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2007

    +1

    So true!

    You are indeed Wise, Weasel.

  1. pairof9s

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2008

    +1

    Yes...

    It does feel like a touchscreen loses something when it has to be used on a stationary device. While it still will be "fun" to scroll & touch activate tasks, the utility value is not as great as with a mobile device.

    /

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    and yet

    People have been clamoring for Apple to add multi-touch to their iMacs/laptops. Won't they have the same problem? Or is that why Apple hasn't done it?

    And no one says you have to use the touch screen 'all the time'. But wouldn't it be nice to have at times?

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