updated 12:00 am EDT, Wed April 21, 2010
HP patterns AIO more directly after iMac
HP as part of its desktop updates this morning updated its All-in-One lineup with a new model and faster speeds for existing PCs. The new PC, the All-in-One 200, drops the easel designs of most of HP's all-in-ones for a monitor-like design not unlike the iMac. HP's system is oriented to the budget side, however, and has a design that can swivel the display independently of the base, not just pivot up or down.
The system doesn't use touch but carries a 21.5-inch display that's again somewhat similar to that on the iMac, with a 1080p output and, in a first for HP, LED backlighting for lower power and instant-on brightness. A basic All-in-One 200 starts much lower than its rival at $699 but with a dual-core 2.7GHz Pentium, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB disk and Intel's integrated graphics; HP told Electronista that Core-series chips will be a custom order option along with wireless input. The PC goes up for order today.
The existing TouchSmart 600t has been given a significant performance lift and can now trade up from a Core 2 Duo to either a 2.13GHz Core i3 or a 2.26GHz Core i5. Beats Audio is just as new and should improve the quality of sound regardless of the output method. Corel's Paint It! image editor and per-movie rentals from Roxio's CinemaNow are now built into the custom TouchSmart UI, and other apps like the recipe tool have been given minor improvements.
The new TouchSmarts should start at $1,099 for a 23-inch, 1080p version with the Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 1TB of disk space and Intel video. An upgraded version doesn't have a specific price as of press time but will move to the Core i5 and a dedicated GeForce G210M for its visuals.