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HP intros iMac-like All-in-One 200, updates TouchSmart 600

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.

By Electronista Staff


  1. minimansion

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    Follow the leader!


  1. elroth

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    Now that the recipe tool has been improved, this machine leaves the iMac in the dust.

  1. coffeetime

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    Nice design but...

    I bet this whole thing is made of plastic. For iMac, you feel the sturdiness when you are holding it.

  1. rvhernandez

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    This is the definition of Clunky!

    That is one fugly looking PC!

  1. vriva

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    Imitation is the best form of flattery

    “Yet unlike the latter, Jobs did not engage in underhanded business practices to create his monopolies. They were handed to him on a silver platter by the rest of the market, which insists on peddling either outright c*** or cheap imitations of Appleā€™s aesthetic.”
    From Non-Apple's Mistakes by Stanislav Datskovskiy (via Daring Fireball, via Alex Payne)

  1. Wingsy

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    Gemme an iMac Any Day

    That 600t priced at $1099.....

    Add $190 to the 600t for the full version of Windows 7. iMacs (starting at $1199) come with the full version of MacOS for no additional cost. Plus you get iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb and Garageband for free on an iMac. Add a measly $49 for iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote).

    Both have 1920x1080 screen resolution. The 600t is slightly larger at 23" vs 21.5" for the $1199 iMac.

    600t has Intel Integrated Graphics, $1199 iMac has NVIDEA GeoForce 9400M. Upgrading to a graphics controller not an option on the 600t.

    2 RAM slots on the 600t, 4 on the iMac. Both come with 4GB installed. Wasteful to have to bump up the memory on the 600t since you'll have to remove the existing DIMMs.

    And while the 600t is touch enabled, you'l get Gorilla Arm syndrome in no time if used on a vertical screen like a 600t or iMac.

    Oh, and the 600t comes with a free 1-year subscription to anti-virus software! Can't beat that!

    Actually, the hardware on the 600t is not that bad (with the exception integrated graphics). But its main drawback is that it's running Windows.

  1. thedude

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    Did they fix the performance of the touch

    Did they fix the performance of the touch interface. I always thought these machines could be used in a common area of the home for schedule casual web and when not in use for a slide show. But having used several, both with vista and the so called improved windows 7 I just have to say that they suck. In comparison to other touch devices the interface is slow, every little program that is suppose to be touch friendly loads really slow. The motion of the screen is very jumpy and not smooth. Over all its just irritating. If you are going to market a touch device and have it as a major selling point then is should be pretty polished. This acts like it was an add on after thought that they devoted two weeks of development to and never looked at it again. Come on HP if you want to compete with anything else that is running a touch interface, this needs fixing bad.

  1. FreeRange

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    It truly is amazing how poorly designed the products are in the rest of the industry. And to be crippled by a MSFT OS is the ultimate insult. Please people run, run fast, from this plastic c***.

  1. imactheknife

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    HP and the others

    Just don't get it and seems to me never will which is fine for Apple and Co. Please Hp and all the others, please keep making plastic cheap looking junk running windows as it is really helping Apple's market share grow.....bah hah ha ha

  1. testudo

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    Re: Nice design but...

    I bet this whole thing is made of plastic. For iMac, you feel the sturdiness when you are holding it.

    And exactly how often are you 'holding' your iMac? Are you snuggling up with it on the couch?

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