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New HP TouchSmart PCs answer Apple's desktop touch worries

updated 07:45 am EST, Mon February 7, 2011

HP TouchSmart 610 and 9300 boast reclining touch

HP unveiled a pair of TouchSmart PCs that should be the first computers to address Apple's complaints about fatiguing desktop touch. The TouchSmart 610 and its business-focused 9300 sibling have a reclining screen that slides down as far as 60 degrees. Making the switch gives the all-in-ones a natural, tablet-like interface for using touch apps for hours without tiring one's arm and still having the option of an upright display.

Either TouchSmart uses a 23-inch, 1080p display and get an unusual emphasis on sound with the Beats audio processing from notebooks and towers. Software also gets a new spin through LinkUp, an app that lets users share apps between a desktop and a notebook.

The 610 starts off with a 3.2GHz Core i3, 4GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive and Intel's integrated video. A higher-end version moves to a similarly clocked Core i5 as well as 6GB of memory and a 1TB disk. The 9300 is tailored to business and has options to help wall mount it, turn it into a kiosk or otherwise make it ready for the public. HP hasn't given it a minimum specification, but it will scale from Core i3 to i7 chips and have options for alternate operating systems, a 160GB SSD and as much as 16GB of RAM.

HP is shipping the TouchSmart 610 on February 9 with a base price of $900, but the 9300 won't be ready until sometime in May with pricing set closer to the release date. The 9300's delay is owed partly to the Sandy Bridge chipset flaw that degrades the performance of SATA; Intel already has a fix but will take the next two months to restore production.

The release could be significant as one of the first attempts to fully integrated touch into the desktop. HP had been one of the earliest adoptees of touchscreen on the desktop and has had enough success with the TouchSmart line to continue it for years, but it has never become the dominant desktop in the company's line and has sometimes been criticized for having limited utility. Apple had objected to touchscreens outside of phones and tablets as it has argued touch needs to be horizontal, not vertical. Its solution so far has been to add multi-touch to traditional controllers, such as its notebook trackpads, the Magic Mouse and the Magic Trackpad.

MSI technically beat HP to showing the same reclining touch design in its Butterfly concept but hasn't committed to a shipping PC.

TouchSmart 610

TouchSmart 9300

By Electronista Staff


  1. erics

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    That would make a great ramp for my nephew.
    He loves skateboarding :)

  1. Foe Hammer

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    A Short Conversation

    HP TouchSmart PCs: "I recline!"

    Majority of Consumers: "We decline!"

  1. spyintheskyuk

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    Answer Indeed

    Arguable whether it is the right answer of course.

  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    First off....

    That computer is FUGLY! Second, I remember seeing an Apple patent for a computer (assumably and iMac) that folds down EXACTLY like this. Can't wait to see Apple jump on HP and sue them so bad they'll be a smoldering heap...

  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    First off....

    That computer is FUGLY! Second, I remember seeing an Apple patent for a computer (assumably and iMac) that folds down EXACTLY like this. Can't wait to see Apple jump on HP and sue them so bad they'll be a smoldering heap...

  1. Paul Huang

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    Fat and Ugly = fugly

    I hear you.

  1. iphonerulez

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    This is not an unusual design...

    When I watch Korean dramas, they seem to use a lot of combined computer/displays that can be made to recline. I don't think they're touch-screen models, though. I think they were designed that way to be used in study halls or be able to put under a desk to view the display through glass. I always thought it was a pretty good idea. If Apple were to come out with a touch-screen display that reclined, I would definitely consider it. However, I'd be just as happy if Apple designed a larger multi-touch pad that worked with an upright screen. I'm still comfortable using a mouse so neither a touch-display or touch-pad is that compelling to me.

    Still, I like this HP design and specs but I'll forever be a Mac user.

  1. gor3don

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    Where I work, there are lights in the ceiling. I tried tilting my monitor like in the picture and I see a lot of glare from those ceiling lights. Maybe my workspace is unique in that respect, but does anyone see any problem with that?

    Ergonomics: now I will be tilting my head down when in touch mode? That doesn't sound very comfortable.

    As well, how durable is that "hinge"? Will a typical user be switching back and forth multiple times per day?

  1. macvette

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    I also recall seeing that patent you're referring to. I tracked it down on the Patently Apple web site:

  1. Athens

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    First all in one design from a PC maker that I actually thinks looks ok.

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