While we love using iPads and iPhones, we have to say that we are somewhat dubious about using a touch-based all-in-one PC at home. HP and a few other manufacturers don't see this as a problem. The new TouchSmart comes with a swivel screen, allowing for easier access when manipulating the computer with gestures.
HP just released information about their new TouchSmart PCs. The new TouchSmart 610 and 9300 all-in-one PCs have a 23-inch display that supports 1080p HD resolution. The tilting display can recline to a 60-degree angle, allowing you to easily manipulate the touchscreen's multitouch features without being too hard on your wrists. The TouchSmart 610 costs $900, comes with either Intel or AMD processors, up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and a Blu-ray optical drive. The 9300 is going to be available in May and will come with the updated Intel Sandy Bridge processors. If you are in the market for one of those, we suggest that you wait until then.
These all-in-ones are trying to challenge the iMac's overall standing in the consumer's mindset. The added feature of the tilting screen makes a lot of sense, and we have to say that having one of these as a family computer is definitely a good option. There were some rumors about Apple and touchscreen iMacs, which makes us think that at some point, iMacs will have a touchscreen. These rumors were disproved in late 2010.
If you are looking for an iMac alternative, then you should check out the Lenovo IdeaCentre B520. The brushed aluminum finish looks good, and it comes with a bunch of features that make it a good choice. Lenovo makes other all-in-ones, including the a320 and b320. The b320 is their 21.5-inch touchscreen variant.
Ultimately, if you are getting ready to purchase a new all-in-one, with or without a touchscreen, our best advice is to wait until May, when Apple and other manufacturers will release their latest product updates. The choice of touchscreen computers is still limited, but you can find some from MSI, HP, and Lenovo.