HP TouchSmart: The Perfect Computer For Other Rooms

HP TouchSmart: The Perfect Computer For Other Rooms

Range Govindan
Sep 22, 2008

The second generation of the HP TouchSmart was just released in July 08, but HP decided that the IQ500 wasn't enough. They just announced the release of the IQ800 series. The TouchSmart concept was initially designed to be used in the kitchen and other rooms which normally wouldn't have any computers.

The new models are thinner, sleeker and look more user friendly in the sense that they can actually be wall-mounted. They naturally feature a touchscreen that has intuitive navigation. The unit is all integrated into the back of the big widescreen display panel, so it has a smaller form factor. It looks like a perfect PC to have in the living room or kitchen, when you need to check things out. It could also be your media PC, one that you would want to integrate into your home theater system. Naturally, it's not like one of those dedicated media PCs, but it comes with a big screen. The all-in-one solution reminds us of an iMac and would also work well for students looking for something bigger than a laptop.

Both the new models, the IQ804 and IQ816 feature a bigger screen, a 25.5-inch 1920 x 1200 touchscreen with specific TouchSmart apps, a TV tuner with remote, integrated webcam, Bluetooth, HP Pocket Media drive bay, and a smart ambient light to illuminate your keyboard in the dark.

Confusingly, the IQ816 has a slower processor than the IQ804 (but with 3MB of cache instead of 2MB), however it comes with a Blu-ray drive, a dual layer DVD burner, and a better graphics card. They will be available next week for $1,899 and $2,099 respectively.

[via Engadget]

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