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OhGizmo! Review and Giveaway: The HP Touchsmart 600-1055, Part 1

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By David Ponce

HP was kind enough to send us an HP Touchsmart 600-1055 to review. They asked us to determine whether their offering could become an “Entertainment Hub”. It’s a lofty goal, one that’s shared by pretty much anyone these days. Microsoft and Sony certainly are trying hard with their Xbox and PS3, but HP’s approach is different. These were their exact words:

[We'd like you] to see if the TouchSmart PC is deserving of being called an “Entertainment Hub.” In addition to serving as a touch-enabled desktop PC, the TouchSmart can stand in place of several entertainment devices like a DVD player, TV, Blu-Ray Player, etc. It also has an HD widescreen display, TV Tuner, game console connectivity and several new built-for-touch applications from Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Rhapsody and more.

In order to do this, we’re going to split up this review into three pieces. Today, we look at the Touchsmart 600 being used as a TV/PVR, in Part 2 as a DVD/BluRay player and Part 3 as a CD/Digital Music Player/Stereo player.

Don’t feel like reading or watching my video? No problem, here’s the verdict: as a TV to play Xbox in HD on, without HDMI? Not so much. As a TV and a PVR? Absolutely.

Read on for all the details and to find out how to win your own!

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First, a few words about the hardware itself. The Touchsmart 600 is an all-in-one with a FullHD 23 inch capacitive touchscreen. This particular model has an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P7450, 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive. Check the links below for a PDF with all the specs.

The build is solid and appealing. In front you have two stainless steel legs and a rear stand with a rubber pivot that makes swiveling the entire device left and right easier. On the right you have the slot-loading BluRay drive as well as a volume rocker and a multimedia card reader. On the left, behind a plastic panel, you have connections. Relevant to the TV/PVR question, you have S-Video, Cable, HDMI and composite inputs… But no component! So as an owner of a non-Elite Xbox, I was unable to play it in high-definition, being left with no component inputs to connect it with. While there are plenty of consoles out there with HDMI, there’s a good chunk without and the omission of component inputs was a bit of a disappointment.

The front facing speakers sound great (more on that in the music review), the included low profile keyboard is adequate and looks appealing, while the mouse is a generic HP-branded optical mouse. Rounding out the important features, you have a center-mounted adjustable webcam on the top bezel, which swivels up or down through a back mounted switch.

touchsmart 600 side

Does it work as a PVR?

So… How does it fare as a TV/PVR? To access this feature, you have to launch the Touchsmart suite of applications. This is the heart of this PC and is what makes it possible to use its touch interface. Without it, you’d have Windows 7. Whatever anyone tells you, like any previous version of Windows, it wasn’t really designed with touch use in mind. Fingers are just too darn big for whatever you might try to do. The Touchsmart suite fixes that. It creates an environment that sits on top of Windows and “touch-enables” its functionality. That said, it has some design flaws that aren’t really important, but indicative of a lack of design consistency. For instance, when setting up the TV tuner card, one is presented with a drop-down list of residence countries. Since you’re in the Touchsmart suite of applications at this moment, you’re fully expecting to be able to do everything with your fingers… Expect it’s impossible to scroll this list without using the mouse. Flicking up or down does nothing except choose a country you don’t actually reside in. Weird, but not that hard to fix in an update (reading this, HP?).

Once setup, the tuner card will scan for available channels. When done, you’re presented with a list of stations, which you can select by simply touching. When selected, a preview of that channel will pop up on the top right. If you want to watch, touch the preview and maximize the image. The rest is standard PVR functionality. Pause live TV, fast forward to Live (pleasantly, there is a scroll button that allows you to choose the exact spot you’d want to forward to) or press the record button and… record. Once recorded, your clip (or full show, or whatever) can be accessed under the Recordings tab. Everything works as you’d expect from a personal video recorder and the interface is intuitive enough that you don’t get lost.

A side note. I don’t have cable. Being online at all times, I see no use for it. So I connected the Touchsmart 600 (and its integrated Tuner card) to an old fashioned wire antenna. Yeah, we still have analog up here. But one downside of this setup is that I was unable to configure the Electronic Program Guide. Had I done so, I’m assuming I’d have been able to schedule a recording in advance. This is something I did not try, but assume it works.

So, to conclude, the Touchsmart 600-1055 works just fine as a TV or a Personal Video Recorder. If you’re lucky enough to own a console with HDMI output, you can play games no problem. Own an Xbox without it? Get used to SDtv…

And it will pause and record live TV just fine.

Pros (Part 1):
+ Will record and pause live TV.
+ Integrated HDTV Tuner card.
+ Touch interface works great for this purpose

Cons (Part 1):
- Does not come with component inputs
- Minor software design inconsistencies

How do you win your own?
Alright, so HP’s giving one of these away to our readers. It’s the same one we’ve been reviewing: The HP Touchsmart 600-1055, valued at $1,500 (full specs in PDF below). To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, or any of the follow up articles. It’s open to Canada and the US. And it will end 48 hours after we post Part 3 of this review. So keep your eyes peeled, and comment away.

Oh and if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer. And yes, this counts as entering.

[ Touchsmart 600 Specs (Warning, PDF) ]








  • EmtPete

    First! Looks pretty slick! Bring on the other reviews!

  • jsteinberg

    Insofar as it is a TV, is watching internet tv an easy process? It seems that it would given the keyboard, but that would seem to defeat the point of the touch screen. Which is also to ask, if you have a mouse and a keyboard, why would one bother reaching one's hand up to touch the screen?
    As a request for the next part of the review, I hope you can address weather it is possible to record/rip movies (that one presumably owns) onto the hard drive. Thanks.

  • jsteinberg

    As a TV, I wondering how well it works for watching internet TV. It seems like one would need the keyboard and mouse to do so effectively, but that begs the question, why have the touch screen if one is going to have a mouse. To me, it seems that at no point other than possibly the music player I would want to touch my screen over using a remote mouse or keyboard. Furthermore, if one's using the device as an all in one screen, why would one want to be continuously smudging it? Which is to say, other than novelty, why the touch screen?
    On a different note, it would be appreciated that if the next part of the review covers how well if at all it is able to record/rip movies (that one presumably owns) onto the hard drive. Thanks.

  • robertosebestyen

    My mom would love this!

  • chilepepper

    Will it blend?

  • damirkesar

    This PC is exactly what I need, great review.

  • laboose

    The thing doesn't look too interesting for my taste, probably just becuase I don't watch TV on a TV.

    Perhaps it'll stop my sister from whining about getting a new computer though >.>

  • SaiphSDC

    nice and ambitious thats for sure. I've always liked having a media-pc hooked up to my TV. Traditional channel surfing is just so…limited.

    Downside: My wife HATES it when I touch a monitor to point at things. Having a touchscreen would be interesting to get used to (for her, I'd probably love it).

  • thecjx

    This is a pretty sweet package. Curious to try out the interface myself.

  • FiZ1point5

    HP has impressed me again.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds great for all those missed TV shows

  • sampleinajar

    NIce.

  • joeythenifty

    That does look like a fun way to kill a few days without taking a break.

  • rickyschoelman

    Sweet Computer, i've always thought this type of computer/interface would be perfect for kitchens

  • davemitchell

    What looks like a keyboard light it somewhat intriguing. Nothing says evil like a blue glow…

  • Anonymous

    This would be nice

  • Anonymous

    Good review. Very informative. Looks like a cool product.

  • duelfish13

    Hmmm…never thought of it as an Xbox monitor. Sounds cool!

  • marechek33

    This would be perfect for my kitchen. Is the keyboard wireless? and does that blue keyboard light really look that cool?

  • XpAcErX

    This is defiantly a forward thinking product since the lines between TV and PC are starting to blur and some people like me are canceling their cable and going all streaming content. The merge between PC, HDTV and Touch Screen is an awesome combination. The specs you listed are fairly decent and your cons, in my eyes, easily overlooked. I am already using my PS3 and PC together as a media server it would be nice to have a product like this the take out the middle man.

  • vluke

    cool

  • dabbith

    I've got the previous 22″ version without HDMI in and Blu Ray. I really love it. Most of Windows 7 is pretty touchable, and Windows Media Center definitely works well with touch. I really wish my version had the VESA wall mount that the new version has. The off angle (vertical) viewing was not so good, so if I try to lie down and watch it's difficult since you can't angle the screen down.

  • bigjakexxx

    yay

  • Junklekennedy

    Awesome review. We have satellite w/ DVR that works awesomely. But the fact that this is touchscreen is very cool. I would love to have this for my daughter as she's all kinds of hands on.

    I agree that not have component input is a flaw but I guess those are being pushed out of the way. :(

  • jackburnt

    I would love one, but I never win things. Except when I was in middle school and I won a boombox from Diamond Jim's arcade. That was such an awesome summer.

  • bbxl

    How does the screen fare against fingerprints? I have no experience w/touchscreen monitors, but I would think the constant touching would leave smudges interfering with viewing.

  • krommagnus

    Wow, would be great addition to my entertainment area. What an awesome giveaway. Count me in. Does it support HDMI out by any chance? Would bre great if I could output blueray movies and other video to my 47 inch tv. If not it sounds like it would be great for streaming media to my 360 or other devices anyways.

  • travm222

    Want one

  • travm222

    This seems like an ideal kitchen PC.

  • Anonymous

    These are very cool. I’ll take one.

  • kgbeast

    Nice review

  • kgbeast

    nice review

  • Anonymous

    I once had a horrible HP laptop… but this could possibly sway me back to the brand.

  • http://x24.x24garcia.com/ x24

    This would work great in my home office.

  • rmsiceberg

    Bring on the other reviews! can't keep waiting! If i don't win it I will keep earning to maybe getting this since it's a little out my budget, I would also like to know against which ones it competes

  • amandaarnold

    I have a later version and I absolutely love it. It spends the camping season in our camper and the winters at home. I am looking forward to see if the newest one is just as good.

  • amandaarnold

    I've received the previous 22″ version without HDMI in and Blu-ray for my birthday last year. I absolutely love it and is looking forward to seeing if the newer one is just as good.

  • gilamonster

    ooo pretty…

  • macayn

    I'm sold! Now can I get it for free?

  • godel

    Interesting niche computer. I'd love to have one.

  • http://tubejumper.com smilbandit

    that would be cool for my den.

  • dubzilla

    I'm sold, good review. I think that the inconsistencies in the software, while fixable, would be annoying if you are going back and forth between the mouse and the touch screen. However it doesn't seem like it is a major problem. Thanks OhGizmo

  • Jessicat

    The review was very interesting. Video was easy to watch and follow. Thank you for a great review, I look forward to the other two. How much can you run at the same time before it slows?

  • robroot

    One of these would be awesome! The integrated HD tuner card is a nice addition, but I want to see the review on the BluRay player. Can you give us a little heads up on the audio outputs? Is there an output other than headphones for external speakers and/or surround sound systems?

  • Anonymous

    Please add me

  • mcman

    I'm somewhat impressed. This may just get me buying HP products. Hmm, I wonder how I could know for sure though?

  • opTrin_46

    Interesting. Looking forward to parts 2 and 3. Would like to see how well it works with Pandora and Hulu.

  • tmclarke

    Thing?

    Thing.

  • inkblotca

    Form meets function, I'd be very happy with one of these.
    Hopefully there's some sort of easy adapter to add a component input…

  • Anonymous

    My boyfriend and I would make so much use out of this beast! It certainly seems as though it is “deserving of being called an “Entertainment Hub.”” This is one impressive HP!

  • littleshimmy

    wow. i've seen a few of the touchscreens like this in stores, and they have me actually considering moving away from my beloved macs. hopefully, i'll win one so i won't have to pay to do so. ;)

  • inkblotca

    Form meets function, I've never really considered a touch screen all that useful, but for a media server, it would be great, and fit very nicely in my kitchen also.

  • christinagermann

    Who needs a mouse when touch screen is the new thing? Anyway, my boyfriend and I would get so much use out of this beast! What a seemingly impressive HP.

  • http://www.fortysomethingbride.com/ Colleen Cole

    I've been wanting to part ways with my PVR and cable account – this would give me a way…thanks for the insight and the contest!

  • TongBlack

    Looks pretty cool! Thankfully I have an Xbox Elite, so no worries about not having component input for me.

  • aef_cc

    Unicorn surprise!

  • http://twitter.com/Schadwen Erik Appel

    It looks prtty cool. I'd sure like to try it out for myself.

  • christopherhaney

    I'm not sold on this whole “entertainment hub” thing… you should probably send me a free one to seal the deal. =D

  • Anonymous

    Having an HP tablet, I know the inconsistencies with the touch interface. All-in-all, I’m very curious about having touch capability on a desktop computer.

  • stashaway

    It will look awesome in my living room!

  • bobbyAfra

    Ooooh….I want to win it!!!! I've built my own HTPCs since the first ATI All-In-One video cards in the late 1990s. I've tried everything (from a built your own standpoint) with Windows, Linux, and Mac and none are easy to use.

  • lordjim

    I've found these all-in-ones to be a little hit and miss, but hey, free sounds like the right price to take the plunge!

  • Anonymous

    This machine looks great.

  • http://twitter.com/polarbee Debra Williamson

    This looks awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/polarbee Debra Williamson

    This looks awesome.

  • goodsammy

    Looks good. I doubt if the touchscreen is a great addition for the size of the screen. Does it have a remote? I think Lenovo cracked it with an air mouse. That will definitely make it a full-fledged PVR.

  • MikeL80

    Don't trust HP anymore. :( $1500 laptop serviced twice for bad GPU, they won't fix bump in middle of keyboard, two big dead pixels and noisy DVD drive (still has warranty). My HP Slimline HDD died after 13 months and a month later the GPU fan got super loud! No extended warranty.

    This prize is going to batting practice with me!

  • drew_spinnaker

    How is the interface and control between the touchsmart sweet and other applications? Like being able to control what pictures show up from the broader system in the touchsmart, or syncing calendars etc.

  • Anonymous

    I want! must have.

  • drew_spinnaker

    How well does the integration and control between the touchsmart suite and windows? As in being able to control what pictures show up, how music is grouped, how the calendar syncs etc.

  • fishexpo101

    Great review so far!

    Looks like a solid machine overall. Large touchscreen would be a big plus – good for kids as well as computer shy individuals. Could be more easier to operate – if you can point, you got it made. Good for the beginner as well as the tech savvy.

    Elegant styling meets practical usability. Would love to have one of these around the house.

    I can see it now – after I setup up, will impress the wife.

    Me: Check this out!
    Wife: Oh honey, its so big!
    Me: It gets better baby, go on touch it!
    Wife: Touch it?
    Me: Yup, touch it here and here. See, not so bad.
    Wife: Wow! Its so easy!
    Me: You got it baby! I think I'll let you drive for now.

    OK – get your minds out of the gutter people!

  • dponce80

    That's a good suggestion. I'll give it a try.

  • dponce80

    Yes. It actually does. It's adjustable too!

  • dponce80

    I'm not sure whether the screen is oleophobic, or what the deal is, but the fingerprints don't bother me much. There are some, but not as much as you'd expect.

  • dponce80

    No HDMI out. And that's something that I'll address in my coming reviews. It's a problem, in my opinion, but kind of understandable given the intended use of this PC.

  • dponce80

    Hi Jessicat. Well, it's not the fastest system. It's somewhat easy to overload. Sadly

  • TekDragon

    Can't wait for the rest of the review. Hopefully I can win one and do my own review!

  • dponce80

    There is an audio output for other sounds systems, aside from headphones. Not sure if it's SPDIF or what, but I'll address that in one of the other two reviews.

  • dponce80

    While this wasn't the focus of this review, I have to say the integration is adequate. It takes some getting used to, but everything works as it should. More on that later.

  • voodooaria

    I would not throw it out of bed.

  • JellyWoo

    It looks pretty cool! Nice review.

  • Anonymous

    DO WANT

    also more info on this device, looks wild so far

  • azjerry

    Me want.

  • Anonymous

    So pretty…. I really want :

    I’m a mac guy, but I’d really be willing to make an exception.

    I also wouldn’t have to use bootcamp to game or test out sites on pc.

  • tcomdave

    Love the touchscreen PC idea and would love to get one….the whole unemployment thing keeps getting in the way…

  • jeffmauch

    Sweet pc, I look forward to further analysis.

  • aggierichard

    Looks like a very nice machine. Would look even nicer on my desk! :)

  • Anonymous

    fantastic

  • raph304

    Looks killer… Thanks for the review

  • meatlover

    very nice!

  • bouled1

    I want one!

  • gefgef

    Nice little product… not too sure about dismissing all other media devices, but probably worth “adding to the collection” ; )

  • http://twitter.com/Xanius Cameron

    Hmm, the touchsmart looks excellent. Can't wait for the other portions of the review.
    I might actually buy a prebuilt for the first time in years if it's as good as it sounds.

  • superdude4agze

    I believe I too shall be in the running.

  • iheartheels2

    LOVE our HP Envy, so sure we would LOVE this touchscreen, too!!

  • http://twitter.com/tomlide s.leep

    Looks good. But can the touchscreen really be that much of a better experience?

  • Anonymous

    HP makes good machines. Our first computer was an HP from 1999, and it still runs today.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your honest opinions and explanations.

  • terrypescosolido

    What a cool computer. Love the HDTV and the ability to pause/play live TV.

  • terrypescosolido

    Very cool. Love the HDTV and the ability to pause/play live TV.

  • Anonymous

    I had my hands on this buy’s little brother, and lusted very hard, but couldn’t justify the cost. Looking forward to your other articles

  • nwkthompson

    This looks like a decent computer for a den or kitchen. With a 23 inch screen it is kind of small for the center of an entertainment center. My kids would love the touch screen

  • Anonymous

    I don’t quite understand how you would set up the tuner when one does have cable, but the set up does look wonderful.

  • http://twitter.com/coppockm coppockm

    HP is making some great touch hardware lately. Would love this thing!

  • http://helloerica.com Erica Allison

    Been wanting one of these for a while!

  • ashstratton

    I don't quite understand how one would connect the tuner even with cable, but this setup looks awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Lafferty/100000565965304 Jerry Lafferty

    Im not really sold on the touch screen at all. I really do not see the need for it when you have an adequate keyboard and a decent mouse. As for the rest of the set up I like it a lot. I personally eat cheetos and my keyboard is orange from it. Not good with a touch screen. I still want it. It is 10 x better than my current computer. I will be checking back. THanks for an honest review.

  • http://twitter.com/clay_w Clay Watson

    Wow, that looks awesome. I'm going away to college and this would come in hadny to use as a PVR. I've always wanted a touchsmart, they are so nice to use. :D

  • legalpatriot

    I think could fit a very big niche in the market. i llok forward to it and hope I don't have to wait very much longer. Especially if I can win it.

  • Anonymous

    My laptop died a month ago so I’d love to have it.

  • Phonascus

    Another example of positive convergence. I'm glad to see HP leading the way. This will be one to watch (and hopefully play with).

  • originaladam

    Thats one sexy looking AIO, but for $1200 I'd rather buy a 32″ LCD and build an HTPC. It would make a nice kitchen computer as others have said, but only if you had a sealed keyboard……I'd be happy to win one though.

  • Anonymous

    I think this looks pretty cool and would love to try it!!

  • mikehsu

    Always has looked like an interesting living room addition.

  • Anonymous

    This is the most thorough review I’ve read of this machine yet! I’ll be looking for the next two parts and thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://twitter.com/thatsjuststeve thatsjuststeve

    Really thinking about one of these for the wife in the kitchen. Might be good for her to get some things done and keep life organized.

  • http://twitter.com/bikeohio JC

    I'd love to win this for my parents! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  • ulyssescisneros

    Nice good competition for Sony's all in one pc's.

  • tannawings

    Ya know, everyone and their brother is going on and on and on about the IPad- I am a PC and always have been, I follow HP on Twitter, and they sent me over. This is an awesome machine.
    At almost 50, I have been with HP since their beginning. They are reliable, and also easy to set up and operate.
    I also actually prefer a desktop- thats all I have ever owned!
    Thanks for the chance, will be watching for rest of reviews.

  • brianadams

    Looks very interesting, also can't wait for it's little brother the HP slate.

  • jmadrigal

    Nice little media box. Would like to play with it!

  • shizno

    does not, not want.

  • Anonymous

    I WANT TO WIN (:

  • http://twitter.com/chadmd23 chadmd23

    I only wish they would use larger screens!

  • martinl123

    Good comments so far, have used a Sony touch screen and loved how the interface worked.

  • sumeethevans

    Been lusting after one of these forever. Pick me.

  • Anonymous

    love it

  • dannyjaylouis

    yo i want won!

  • mszjules2

    I love anything touch screen! and I love HP! what a great combination…

  • mszjules2

    I love anything touch screen! and I love HP!….

  • amesthropology

    i saw them use this computer on a recent episode of project runway- how well does it work from a design point of view?- aka how sensitive is the screen when you're drawing?

  • ns3791

    Awesome! Love it!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm, touchscreen computer/HDtv. Things just the right size that I’d feel like Rodney McCay carrying it arround.

  • Anonymous

    Looks interesting

  • Landtat

    Pleaseeeee! I need a new gizmo!!!!

  • Landtat

    Sweet. Would love to win this.

  • http://twitter.com/VapidDin Andrea S

    Ooooo,very nice

  • http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps VickieB

    I would love to have this TouchSmart

  • Anonymous

    My dad has a version of these touchsmarts that’s about a year old. One thing I have to say is that the display on these is beautiful, almost rivals a mac’s. However, the touch can be a little off on his. He had to send it back once under warranty to get the touch to work at all, and even then at the edges of the screen it’s not perfect. Hopefully HP’s addressed this with the new model…

  • Anonymous

    Incredible

  • jwhys

    Looks like a great product with enough features to go around!

  • jwhys

    Looks like a great product with enough features to go around!

  • jwhys

    Amazing looking product!

  • adamshegrud

    Pick Meeeeeee!

  • domingoshouse

    right arm dude!

  • Anonymous

    What a great system! Can’t wait for more!

  • http://twitter.com/THEOBAMANIZER Jason Tsai

    only 1 comment with count for all the posts right?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, sign me up for this! I am in desperate need of a new computer!

  • richgirl3690

    I would love this desktop! I love HP's products, i have a Hp laptop with Windows 7 Home, and I'm constantly on it. My laptop allows me to organize my pictures, videos, and my beloved music! Team HP!

  • RTech

    I love the HP touch screen computers.

  • http://twitter.com/Irongirl01 Lori Christina

    Wow this is everything that im looking for in a computer. blueray capability and internet TV!! Plus love touch screens!!

  • grahammc

    I would love to own/win one of these, but I find the omission of component inputs VERY disappointing. I know it's where we're headed, but it's not obsolete yet!

  • Anonymous

    I love HP! This PC is great!

  • Anonymous

    i want one!

  • wdogg590

    This computer is pretty interesting to me. My friend has the first generation computer, and it's a blast to use on Windows7, I played with this one at a Bestbuy and I noticed it ran alot smoother. This is on my list of stuff to buy, but its not top priority.

  • argloria

    Looks like a nice way to get rid of my dvr

  • limiti

    Would LOVE to have this PC, & you didn't touch on the “Touch Screen” capabilities (no pun) and you didn't mention the best thing..HP Customer Service is the Best in the industry, as far as I am concerned!

  • Anonymous

    Nice looking PC!

  • ilradd

    Very nice!

    Would love to have one of these & set it up in my living room as a media pc.

  • http://twitter.com/Sir_Gallantmon Neal Gompa

    It seems that the interface looks well designed, but obviously the interaction between fingers and the UI isn't.

  • http://twitter.com/darius_roberti Darien Robertson

    What about Jamaica? C'mon, we're not THAT far away from the U.S…… Please?

  • http://www.facebook.com/zkylet Zachary Trautenberg

    How does the touch screen compare to that of the iPhone or iPad? I had a touch screen HP laptop and the touch screen wasn't quite there.

  • http://twitter.com/fortec fortec

    Nice looking computing device!

  • wikwik85

    wow sweet…. hope to get one

  • hushmouth

    Wow – I would love to see one of these live. Can't wait to read more about it….

  • jasonbisterfeldt

    Oh my, oh my, this would be amazing!

  • Anonymous

    How far away can you sit from the screen and still have a clear picture? Also, how is the build in sound?

    Blessings & Peace,
    Hugo

  • marcelsmary

    seems a promising beginning! this could be . . .the future.

  • GCPiper

    Oh, I would love one of these! I also have no cable, and I have a pretty makeshift setup that connects the tiny tv in my bedroom to my main computer for Hulu-viewing. It leads to an awful lot of walking between rooms, though. Being able to actually just turn it on and watch tv or turn it off and go to sleep without a dozen intervening steps would be wonderful. Hopefully, I get the win on this one!

  • grandiddy

    This is a great looking PC. It is much better than the worn out laptop I'm using now. Thank you for the opportunity to upgrade.

  • cancer_grizz

    best looking pc i've ever seen. I dont have one myself but would sure like to have one

  • Bear2Rabbit

    Win something cool I couldn't otherwise afford? Yes, please!

  • mikecady

    way better than an Ipad !

    Thank you

  • tordawgg

    That sounds cool that it can be all these different devices. I'm kind of interested in how it holds as BOTH a DVD and Blueray player…

  • methodicjon

    This would be awesome for my kitchen. I'd like to video chat with some far away friends

  • trevorwatson

    I really like the style of this one. It looks like it could be a good space-saver all-in one.

  • Anonymous

    I wantie

  • ryanj983

    Looking forward to reading the other parts about this one!

  • http://www.matthewsdiehl.com/ matthewdiehl

    Clean and simple pros and cons at the end are nice. I have seen it in stores and have played around with it, it is a very cool machine! The toughest decision you have to make if you get one is – where to put it?

  • Andrew

    This is a nice media computer. Fortunately, my Xbox 360 does output HDMI, so I could use it with the Touchsmart's HDMI input.

  • Super_Chunk

    I want!

  • howling_mad_murdock

    That actually looks pretty cool.

  • Martian_Dude

    Looks like an awesome way to browse the net and watch tv.
    Me like :D

  • jcduda

    Beautiful & functional! Love it!

  • kzemla

    I can has computer?

  • bradgoheen

    Look pretty neat to me!

  • http://twitter.com/itsallmike Mike

    I have some weird obsession with touchscreens, this looks like fun :)

  • rabidsquid

    Neat!

  • http://twitter.com/realkevinryan Kevin Ryan

    Very thorough review.

  • http://twitter.com/funlovinjane Jessica

    This PC looks like a great solution for my family! The screen is a great size, and it looks great for educational games and the Touch menu looks like fun!

  • matic

    These things are pretty great, got to play with one last week. Would definitely simplify my life.

  • patdelong

    WANT

  • chilepepper

    I want to win free stuffs.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/yehpat Myrith

    The physical design does look quite sleek, and the keyboard illumination is especially neat.

    However, I do think this TouchSmart tries to cram in too many features. With the design of the screen, how it sits slightly upward tilting and has touch capability, it seems best placed on a desk and to be used sitting a foot or two away. I think it would be great as a PC, but I wouldn't want to watch TV or play games that close up.

  • taylorbri

    this is the bomb… kaboom

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/yehpat Myrith

    The physical design does look quite sleek, and the keyboard illumination is especially neat.

    However, I do think this TouchSmart tries to cram in too many features. With the design of the screen, how it sits slightly upward tilting and has touch capability, it seems best placed on a desk and to be used sitting a foot or two away. I think it would be great as a PC, but I wouldn't want to watch TV or play games that close up.

  • taylorbri

    this is the bomb… kaboom

  • http://twitter.com/CharAbel Charlie Abel

    nice, looks like a great media pc…comes with HDMI which is great. I would LOVE to have one of these

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=544383896 Doug Shingleton

    I need one of these neqw touchsmart computer, my apt was robbed

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Evans/100000640485394 Jamie Evans

    I have one. My apartment comes with free cable (i do not need a box) ,but the tv tuners will not detect anything other than the local channels .