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HP TouchSmart Touch Screen Computer

Updated on March 31, 2012
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Touch Screen Desktop

Although, HP is not the first manufacturer who has created the all in one desktop computer, they have definitely innovated the technology. I think that with time the idea of the touch screen computer will take off and other manufacturers will create their own version of the HP TouchSmart computer. 

Personally, when I saw the computer first on an HP commercial I was pretty surprised. I mean it has been a while since we've really heard from HP, and I think their rei-ntro in to the computer world is a pretty good one. (Although, of course they never really left the market.)

But, anyway, below you will find the basic specs of the HP TouchSmart PC with the overall advantages and disadvantages for buying and using the touch screen computer. 

Read up and then make your decision as to whether or not the $1,779 computer is the one that you want to upgrade to.

HP Touch Smart

The HP TouchSmart computer desktop is completely touch screen. You can run Windows Vista on the computer using your finger or the stylus. The HP TouchSmart computer features regular day to day applications, such as the default calender, photo editing applications, and basic weather display. You will also have Post-Its that you can leave on your desktop and drag around with the date and time on the calender.

You can use the keyboard to type in the notes, as well as the virtual keyboard using your finger or stylus to type directly onto the program itself. You can also leave voice messages on the Post-It notes and calender as well.

But, for the most part, the HP TouchSmart works the same as a regular PC.

The TouchSmart PC includes the following basic features:

  • A slot loading, LightScribe capable DVD burner
  • An 8-in-1 media card reader
  • Integrated 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • A TV tuner
  • A webcam with a microphone on the top edge of the LCD monitor
  • The usually assortment of video and audio connections

Although, you won't find the HDMI port or the HD optical drive on the computer, you do get audio from the integrated speakers.

The HP TouchSmart desktop computer has a 320 GB hard drive with 7,200 rpm which will give you plenty of room for your media storage. But, HP has also built in a Pocket Media Drive bay into the side of the computer, which will allow you to expand your memory using one of the new HP portable hard drives. Or, you can just connect an old external hard drive using the 2.0 USB drive or a FireWire 400 port.

Although, the HP TouchSmart can run a little slow at times, with the combination of the dual core AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52 processor and a discrete Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 graphics chip, you should have plenty of juice for your every day applications and day to day useage. 

The computer has a 47.7 frame per second and a super high quality image setting with the wide, glossy monitor, which makes the HP TouchSmart a great computer to play games on.

You should know that you may get tied down just a little when you are doing intense digital media editing, but for the most part, you shouldn't have any problems or major concerns with the HP TouchSmart computer.

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And in conclusion...

The overall advantages of the HP TouchSmart PC is that it definitely takes advantage of Windows Vista's touch screen capabilities while combining easy to use software. You will also find that the HP TouchSmart computer also takes advantage of HP's printer and media storage skills with its at home kiosk media editing programs, which makes it great for those of us who enjoy printing pictures for scrapbooking and making photo DVDs for family.

But, you do have the overall disadvantages of the HP TouchSmart PC, which includes its occasional slow performance for the price that you will end up paying for the computer. Plus, the HP Touch Smart computer lacks the HD optical drive and has a fixed configuration.

So, given this, it is up to you to make your decision as to whether or not the HP TouchSmart PC is the computer that you want to upgrade to. Just remember that although, it is not quite as fast as Apple's iMac or have the same clean, streamline appearance, the HP TouchSmart does make up for that with its touch screen software and comprehensive features.

The HP TouchSmart PC really is a great computer to help organize your photos, family schedule, and other day to day features that you use on a computer. Plus, you can transfer media to computer in another room using the HP TouchSmart's applications and software.

So, if you are in need of upgrading your old desktop computer, you want to consider purchasing the HP TouchSmart PC because it really is going to be a true upgrade to any desktop computer that you are currently using. 

HP TouchSmart PC Commercial


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      Gary Cooper 5 years ago

      I have a touch smart 300 it is the most worthless hp. I have more trouble getting it fixed. It has been in hp shop 4 times and they haven't been able to to fix it.

      So now the warrant is finished. Iwould not recommend any one to purchase an hp computer,because there tech. don't know what they are doing. Thanks for nothing HP your company cann't stand behind your products.

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      lindsey 5 years ago

      Can you have dual monitors with the HP 320? I have been told yes and no. Something about there isn't not a slot for the hookup but then someone is telling me to buy something like a "USB to VGA cable"? Is this true?

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      cynicalistic 6 years ago

      there's sth I should say about these kind of computers and this coming evolution of smart machines that I'm assured this will replace the human later for its gr8 nano technology plus its cleverness in facilitating the work, this HP revolution will extremely outperform competitors for the manufacturing of a new touch screen that windows OS functions in it, there's no restrictions in this touch pad, I am proud to be in this era to this this great advance in technology, thanks the Glory GOD.

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      writer83 7 years ago from Cyber Space

      All i can say about HP TouchSmart computer desktop is Wow. I definitely want to have one in the future. :)

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      reagu 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      There will be a lot of arm movements in a touchscreen. Not sure if that will be attractive in the long haul.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      You can play games and do anything you want to on this computer. It has all the applications and features of a regular computer monitor screen but it's touch screen. I'm sure the there is a mouse function where you can use a mouse and keyboard instead of always using the touchscreen feature. Dell's touchscreen has the capability of turning off the touch ability.

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      paul 7 years ago

      I think its cool besides, it has fantastic display with interactive touch but what I wonder is that what else apart from viewing photos and listening to music can we do ?

      maybe playing games so believe its like other non touch ones in applications but with a new display

      thank you for reading my comment...

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      edward 7 years ago

      I didn't like touch phone at first until i had to buy one .Now i got a TouchSmart computer and i think its cool. Its not like im touching the screen all the time, just for when i don't need to reach for the mouse.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Ryan, Yes you are correct, when... As it will eventually, it's just a matter of time.

      Di, I'm not 100% but I believe that you are able to connect a second monitor, as "you can transfer media to computer in another room using the HP TouchSmart's applications and software."

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      Di 9 years ago

      Can I connect a second monitor to the HP TouchSmart PC?

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      RyanRE 9 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      It's not "if" the price goes down it is"when". That is what we have to love and hate about technology. There is always something new and better coming out in the next 6 months. Realistically, I am not going to buy another computer until Windows comes out with their new OS. Nevertheless, the touch screen is pretty cool and I am sure it would be a big hit as a replacement TV for my kitchen. Nice work W!