The HP TouchSmart All in One Desktop Model 600-1050 is an extremely attractive computer that was obviously intended to reshape the landscape of computers. According to www.bestbuy.com, the specs shake down like this: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4GB DDR3 Memory, Slot Loading Multi Format Double Layer DVD Burner, 750GB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce G200 Graphics, PVR with built in HDTV Tuner, Built in web cam, Media Card Reader, 6 USB Ports, Built in 802.11 high speed LAN card, and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium. All these features are stored underneath a 23 inch touch screen monitor with a retail price of $1,199. The price and features are actually pretty impressive, especially when you add it the fact this is an Energy Star Qualified device as well.
This is an attractive unit that really looks as good as operates. All the features and built in software really run impressively fast, whether you are hooked in via WiFi or hard wired to a network. The 23″ touch screen senses movements and touches rather well, and the low profile keyboard and mouse are comfortable to use. However, this computer was built as a PVR as well, which means television viewing. The screen size is not exactly center of the living room great, but for a kitchen, game room, or home office can be quite satisfying. The PVR allows for recording favorite shows, and of course they can be burned to DVD for viewing on the big screen. While the HP TouchSmart 600-1050 looks and sounds great, some additional speakers will be required to really get the television shows easy to watch from a distance. Still, a screaming fast PC with touch screen capabilities is really cool, even at almost $1200.
The downsides to this unit start with lack of expandability. There are no bays or slots available for expansion, and the memory is stuck at 4GB for the life of the unit. Of course the major downside is in the use of this computer. While it looks and works like a dream, the presence of less expensive PVR’s on the market really make this whole unit a bit superfluous. Plus, if you are putting a computer in the kitchen, isn’t a touch screen one of the worst types of computers? Depending on the applications being run and the uses you are looking to get from a PC, the HP TouchSmart 600-1050 may be the right unit for you, but as far as longevity goes, this unit is locked in as it arrives from the store, which gives it a rather short shelf life. At $1200, this merits serious consideration prior to purchasing.
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