HP’s TouchSmart PC is an all-in-one touch-screen PC and is powered by Microsoft’s Vista and AMD’s Turion 64 X2 TL-52. HP held a consumer press launch in Seoul, South Korea from January 24 to 25. There is only a single power cord coming out of the TouchSmart. The LCD is a 19″ wide with a likely pixel format of 1440 x 900. I have a family and remembering the day-to-day schedules can be a chore. I think the folks over at HP knew that a lot of families might need a bit of help. Calendar events, voice, written or typed messages can be created easily and personalized pages can be quickly accessed via HP’s SmartCentre.
On the front are media card readers, audio & video inputs, and a slot-load multi-DVD burner. As far as I know, this is the first non-Apple implementation of a slot-load optical drive by a major brand. Other features include a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, a FM and TV tuner, WiFi, Bluetooth, wireless keyboard & mouse, stylus and remote control. Availability is slated for April of this year with a street price of $2,499.
I like all the integration and the move to a touch-based interaction on a desktop computer is commendable. But the price of $2500 is a bit on the high side. If Apple came out with a multi-touch capable 20″ iMac, I would be surprised if it was $2500.