The Bottom Line
- Quad Core Desktop Processor
- Large Terabyte Hard Drive
- Touchscreen Display With Touch Enabled Software
- Integrated Graphics Processor
- Screen Is Very Reflective
- Could Really Use HDMI Input
- AMD Athlon II X4 600e Quad-Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With LightScribe
- 20" WSXGA+ (1600x900) Multitouch Display With ATI Radeon HD 3200 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA 5.1 Audio With Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Five USB 2.0, HDTV Tuner, 6-in-1 Card Reader, 1.3Megapixel Webcam
- 20.5" x 16.2" x 4.7"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, TouchSmart, MediaSmart, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP TouchSmart 300-1125 20-inch All-In-One Desktop PC
Jul 28 2010 - HP's TouchSmart 300-1125 is the latest revision of HP's smaller touchscreen enabled all-in-one desktop PCs. It differs significantly from its larger counterpart because it is based around the AMD processor options rather than the more popular Intel chips. In the case of the 300-1125, it uses an AMD Athlon II X4 600e energy efficient quad core processor. This is a relatively low end quad core processor from the company but it handles most tasks without any issues and has a slight advantage over the lower Core i3 dual core processors in some tasks such as video editing. The 4GB of memory helps mitigate slowdowns from multiple applications running.
For storage, the TouchSmart 300-1125 uses a sizable one terabyte hard drive that should provide plenty of space for applications, data and media. This is also larger than many other all-in-ones that base their storage on laptop class drives instead of desktop sized ones. A dual layer DVD burner is also included for playback and recording of CDs and DVDs. The drive supports burning labels to LightScribe compatible media. It would be nice to see a Blu-ray compatible drive but it would add to the cost.
The big feature on the HP TouchSmarts is the multi-touch enabled displays. The TouchSmart 300 uses a smaller 20-inch display that features a 1600x900 resolution. While this can support 720p HD video, it falls short of full 1080p support. The multi-touch interface works well but does have a slight bit of input lag at times. The big issue with the display though is the reflective coating. While it allows for a very crisp and colorful display, the coating can make it very difficult to use without a large amount of glare or reflections.
Those hoping to use the TouchSmart 300 for more than just a media station might be disappointed by the graphics. HP has used an integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 processor that works just fine for basic web or HD video streaming. The problem is that it lacks any real 3D performance for anything other than basic casual PC gaming at lower details levels and resolutions.
What really sets the HP TouchSmart all-in-ones apart from other touchscreen enabled computers is the software. HP has put a lot of effort into their software suite to take full advantage of the interface. This is really important as the base Windows 7 touch features are not much more than a replacement for the mouse and a virtual keyboard.
Even with the built-in HDTV tuner, most people get their high definition video from either digital cable or satellite broadcasts. This is where the media features of the TouchSmart 300 could be improved. While the system has an S-Video and audio inputs, it would really benefit from an HDMI input to allow connecting in an external tuner or Blu-ray player.