The Bottom Line
- Well Priced
- TouchScreen Display With Touch Enabled Software
- More Traditional Monitor Design Than Previous TouchSmart
- Dual Core Processor Feels A Bit Sluggish In Some Applications
- Integrated Graphics Processor
- Screen Is Very Reflective
- AMD Athlon II X2 240e Dual Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x Dual Layer DVD Burner With LightScribe
- 20" WSXGA+ (1600x900) Multitouch Display With ATI Radeon HD 4270 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA Audio With Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Six USB 2.0, 6-in-1 Card Reader, 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- 20" x 17.5" x 4.1"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, TouchSmart, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP TouchSmart 310-1020 20-inch All-In-One PC
Dec 15 2010< - HP's TouchSmart 310 is more a refinement of their 20-inch all-in-one design than a whole new system. Much of the changes are cosmetic with a few component changes to help keep it more affordable. While the TouchSmart 300 could come with a quad core AMD Athlon II processor, the 310-1020 comes with a more sedate and power efficient Athlon II X2 240e dual core processor. This is fine for most basic applications but there were times when some applications felt held back by the processor. This is especially true when first launching the TouchSmart interface. This might benefit though from additional memory to the base 4GB of DDR3.
Storage features remain pretty much identical between the previous TouchSmart 300 and the 310. It uses a desktop class hard drive although the size has shrunk back to 750GB compared to the previous 1TB. This should provide a good amount of storage for most people unless you are using lots of digital video. A dual layer DVD drive laptop class burner resides on the left side of the screen. There is also a six-in-one memory card reader on the lower right just above the audio jacks.
The TouchSmart 310 uses the same 20-inch multitouch enabled screen that features a 1600x900 resolution. The screen does feature the glossy coating that helps the colors stand out but causes a fair amount of reflections under certain lighting conditions. Unlike the stand from the previous model, the 310 uses a more traditional computer display stand that gives it a better range of tilt adjustments. The graphics are driven by an updated ATI Radeon HD 4270 integrated graphics solution. This should work just fine for anyone using the system for standard web of HD video playback but it lacks much in terms of 3D graphics performance beyond low resolution casual gaming.
Of course the big feature is the touch screen display and the TouchSmart software. HP has made some improvements to the software and the interface doesn't seem to have as much lag as the 300 series version. This is still the best overall implementation of touch software for the Windows 7 platform. It is just a shame that more software isn't available to take advantage of the multitouch screens. This is even evident in HP's software store within the interface that has a very limited selection of programs.
One of the minor annoyances with the TouchSmart 310 is the wireless keyboard and mouse. Rather than using Bluetooth, they rely on wireless dongle that takes up one of the six USB 2.0 ports on the system. This limits the number of external peripherals that can be plugged into the system. It would have been nice to see them keep Bluetooth and use Bluetooth keyboards and mice to help conserve ports.