The Bottom Line
- Blu-ray And HDTV Tuner
- Strong Touch Software Suite
- Integrated Graphics
- Thin Keyboard Can Be Difficult To Use Over Extended Periods
- Lacks eSATA or USB 3.0 Ports
- Intel Core i5-2300 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Reader And Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 2000 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA Audio With Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Six USB 2.0, HDTV Tuner, 1.3 Megapixel Webcam, 6-in-1 Card Reader
- 23" x 17.8" x 4.1"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, TouchSmart, MediaSmart, Office Starter, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - HP TouchSmart 610-1150f 23-inch All-In-One Desktop PC
Aug 1 2011 - HP has really been a leader in touchscreen based all-in-one systems and their TouchSmart 610 series continues their development of the platform. There are a number of new features to the system that really help push the touchscreen as a major interface. Much of this can be contributed to their TouchSmart software which has been updated to the 4.0 version. In addition to this, the screen has also been designed to slide down to a more reclined position for those that would work over it similar to the way a tablet PC would be used. This makes it much more comfortable to use when using the touchscreen compared to a traditional monitor position.
Also new in the TouchSmart 610-1150f is the second generation Intel Core i5-2300 quad core processor. This gives it a significant boost over the past 600 series models that relied on mobile processor parts. Combine this processor with 6GB of DDR3 memory and the system runs very smoothly in most tasks including multitasking and video editing work. While this may be the lowest quad core processor model from Intel, it still is a good step above most Windows based all-in-ones that rely on the Core i3 dual core processors.
A one terabyte hard drive drive provides plenty of storage for applications data and media files. While many companies have elected to use green drives in their systems, HP has elected to use a traditional 7200rpm hard drive that offers a bit more performance. On the optical side, the system comes equipped with a Blu-ray compatible drive allowing it to be used to watch the high definition video format. The drive also has the ability to playback or record CD or DVD media. One downside is the lack of high speed external peripheral ports such as eSATA or USB 3.0. This means that adding external storage drives will have to rely on the slower USB 2.0 ports.
The 23-inch display for the TouchSmart 610 has undergone a few changes. As mentioned above, it now can slide down to a more reclined position. The other significant change is an improved responsiveness for the touch interface. The lag seen in the past 600 model seems to have been completely removed for a much smoother experience. The display itself offers good viewing angles although the color does seem to drop off a bit when it is in the reclined position. It fully supports 1080p HD video which is great since it comes with Blu-ray and an HDTV tuner. One disappointment though is the removal of a dedicated graphics processor and reliance on the Intel HD Graphics 2000 that comes on the CPU. While it is an improvement over past integrated graphics, it still lacks much 3D performance for anything beyond casual PC gaming at low resolutions and detail levels.
HP has also redesigned the keyboard and mouse that comes included with the TouchSmart 610. The keyboard has become extremely thin, most likely so it can be easily stored when the touchscreen is reclined. Its great that it is so compact but the relatively flat layout means that it isn't the most comfortable to use over extended periods of time. The mouse is nicely contoured and works well but many people will probably end up using the touch interface for a lot of their cursor work.