- Great design
- 3D visuals with comfortable glasses
- Solid audio
- 3D Meh-cam
- Back ports can be difficult to access
- Need to replace batteries in the glasses periodically
At the end of the day, HP?s TouchSmart 620 is a uniquely capable device, offering computer novitiates and experts alike a satisfying experience. Come for the brilliant stand and contemporary design, and stay for the 620?s refreshingly easy-to-use 3D visuals and surprisingly good Beats Audio sound.
In less than a year, HP has updated its TouchSmart lineup at least three times. There was the release of the TouchSmart 310 and 610 all-in-one computers, then the new redesign of the low- and mid-range tiers, with a sleek, solid metal frame, and finally, the new TouchSmart 620, which adds some impressive new 3D features to the lineup. Clearly, HP sees all-in-ones as playing a big part in its future, and touch as a big part of its all-in-one offerings.
We’re still here, says HP
It’s important for HP to make a strong showing in its personal computer offerings, too; with the Board of Directors’ recent decision to keep control of the PSG as an integral part of the whole company, HP needs to show both consumers and corporations alike that all of this uncertainty has had no effect on its quality of productions or the innovation thereof.
Regarding the TouchSmart specifically, HP has a fight on its hands to stay relevant (we’ll be covering that topic in depth later this week). That is thanks in no small part to the paradigm-changing touch interface Microsoft is bringing to the table with its impending release of Windows 8.
One of the ways they?re trying to do that is by adding 3D technologies and features into their flagship all-in-one product. Currently, only the TouchSmart 620 is slated to receive the 3D upgrade, and you?ll pay a pretty penny for it, too. The new TouchSmart isn?t the first all-in-one to showcase 3D tech; those honors belong to players such as MSI.
HP?s TouchSmart lineup has always exhibited a certain degree of polish and detail, however, that its competitors can?t match – save of course, for Apple, whose iMac all-in-one line is the number one selling desktop computer in the United States.
In much the same way, the company has managed to incorporate the 3D features in a mostly seamless manner – unlike with many alternatives, there is no breakout box to plug in and sync or control with your goggles – that all happens automatically.
The choice to go with 3D is an interesting one; there?s a kind of backlash currently sweeping the country against 3D technology. Consumers are saying that 3D adds unnecessary expense to movies and HDTVs, and only offers marginally better experiences than 2D variants.