Touch me, touch me, all night long
Despite the big add of 3D to the mix, this is still a TouchSmart desktop, and it comes with a two-finger multitouch display based on HP’s optical touch recognition technology. This model comes with the TouchSmart 5.0 software suite, which includes all the programs we mentioned earlier. You can check out our review of the TouchSmart 610 for the gist of how all of these work.
The new software works a little bit better than 4.0, but it?s mostly the same. TouchSmart 5.0 is better integrated into Windows 7 – this time around you can still access the Start menu and other Windows features without having to jarringly drop out of the attractive TouchSmart shell. It makes for a nicer experience, but these machines will really shine once they start shipping with Windows 8.
If there?s one niggling bit to say about the touchscreen itself, it would be outstanding if they made it as comfortable to drag your finger across as the screen on their now-defunct TouchPad. A bit of screen polish fixes it right up, so it?s not really a big deal.
Without designing a product from the ground up to take advantage of 3D technology, it’s always a risky proposition to just drop in a new panel, toss in a couple of webcams and a pair of glasses. There?s no guarantee that the end product will end up, so to speak, greater than the sum of its parts.
HP, however, has done a characteristically good job. The TouchSmart 620 3D is not in anyway a revolutionary product. It?s barely evolutionary, in fact, as it?s essentially a TouchSmart 610 that?s been made just that much better. The price is going to be a deal breaker for some, as $1900 is a lot to spend. Considering how much a 3D monitor and glasses will run you on your own, however, the high tech tax becomes a bit more palatable.
At the end of the day, HP?s TouchSmart 620 is a uniquely capable device, offering computer novitiates and experts 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.
Needless to say, we like it. This Christmas season, there are really only two all-in-ones to consider: Apple?s iMac, and HP?s new TouchSmarts.
- 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