HP Leaks Updated TouchSmart 520

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In a recent promo video leaked to Engadget, HP showed off an all-new revision of their TouchSmart line of touch-capable, all-in-one PCs. This new model, dubbed the TouchSmart 520, takes a dramatic departure from the current designs of the TouchSmart lineup, in favor of a simpler aesthetic.

HP TouchSmart 520

While the main attraction of the TouchSmart, its expansive, multi-touch screen, is maintained, very little else seems to be. The new all-in-one is dramatically slimmer than previous models and features an attractive new stand. The rest of the bezel looks a little like the Inspiron One, though it’s difficult to see much about it, even in the video. You can see a selection of ports and inputs, however, including an ever-optional TV tuner.

Another part of the TouchSmart that’s gotten a complete overhaul, however, is the TouchSmart software suite. We first saw the TouchSmart 4.0 suite late last year on the TouchSmart 310. Unfortunately, it didn’t fare very well in our review, despite how nice the TouchSmart hardware seemed to be.

This new software doesn’t seem to cover up Windows, making it difficult to switch between the OS and the HP-designed touch apps; instead it floats just above, leaving some of the desktop and the taskbar and Start menu visible. That will hopefully make the new revision both faster to run and easier to use.

Reaching out to HP, the company gave the standard “no comment” response – that being said, it’s very clear that this is the next-generation TouchSmart PC and not just any rumor. The company is known for producing a “how it’s made” sort of video every time a new TouchSmart chassis is released, and it looks like this one got spilled a little bit early. We’re not bettors, but if we were, we’d peg a late fall release date for the new HP TouchSmart 520 – that would put it in line with HP’s traditional fall release schedule.



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