HP Shovels Core i5 into TouchSmart Line, Intros New All-in-one, Ultra-small Desktops

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The HP TouchSmart has been one of our favorite all-in-ones, and HP finally updated it with some new tech – the Intel Core i3 and i5 CPUs. The computer giant also showed off a new non-touch all-in-one desktop alongside new ultrasmall form factors.

HP’s new all-in-one desktop is the Pavilion All-in-One 200, a bigger, consumer version of their well-constructed MS218. The new AiO200 offers up a 21.5-inch 1080p non-touch display, 30-degree tilt, and wireless keyboard and mouse.  The overall effect is a clean, slick package, with just a single cord for power.


  • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-core E5400 @ 2.70GHz (2MB L2 cache)
  • Chipset: Intel G45S
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (8GB max)
  • Hard drive: 500GB SATA @ 7200RPM
  • Optical drive: Tray-loading 8X DVD+/-RW with LightScribe capability
  • Graphics: Intel GMA X4500HD
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 21.5 x 16.8 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 19.80 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year limited parts and labor

The upgraded TouchSmart 600 is essentially the same model as before, with a couple of new improvements.  The older Core 2 CPUs have been replaced with new Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors.  RAM and storage space remain the same. The lower-end model uses a 2.13GHz Core i3-330M and integrated Intel HD graphics, while the higher-end unit comes with a Core i5-430M CPU at 2.26GHz and an NVIDIA GeForce G210M for graphics.

The TouchSmart software was also slightly upgraded, both in terms of gernal performance as well as new TouchSmart apps.  Corel developed a special version of Paint It! for use with the TouchSmart; customers can open it and get in touch (oh, haha, haha, HP!) with their fingerpainting inner child.  Roxio’s CinemaNow also comes pre-installed on the TouchSmart desktops, integrated into the TouchSmart UI. The CinemaNow implementation also lets you buy and rent movies directly from the interface.

HP also launched a new business desktop in the Compaq 6005 Pro Line. The new model comes in what HP calls an “Ultra Slim Desktop” or USDT form factor.  In HP’s world, now, the line goes: Tower, Minitower, Microtower, Small Form Factor and then Ultra Slim Desktop. The new USFT is very small, similar to Dell’s own OptiPlex line, but even smaller. Like Dell, HP is shipping the new Compaq with a special stand that attaches to a monitor and converts the setup into a sort of build-your-own all-in-one.

All of the Compaq Pro 6005 line is built using AMD processors, going from single-core Semprons at the (very) low-end, up through Athlon II and Phenom II Dual-core chips and even some Phenom II Quad-cores. The USDT form factor also supports up to 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM, a 250GB hard drive or 64GB SSD and integrated ATI Radeon HD4200 graphics.

All of the new releases are available either now or within the next week from HP.com. The All-in-One 200 has a starting price of $699, the Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra Slim Desktop starts at $599, The TouchSmart 600 with a Core i3 CPU starts at $1099 and its little brother the TouchSmart 300, which only received a software upgrade, is available starting at $799.




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