HP TouchSmart 610: A Touch of Summer Fun

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Desktop PCs are not known to be very mobile, but all-in-one PCs can be if a workspace is provided because of their initial, slimmed form factor. The HP TouchSmart 610 is an all-in-one (AIO) with what we called a “fast CPU and solid GPU,” touchscreen capabilities, a great IPS display, and more.

The TouchSmart 610 has inherent build versatility due to its posable stand, which allows the monitor to be tilted slightly forward to lie almost all the way on its back, and to also swivel 180 degrees around. Users can put this versatility in the stand to their advantage–using the multi-touch functionality to its fullest. For example, you could sit practically anywhere a PC can be set up, flip the screen back a bit, and use the touchscreen to browse the web, flip through images and photos, or watch a movie. The TouchSmart 610 has pinch, press, flick, drag, rotate, and arc finger gestures (and all can be used whenever the application or software allows for the specific gesture).

Other than the touch and stand capabilities, we believe this AIO deserves our recommendation because of what we thought was a great 23-inch, LED-backlit, HD IPS display. At the time of writing our review of the 610, we added that this is only the second AIO from a major manufacturer to use an IPS display. Hence, the display has good viewing angles and will not easily distort the way the color looks at those angles.

This clutter-free AIO should also be considered a good performer, since we said another one of the pros of the system are a “fast CPU and solid GPU.” The system offers an Intel Core i7-870 quad-core processor clocked at 2.93GHz. In the past, HP had not included enough power in their touch-AIO line to keep up with the capabilities without noticeable lag in the performance. But it seems they have gotten it right this time with this quad-core CPU; we said the specifications in the 610 held up quite smoothly in both our real-world working tests and synthetic benchmark tests.

Notably, the system also has two included USB SuperSpeed 3.0 ports (and two USB 2.0), an HDMI-in, a great keyboard, and pretty good audio capability.

Check out our review for more details about the the HP TouchSmart 610‘s performance, keyboard and mouse, audio, display, software, and more.

Cut the Cables

The Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset cuts the cord and is still able to provide what we called “fantastic audio” and “good range.” The gaming headset is now being sold on Amazon for about $115. Check out our full review for more information on it.

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