HP unveils upgrade to TouchSmart line and new mice, keyboards

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HP unveiled today an upgrade to its TouchSmart line with the IQ800 series.  The new computers look exactly the same as the ones we looked at earlier, and also come with the same software.  The biggest difference is that the screen has been upgraded to a whopping 25.5″ 1920×1200 WUXGA resolution over the 500-series’ 22″ 1680×1050 display. Interestingly, HP is showing the new models off as being wall mountable.

The new models also offer upgraded Core 2 Duo processors.  The IQ804 uses the same CPU and NVIDIA 9300 GS graphics chipset as the 500-series, while the IQ816 gets an upgrade to the 9600M GS.  The high-end model also features an inegrated slot-loading Blu-Ray drive; paired with the 1920×1200 display and impressive (for an all-in-one) sound, and it’s looking like you can get a great media experience without taking up too much room.

The two models are due in October with prices expected to be around $1899 and $2099, respectively, at launch.


HP also released a bevy of new mice, today.  The HDX Laser Mouse is a wireless laser mouse with five programmable buttons and on-the-fly DPI switching up to 2400.  It’s also ambidextrous and looks like it might be intended for gamers on the go.  It will retail for $39.99.


HP also released a proper gaming mouse in the form of the ‘Laser Gaming Mouse with VoodooDNA’, a sharp-looking peripheral with a carbon fiber-inspired coat.

The gaming mouse also has on-the-fly DPI switching, but pushes it all the way up to 3200 DPI.  It also comes with a special VoodooDNA software GUI to control the various mouse functions in Windows.  This one will set you back $59.99.

Finally, HP also released a full wireless desktop system.  This is nice because we typically only see companies like Logitech and Microsoft release full wireless desktop sets, and competition is always good for the consumer.  The Wireless Comfort Desktop features a Wireless Comfort Keyboard with spill-resistant construction and a Wireless Vector Mouse with a resolution of 800 DPI.  It also comes with a USB dongle for connectivity.  Both keyboard and mouse use two ‘AA’ batteries for power, so you’ll want to stock up on rechargeables.  HP will sell the set for $79.99. 



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