This has resulted in a big move away from the HP type of device to devices like the Apple TV PC, which is designed to be IP capable so that entertainment content such as music and movies can be downloaded from either a web site or hard drive and watched in the lounge while application computing is left to a PC or notebook.
While HP claims that it is putting its stamp on innovation leadership with the launch of iconic product design they seem to forget that consumers are a lot more IT savvy than in the past and that great design is not going to hide poor engineering. Nor is the consumer going to pay over the odds to simply get a media centre with a touch screen attached.
Another problem with this device is that one is forced to use the remote control at all times to use the basic functions of the system. Typing is also a pain due to the keyboards downward slope, although it might make sense if you have the keyboard in your lap something that I have never done in my life. At first glance the 19" LCD screen and 256MB GeForce 7600 graphics chip sound appealing, but the system has an odd resolution (1,440 x900) that some games might not support. In our tests, the TouchSmart IQ770 seemed to really struggle at the standard resolution during F.E.A.R and Call of Duty 3. You will need to either leave your gaming to another system, or deal with a lower resolution in order to get the frame-rates you want.
But at the end of the day it's up to you. You may fall in love with it instantly. Then again the last combined Media Centre and LCD TV screen from Fujitsu was a total flop and has been discontinued from sale in Australia.
The new HP 'touch enabled' PCs are available now through Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, the Good Guys, Retravision and PC specialists.