Pros o Easy to get under the hood
o No messy cables
o Easy to connect peripherals
o Runs Linux Mint
o Tilting screen
o Repeatedly throwing keyboard on floor only causes minor damage (Yes, we have small children)
Cons o Reflections on screen
o DVD can get stuck in player
o Some manipulation is required to get Linux Mint or Ubuntu to use Wifi.
Summary We needed a PC that would run educational software for small children to teenagers. We have found that most educational software becomes more intuitive with a touchscreen. As an example, Rosetta Stone is a lot more fun and you will be on it a lot longer when you just have to point at the right picture.
If you want to wait for Windows 8, which will be more useful with a touchscreen, go for it. However, more and more Linux distributions are going that route as well. With the minor issue of the wifi not working out of the box in Linux Mint (if you don't run Linux, you don't care, so skip this), I haven't had any problems running Mint, but have yet to install Compiz.
To see the solution to the wifi issue, go to http://ubuntulinux.co.in/blog/ubuntu/wifi-card-ralink-5390-configuration-in-ubuntu-10-10-64-bit/
Pros Take the standard PC tower, slap it in your monitor, add a touch screen and there's your Touchsmart. (ie: the obvious advantages of owning an all in one).
Wireless components lasted 2 months before battery replacement.
I couldn't price out individual co
Cons Only a few things available with which having a touch screen is really an advantage (Windows 7 limitation). (However, if you download Chrome, some apps that it has are optimized for using a touch interface)
Great sound quality however do
Summary I spent probably a month and a half looking at building a new computer for an office computer to get ready for class. I have a older custom built gaming computer (old being less than 2 years old), that I turned into a media center computer and hooked up to my 50" plasma screen, which made it more or less unsuitable for prolonged office work.
Anyhow, I was spurned to look at HP because I get a corporate discount. I checked them out and eventually settled on a Touchsmart 610xt (i5, 6GB mem, 1TB HD, 2GB ATI Radeon 5570) all for I think at the time $1250. My order got delayed a week and HP offered me a 10% discount on my next purchase and allowed me to cancel my order if I chose. I politely called them and informed them that if they did not apply the 10% to my current orrder, that I would cancel my current order and reorder with the discount. The first rep refused to comply, I asked to speak to her supervisor and the gentleman took less than 15 seconds to see my point. So in short, I got it for $1100. In my opinion, an outstanding deal.
Back to the review. I bought this just as they had released the 610 model. From the 600 to the 610, I have to admit I had to buy only from pictures. Best Buy was still carrying the 600 series so I could put my hands on it and test it out, I was impressed. But of course I had to have the newer model, which I admit didn't impress me with looks on the website.
Opening the packaging and unwrapping the machine, I was amazed with it's simplicity. A monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, a controller, cables, power pack and a manual, all neatly and tightly packed. Took 10 minutes from box open until set up and in use. Awesome!
It plays everything Deus Ex Human Evoltion, Aion, Rift, WoW, whatever at near max quality in every game.
In short, since this is getting a little flighty. It's powerful, condensed package. Rivals any desktop and smokes all other all-in-ones out there. Well built and I show it off to anyone who comes over for a visit. Microsoft Globe is a blast to play with (it's just like Google Earth but made to be used with a touch screen. Google Earth isn't. You can move the globe, but you can't zoom or move).
Highly recommend and would readily buy it again.
Pros Easy (Just take it out of the box and plug it in)
Cons I can't find any!
Pros Touch Smart Screen
Blue Ray Player
New Desktop Design enables more functional positioning
Cons Bluetooth will not connect
Software/Hardware Bluetooth issues
Netflix HP fix doesn't address connection problems.
Summary The 610qd has so much potential but is restrained by bluetooth - network connectivity issues. Additionally, the netflix software is plagued with bugs and limits its designed functionality. Research shows that netflix and HP have been at odds regarding assuming responsibility for a permanent netflix fix. HP has the potential of making this product a winner with a redisigned software/hardware bluetooth platform and take charge netflix fix. This is an HP computer and HP has the responsibility to make it right for its customers sooner rather than later.
Pros The computer comes with a lot of nice and impressive features. It has a sleek design and good sound. The addition of the second gen intel processor is a nice bonus.
Cons HP made numerous mistakes; almost 7 different orders to get it right. Finally I received the product and was astounded at how slow it still was for an i7. It started up faster than Windows Vista, but still I had to watch that spinning circle icon for so