HP TouchSmart 610 Impressions

Recently HP refreshed their HP Touchsmart 610 series of All-in-One computers, and added some serious umph to their lineup. I reviewed an earlier model a few months back when I purchased it for my elderly parents, and even then, I thought it was a nice machine and a good form factor. It’s not something I would recommend to my buddy Joe who spends the cost of the machine on just a video card, so nope, this isn’t going to float your boat if you’re a heavy gamer or performance monger. But if you’re an average to even above average user, and don’t want hardware all over the place, this little all-on-one might fit the bill just fine.

Read on for my impressions of the new line.

The base model with an AMD dual core processor starts at $599, but this is the wimpiest of the entire lineup. They ramp up to their Quad series, which packs an Intel i7 Quad core processor which starts at $1370. Just for kicks I went to the HP site to see how high I could go with their all-in-one, and this is what I came out with:

  • This configuration was already with an i7 Quad processor, memory card reader and TV Tuner, so the items below are all add-ons.
  • 16gb RAM
  • 2TB 7200 RPM SATA HD
  • 2GB NVidia Geforce GT 425M Graphics Card
  • Slot Load Blu-ray Writer

Total, $1810. Not bad, considering all that stuff is crammed into a 23″ display. Obviously you might do better with separate components, but then you’re giving up the single unit form factor. Granted , you also don’t need to go this insane either. The processor won’t be much use unless you’re going to be a heavy Photoshop or Video editor, the graphics card upgrade might be nice for heavier gamer. The Blu-ray writer might be overkill also, but that depends if you want to create Blu-ray movies or use the Blu-ray media for a backup device… Honestly, for backup devices, you can probably save the money and pick up an inexpensive portable HD which will probably serve you better.

I’ve always like the HP Touchsmart systems, HP seems to do a nice job throwing their own touch apps into the mix that seem to meld nicely into the system. I might consider this type of configuration to replace my wife’s aging PC desktop. If you want to read more about this, Engadget’s got a review of the unit here:¬†http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/05/hp-touchsmart-610-review/.

Now only if HP would throw in a Wacom digitizer into the screen!

Thanks for reading.