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HP gets funky with the 19" TouchSmart IQ770

Hewlett-Packard is looking to give consumers something different with its new TouchSmart IQ770 PC. The PC, which was first shown at Bill Gates' keynote on Sunday evening, is the industry's first all-in-one PC built around the new Windows Vista platform.

The PC features a built-in adjustable (for height) 19" widescreen (1,400x900) touch-sensitive display. As for the guts of the AMD LIVE! enabled TouchSmart IQ770, a 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 processor (TL-52) provides the heart, while the supporting organs include 2GB of memory, a GeForce Go 7600 mobile GPU, 320GB hard drive, 1.3MP digital camera, slot-loading DVD+-RW LightScribe optical drive, an FM tuner and an ATSC tuner for high definition content. Other notable additions include a wireless keyboard/mouse, Vista remote control and a built-in multi-card reader for all of your digital media needs.

All of the features on the TouchSmart IQ770 would be for naught if there wasn't a nice set of software applications available to make tasks simpler for the average home user. In this case, HP has provided a full suite of applications including SmartCenter (provides easy access to weather, TV, music options), PhotoSmart Touch (gives users a friendly printing kiosk interface for digital photos) and SmartCalendar (allows family members to leave notes and voice messages for easy retrieval).

Unfortunately, the TouchSmart IQ770 doesn't include a high definition optical drive. HP has backed both Blu-ray and HD DVD, so the fact that neither standard shows up on the IQ770 is a bit puzzling. The TouchSmart IQ770 also makes do without CableCard support. Hopefully HP will see fit to rectify these issues in the near future.

HP's launch of the TouchSmart IQ770 will coincide with the January 30 launch of Windows Vista. For those looking to get your hands on one, the price of admission will be $1,799 USD. Although the PC hasn’t been released to the public yet, both CNET and PC Magazine have already posted previews.

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By christianspoer on 1/10/2007 2:03:51 PM , Rating: 3
When are anyone but Apple going to realise, that with an appliance like this, looks is king?

This thing looks terrible. Way too geeky to have in the open in a house.
IMO even worse than my Antec P180 Case. At least it's more low-key.

RE: Looks
By phaxmohdem on 1/10/2007 4:40:39 PM , Rating: 2
Reminds me for some reason of the old IBM PS/2 386 All-In-One Machines from back in the day. (Front view anyways) One word keeps coming to mind however... fugly.

I can see it now.
By Nightskyre on 1/10/2007 8:05:26 AM , Rating: 2
Elroy comes home to see Jane cooking dinner at the stove with one of these sitting next to her on the counter displaying the recipe.

I mean, seriously. This is the type of "appliance" I expect to be in "next-gen" homes. It looks perfect for the task.

By fxyefx on 1/10/2007 2:22:30 PM , Rating: 2
This thing looks clunky... and at that price, it really doesn't compete well with Apple's iMac. The processor is significantly slower than the 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo offered in the 20 in iMac (which goes for $1,499 ...) It's papered with plenty of informative HP stickers, of course. Although I'm not an Apple enthusiast, the sort of bloatware HP sticks on their machines bugs the hell out of me compared to the iLife suite.

functionality is important you know
By jmunjr on 1/11/2007 5:27:40 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing Apple makes will fit in AND be usable in a home in areas other than a desk. This thinks looks like it would fit right in(functionally) on a counter top. If they could have one cable in and out and pretty it up a bit it could work.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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