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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