HP has unveiled a new generation of its all-in-one PCs series in the hopes of changing the way people interact with their computers by making digital entertainment a compelling, hands-on experience.
The new HP TouchSmart family of PCs features HP software designed specifically for touch. A finger tapped or swept across the high-resolution screen delivers quick access to information, entertainment and social networks.
Without using a keyboard or mouse, consumers can play music and create playlists, zoom in or out of photos, and quickly check the weather or watch TV.
“Our engineers have created a fun, engaging and simple touch experience for the home that nobody else offers today,” said John Cook, vice president of marketing, Worldwide Consumer PC Business, HP. “We’re changing personal computing from just feeds and speeds to an experience influenced by consumer trends and design that anticipates customer’s needs. The HP TouchSmart PC is all about reinventing the personal computer experience.”
Using the HP TouchSmart IQ500 series PC for example, users can browse a music collection by album art in a tiled fashion or fan view. People can crop, edit and share photos as well as upload them directly to Snapfish from HP without the need to use a keyboard or mouse.
Users also can watch and record their favorite TV shows, burn personal videos with the built-in DVD burner, upload videos they create directly to YouTube, and enjoy high-quality sound with the integrated premium stereo speakers. The built-in webcam and microphone help users keep in touch with friends and family anywhere they have Internet access through video chat and conference.
Requiring only one cord to set up and power the system, HP TouchSmart PCs combine a 22-inch diagonal, high-definition, widescreen display with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor in a single, integrated design.
The low-profile wireless keyboard and integrated WLAN offer a wireless experience, and the adjustable screen tilts up and down for maximum viewing comfort. The HP Ambient Light lets consumers set a mood and see the keyboard in the dark.
Other features include four gigabytes of memory, a media card reader and a large-capacity, high-speed hard drive.
Prices for the base model HP TouchSmart IQ504 PC and the TV-tuner equipped IQ506 PC are expected to start at US$1,299 and US$1499, respectively.