HP went back to the drawing board for its TouchSmart series and came up with something new for the redesign. Unlike previous generation models, the latest additions boast a 60-degree reclining display, which is a step in the right direction in making these all-in-ones function more like a traditional monitor. The new line is represented by the TouchSmart 610 Consumer PC and TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PC, both of which sport a 23-inch HD display that tilts forward up to five degrees.
"As a leader in touch computing, HP has made each iteration of the TouchSmart PC more intuitive, resourceful, and fun for users," said James Mouton , senior vice president, Desktop Organization, Personal Systems Group, HP. "The latest generation is no exception with a new design that makes it easier and more comfortable to use, and it allows businesses to integrate the TouchSmart where convenience, space constraints, and appearance matter."
The TouchSmart 610 comes configurable with both Intel and AMD processors, up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage space, 1.3MP webcam, Blu-ray drive, and Beats Audio speakers. Also prominent on the 610 is the ability to add applications via the TouchSmart Apps Center. Availability is slated for February 9 with a starting price of $900.
The 9300, meanwhile, ditches the Beats Audio, upgrades the processor to Intel's Sandy Bridge line, and boasts SSD options. Look for this one to ship in May for an as-yet undetermined price.