For the Living Room: A Media Maven's High-Def Hub
The Internet is a treasure trove, with music, movies, and television shows available on demand, so you aren't beholden to your cable provider's schedule or programming lineup. You could wait for a Web-connected TV to hit all the right notes. But if you want a taste of what the Web has to offer, without having to replace your television set, HP's TouchSmart 600 Quad offers you a lush display, great speakers, and an intuitive, touch-optimized interface.
A 1.6GHz Core i7-720QM processor and 6GB of RAM power this 23-inch all-in-one. The i7-720QM (a CPU more commonly used in notebooks) supports Intel's hyperthreading and Turbo Boost technologies, delivering power and performance while keeping energy consumption and heat levels lower than a full-fledged desktop processor would. The TouchSmart 600 Quad earned a score of 104 on our WorldBench 6 test suite--not bad, but a bit low for an all-in-one of this size. The PC comes with a 1TB hard drive, providing lots of room for your music and movie collections.
The 23-inch display has a native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels--perfect for viewing 1080p high-def video--and the machine includes a slot-loading Blu-ray drive and customizable ambient lighting for setting the movie-watching mood.
HP's TouchSmart software features touch-friendly desktop versions of Hulu, Netflix, and Twitter, and other popular Web destinations. These full-screen widgets are snappy and responsive, thanks to the PC's quad-core processor, and they make sifting through your music, movies, or favorite Websites simple.
Keep Your Head Ringin'
But HP's TouchSmart 600 Quad has another trick up its sleeve: Beats Audio, the high-def audio processing technology that powers Dr. Dre's signature headphone line. The system's stereo speakers deliver impressive audio fidelity, filling a room with sound without sacrificing quality. As you'd expect from equipment endorsed by a hip-hop legend, the bass is strong, but it doesn't overwhelm the experience. Audio is crisp and lively, and the Beats audio processing lets you fine-tune the sound to suit your preferences.
Of course media aficionados won't rely on HP's bundled speakers. Audio output ports let you connect a proper stereo system, so Beats' audio processing technology can really shine.
The all-in-one's five USB ports leave room for external devices, in case your media collection exceeds the available hard-drive space (1TB); and a multiformat card reader makes loading pictures onto the PC easy. From there, you can use TouchSmart widgets to browse image files and create sharable collages. The system's Bluetooth connectivity, wireless keyboard and mouse, and included remote control optimize your on-the-couch experience. The TouchSmart 600 Quad also provides a range of display input ports, so you can plug in your video game console of choice and use the TouchSmart as a display.
Plenty of connectivity options, stellar audio and video quality, the flexibility to serve up whatever media you're in the mood for, along with room for a spot of gaming: HP's TouchSmart 600 Quad is a solid buy for the multimedia enthusiast who wants it all.