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April 21, 2010

HP Introduces New Desktop PCs, Updates TouchSmart PCs

Our friends at HP are making some news today with the launch of two slick new desktop PCs and some updates to its multi-touch ready TouchSmart PC.

First up is the HP All-in-One, aptly named since its, well, an all-in-one PC. The HP All-in-One is a nice balance of form and function, as it offers up traditional desktop power in a much smaller and sleeker package. I’m a big fan of the all-in-one category of PCs. My office (and desks – yes I have multiple desks in my office) tends to be notoriously cluttered, and all-in-one PCs give me the most amount of free desk space since the entire machine has a footprint no bigger than a standard flat-screen monitor.

HP All-in-One 200 PC front facing

You can get one – starting today – that’s packed with a 21.5”, 1080p display, integrated everything (mic, webcam, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, premium speakers, super-multi DVD drive), for a very reasonable price of $699.

As a traditional desktop, the HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra Slim desktop (USDT) PC is a welcome addition. This PC is targeted at business users, and makes great strides in both design (it’s as big as a ream of paper – check out the photo below of it mounted on the back of a monitor!) and in terms of “greenness”. This is the second HP PC that’s completely BFR/PVC free, and its packed with environmentally-friendly features like an 87-percent-efficient power supply, preinstalled software tools such as HP Power Assistant and new integrated side port memory that enhances energy savings by putting the CPU into deep sleep at idle. Of course, the HP Compaq 6005 USDT is Energy Star qualified and is EPEAT registered.

HP Compaq 6005 Pro USDT with monitor front

Under the hood are powerful Integrated (and DirectX 10-ready) ATI Radeon 4200 graphics, DDR3 memory, DASH 1.1, a Mini PCIe x1 slot, and 10 USB ports. Pretty impressive specs, considering that you can get one starting at $599 starting April 26th.

And last, but certainly not least, are some updates to the HP TouchSmart 300 and 600 PCs. The TouchSmart is the granddaddy of touch-powered all-in-ones, and today’s upgrades certainly won’t tarnish its legacy. The new TouchSmart 600 has a stunning 23” multi-touch display, powered by Intel’s Core i3 and i5 processors. Beyond those specs, what really impresses me with this PC is the sound it can generate. The TouchSmart 600 was engineered in partnership with Dr. Dre’s Beats project to reproduce the sound quality found in music studios.

The HP TouchSmart 600, and its baby brother, the 300, also now feature several updates to the built-for-touch applications, plus two new touch applications – Paint It! by Corel and Roxio CinemaNow.

If you’re in the market for a new desktop PC, these new rigs are worth checking out. See them all at