HP has updated all of its consumer and business all-in-one desktops today, with new configurations of its Omni and TouchSmart lines. It is also the first new round of desktops since HP said it intends to "evaluate strategic alternatives" for its PC business.
The consumer all-in-one updates fill out HP's desktops across price bands. The TouchSmart touch-capable all-in-one line was previously limited to the high-end, $1,000 TouchSmart 600-series, and more-affordable TouchSmart 300 models. The new 20-inch TouchSmart 320 will start at $600 when it hits the market in October, and it will be joined by the $700, 21.5-inch TouchSmart 420, and the $900, 23-inch TouchSmart 520.
All of HP's new TouchSmarts will have options for AMD and Intel CPUs and will come in fixed and customizable configurations. HP is also updating its TouchSmart software environment, which now appears directly on top of the standard Windows 7 desktop. Before, you had to launch the TouchSmart suite independently. Despite this line expansion, HP still has no 27-inch all-in-one to compete with Apple's higher-end iMacs.
For the nontouch side of HP's consumer lineup, the Omni gets two new models: the $800 Omni 220 and the $400 Omni 120. The 220 is simply an update to the
On the business side, HP has two offerings. The TouchSmart Elite 7320 is a 21.5-inch touch-capable all-in-one, with options for Intel's second-generation Core CPUs, up to 2TB of storage, and various discrete graphics card options, with a starting price of $850. The 20-inch, nontouch HP Pro 3420 has a more modest set of CPU offerings, with only Core i3 and Pentium options. The price of that model starts at $599.
Look for these systems to go on sale over the next few weeks, starting Sunday for the TouchSmart 420 and 520.