The only reservation we have about the TouchSmart 610q's performance is the fact that its older Intel Core i7 CPU will soon become obsolete once the newer Sandy Bridge generation of Core i7 chips become more widespread. The Sony, for example, includes a Sandy Bridge mobile chip. It's not as fast because of its mobile-designed architecture, but we don't think the desktop variants are too far behind. In fact, we've heard rumors that Apple will be moving its iMacs to Sandy Bridge in the near future. HP has told us that it will be adding Sandy Bridge to the TouchSmart 610 line, so if performance is a primary concern for you, you might wait a month or so before making a purchase to see what develops.
Thanks to its midrange AMD graphics card, it also makes a viable gaming system, and we were able to play both Crysis 2 and Metro 2033 smoothly at full resolution and reasonable image quality.
In addition to its performance and touch capabilities, the TouchSmart 610q also boasts some welcome connectivity innovations. The highlight is that it has two separate HDMI inputs, allowing you to integrate this system with more home entertainment devices before you need to buy a separate HDMI hub. It also comes with a useful software utility that lets you toggle the display between the incoming HDMI signals, and tweak brightness, contrast, and other basic settings. Sony may have introduced us to the wonders of HDMI inputs, but HP has taken the concept another step with this system.
The apparent trade-off for the second HDMI input is that the TouchSmart 610q lacks a video output, which means you can't add a second monitor or output to an HDTV. You will, however, find two USB 3.0 jacks on the back of this system. We expect that we'll see Thunderbolt become common in this category before too long, but for now USB 3.0 is the next best thing. You'll also find a handful of USB 2.0 ports, as well as a TV tuner, an SD card reader, and various audio jacks around the case.
|HP TouchSmart 610q 1065qd||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||208.3347|
|Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$23.65|
Because of its fast CPU and graphics card, this TouchSmart 610q is on the higher end of power consumption for its category. It still uses only about 60 percent of the power of the far slower. The HP's power draw also correlates to faster performance, which is a trade-off we can live with.
HP includes a two-year parts and labor warranty with the TouchSmart 610q, an uncommonly generous departure from the industry-standard one-year coverage plan. You also get 24-7 toll-free phone support and a variety of support resources available on HP's Web site, as well as on the system itself.
Thanks to its fast performance, a competitive price, and innovations to both its case design and its video inputs, the HP TouchSmart 610q 1065qd is a star among high-end all-in-ones. Its $1,789 price tag puts this system in the realm of PCs for more enthusiastic consumers, but for those willing to spend that kind of money, this is one of the best all-in-ones you can buy.
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HP TouchSmart 610q 1065qd
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.93GHz Intel Core i7 870; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB AMD Radeon HD 5570; 1TB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive
Acer Aspire Z5700-U3112
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 650; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Apple iMac 27-inch (Summer 2010)
Apple OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4; 2.8GHz Intel Core i5; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5750 graphics card; 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive
Dell Inspiron One Z2305
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.4GHz AMD Phenom II X4 610e; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics card; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Gateway One ZX6951-53
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 550; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Sony Vaio L21SFX
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 2360qM; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 540M; 2TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive