HP TouchSmart IQ816 review: HP TouchSmart IQ816

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Even though it trades primarily on its large screen and its touch capabilities, the TouchSmart IQ816 has a few extras you might find useful. An LED light with three different brightness settings shines down from the bottom edge to illuminate the wireless keyboard in the dark. HP also included a slot on the top of one of its proprietary removable Pocket Media hard drives. Given the lack of upgradeability in all-in-ones, the spare drive bay is especially handy. It also comes with the ubiquitous Webcam located front and center on the top edge, but it lacks a separate screen power button as found on the recent 24-inch Dell and Sony all-in-ones.

Otherwise, this PC is relatively basic. A media card reader, a handful of USB 2.0 ports, and a single FireWire mini jack account for the majority of input, on top of the analog and digital audio ports mentioned above. You'll also find an Ethernet adapter input, and the system also comes with 802.11n wireless networking, Bluetooth and the receiver for the IR remote built-in.

The ports on the back of the TouchSmart give you a basic amount of connectivity. You'll find a few more on the sides as well.

As with all of its PCs, HP backs the TouchSmart IQ816 with a one year parts and labor warranty and 24-7 toll-free phone service. Expanded support options are also available online, as are several other resources, along the lines of driver downloads, online support chat and other help.

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System configurations:
Apple iMac (24-inch, 2.8GHz)
Apple OS X 10.5.2; 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 2GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics chip; 320GB 7,200rpm hard drive.

Dell Studio XPS
Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit); 2.67GHz Intel Core i7 920; 6GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card; 500GB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive.

Dell XPS One 24 (Product) Red
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics card; 750GB 7,200rpm Samsung hard drive

HP TouchSmart IQ816
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9600 GS graphics card; 750GB 7,200rpm hard drive.

Sony Vaio LV180J
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS; 320GB 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive.

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