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HP TouchSmart 610qWe recommend the HP TouchSmart 610q with few reservations thanks to its speed, its competitive pricing, and an innovative tilting case design that makes this a best-in-breed touch-based all-in-one.
-Hi, I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com. Today, we're gonna take a look at the Editor's Choice-winning HP TouchSmart 610q. So, this is a high-end all-in-one from HP and it's got a touchscreen, but it also has some pretty cool features that we've never seen in a touch-based all-in-one before. One of the best things about this system is its case. It's a brand new design from HP and it comes with a new feature that lets you tilt the system down so it becomes sort of a touch console, and it's actually not unlike using an iPad. Now, of course, this is still Windows 7, so not every application on here is optimized for touch, but there's certainly some that are. Opening up Kindle PC for example, using this system in this tilted console mode is really quite natural. Now, of course, HP also includes its suite of touch-based software. Some of it is good, some of it you can kind of forget about. But overall, it's a pretty well-designed interface. In addition to the tilting screen, HP has also gone above and beyond with its HDMI inputs in the system. Now, we like HDMI inputs in all-in-ones because it lets you connect to a game console or a cable box directly to the system, then you can swap the video signal out, so this is basically like a smaller TV. Now, what HP has done here is that it's not only added 2 HMDI inputs, so that means you don't need an HDMI hub soon, but it also has this HP picture-in-picture software. So, what the picture-in-picture does is it gives you a handy software control to kick you out to the various HDMI inputs, but it also gives you handy display, brightness, contrast, and other controls on a handy touch-based interface. So, in addition to all those features, this is also one of the fastest all-in-ones we've tested. It beats out every Windows-based all-in-ones in its price range, and it comes behind Apple's $1999 iMac on only 2 of our tests. Now, the reason for that speed is a fast 2.93 gigahertz Intel Core i7 CPU. That makes the system fast enough to handle any day-to-day productivity or even consumer-level digital media editing. We expect gamers will also appreciate the 2-gigabyte AMD Radeon HD5570 graphics card. That's a pretty solid midrange card and it'll play pretty much anything out there at full 1920 x 1080 resolution and with basic image quality. For other highlights of the system, you get a Blu-ray/DVD combo drive, as well as a pair of USB 3.0 ports among the various inputs on the system. So, for its price, its performance, and the various innovations around this case, this is easily on our favorite all-in-ones. So, I'm Rich Brown and this is the Editor's Choice-winning HP TouchSmart 610q.