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HP TouchSmart 310z review:

HP TouchSmart 310z

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HP TouchSmart 310z
Acer Aspire Z5700-U2112
Gateway One ZX6951-53
Apple iMac (21.5-inch, Spring 2010)
Sony Vaio J114FX

It's almost superfluous to talk about performance in this system, since no one in his or her right mind should buy the TouchSmart 310z for digital media manipulation or general productivity. It's faster than Sony's abysmal Vaio J114FX--we'll give HP that--but otherwise, if you're serious about finding an all-in-one for day-to-day home productivity, you can find many faster options for the same price or less. Credit the HP's quad-core AMD chip for this PC's fast multithreaded application performance in Cinebench. We welcome fast performance in any PC, but for a general-purpose desktop like this one, we'd much rather have well-rounded speed than the situational boost you'll find here.

HP has also taken a spare route with the TouchSmart 310z's connectivity options. You get USB 2.0 jacks on the left side and the back panel. You also get a handful of analog audio jacks for headphones, a microphone, and speakers, as well as a single digital audio out. The sound quality from the system itself is loud enough to fill up a room, which isn't that common in all-in-ones, but it also loses clarity at higher volumes. Audio purists will definitely want to make use of one of the speaker outputs.

Other ports on the TouchSmart 310z comprise a TV tuner input, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and an SD Card slot. FireWire, eSATA, HDMI in, and any kind of video output are all absent. Again, this speaks to the 310z's value proposition. It's reasonable at the $699 starting price, and laughable as the price climbs past $900.

Juice box
Juice Box  
HP TouchSmart 310z  
Off (watts) 0.62
Sleep (watts) 1.02
Idle (watts) 30.19
Load (watts) 93.33
Raw (annual kWh) 136.875
EnergyStar compliant Yes
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $15.54

Annual power consumption cost
HP TouchSmart 310z
Acer Aspire Z5700-U2112
Apple iMac (21.5-inch, Spring 2010)

The TouchSmart 310z consumes a reasonable amount of power given its specs. We might like to see it come in closer to the Sony than the Acer, given the Acer's larger screen and generally faster performance, but the difference amounts only to about $4 a year in extra charges, and whether you measure in dollars or kilowatt hours, that's not much.

HP includes a standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the TouchSmart 310z. 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.

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System configurations:
Acer Aspire Z5700-U2112
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 650; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive

Apple iMac 21.5-inch (Summer 2010)
Apple OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.4; 3.06GHz Intel Core i3; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card; 500GB 7,200rpm Seagate 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

HP TouchSmart 310z
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.53GHz AMD Athlon II X4 615e; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) AMD Radeon HD 4270 integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive

Sony Vaio J114FX
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Pentium P6000; 4GB 1,066MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 500GB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive

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