HP's touch-screen desktop continues to intrigue me

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Some caveats: With all of the latest specs regarding processor speed and memory, I was a bit disappointed that USB 3.0 ports were not included -- transferring existing photos, videos and music would be easier with a faster connection port. I also encountered difficulty with the Netflix app on the HP overlay; it didn't recognize my login information, even if I opened up the browser and logged in correctly. The overlay and touch-screen is a nice extra, but most users would likely return to the mouse-and-keyboard inputs after the novelty wears off.

Bottom line: If you're looking for a single unit that combines a TV, computer and monitor (as well as something you can attach your video games to), the TouchSmart series is worth a look. I'd recommend this unit for use in a dorm room, for example, where space is limited for a TV and computer. In office scenarios, the TV inputs are likely useless, and the touch-screen aspects go away as well.

Grade: 4 stars (out of five)

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