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HP announces Touchsmart PCs

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Mon Feb 07 2011, 15:53

THE MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK, HP has added a couple of consumer and business Touchsmart PCs to its portfolio.

HP already has a lot of multitouch kit lined up under its Touchsmart brand and is now adding the HP Touchsmart 610 Consumer PC. It's also the first time we've seen HP push its touch technology to businesses and it is using the same basic chassis for its HP Touchsmart 9300 Elite Business PC.

You've got to have a touch angle to sell PC kit these days and HP's angle is, literally an angle. The technology giant is promoting the models based on the fact both have a 23-inch HD display that tips back up to 60 degrees and tilts forward up to five degrees. That means you should be able to position the screen to make multitouch interaction much more comfortable.

Annoyingly, HP has not revealed the specifications for the HP Touchsmart 610 Consumer PC. We can tell you it has social notworking and media features up to the hilt. There are touch optimised applications from Hulu, Netflix, Rhapsody and Twitter. For an extra $49.99, there's also a gamer's version bundled with Ubisoft's RUSE that can be navigated using the touschcreen. There's also HP's Linkup application so it can be wirelesslay connected to a home network.

The Touchsmart 9300 Elite Business PC has more specification details. There will be a range of configurations to choose from using Intel Core i-series CPUs and Windows 7. It supports up to 16GB of RAM with an optional 160GB SSD drive. HP has even thrown in some facial recognition software.

No word on UK prices or launch date but over the pond the HP Touchsmart 610 Consumer PC will start at $899.99 from 9 February . The HP Touchsmart 9300 Business PC will be out in May, although no price has been set as yet. µ


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