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HP puts a touch interface on a non-touch PC

Just use the mouse instead
Wed Jan 04 2012, 15:15

PC MAKER HP has announced two desktop computers ahead of the consumer electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The first is the Omnia27, an all-in-one PC that will come with HP's Magic Canvas software, previously known as Touchsmart. However, contrary to what you might think the 27in Omnia does not have a touchscreen.

HP said that it's the "first non-touch HP PC to feature HP's exclusive Magic Canvas software for a truly engaging experience".

HP Magic Canvas Software

We spoke with HP, which said the software will work with just a mouse in the absence of touch based interaction. Magic Canvas will offer a multi-desktop environment providing access to applications and the Windows start menu in a style that looks similar to a mobile operating system.

As you can see in the image there is a carousel of application icons and the open applications or different desktops revolve horizontally. Magic Canvas is additional and therefore optional software on top of Windows 7.

The second desktop that HP will show off at CES is a bit of a mouthful, the Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix. This will also come with the Magic Canvas software. Engadget claims that the Magic Canvas software will come on all future HP desktops, but the company could not confirm this to The INQUIRER today.

HP is yet to announce UK pricing and availability for the machines but US prices start at $1,199 for the Omnia27 and $1,149 for the Pavilion. µ


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