HP Introduces All-In-One PCs with Touch Tech

The new HP Envy 23 and HP Envy 20 TouchSmart PCs are designed for Windows 8 use and are capable of sensing up to 10 fingers on the screen simultaneously. Each model features the latest Intel processor, an optional ExpressCache, solid state drive storage devices and up to 3 TB of hard drive capacity for documents. Additionally, the ENVY models sport Beats Audio, as well as HP's pre-installed software. The HP Envy 23 TouchSmart has a price point of $999, while the HP ENVY 20 variation is priced at $799. Both models are expected to be available in the United States in October.

"The clean look of an all-in-one PC and the ease of one-cord set-up are key reasons customers turn to HP," said James Mouton, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Computer Global Business Unit, HP. "The Spectre design is art as well as a powerful entertainment hub. Across our rich line of all-in-ones, we continue to drive value and differentiation that have earned us sales of more than 5 million all-in-ones."

Up next is the SpectreOne All-in-one PC, which features an ultraslim design and a 23.6-inch curved HD display. With a width of just 11.5 mm, the SpectreOne is HP's thinnest all-in-one PC. This model features multitouch capabilities, an Nvidia 1 GB graphics card, the latest Intel processor and an optional solid state drive. The SpectreOne has a starting price tag of $1,299 and is expected to be available in November.

Lastly, the HP Pavilion 20 All-in-one boasts a 20-inch HD display at a great value. This non-touch all-in-one PC features an HP TrueVision HD webcam and HP pre-installed software. The HP Pavilion 20 is priced at a fair $449, with availability beginning in October.

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  • killerclick
    I just can't see myself using touchscreen on a desktop. It looks neat in movies, but waving arms around takes too much energy, and it's not as precise compared to using a mouse.

    It would be cool for kiosks, though.
  • razor512
    touching a smartphone or tablet screen is okay since you generally wont be doing anything where visual quality is a major factor but with a desktop PC, any dirt on the screen will cause imense frustration, especially if you are trying to watch a movie or use a program like photoshop.

    and if it is anything like the crappy older gen HP touchsmart systems, then you are better off getting a imac (they are a bad value also, but the HP touchsmart takes bad value to a whole new level)

    Also it requires too much arm movement to use such a large touch screen. touch interface is convenient on a smartphone and smaller tablet because most functions can be done without having to move your arms. When you move the touch surface to something that is 23+ inches, then suddenly the touch interface will become annoying and tiring.
  • teh_chem
    Meh. We have a touchscreen AIO at work. It's a chore to use. Never understood the appeal of these for the consumer. "Here, use this clumsy touch-interface for user input. Oh, and here, you have to poke at a screen sitting perpendicular to your hands, and here, you also have to be close to this screen that you're 'supposed' to sit more than an arm's length away from if you want to be ergonomically-correct."

    Touch is good for touch-oriented UI's--i.e., hand-held smartphones and tablets for media consumption. Not creation.

    Basically wht Razor512 said.
  • del35
    Imagine all the hoopla if this had been introduced by iCrap. We would be hearing about magical breakthroughs, ingenious design....... Morons would be lining up and sleeping in the streets to get their touch screen iDesktops. The New York Times would be blabbing for weeks about the brilliant layout and how every one will probably get one of these....

    Anyway, this is not the case and we should be grateful.
  • Zetto
    I agree, gesture based input should be the mode for desktops not touch, reaching is not natural for these, though for casual use it's really not that bad.
    I haven't found that smudges are a big issue either, and accuracy is fine, it's the reaching that kills it. Kinect gesture based control is what's needed for desktops, which is coming up soon.
    And that they don't realize a tv tuner is essential to make these fully useful is telling.
  • apone
    @ killerclick

    Agreed, I think touch screen input looks cool in the movies but seems hardly practical (at least in my opinion) for real-life work. Also I think the problem with these All-In-One computers is that companies keep stuffing touch features into an ecosystem that's originally designed to be used with a keyboard and mouse. I think that's why there hasn't been a Windows-based tablet that is as commercially successful as the iPad; because everyone is trying to stuff a keyboard-and-mouse-optimized OS into a touchscreen tablet platform.
  • juergenscht
    Also, it's just laptop components on a big screen.