Sunday, October 5, 2008
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 09:00 AM
"When I first opened the box containing the TouchSmart IQ506 it was obvious that HP put a lot of thought into the styling behind the IQ506. It manages to be very high-tech without looking it; there aren't a lot of buttons or cords to get in the way. In fact, HP went to significant effort to achieve just that effect. The IQ506 rests on two clear acrylic wedges which, when combined with the folding stand in the back, give the effect that the TouchSmart actually floats about an inch above your working surface. The most striking feature on the IQ506 is the really nice 22" touchscreen display. It's recessed into the surface and surrounded by a glossy black frame. A speakerbar is permanently attached on the bottom."
I've always been intrigued by the TouchSmart line, because I'm a big believer in the concept of eventually having a computer in every room. The kitchen/family room is a central gathering point for the family, so a computer like the TouchSmart fits right into that concept. The new TouchSmart series is a significant leap beyond the first-generation design - this one is much sleeker and more self-contained.