HP gets touchy with new notebooks

HP gets touchy with new notebooks

Vendor claims to have served up the industry's first all-in-one touchscreen PC

HP has unveiled its latest consumer desktop and notebook PC range, promising users a more hands-on experience.

The vendor claims its new HP TouchSmart PC iQ7700 is the industry's first all-in-one touchscreen PC. Aimed primarily at the home-user market, it offers a touchscreen interface with quick access to content, schedules, TV, music and photos. It features a 19-inch BrightView LCD display, which can be tilted and adjusted and is based on Windows Vista Premium. Its metallic frame incorporates a full featured PC, storage bays for a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse and remote control. It also features a printer dock so users can attach a HP PhotoSmart printer to the machine.

The iQ7700 contains built-in WLAN Bluetooth, an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam and microphone that allows users to record and play back messages. The machine will retail for $3699.

The next product in its line-up is the Pavilion tx1000 entertainment notebook PC. Designed with a twist and touchscreen display, it was suited to both personal and work activities, the vendor claimed. It is equipped with a 12.1-inch display that can be rotated up to 180 degrees. Other features include a configurable integrated webcam and dual omni-directional microphones for videoconferencing. The tx1000 also comes with fingerprint reader for security purposes. Pricing for the model starts at $2229.

HP has also taken the wraps off the Pavilion a6000 and Compaq Presario SR5000 desktop PC series. Both are coated in a black and silver chassis as well as a HP Imprint durable finish. The SR5000 has a starting price of $849.

To complement the new models, the vendor has unleashed a new range of HP and Compaq wide LCD monitors featuring high bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP), the ability to view two pages side by side, integrated speakers, and one-touch controls for brightness, colour and contrast.

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