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HP Touchsmart IQ816 Adds Bigger Screen, Blu-ray, VESA Wall Mount

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HPs Touchsmart all-in-one, launched earlier this summer, was a pretty good all-in-one PC, and now it got a few more features that sweeten the deal. The key updates for the Touchsmart IQ816 are that it now comes with a 25.5-inch LCD, Blu-ray drive and VESA wall mount capability. Other new features include a drive bay for HP's Pocket Drive line of portable hard drives, Nvidia GeForce 9600M video card and a multi-color light that illuminates the space under the computer for the keyboard (previously it was just fluorescent white). Other than that, the technical specs and touchscreen technology remain the same, as does the general design. Also available is the IQ804, which lacks the Blu-ray drive and NVIDIA 9600M. The Touchsmart IQ816 starts at $2100 and will ship on October 12, while the IQ804 starts at $1900 and will be available on September 21.

The next generation touch computer The next-generation, touch-enabled PC combines a 25.5" diagonal hi-def27 widescreen with a powerful energy efficient Intel® CoreTM2 Duo28 processor in a single, integrated design. Includes HP Touchsmart software, webcam29, media card reader, and premium speakers for fast, easy access to photos, videos, music and applications. HP recommends Windows Vista® Home Premium. Your digital life at your fingertips •Touch-screen technology puts your digital life at your fingertips with fast, easy access to info, entertainment and social networks.29 •Next-generation HP TouchSmart software simplifies access to photos, videos, music and applications. •Quick and easy touch access to your digital world. The slim, stylish, next-generation PC •Sleek, next-generation design combines a 25.5" diagonal hi-def1 widescreen with a powerful energy efficient Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo28 processor. •Plug one power cord into the wall and you're ready to go. •Wireless keyboard and integrated WLAN30 offer a truly wireless experience. •Low profile wireless keyboard stows away when not in use, freeing up valuable desk space. •Colored HP Ambient Light lets you select a color lighting to set a mood, or see your keyboard in the dark. •Sleek piano black design with elegant espresso side-panel highlights. Watch your photos, movies and music come to life •Next generation HP TouchSmart software brings a new level of fun to your photos, videos and music. •Watch your favorite shows on the integrated 25.5" diagonal hi-def27 widescreen–makes for amazing slideshows too! •Enjoy high quality sound through the integrated premium stereo speakers. •Watch and burn your personal videos with the built-in DVD burner.31 •Add an additional hard drive (HP Pocket Media Drive6) easily and without any tools. HP is committed to behaving in an environmentally responsible manner HP is committed to reducing our own environmental impact, as well as that of our customers, partners and suppliers. We do this by providing products and services that are environmentally sound throughout their lifecycle and by conducting our operations in an environmentally responsible manner. •All HP TouchSmart IQ 800 series PCs have earned ENERGY STAR® and EPEAT silver qualifications. •All HP TouchSmart IQ 800 series PCs use HP power management technology providing up to 45% energy savings compared to PCs without power management enabled.32 Award winning service and support (touchsmart) HP stands behind our products and protects your investment with award-winning service and support available around the clock by phone, e-mail, and online.29 •Every TouchSmart PC comes with special HP Total Care. - 24/7 service and support for the first year via our North America call center. - Dedicated toll-free telephone support at 1866.408.5408 in English and Spanish in the United States or English and French in Canada. - Real-time online chat. - E-mail, usually answered within one hour. •A desktop icon offers one-click access to online technical support, troubleshooting and downloads.


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The older, smaller HP model seemed like a decent idea for the kitchen, except it lacked VESA wall mount and the software was awfully laggy. Now they've got the VESA mount, but made the screen too big to be practical as a touch surface.

I'd be interested if somebody (Apple) made a 15 inch iPod touch-sytle home device that the whole family can touch screen away to check e-mail, weather, stocks, maps, photos, etc. Like this, but better: []