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February 07, 2011

HP Appealing to Ergonomics with Launch of TouchSmart PCs



HP is doing its best to get noticed in the touch computing sector as the company introduced a trio of new TouchSmart all-in-one desktop PCs built on the same “60-degree reclining display.” The new TouchSmart PCs seem to address ergonomic issues as they address the proper positioning of the arm and hand.

As captured in a recent PC Mag report, traditional touchscreen models from HP and other players required the user to hold their arm straight out and parallel to the ground to use the touchscreen. This may work well for quick stops at the ATM, but is not conducive for use over extended periods of time.

The new HP TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PC and the HP TouchSmart 610 consumer PC, both have 23-inch touchscreen displays with a unique hinge that allows the user to decline the display back 60-degrees. This enables the user to look down on the screen while resting his or her hands on it.

The TouchSmart 9300 is positioned as the business-oriented model, featuring Intel’s (News - Alert) second-generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, integrated Intel HD graphics or discrete graphics, up to 1TB hard drive or 160GB SSD, and the Windows 7 Professional operating system. HP promotes the system as working on a desk, counter, wall mount or even in a kiosk placement. This model will be available May 2011.

The HP TouchSmart 610 series comes in two different models: 610-1030f and the 610-1050f, and both are consumer versions of the same 23-inch touchscreen all-in-one PC.

This PC line also reclines up to 60 degrees and the initial models will offer an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, a 750-GB hard drive, DVD burner, Intel HD integrated graphics, 802.11b/g/n WiFi (News - Alert), Bluetooth and HP’s TouchSmart user interface.

The 610-1050f model can be upgraded to a Core i5 processor, 1-TB hard drive, 6GB of memory and a Blu-ray combo drive. Both systems include a wireless keyboard and mouse, as well as popular apps such as Twitter, Netflix, Hulu (News - Alert) and Rhapsody.

The HP TouchSmart 610 starts at $899.99 and will be available on February 9.

In other HP news, TMCnet recently reported on the company's plans for webOS over the next two months. The HP CEO claims the gap between product announcements and launches will shrink substantially. He added, we should expect webOS devices to launch “within weeks” of this month’s event on Feb. 9.

HP also announced plans to build a multimillion-dollar data center in Sydney's west end. The data center, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, will create about 200 construction jobs. The data center facility would complement the federal government's high-speed national broadband network (NBN) strategy, according to HP officials.


Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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