HP Updates the Touchsmart Line with 60-Degree Reclining Display

Posted by at 9:53 am on February 7, 2011

HP today unveiled its first touchscreen desktop PCs to feature a 60-degree reclining display, enabling users to adjust the display’s position for a comfortable user experience.

The TouchSmart 610 and its business-focused 9300 sibling have a reclining screen that slides down as far as 60 degrees. Making the switch gives the all-in-ones a natural, tablet-like interface for using touch apps for hours without tiring one’s arm and still having the option of an upright display.

Either TouchSmart uses a 23-inch, 1080P display and get an unusual emphasis on sound with the Beats audio processing from notebooks and towers. The Software package on the machines gets an update with LinkUp, which allows users to wirelessly link a notebook PC to the TouchSmart using a home network. Accessing and viewing applications, files and content from a notebook on the TouchSmart’s large HD screen.

HP 610

The 610 starts off with a 3.2GHz Core i3, 4GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive and Intel’s integrated video. A higher-end version moves to a similarly clocked Core i5 as well as 6GB of memory and a 1TB disk. The 9300 is tailored to business and has options to help wall mount it, turn it into a kiosk or otherwise make it ready for the public. HP hasn’t given it a minimum specification, but it will scale from Core i3 to i7 chips and have options for alternate operating systems, a 160GB SSD and as much as 16GB of RAM.

HP had been one of the earliest adoptees of touchscreen on the desktop, all the way back in 1983, and has had success with the TouchSmart line to continue it for years.

TouchSmart 9300

Ideal for customer-facing environments in hospitality, retail and healthcare, the HP TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business PC combines HP’s powerful touchscreen technology with essential business benefits. Businesses can configure the TouchSmart 9300 to meet a variety of workplace preferences, including desk or counter positioning, wall mount or kiosk placement.

The TouchSmart 9300 delivers superb computing performance with second-generation Intel Core processors and a choice of Windows 7 operating systems. It also offers up to 16 gigabytes (GB) of memory and an optional 160 GB solid-state drive to enhance productivity and interaction with touchscreen applications. In addition, employees can log in using the HP TouchSmart Elite 9300 Business PC’s high-resolution, adjustable webcam with facial recognition software for enhanced security.

The HP Interactive Solutions Partner Program for independent software vendors (ISVs) delivers touch-based customer solutions to businesses. Tikatok, a division of Barnes & Noble, has piloted several interactive kiosks as part of Barnes & Noble’s new Educational Toys & Games department. The kiosk, designed as a life-size book, features an interactive demo of Tikatok’s proprietary online application. The demo is hosted on HP TouchSmart PCs and allows children to try out the book creation module or read books that other children have created at Tikatok.com.

Chico’s FAS, which offers women’s clothing and accessories through Chico’s, White House|Black Market and Soma Intimates stores, has rolled out HP Business TouchSmart PCs in almost 1,100 stores. The PCs provide one-touch application access, enhanced employee training sessions with full-motion video and a technology platform for management packages.

24/7 Service and support

HP PCs are backed by HP Total Care, the company’s  service, solutions and support, both in and out of warranty. With HP Total Care, consumers can reach support agents 24/7 by phone or online support options like the HP consumer support forum,

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