HP TouchSmart IQ800 Series
Released September, 2008
The Pros:Good distinction between models and fair price increase (external drive, improved graphics, Blu-ray drive). Awesomely large touchscreen. Good hardware and monitor for full high definition content.
The Cons:The cost of a Mac without the superior design, finesse, or high end software. Such a large touchscreen is cool, but not functional (especially if you mount it!). Copying a mac hardly makes it a "fresh take".
Introduced in the middle of September 2008, the HP Touchsmart IQ800 Series is a high end series of media-centric PCs, intigrated into large 25.5" high definition, wall-mountable touchscreen monitors.
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Both IQ804 and upgraded IQ816 feature full 1080p resolutions of 1920 by 1200, Intel Core 2 Duo processors, TV tuners and all the extras such as a webcam, media card reader, large capacity, high speed hard disk, premium speakers, remote control, wireless stow away keyboard, ambient multi-colour mood lighting, and a slot loading DVD burner or Blu-ray drive. The MSRPs of the two models are 1899.99 and 2099.99 respectively.
Models (only the differences are listed)
- IQ804: DVD Writer, Nvidia 9300M graphics (256MB dedicated VRAM)
- IQ816: Blu-ray drive, Nvidia 9600M graphics (512MB dedicated VRAM), additional external disk drive
- CPU & RAM: Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB of DDR2 667MHz
- Graphics: 25.5" LCD touch panel, 1920 x 1200 resolution, powered by the Nvidia 9300M with 256MB of dedicated VRAM (IQ804) or the 9600M with 512MB of dedicated VRAM (IQ816)
- Optical: DVD Writer (IQ804) or Blu-ray drive (IQ816)
- Storage: 500GB HDD, 7200RPM
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n
- Expansion: 5 x USB2, 1 x Firewire
- Dimensions & Weight: 19.6" x 26" x 5.5" (H x W x D), 35.3 pounds
User Reviews (15)
good distinction between models and fair price increase (external drive, improved graphics, Blu-ray drive)
awesomely large touchscreen
good hardware and monitor for full high definition content
a fresh take on the PC, finally some competition for the iMac
potential for lower resolution gaming
simple, you can use the computer with just one wire (for the power)
700 less than comparible Imac without the touch screen Blue Ray, or 25.5" 1080 HD Monitor
the cost of a Mac without the superior design, finesse, or high end software
such a large touchscreen is cool, but not functional (especially if you mount it!)
Copying a mac hardly makes it a "fresh take"
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