It seems that all-in-one desktops are onto resurrecting themselves in the current trend of technological devices. HP is just one of the companies that brought its own member of the pack. The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 23 is an all-in-one computer with a price of not less than $800. Although it is not as attractive as other Toshiba or Dell computers, it definitely still has its own signature HP functionality.
The first thing to notice about the new Pavilion TouchSmart 23 is that it is designed loosely with a frame border. For a computer with a screen size of 23 inches, that is considered a plus point because it helps incorporate more functions and it creates a more unique look than the usual desktops. Meanwhile, the touch screen is glassed by a slick silver bezel while another thicker but matte-plastic bezel surrounds it from all edges. The entire screen is then wrapped around another metal frame longer than the bottom of the screen to support the computer to be able to stand vertically and occupy less space.
In terms of functionality, the Pavilion TouchSmart 23 only performs at an average speed. It has an Intel processor Core i3-3220T, 6GB of DDR3/1600 memory and 1TB of hard drive which spins at 7200rpm. Usually, all-in-one computers are made for basic school work and entertainment purposes. Most of the time, it is not built for graphically challenging tasks such as gaming and media editing. The new HP computer is similar to just that. According to a BioShock test with low image quality and screen resolution of only 1024 by 768 pixels, it only barely survived at 15.9 frames per second.
On the other hand, the HP touch screen computer has a default display of 1920 by 1080 screen resolution. Text as well as images look defined, accurate and colorful but video clips look a little bit dull and gloomy. When it comes to being a TouchSmart, HP’s computer has features that are both smooth and sleek at the same time. It has a fast response to touch and sensitive surface which makes it easy to use. Furthermore, it also comes with a USB keyboard with flat and comfortable keys. The USB mouse with a shiny and curvy design is also an add-in although it doesn’t come with promises of comfort.
The sturdy design of HP’s Pavilion TouchSmart 23 is made solely for saving space for its users. Disregarding the fact that it’s not as attractive as other computers, it is still functional in its own way. It has decent peripherals and respectable performance that can serve students and professionals in making their lives easier for only $800.