HP TouchSmart IQ510 review

£978
Price when reviewed

No prizes for deducing that this HP all-in-one, like the Eee Top, features a touchscreen. Indeed, it looks like a big brother to that nettop, with a classy design that eschews an adjustable stand in favour of an A-frame design.

Luckily, where the Eee Top suffered from a lacklustre screen, the HP’s 22in TFT leaps out from its low-key casing with bright, intense colours and deep blacks. It doesn’t quite match the iMac, but it’s a pleasure to watch.

HP also echoes Asus in offering a super-sized touch interface for launching applications, although once again the programs you launch are rarely optimised for finger manipulation.

Of course, it’s a more powerful PC than the Eee Top, with 4GB of RAM and a real Core 2 Duo CPU – but that’s a mobile model rather than the full-fat versions found elsewhere, and our test system achieved only a mediocre 2D benchmark score of 1.03.

And when it comes to graphics, the Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS is fine for Vista Aero effects, but struggles with modern games, averaging just 6.9fps in our medium Crysis test.

Still, these lightweight components keep power consumption relatively low – and the price. At just £850 exc VAT, the IQ510 is the cheapest of the big-name media PCs, and while it won’t blaze through ray-tracing tasks, it had no problem with any sort of media we threw at it. With its integrated DVB-T tuner and a Media Center remote, it could even steal into the living-room – though there’s no Blu-ray, and turning the volume up led to boxy distortion.

For more mundane computing tasks there’s a decent complement of network and data ports, though it comes with 64-bit Vista, so if you planning to attach older peripherals you’ll need to find 64-bit drivers.

With better speakers the TouchSmart IQ510 would make an attractive media centre. With more powerful innards it might make a decent luxury PC. As it is, though, it feels like a compromise that isn’t quite at home in either role.

Note: HP has confirmed that retail models will use a 2GHz T7250 CPU instead of the 2.17GHz T5850 found in our review system. Performance may be slightly slower in some applications.

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 320
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size 22.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU nominal frequency 2.00GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A

Motherboard

Motherboard chipset Intel GM965
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 0
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR2

Graphics card

Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS
Graphics card RAM 256MB
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards N/A

Hard disk

Hard disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
Capacity 320GB
Hard disk usable capacity 298GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 16MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive TSST TS-T633A
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal 1,680
Resolution screen vertical 1,050
Resolution 1680 x 1050
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speaker type Stereo
Peripherals 45-button Media Center remote, DVB-T tuner

Case

Case format All-in-one

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 5
FireWire ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 2

Front ports

Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard 105-key wireless keyboard, wireless, optical-two button with wheel mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows Vista
Recovery method Recovery partition
Software supplied Microsoft Works 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 83W
Peak power consumption 106W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 1.03
3D performance (crysis) low settings 23fps
3D performance setting Low

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