InFocus BigTouch review

£3599
Price when reviewed

It isn’t all good news. The BigTouch is supported by two thick, wide feet, but it’s not totally steady – pushing the machine made it wobble. There’s no way to adjust the screen’s height or angle out of the box, either – you’ll have to shell out for a stand or wall-mounting unit.

Despite the BigTouch’s giant proportions, InFocus has employed relatively modest hardware. The Core i5-2520M is a Sandy Bridge chip that runs at 2.5GHz, and its application benchmark score of 0.58 lags behind more sensibly proportioned all-in-one PCs. For running PowerPoint and similarly modest applications, however, there’s more than enough oomph.

InFocus BigTouch

Housing PC components next to a power-hungry, heat-spewing display panel has its downsides, however. Despite its lack of power, the Core i5 didn’t run particularly cool – it hit the processor’s thermal maximum of 100°C after running the chip at 100% load for more than ten minutes. Admittedly, that’s not a huge concern, as it’s highly unlikely the machine will be used that intensively, but the greedy display means power consumption is a more pressing issue: the BigTouch idled at 330W and consumed 384W at peak performance. That’s more than many high-end PCs.

Large LCD this big don’t come cheap, though, and this drives the price of the Big Touch up to £2,999 inc VAT – more than double the price we’d pay for even the best consumer all-in-ones. What’s more, that’s before considering the available accessories: a sound-bar screwed to the bottom of the panel costs £169 inc VAT extra, a wall-mounting kit is £137 inc VAT, and a tilting stand with wheels adds a considerable £564 inc VAT to the price. A webcam and a wireless keyboard and mouse set cost £89 and £69 respectively.

InFocus BigTouch

There’s another, more expensive, option – the MondoPad, which comes in at £5,449. It’s the same PC as the BigTouch, but it includes the sound bar, the wireless keyboard, the mouse and the webcam. It also comes with a suite of bespoke apps that are designed to run on top of Windows 8, replacing its UI. Some of these are standard fare, with note-taking and whiteboard software included, but others cater for remote system management, video conferencing and the option to control the MondoPad via your own PC.

The BigTouch combines a daunting price with immense potential. We can see it working well in boardrooms and classrooms thanks to its huge, responsive touchscreen and hard-wearing design, and the option to mix and match accessories makes it a better-value option than the pricier MondoPad. We’re not sure how many schools truly need a 55in touchscreen PC – especially where the combination of a basic laptop and projector might suffice – but for environments such as blue-chip boardrooms, where it’s important to make an impact, InFocus’ BigTouch might just find a place.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 128GB
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size 55.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 2.50GHz

Motherboard

Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3

Graphics card

Graphics card Intel HD Graphics
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Intel SSD
Capacity 128GB
Hard disk usable capacity 119GB
Internal disk interface SATA 600

Drives

Optical drive None

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
VGA inputs 1

Case

Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 1346 x 140 x 820mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
PS/2 mouse port no
3.5mm audio jacks 3

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 4
Front panel memory card reader no

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 330W
Peak power consumption 384W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 37fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.58
Responsiveness score 0.67
Media score 0.67
Multitasking score 0.40

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