We have already reviewed HP’s Omni27, all-in-one PC. Even though we were pretty happy with it, we have noticed some flaws one of which was that it lacked a touch screen. Anyway a 27 incher is uncomfortable to use in a multi-touch surrounding so this version with its 23 inch is a much better choice.
TouchSmart 520 with its concept doesn’t differ much than the Omni27. The main difference is the touch screen. It has a standard resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The color reproduction is natural and well set from the start. The screen manufacturer is not listed but according to the view angles it should be an IPS matrix screen with a LED backlit.
The hearth of the system is composed of Intel i3 processor-2120, which runs on 3.3GHz accompanied with 4GB RAM and AMD’s Radeon HD 6450A. It comes with a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, installed on a 1TB Barracuda Seagate 12 series which runs 7200 RPM. It has a built in DVD recorder on the right side that can be upgraded to a Blu-Ray device. The PC has its own audio solution signed by Beats audio that gives out a fairly satisfying sound but for top performance it has connectors for external buffer and satellites. On the top ledge there is a web cam with a microphone, while on the back side there is a panel which has 4 USB 2.0 ports, LAN and the mentioned audio connectors, as well as two TV tuner entrances (analog and/or digital). On the left side it has 2 USB 3.0 ports, card reader and audio connectors for headphones and microphone.
With the PC comes a keyboard, mouse and a remote. The keyboard is a Chiclet design that is not too comfortable because of its small size and lack of hand rest. The mouse is not too big and comfortable also but the remote is really well made.
The TouchSmart 520 can be ordered according to your needs and it can hold an i5, i7, as well as AMD processors and there is also a choice of nVidia GPU’s. All in all it is a great all-in-one PC.