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HP Touchsmart 600-1220uk - PCMark Vantage: Full Results

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  • Performance 8
  • Value 7
  • Features 8
  • Design 9


November 18, 2010, 5:11 pm

You gotta admit though, Apple is taking the mick by touting their iMac as the ultimate media centre when they still refuse to put a simple Blu-Ray drive in. I'd say that makes the choice a lot more difficult than the mere £50 gap you suggest. (Course you could always add one on under Windows with Boot Camp but the point stands.)


November 18, 2010, 8:42 pm


That's why we didn't say the iMac was superior altogether but rather an 'interesting alternative'. And as you mention, at least it's possible to add blu-ray to the iMac, while you can't upgrade the TouchSmart's average screen to an IPS panel as used in Apple's machine. But I do agree, it is 'taking the mic'.


November 18, 2010, 10:22 pm

Well the future is downloads and streaming. Apple can see this, and isn't even bothering with the disc route I guess. I myself do not purchase ANY games outside of Steam anymore. I don't want the clutter of discs or the time wasted installing games in that fashion.

The only time I ever use the DVD drive in my pc, is to watch the odd box-set like Futurama, and even then I'd prefer to rip them to the pc, so I never have to use discs again.


November 18, 2010, 11:46 pm

Downloads and streaming are the future. But until i get more than 50GBs a month download cap then i will stick to buying Blu-Ray discs and watch them on my tv rather than computer. I agree about Steam though. Since its come out for mac i can see finally how great it is. Being able to redownload titles with no charge is great too


November 19, 2010, 2:58 pm


It might be the future but it's far from a reality for many, and I agree with Jayboy.

About the games, surely it takes longer to download and install than to just install from disc? It's the same amount of data, after all...

And physical media still offer many advantages: you can't sell on digital downloads, or lend them to friends; they use up your bandwidth and data allowance; and you have to print quick-cards, manuals and maps yourself if you want to view them while gaming.


August 28, 2011, 9:01 pm

Bought this recently for £800. Great Price. Absolutely delighted. Its an amazing machine and the touchscreen works brilliantly. Pity about all the finger smudges. Yeah the silly kids games can be removed and you have to download alot of windows updates; but thats no big deal. The review did not mention that you have to use a usb dongle to get the wireless mouse\keyboard to work (all supplied); so that unnecessarily uses up usb port. Alot of computer with alot of features for the money.

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