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HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk review

Ardjuna Seghers




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HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
  • HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk
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Our Score:



  • Beautiful 23in IPS display
  • Class-leading connectivity
  • Well-built and quiet
  • Blu-ray and DVB-T tuner
  • Adjustability allows comfortable touch


  • No 'Sandy Bridge Inside'
  • Not as slim or sexy as some rivals
  • No HDMI out

Key Features

  • 23in, Full HD, IPS display with touch
  • Core i5 CPU, 6GB RAM, 1.5TB HDD
  • Blu-ray drive, TVB-T TV tuner
  • USB 3.0, dual HDMI-inputs
  • Wireless keyboard, mouse and remote
  • Manufacturer: HP
  • Review Price: £1,099.00

Touch is a great way of interfacing with products, as abundantly proved by smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 4 and tablets like the excellent Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Unfortunately, we haven't found it as useful on most all-in-one (AIO) PCs we've looked at, as on an upright display it's more tiring than just using a mouse and keyboard.

HP looks set to change all that with its brand-new TouchSmart 610, which folds down to a comfortable 30 degrees for extended touch sessions. As it also throws in a Full HD 23in screen, multiple HDMI inputs, a Blu-ray player and digital TV tuner, USB 3.0 connectivity, a Core i5 CPU and 1.5TB of storage along with dedicated graphics, we're hopeful that this PC can finally take on the mighty 22in iMac for the sub-27in all-in-one crown.

As expected, compared to the sharp, aluminium lines of the iMac, the 610 doesn't quite hold up. However, as it's far more adjustable than the pitiful tilt of Apple's machines, your fingers will thank you for its lack of sharp edges – especially when carrying the PC between locations.

When put up against less premium rivals like the MSI Wind Top AE2400, its combination of matt black and glossy gunmetal grey is quite attractive. Only the glossy black stand, which matches little else about the PC, sticks out like a sore thumb. We wish HP had kept the finish more consistent. Build quality is excellent, with no unwanted flex or creak in the panels.

Thanks to its unique sliding hinge mechanism, which allows for its semi-horizontal positioning, the TouchSmart 610 is also height-adjustable in its upright mode - already a definite advantage over most AIO rivals. However, this is limited to raising the screen's base from 2.5 to 5.5cm off your desk. Height adjustments are also quite stiff, and you'll definitely need two hands to perform them. Tilt is far more forgiving and very generous.

Sliding the 610 into its 'easy-touch' position, meanwhile, is smooth but still takes a little effort. Also, it's important to ensure that you have enough free desk space in front of the machine, and that the mouse and keyboard are out of the way. We will cover what it is like to use the TouchSmart with your fingers later on in the review.

Last of all, unscrewing a section of the PC's base and re-attaching it to its rear allows it to act as a wall-mount. While this will doubtless have limited appeal, especially since you'd lose out on the machine's tilting ability, it's nevertheless a thoughtful inclusion.

Topping things off nicely, the 610 stays very quiet even under load.

Ala Miah

May 18, 2011, 10:15 pm

On key features you say HDMI-out, under Cons you say no HDMI-out, which one is it?


May 19, 2011, 3:27 pm

Thanks for pointing that out, its now fixed. As it says in the review, the 610 has twin HDMI inputs but doesn't have HDMI-out.


May 21, 2011, 11:00 pm

The fan is too loud. I like to use my computer in peace and quiet, but the computer makes too much noise. I am going to return it to Costco this weekend. I need a computer to be whisper quiet, like my old HP Omni 100.


July 19, 2011, 1:13 am

Come on guys, you have been given the £1200 1030 model by HP but are video reviewing it as if it is the £900 1000 model - big difference in processor and graphics speed .... might have made you a bit less keen if you had realised that !

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