HP TouchSmart 610-1230uk - Connectivity, Specifications and Performance Review

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Connectivity is another strong point of HP’s TouchSmart 610.

Hidden around the sides you’ll find a memory card reader, two USB ports and

headphone plus microphone jacks, as well as twin HDMI inputs for hooking up

consoles and the like. These are joined by slightly stiff physical volume

controls on the left, and the seamlessly integrated slot-loading Blu-ray player

and backlit power button to the right.

 

Unlocking a panel at the machine’s rear reveals three audio

jacks, including the subwoofer connection for augmenting the 610’s integrated

Beats speakers. There’s an antennae port for the integrated DVB-T tuner, while

peripheral connectivity is handled by two ordinary USB 2.0 ports and two fast

USB3.0 ports for speedy external storage and quick device charging.

For networking the panel also hides a Gigabit Ethernet port,

while wireless duties are taken up by WiFi N and Bluetooth. All this makes the

TouchSmart 610 one of the most versatile AIOs we’ve reviewed.

 

Specifications are also nothing to sniff at (we’re reviewing

the HP TouchSmart 610-1030uk model, as opposed to the cheaper and lesser

610-1000uk). As the brains of the operation we have an Intel Core i5-650. This

dual-core processor supports Hyper-threading for up to four virtual cores and

will Turbo-clock up from its default 3.2GHz to 3.46GHz (depending on the number

of active cores).

While it might not match up to the new Sandy Bridge

processors found in some rivals and the new Apple iMacs, it’s still more power under the bonnet than the average consumer

will need for a while to come.

HP TouchSmart 610-1030uk PCMark Vantage Results

It’s backed by a generous 6GB of DDR3 RAM, which again

should be plenty for all but the most demanding consumer and is more than you

get as standard with most all-in-one (AIO) PCs. Likewise with its storage,

which at a whopping 1.5GB (albeit at a slightly slow 5,400rpm) is the largest

capacity we’ve seen in an AIO.

As usual with this type of machine, the TouchSmart’s weakest

link is its graphics. Though there’s a discrete AMD Radeon HD 5570 with 1GB of

dedicated RAM, this is still a mid-range ‘mobile’ or laptop graphics card, and

its performance reflects this. Naturally it does a fine job of video acceleration

and intensive video as well as supporting DirectX11, but intensive 3D gaming is

beyond it.

HP TouchSmart 610-1030uk Stalker Results

On the other hand, its performance is significantly better than many alternatives, and if you’re willing to live with a few compromises many games will run smoothly. For example, at 1,280 x 720 on Medium Detail it managed a silky 41.65 frames per second (fps) average in Stalker: Call of Pripyat. However, turning the resolution up to the screen’s 1080p maximum and upping detail to its maximum resulted in a far less playable 20.35fps.

If you’re a gamer, it’s also worth noting that the 610 comes with an HP-exclusive touch-enabled edition of Ubisoft’s R.U.S.E., which we’ll give you more feedback on in the ‘Touch’ section of this review.