This all-in-one PC has an outstanding range of features, but an unusually high price makes it a poor choice over its equally-capable rivals
3.2GHz Intel Core i5-650, 6GB RAM, 23in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
HP’s TouchSmart 610-1030uk looks rather generic, but there’s plenty to set this modern touchscreen all-in-one apart from the crowd, with a big 23in touchscreen, USB3 ports and a Blu-ray drive.
Most of the 610’s ports are located at the back, behind a pull-down panel through which you can route your cables. This is a neat and tidy solution for connectors that you won’t wish to unplug very often, such as such the Gigabit Ethernet port, TV tuner and speaker outputs, but accessing it depends on the display being tilted to exactly the correct angle, which is inconvenient if you’re trying to reach around behind your PC. Because of this the four rear USB ports – two USB3 and two USB2 – are probably best used with extension cables.
We’d have preferred to have the USB3 ports in place of the pair of USB2 ports on the front left side of the computer’s display panel. The other commonly used connectors are there, including a card reader, line input and a 3.5mm port designed for Beats-branded combined headphone and mic connectors, but which will work with any pair of headphones. At the right-hand side of the panel is a Blu-ray reader, as well as a pair of HDMI inputs that allow you to use the 610 to display content from external devices such as consoles and cable or satellite TV tuners.
While all-in-ones don’t have the potential to produce the same kind of processor power as a desktop PC, due to the nature of their compact case and limited cooling capacity, the TouchSmart nonetheless did a fair job in our benchmark tests. Its 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-650 processor is a generation old now, but it’s still pretty powerful, helping this PC to an overall score of 58 in our benchmarks. This means it will handle most applications with little complaint.
There’s also 6GB of RAM, to provide plenty of scope for anyone who spends a lot of time video editing, image manipulation or similar memory-intensive tasks. A whopping 1.5TB of disk space also gives you plenty of room for projects, installed software or a massive multimedia collection.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-650|
|Processor external bus||133MHz (DMI)|
|Processor clock speed||3.2GHz|
|Motherboard chipset||Intel A57|
|USB2 ports (front/rear)||2/4|
|Firewire ports (front/rear)||0/0|
|eSATA ports (front/rear)||0/0|
|Wired network ports||1x 10/100/1000|
|Wireless networking support||802.11n|
|PCI-E x1 slots (free)||N/A|
|PCI-E x16 slots (free)||N/A|
|Free memory slots||2|
|Hard disk model(s)||Western Digital WD15EARS-60MBWB0|
|Total storage capacity||1,500GB|
|Graphics card(s)||1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770|
|Sound||IDT HD Audio|
|Sound outputs||3.5mm stereo line out, 3.5mm mic in, 1x Beats headphone/mic port, 1x Beats subwoofer out|
|Supported memory cards||SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD, MC|
|Optical drive type(s)||DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM|
|Viewable size||23 in|
|Screen inputs||2x HDMI, 1x TV coaxial|
|Software included||Microsoft Touch Pack|
|Operating system||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Operating system restore option||restore partition|
|Warranty||one year RTB|