Tech Review: HP IQ816 Touchsmart PC

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Posted January 6, 2009 - By Eugene Morton

HP IQ816 Touchsmart PC Review »

You like to touch, don't you? Tactile computing is the wave of the future, and today's Tech Review is on it. Check it out as we get all touchy-feely with the HP IQ816 Touchsmart PC.

Look below the cut for the written review from Attack of the Show.

What You Need to Know

  • Since the screen is so large and it supports up to full HD 1920 x 1200 resolution, most icons are a good touching size
  • Some of the smaller parts of Vista like the tray icons or double clicking can get annoying, but you can control a lot of these touch options through the control panel
  • HP also has their own built-in Touch-Smart software that gives you different widgets as well as the ability to finger swipe or pinch and zoom
  • Overall, HP has the best touching capabilities of any PC
  • It's about 8" deep with the stand, so you may need a little room behind it, but all the ports are located on the side for easy access
  • Since it's a 25.5" screen, it makes it about 18" tall, so it's not exactly space-saving
  • The large screen is definitely gorgeous though
  • In our PCMark Vantage benchmarks, it scored about the same as the Toshiba G55 we saw back in October (which was a laptop) with a score of 3,600 points         
  • Compared to other all-in-ones in the same price range, it has a much slower processor
  • This is more of a family computer for multimedia and not really powerful enough to use as a productivity tool or for other heavy lifting
  • Much cheaper desktops have better performance


  • $2,000

Overall Rating

Tech Review: HP IQ816 Touchsmart PC


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