HP IQ816 Touchsmart PC Review

Posted: January 5, 2009
HP IQ816 Touchsmart PC Review

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

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



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