HP TouchSmart 520xt Series Review

Posted: December 21, 2011
HP TouchSmart 520xt Series Review

The HP TouchSmart 520xt Series PC could make the perfect holiday gift with its 23" 1080p HD touch screen, Intel core processor, 4 GB or RAM and 2 TB hard drive. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey take a closer look on Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The HP TouchSmart 520 is an all-in-one PC with a 23" HD LED touch screen.
  • The computer sits on an adjustable base that's 8.5" deep in the back.
  • There is a 30 degree adjustable tilt which is also a nice resting spot for your keyboard.
  • The TouchSmart isn't as sleek as the iMac.
  • The plastic bevel and casing looks and feels cheap.
  • There are 4 USB ports and audio outputs in the back.
  • The side has 2 USB 3.0 ports with a memory card reader.
  • There's also a DVD burner, webcam and wireless keyboard and mouse, which all seems fairly standard.
  • The 23" touchscreen has a 1080P resolution which looks good but not as vibrant as yesterday's iMac.
  • If you don't want to use the mouse and keyboard, you can use HP's Magic Canvas overlay.
  • Magic Canvas converts your Windows desktop and lets you swipe and browse through folders and applications.
  • The icons are large and easy to find, but it feels a bit laggy and unresponsive on the edges of the screen.
  • There's also a virtual keyboard but it just feels weird to use, depending on the angle.
  • The PC we're reviewing has 4 GB of RAM and runs on an Intel core i3 processor.
  • This means it can handle standard programs, applications and games like Modern Warfare 3 on medium settings.
  • This is not a gaming PC.


  • The HP TouchSmart 520 Series starts at $799.


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • If you're looking for an all around PC to handle media while conserving space, this TouchSmart series is for you.
  • The touchscreen is a convenient feature but laggy.

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Comments are Closed

  • incredibilistic

    Aesthetically, the iMac is the prettiest computer on the market, bar-none. Like comparing Sara Underwood to Susan Boyle, the HP is a few pieces of plastic slapped together with an application skin on Windows that serves absolutely no purpose or increased functionality or productivity.

    Let's be real, does anyone really want to browse the interwebs reaching out the screen for hours on end? So even when Windows 8 is available I just don't see it translating beyond tablets. Not for extended use anyway. Might be cool for about 5 minutes but eventually you'll fall back to your mouse and keyboard.

    Posted: January 15, 2012 6:48 PM
  • applebook

    Desktop + Windows 7 + Touchscreen = FAIL. One of the main reasons for having a touchscreen is because of mobility. This is unnecessary and downright useless for a desktop (or even most laptops).

    Posted: December 22, 2011 1:10 AM
  • Superbrian85

    I can not wait for windows 8 to come out. Enjoyed watching the demos from microsoft. The one listed in the video is $1000; but you can step up the hardware for a little more of the cost. Do not work for Hp, or microsoft. As well do enjoy mac products.

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