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HP TouchSmart 520-1130ea

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      17.09.2015 19:04
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      • "Work focused"
      • "Amazing look"

      Disadvantages

      • "Copy of Apple"
      • "Under powered"

      Overall a great buy, family friendly.

      I purchased this computer via another source and it arrived last Thursday. So far, I am very impressed.

      The first impression on taking it out of the box was that there seemed to be a lot of extra packaging. The keyboard was inside a box that was inside another box - this seemed rather wasteful. The computer itself is covered in plastic film to protect it from scratches in transit, and this has to be peeled off before the shine of the piano black can be fully appreciated. The whole thing is very elegant in appearance, but the monitor is very large compared to my old 17 inch monitor, and screen resolution is also high, making reading of some web pages a little strange at first. It is, however, great to have so few cables to worry about and with so many peripherals built into the computer it is a very good choice for apartment living or anywhere where space is going to be limited.

      One word of warning though, the computer is very heavy to lift and will need a solid table or shelf to stand on.

      The keyboard is quite small and neat, so much so that it's taking quite a bit of getting used to. The mouse on the other hand is rather large and although it works reasonably smoothly it doesn't really feel comfortable in the hand. Quite a lot of pressure is required to get the buttons to click, and when they do the click is very loud!

      Installation of software so far has been painless though due to 64 bit Vista which has been installed I am having to research a new firewall as Sunbelt Kerio refused - it's a 32 bit program. However Paint Shop Pro 8, Itunes and Peggle all installed painlessly as did OpenOffice and World of Warcraft.

      In relation to the last, I was having enormous problems with lag and crashes on my old 1 GB RAM 128 MB graphics card computer when playing WoW, these have disappeared entirely and so I can only conclude that the old computer simply didn't have enough power to cope with wireless broadband and the high end graphics of WoW. Now that these have been resolved surfing the Internet is also easy and overall I am very happy with this lovely piece of kit.

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      03.08.2015 14:46
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      • "Good Design"

      Disadvantages

      • "Integrated Graphics"

      Decent PC/ Reliable & Easy To Use

      HP's all-in-one PCs typically occupy a competent middle ground - powerful enough to ensure that running multiple programs and keeping several browser tabs open at once won't be a problem, while still being sufficiently quiet and attractive not to look out of place in your sitting room. With unassuming looks and a respectable overall score of 62 in our benchmark tests, the TouchSmart 520-1130ea fits comfortably within this vision of a family PC.

      The size and brightness of the 23in touchscreen display are immediately appealing. There's plenty of room on the 1,920x1,080 screen to work with images or spreadsheets, and the intense colours are pleasing, although they can seem a little harsh in combination with the reflectiveness of the glossy display. Unlike some all-in-ones, you can't connect a second display. Neither can you use the TouchSmart's screen as a standalone display for other devices, such as games consoles.

      The PC has an Intel Core i3-2120 processor and 4GB of RAM. As well as putting in a decent performance in our software tests, the processor includes an Intel HD Graphics 2000 on-chip GPU. This isn't powerful enough for modern 3D games (the TouchSmart even failed even our 720p Dirt 3 tests), but it's great for movies, casual games and even some older 3D titles, such as Valve's Portal.

      The 1080p display is great for watching HD movies, although you'll have to get them from online services or use an external Blu-ray reader because the PC only has a DVD drive. For added entertainment value, a DVB-T tuner lets you connect an aerial and watch Freeview TV

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      25.11.2014 22:24
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      Advantages

      • "elegant design"
      • quiet
      • "all-in-one design"

      Disadvantages

      • "Intel HD Graphics "

      solid family PC

      This PC has an i3 processor and 4GB of RAM. It also sports a Intel HD 2000 graphics which is its Achilles heel. The display is great. Picture quality is out of this world but its downside is that it can't be connected to external devices meaning it can only be used as a monitor for all in one pc. A good thing about is that it has a TV tuner built in and you can use windows media center with it. It comes with a 1TB HDD which should be enough for almost all users except the most demanding ones. It also has beats audio speakers integrated which are great (great for other integrated speakers but can't compete with a dedicated sound system). Decent mouse, decent keyboard, and less than decent touchscreen software that makes your life a living hell if you want to use touchscreen features. I can't say this PC is is amazing but its reliable, solid and it has its uses. Which is house to middle work categories. You cant do any serious gaming on it or serious processing. Its a well made, not so cheap family PC with integrated wireless.

      I also made a full use of its card reader. But wouldn't recommend using the ethernet cable for connecting the PC to interned. I tripped on the cable and pulled the pc from the desk. I was only lucky that it didn't break. Guess that's where you see that it's well built.

      All in all solid family PC for surfing the internet and watching the movies and maybe doing some work.

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