updated 12:40 pm EST, Mon January 8, 2007
TouchSmart takes on iMac
HP today formally introduced its TouchSmart PC, previously known as 'Crossfire,' at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The PC is an iMac-like all-in-one system that will showcase Microsoft's Windows Vista, and is designed as a central computer to handle virtually every need of a typical home. The new media center is based around a 19-inch touchscreen used for quick access to news, programs, and weather with a tactile interface that is usable as a custom version of HP's Photosmart software, effectively allowing photo retouching through finger and stylus presses. The TouchSmart is also TV-friendly, according to Electronista. Analog NTSC and digital ATSC tuners are built in, allowing users to both play and record video to the computer's 320GB hard drive. The system is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and ships with 2GB of memory. Further system specifications include a GeForce Go 7600 video card, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The TouchSmart PC is expected to ship in time for Vista's launch at the end of this month, although pricing was still unavailable.