updated 11:00 am EDT, Mon July 14, 2008
HP TouchSmart at Retail
HP today said that the second generation of its TouchSmart PC should now be at retail stores across much of the US. The 22-inch all-in-one desktop should be available both in the base IQ504 model ($1,299) with a 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of memory, and 320GB hard drive as well as a deluxe IQ506 model ($1,499) with a 2.16GHz processor, a TV tuner, dedicated GeForce 9300M GS video, and a 500GB hard disk for extra space.
The system improves on the original design both through the larger screen and faster components as well as a revamped touch interface that allows users to pick out music in a Cover Flow-style layout, edit photos, and select apps easily without having to resort to button or mouse controls.