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HP iQ506 1st Review! Jul 15, 2008
I bought the IQ506 yesterday mainly for the form factor (all in one with built in speakers) to fit my desk area.
Setup was easy - Pull it out of the box, plug it in and turn it on. It did take about 20 minutes after starting to setup Vista but all went well and I was up an running easily.
I didn't expect much of the touch screen and wasn't the main reason I purchased it. With that being said, I will say that so far I am impressed with the touch screen. The comments about the screen being jerky and slow seem to be overblown - I didn't experience this. In fact, I was quite surprised when I used IE and browsed with just my fingers on the screen. It worked really well - with the 22" monitor the links were large enough that I clicked correctly on the link most times. If you're expecting an iPhone type touchscreen experience you'll probably be disappointed. However, I wouldn't sell this touchscreen short yet. I am quite impressed by the screen and I expect to use it more than I thought I would initially.
78 of 78 found the following review helpful:
A Really Touching Experience Jul 23, 2008
By D. Gray
I have had this PC for only one week, but remain wowed by HP's execution. From setup (easy and intuitive; far fewer wires than a traditional desktop) through operation (responsive and stable), my early experience has truly been a joy.
The 22" touchscreen display is extremely bright, vivid, and crisp. The touchscreen functionality itself takes advantage of Vista's "baked in" tablet PC functionality. As a longtime tablet user, this is the first implementation and integration of the Vista tablet functionality on a desktop that I am aware of. The touchscreen functionality clearly works best with HP's own "TouchSmart" application shell. This shell has been designed to work well with touchscreen functionality and provides an easy-to-use interface to music, video, calendar, photo, and game applications (among others). There's even a specialized TouchSmart web browser, though it appears to have limited utility to those web pages that HP has specifically designed to take advantage of the TouchSmart shell. This might appear alarming, but you still have full and complete access outside of TouchSmart to traditional browsers such as IE, Firefox, or Safari.
I have no problems to report with the integration of my existing peripherals, including a Netgear wireless router, a Canon Pixma multifunction printer, and external speakers and subwoofer. Setup of all of these truly was "plug and play." I also really like the wireless keyboard and mouse that HP bundles with the TouchSmart.
The only problem I've encountered is installation of Nikon's Transfer application (for transfer of digital photos from my wife's Coolpix camera). Each of three installation attempts ended with an Install Wizard error message. I learned from Nikon Support that none of Nikon's apps are engineered for 64-bit operating systems. However, there are still multiple options for uploading photos from the camera (e.g., Kodak's free EasyShare application works great).
Overall and as an IT professional, I am surprised even by my own enthusiastic reaction. Over time, the "wow" or "gee-whiz" moments with PC technology have become fewer and farther between for me. The HP TouchSmart is an exception to this. For general purpose home computing (it's not a gaming platform or a high-end engineering workstation), it merits your serious consideration.
30 of 30 found the following review helpful:
Very happy after three weeks Jul 28, 2008
By David Brandenburg
I am very happy with the HP IQ506 PC. I bought it because it is an All in One and I don't use it as a touch screen. I played with the touch screen and it seems to work fine with the limited software provided.
The screen is bright in all lighting conditions and looks very good.
The built in wireless N works well.
The wireless KeyBoard and mouse have worked without any problems. The KeyBoard is very flat and takes some getting used to if you have been using a more conventional KB.
The built in speakers sound good for being so small, much better than expected.
With the 500 GB 7200 RPM Hard Disk, 22" Screen, 5 USB ports, and 4 GB memory it is a very good value.
The only things I would change are; I would add a CF reader and an option to select XP instead of Vista.
23 of 23 found the following review helpful:
Touchy Jul 24, 2008
I have had this desktop for a week and am truly satisfied with the experience. It is a good value for money proposition. The touch application from HP works great. True there are a few glitches and pains but then no software is perfect.
The connections were a breeze and I had the desktop up and running 20 mins after opening it. The screen is bright with a good resolution. The best part is that there is no clutter associated with a normal desktop. There is just one wire that goes into the desktop and nothing else.
The software that comes in the package is sufficient to get you started with the daily stuff but I would have been happier with a more long running anti virus subscription (the current one from Norton is limited to 60 days).
One complaint I have is that inspite of good hardware specs the machine appears to be slow at times. This is probably due to Vista but with 4 gigs of memory I expected a better experience.
30 of 32 found the following review helpful:
Alot to be desired. Aug 19, 2008
By Albert T. Spaw
I bought this IQ504 thinking they had already worked out the bugs...guess what. I have spent many hours speaking to very nice people from tech support who are genuinely interested in helping me with a jerky DVD player and slow graphics, but the problem still exists and I can't seem to get any further with the device. I never use the touch screen option because most web pages use font that is too small to allow accurate finger touch control
I don't understand why the DVD video is so jerky, but it makes watching my music DVDs too jerky to enjoy.
I should have waited a year before purchasing so the bugs could have been worked out.
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