The TouchSmart is a touch screen computer from HP. This range of computers comes as an all in one desktop PC or a laptop. The operating system used by the HP TouchSmart is Windows Vista and more recently the new Windows 7. Depending on the model you choose it will have either an Intel or AMD processor.


Bill Gates launched the TouchSmart way back in January 2007, it was the first touch screen computer to be mass marketed as a desktop computer. The first TouchSmart machines, known as the TouchSmart IQ770 series, had a 19 inch touch screen. The machine had all you would expect from a modern desktop including a range of USB ports and connectors to allow you to hook up to the internet and other devices. The first models received good reviews from critics.

Some time went by and in June 2008 the second series of TouchSmart computers were released, the HP TouchSmart IQ500. These computers had a larger 22 inch touch screen monitor, Intel Core Duo processor and a large 500GB disk space. HP also released the TouchSmart IQ800 series which features a 25.5 inch touch screen monitor and made it more of an entertainment hub by including a TV tuner with remote control. Some of the models in the IQ800 series had integrated Blu-Ray.

The most up to date models in the HP touch screen range are the TouchSmart 300 and TouchSmart 600 which were both released in October 2009. The TouchSmart 300 is a great family computer and is very easy to use. This third generation of HP touchscreen computers continues to get rave reviews from digital review sites. The TouchSmart 300 has started to integrate voice recognition into some of its programs making it a truly futuristic machine. The TouchSmart 300 and TouchSmart 600 are similar in specifications it's the screen size where they differ TouchSmart 300 has a 20 inch monitor while the TouchSmart 600 has a 23 inch.

The TouchSmart 300 and TouchSmart 600 are aimed at the consumer market however HP has released the TouchSmart 9100 for business users. The TouchSmart 9100 is very similar to the TouchSmart 600 it runs on Windows 7 Professional. The software packaged into this impressive machine better caters for business users than the models aimed at consumers.