November 8, 2011
- HP TouchSmart 5.0 software
- Stylish design
- Responsive 20" touch screen
- Respectable performance
- No HDMI or TV tuner
- Loaded with bloatware/trialware
The HP TouchSmart 320-1050 is an all-in-one touchscreen desktop PC that is perfect for users looking to buy their first touchscreen PC. It offers really great performance and a sleek design all without costing too much money. It does, however, lack things like a TV tuner and HDMI ports, so it's not without flaws.
The HP TouchSmart 320-1050 PC measures 20.4 x 16.3 x 8.1-inches (whd) and weighs about 21-pounds, so it will take up a decent amount of space on a desk or kitchen counter, but not too much. It has HP's newest design for its all-in-one PCs where the base is about as wide as the monitor and the screen tilts from the base. The bezel around the screen is a muted gray color that looks good and the base also blends well with the rest of the computer's body. It will most likely fit right into where you decide to put it in terms of its visual looks.
It has a 1600 x 900-pixel resolution display that measures 20-inches and is completely touch enabled. It is a multitouch screen, which means you can perform the ever-popular gestures like pinching and pulling to zoom in/out. We would've preferred the screen be 1080p HD instead of 720p HD just for the additional quality, but for this price we can't complain. We found the display to be very responsive to our touch and also looked pretty good too while watching streaming HD videos.
HP pre-installs their HP TouchSmart 5.0 software, which provides a whole range of touch-integrated applications and other Windows software. This is really a layer of software with its own interface on top of the standard Windows 7 interface and it look and works really well. HP also installs a lot of bloatware and trialware on this PC (and every other PC that it sells), so you'll want to uninstall whatever you don't want because it does slow down the PC at startup.
There are two stereo speakers built-into the bottom of the screen that pump out a decent amount of audio that has good bass levels. We should mention that this PC's audio quality comes from the Beats Audio enhancements. HP also includes a wireless keyboard and mouse that communicates to the PC via a USB dongle that fits into its own receptacle on the computer's backside.
In terms of ports, HP left some to desire with the TouchSmart 320-1050. It does, however, have two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, the usual audio connections and a 6-in-1 memory card reader on the left side of the PC. We appreciate HP including a few USB 3.0 ports but we would've liked to see an HDMI-input for connecting things like a game console or a cable box. A TV tuner would have also been nice since some users will buy this PC for kitchen use, so it could've doubled as a TV for there too. There is, however, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi built-in, which is a must for all-in-ones.
Our HP TouchSmart 320-1050 configuration had an AMD dual-core A6-3600 CPU (2.1GHz), 6GB of RAM, a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, a slot-loading SuperMulti DVD optical drive and AMD Radeon HD 6410D integrated graphics. We liked the 1TB hard drive for all the multimedia usage that you'll get out of this PC. The AMD A6 CPU has built-in DX11-graphics (the Radeon 6410 chipset), so it does allow you to play some light 3D gaming, but don't expect to do too much in the way of that. Other performance was really good and about comparable to an Intel Core i5 CPU, so things like multitasking and watching HD video was no problem.