March 27, 2012
- Inexpensive price
- USB 3.0 ports
- Solid performance
- Dim display with limited viewing angles
- Touch screen sensitivity issues
The HP TouchSmart Elite 7320 is an inexpensive all-in-one touchscreen PC that offers good performance thanks to the Intel Core i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM. It is a fairly standard 22-inch all-in-one PC, so there's little that it offers to help it stand out from the rest of them on the market.
The TouchSmart 7320 has the same design that the rest of their TouchSmart all-in-ones utilize since about a year ago. The screen is surrounded by a grey bezel and is supported on a stand with a base at the bottom. It measures 21.6 x 17.2 x 8.1-inches (whd) and weighs about 23-pounds.
HP includes a standard set of wireless peripherals that work nicely and are comfortable to use. The keyboard has volume control buttons but besides that, offers little multimedia controls or shortcut keys.
The 22-inch display has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels, so it is full HD resolution. It has a glossy finish, so it throws back a lot of reflections. We found the display to be dimmer than we would've liked and it also had limited viewing angles. The touch sensitivity was lacking, mostly because we had to press rather hard to get the screen to register our touches.
The port selection on the TouchSmart 7320 includes two USB 3.0 ports (on the left edge), four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, the usual audio ports and a multiformat memory card reader. There is also a slot-loading DVD+/-RW optical disc drive in addition to built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. We liked the fact that HP included USB 3.0 on this system despite the relatively inexpensive price tag.
Our review system included an Intel Core i5-2400S (2.5GHz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive and Intel integrated graphics. HP touts this system has having Beats Audio technology, but we found the audio to be nothing special in the end.
Performance with the HP 7320 was above the category average, so that was nice to see for a system that doesn't cost a whole lot. While it's not the best performer out there, most users will find no problems. Video playback, including streaming HD video on the Internet, also worked without a hitch.
The integrated Intel graphics prevents you from playing any 3D intensive games, so if you're looking to do that, choose a PC with discrete graphics instead.