HP TouchSmart 520xt
An interesting desktop solution
If you wanted to know what HP as up to this year, we’ll tell you that the team concocted a new product, the TouchSmart 520xt. If we are to believe the manufacturers, then this device is among the best ones which were ever made. But in our opinion and if we are to draw conclusions based on our tests, then the gadget we plan on reviewing today is a serviceable and up-to-date one, though hard to recommend to our readers. We think there are many such touch all-in-one that are far superior to the one on this page. But let’s see what made us complain in the first place.
Where design is concerned, the HP TouchSmart 520xt looks more traditional than the majority sold today and it comes with the advantage of allowing users to tilt it back and forth with ease. During our test we also looked under the display and saw a tray which offered a place to put the included keyboard and wireless mouse for future use. Other than that, the respective tray kept our work area beautifully organized and we definitely enjoyed that.
The interface is a combination of touch-driven environments and mouse, but that doesn’t add responsiveness to it. But as a plus the touch surface is wide enough to enable you to leave notes or whatever else you intend on doing. Scrolling back and forth resulted into input lag.
Without Netflix and Hulu
The software Suite 5.0 implemented by the team at HP on their TouchSmart 520xt is one of the most comprehensive ones available. It could even be used as a second operating system and at the same time as the Windows desktop. The assortment of media applications installed here will, we’re sure, satisfy buyers. The Roxio-drive movie download store and the Recipe Box in particular were very nice, with the latter taking recipes from the Internet and storing them in a format that was easy to use even by beginners. From the list are absent Netflix and Hulu.
2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2600s processor
The 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 2600s CPU was updated from the previous type of processor but it was still not as good as the ones on various other one-in-all devices. The Nvidia Graphics card gave a poorer performance than the one found on Lenovo’s all-in-one, so the product we chose to review in these lines was more of a family oriented one than the same gadget offered by Lenovo. The speeds delivered by HP’s TouchSmart 520xt model were less than the equivalent of its competitors; so, when looking for a gadget to use for image file processing, HD video editing and other demanding actions need some other all-in-one. The control keys placed on the side of the device adjusted many settings whenever we didn’t like something.
The connectivity subject includes a TV tuner, USB 3.0 jacks, a HDMI input and a coaxial digital audio output.
To our dismay the TouchSmart 520xt consumed quite a lot of power, but an advantage was the 2-year warranty in case labor or parts didn’t work as they should.
All things considered after this review, HP’s latest all-in-one doesn’t stand a chance to other products in its range, so we definitely consider that you should get yourself another one whose benefits you’ll greatly prefer over the flaws of the TouchSmart 520xt.
|Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2400S quad-core CPU [2.5GHz, 6MB Shared Cache, DMI 5GT/s]|
|Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit]|
|FREE UPGRADE to 1TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 750GB|
|FREE UPGRADE to 6GB DDR3-1333MHz SODIMM [2 DIMMs] from 4GB|
|Premium Wireless-N LAN card and Bluetooth(R )|
|No TV Tuner|
|Slot-load Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner|
|6-in-1 Card Reader, 2 total USB 3.0, audio|
|HP wireless keyboard and wireless optical mouse|
|No Game Console|