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The HP TouchSmart 520 offers a smart, touch-friendly design that would look at home in any living room, but gets expensive fast with upgrades.All-in-one computers aren’t often looked upon fondly by geeks, but they’re a segment of traditional desktop computers that’s gaining attention while old-fashioned towers fall out of the spotlight. The reasons for this are not hard to understand. All-in-one PCs are far more attractive and also easier to manage. Most of them ask that you do nothing more than plug in the power and go. You can connect to your peripherals and the Internet via Wi-Fi. Desktops can do the same, of course – but features like Wi-Fi cards are often an additional option with sometimes spotty reception. Touchscreens are another defining feature of many products in this segment. Certainly it’s a defining feature of the TouchSmart 520 - so much so that it’s part of the brand. HP was one of the first to pioneer luxurious, slim all-in-one computers with touchscreen displays, and the company hasn’t let off the gas pedal. Late last year, we reviewed the HP TouchSmart 610 and generally liked it, but found that it was expensive enough to be impractical for some buyers. The HP TouchSmart 520 seems intended to create a package that’s a little more palatable without losing high-end features or performance.
The HP TouchSmart 520-1070 ($1,399.99 direct) is the high-end entry in HP's current TouchSmart line of touch-enabled all-in-one desktop PCs. Equipped with powerful components, like a quad-core processor and 2TB hard drive, it's also packed to the gills with entertainment options, offering a big 1080p display, Beats Audio, a Blu-ray drive, TV-tuner, and a remote control. An HDMI-in port is just icing on the cake, extending the life of this desktop even further for use as a monitor. The 520-1070 has a glossy black plastic chassis, but it's more than just a monolithic 23-inch screen. Two vertical arms hold the touch screen aloft from the silvery plastic base, with a single immense hinge to adjust the angle. But while the hinge is housed in the base, the components are housed behind the widescreen display, which provides 1,920-by-1,080 resolution as well as a large multitouch surface. Thankfully, HP took the time to get this hinge right, and you'll find that despite your touching and tapping, the 520-1070 stays firm though it all, without the wobble that mars the experience on competitors, like the Samsung Series 7 (DP700A38-01) ($999.99 list, 4 stars) or Asus ET2410-06 ($899.99 list, 2 stars). It also has a decent range of motion, sitting at a vertical 90-degree angle that can be adjusted all the way back to a comfortable 60-degrees.