HP TouchSmart 620 3D Review: HP’s New 3D, Multitouch King

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 7
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 7
      • Usability
      • 9
      • Design
      • 10
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Features
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.33
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great design
    • 3D visuals with comfortable glasses
    • Solid audio
       
  • Cons

    • 3D Meh-cam
    • Back ports can be difficult to access
    • Need to replace batteries in the glasses periodically
     

Quick Take

At the end of the day, HP's TouchSmart 620 is a uniquely capable device, offering computer novitiates and experts alike a satisfying experience. Come for the brilliant stand and contemporary design, and stay for the 620?s refreshingly easy-to-use 3D visuals and surprisingly good Beats Audio sound.

The HP TouchSmart 620 is an all-in-one touchscreen desktop that also integrates 3D technology. Some consumers have expressed that they feel 3D technology unnecessarily increases the cost of products while only delivering a slightly better experience than 2D technology. However, DesktopReview felt that HP “has managed to incorporate the 3D features in a mostly seamless manner?” Anyone interested in easy to use 3D technology might want to consider this all-in-one desktop.

HP TouchSmart 620The TouchSmart 620 has a second generation Core i5 quad-core CPU and an AMD Radeon 6670A graphics card, which will suffice for casual gamers. Anyone looking to play games such as SkyRim or Borderlands 3 will want to look at an all-in-one with a better graphics card. Otherwise, it handles high definition Blu-ray movies and basic gaming quite well. For an all-in-one machine, DR states that the sound quality is excellent. HP partnered with Beats Audio to help drive a focus of audio into their machines, and it seems as though the partnership is working out.

While the 3D technology may not appeal to some, the TouchSmart 620 has a mostly seamless integration of 2D and 3D technology. The glasses automatically switch on when 3D is activated on the computer and very little needs to be done by the user to switch from 2D to 3D. The screen will automatically increase the brightness, which is necessary for 3D, and users might only have to toy with the depth of the 3D. Also, the 120Hz refresh rate required for 3D technology makes for a smoother experience when using the desktop in 2D.

However, the 3D technology falls flat when it comes to the webcam experience. It utilizes two webcams to create a 3D image but the quality is poor and while it may be fun to play with, it does not have very many practical applications. The pictures were grainy and required a ton of light to be taken; also, the pictures can only be viewed in 3D by others with a 3D computer.

The price of the TouchSmart 620 might be a deal breaker for many; the suggested retail price at the time of review is $1899. DR says “come for the brilliant stand and contemporary design, and stay for the 620?s refreshingly easy-to-use 3D visuals and surprisingly good Beats Audio sound.” If you are looking for 3D technology along with an all-in-one desktop, the HP TouchSmart 620 will definitely deliver. If you aren?t interested in 3D technology, you may want to look at another all-in-one desktop to suit your needs.



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