By | December 4, 2017

The HP TouchSmart 310-1000z ($1,159 direct) pushes touchscreen use to the next level. The all-in-one touchscreen desktop’s fourth version of the TouchSmart interface intelligently replaces the vanilla Windows 7 interface with a touch-oriented playground that finally shows normal people what you can do with touchscreens on a PC. It’s not a perfect touchscreen interface (yet), but this version finally pushes the user to do more than just “poking” around. While a base version of the TouchSmart 310 can start as low as $700, this upgraded version hits the sweet spot between savings and performance. As such, we award it with our first PCMag Editors’ Choice award specifically for touchscreen all-in-one desktop PCs.
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The TouchSmart 310-1000z follows the current conventions for all-in-one desktops. It has a black plastic design with a speaker bar beneath a 16:9 screen and a webcam above the screen. The 310 breaks a little from tradition by providing a shelf under the screen to store the wireless keyboard. The shelf isn’t deep enough to completely swallow the keyboard, but it will give you a few extra square inches back on your desk. The system has a good tilt mechanism, so you can find a comfortable position while computing, and the hinge seems sturdy (it doesn’t wobble after you let go of the screen after repositioning). The 310-1000z sports a 20-inch widescreen with a 1,600-by-900 resolution. That’s less than the 1,920-by-1,080 resolution “true 1080p” screens seen on other all-in-one desktops, but the lower resolution doesn’t hinder its likeability.
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Type
Multimedia, All-in-one, Touchscreen All-In-One
Processor Family
AMD Athlon II X4
RAM
6 GB
Storage Capacity (as Tested)
1000 GB
Graphics Card
ATI Radeon HD 4270
Primary Optical Drive
Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

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