HP TouchSmart 610 & 9300 Elite: Seriously flexible all-in-ones

Just to stop everybody thinking that Apple is the big innovations company, HP has unleashed some new all-in-one PCs that show some serious design creativity. The TouchSmart 9300 Elite and 610 are not only touchscreen desktop PC’s but also have real flexibility for a more ergonomic experience.

The 9300 Elite Business is aimed at enterprise and has Windows 7, while the 610 is targeted at the consumer market and comes equipped with the latest TouchSmart software. The clever trick by HP is to enable these new TouchSmart’s to recline and swivel, according to Joanna Stern over on Engadget. They both have 23-inch touchscreens and 1920 x 1080 resolution but apart from being positioned upright they can also be reclined at anything up to 60 degrees as well as swivel up to 180 degrees.

This all makes using the touchscreen much more comfortable, especially when used for long periods at a time as it can be adjusted to your stance, whether you’re standing or sitting. The 9300 Elite Business has a Sandy Bridge processor from Intel and a 160GB SSD option, plus a 2-megapixel camera including facial recognition software. The TouchSmart 610 comes with either AMD or Intel processors and also has a 1.3-megapixel camera and Beats Audio speakers. There’s also up to 16GB of RAM and a Blu-ray drive.

As far as release details and pricing goes the TouchSmart 610 ships on February 9 at $899. The price and exact release date of the TouchSmart 9300 Elite Business has not yet been revealed but it’s expected in May. Meanwhile Don Reisinger over on Cnet also writes about these new TouchSmart’s and reports that, referring to the 9300 Elite Business model, HP is aiming this at the “hospitality, retail and health care industries,” and also tells how HP are partnering third-party vendors to develop touch-based programs.

What are your thoughts on these two new innovatively designed TouchSmart’s from HP? Do they show that HP intends to stay very much in the game? Let us have your comments on this please.