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HP TouchSmart 520

HP TouchSmart 520
alaScore 87

27 reviews

Dec, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of HP TouchSmart 520. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Views about the size and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the HP TouchSmart 520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Expert review by: maximum pc (maximumpc.com)

HP TouchSmart 520-1070 Review

 

HP once built its TouchSmart line using notebook components because they required much less active cooling. Limiting the number of fans inside the machine made it quieter. This TouchSmart not only uses a desktop CPU—Intel's low-power Core i7-2600S,...

Magic Canvas UI; fast CPU (for an all-in-one); discrete GPU; lots of memory

Poorly placed display input switch; 5,400rpm hard drive

May, 2012

Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

HP Touchsmart 520 review:

 

Hewlett-Packard missed the mark with its retail-only HP TouchSmart 520-1050y. Yes, this system hits most of the major notes I expect of a $1,049 all-in-one, but the fact is that you can buy an identical version of the TouchSmart 520 directly from HP...

The retail-only HP TouchSmart 520-1050y offers solid performance for its price, and has most of the features we look for in a midrange all-in-one.

The lack of an HDMI input is inexcusable, but worse is the fact that you can get the same model for $50 less via HP.com.

HP does shoppers a disservice with the inconsistent pricing between this otherwise decent retail-only desktop and the more affordable, identical model available via HP's Web site.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: TechSpot (techspot)

HP TouchSmart 520 All-In-One Review

 

I measured the power draw of the TouchSmart 520 using a Kill A Watt power consumption meter. At Idle, the system fluctuated between 60-65 watts. I used a combination of Prime 95 and OCCT’s PSU stress tool to generate a full load on the system of 132...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (computershopper.com)

Expert Review

 

Design is both good-looking and highly functional, Substantive touch software, Excellent application performance, Impressive audio and video output

Radeon graphics in test model didn’t add much gaming muscle, Windows 8 would make this machine more appealing, but won't be available for months

Unless you plan on doing a lot of processor-stressing heavy lifting, such as HD video editing, one of these more modest configurations could be a better fit. Pair that under-$1,000 price with the TouchSmart's big, crisp touch screen and improved...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

HP Touchsmart 520-1080 review

 

HP has more experience with touchscreen all-in-ones than anyone else, and it shows. Its latest Touchsmart is a tidy package with an innovative hinged design that's stable and easy to adjust, and the responsive screen picks up gestures quickly and...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (pcadvisor.co.uk)

HP TouchSmart 520 review

 

If you're in the market for an all-purpose all-in-one PC, look no further. HP has done a fantastic job on its HP TouchSmart 520 Big Screen All-in-One PC - it's got pretty much everything you need, including a Blu-ray disc drive and USB 3.0, and it's...

Despite the slightly blue, dim screen, we recommend the TouchSmart 520. It's decently priced - at £849 inc VAT - and it packs a nice assortment of high-end features, and it makes a decent Blu-ray machine.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Craig Simms (cnet.com.au)

HP TouchSmart 520

 

Decent size and performance for the price ; Beats Audio does enhance the sound experience

No Bluetooth ; Failure to innovate in the touch space ; Infrared technology means multi-touch is skittish ; Magic Canvas interface is laggy when using touch

The TouchSmart 520 doesn't achieve anything that TouchSmarts before it haven't already. Still, unimpressive touch capability aside, it makes a decent all-in-one touch product worth checking out if the size and price fit your needs.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Desktop PCs (desktoppcs.org.uk)

HP TouchSmart 520 Desktop PC Review

 

HP has always been a success when it comes to all-in-one touchscreen PC, and particularly, the TouchSmart series. However, in the recent days, the coveted all-in-one chunk of the industry has been bitten by Apple's iMac. This being the climate, the...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: (channelpro.co.uk)

HP TouchSmart 520 review

 

Uninspiring design and a lack of power, but it's a reasonable all-rounder for the price

So it isn’t the flashiest or fastest of PCs, and we’ve still not seen much dedicated touch software that’s genuinely useful on a large desktop, but the HP TouchSmart 520 does enough to impress in key areas. It offers up some competent, sensibly...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Craig Simms (zdnet.com.au)

HP TouchSmart 520

 

Decent size and performance for the price ; Beats Audio does enhance the sound experience

No Bluetooth ; Failure to innovate in the touch space ; Infrared technology means multi-touch is skittish ; Magic Canvas interface is laggy when using touch

The TouchSmart 520 doesn't achieve anything that TouchSmarts before it haven't already. Still, unimpressive touch capability aside, it makes a decent all-in-one touch product worth checking out if the size and price fit your needs.

Nov, 2011
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Product Specifications

Display

Detachable display: No
HD type:Full HD
Screen shape:Flat

Graphics

Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x102
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.25 / 1

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Processor

Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-2300 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-2400 Desktop series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 65

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Processor ARK ID:53426 / I5-2390T / i5-2400S
Processor package size:37.5

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1