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HP TouchSmart 520

HP TouchSmart 520
alaScore 90

23 reviews

Dec, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 reviews of HP TouchSmart 520. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and size are generally positive. The usability and price also get good opinions.

design, price, usability, size, reliability

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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 23 reviews)

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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

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HP TouchSmart 520xt

 

An off-kilter value equation makes it hard for us to recommend the otherwise serviceable HP TouchSmart 520xt.

HP's new TouchSmart 520xt has a reasonable selection of up-to-date features, including USB 3.0 and HDMI input

Touch all-in-ones from competing vendors, and from HP itself, offer similar or better performance at lower prices

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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...

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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...

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A 23in touchscreen PC that can be quite fun to use, especially in a family setting

 

The TouchSmart 520 is a capable computer system for everyday tasks, but its touchscreen offers a better way to interact with your content. Simply point to, drag or tap your files to let the magic happen. It's a very decent home machine that should go...

Smooth 2-input touchscreen, All-in-one design, Full HD

Slow graphics performance, No digital audio out

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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...

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HP TouchSmart 520 review

 

The HP TouchSmart 520 doesn't have the sharp looks to match an ultra-stylish living room, but it offers enough power and a screen that's good enough to keep most families happy.

Full HD screen ; Touchscreen interface will appeal to families ; Capacious hard drive ; Decent performance for office tasks

Uninspiring design ; Touchscreen is imprecise ; Poor performance for 3D games

The HP TouchSmart 520 doesn't have the cutting-edge looks to match an ultra-stylish living room, but its high-definition touchscreen will keep the kids happy and it offers enough power for the grown-ups to tackle their office work too.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Card Reader:6 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
True Resolution:Full HD

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium
Product Type:AIO
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD
GPU Model (Graphic Card):RAD HD7450A
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU + OnBoard

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:H61
Hyper Threading: Yes
Processor:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2390T
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