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HP TouchSmart 520

HP TouchSmart 520
alaScore 89

41 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of HP TouchSmart 520. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and design are generally positive. The price and size also get good feedback.

usability, size, price, design, 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 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Rich Brown (

HP Touchsmart 520 review: HP Touchsmart 520


HP Touchsmart 520

The retail-only ; 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 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 : maximum pc (

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 : 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 (

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 : (

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 : Craig Simms (

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.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (

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 : Desktop PCs (

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

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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 (

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

Product Specifications


Audio system:Beats Audio / HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
RMS rated power:4 / 8


Color of product:Black / Black, Silver


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1
Detachable display:N
Display brightness:250
Display Diagonal:23
Display number of colors:16.78 million colors
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:9.5
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:180


Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6450A / AMD Radeon HD 7450A / No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650 / 850
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x102
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.25 / 1
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 2000


Internal memory:4 / 6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:2
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM


Built-in camera: Yes
Camera Resolution:1280 x 720


Bluetooth: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Other Features

Chassis type:All-in-one
Display Diagonal:23
Display Diagonal (metric):23
Display included: Yes
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / Intel
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit LAN, WLAN
Number of processors installed:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power supply:180
Storage drive interface:SATA / Serial ATA II

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes


Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output current:9.5
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:180


64-bit computing: Yes
Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel H61
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):27 / 31 / 33
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 1066/1333 / DDR3-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel H61
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:i3-2120 / i5-2390T / i5-2400S
Processor boost frequency:3.4 / 3.5
Processor cache:1, 6 / 3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:2.5 / 2.7 / 3.3
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:i3-2120 / i5-2390T / i5-2400S
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i3-2100 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-2300 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-2400 Desktop series
Processor socket:Socket H2 (LGA 1155)
Processor threads:4
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Tcase:65 / 69.1 / 72.6
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 65

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52208 / 53426 / 53448
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:DV RS-MMC, Memory Stick (MS), microSD (TransFlash), miniSD, MMC, MMC+, MS Duo, MS PRO, MS PRO Duo, SD, SDHC, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500

Weight & Dimensions