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HP TouchSmart IQ506

HP TouchSmart IQ506
alaScore 84

181 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews of HP TouchSmart IQ506. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the HP TouchSmart IQ506 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 user reviews of HP TouchSmart IQ506 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical views about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size


77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP IQ506 TouchSmart Desktop PC (2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5850, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)HP IQ506 TouchSmart Desktop PC (2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5850, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : John Brandon (

HP TouchSmart IQ506 Review


...the IQ506 is an amazing touch computer with a lot of promise.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Terrence Russell (

Review: HP TouchSmart IQ506


Word on the street is living rooms and kitchens are the next hotspots for PCs. The problem is that no one has perfected the recipe....

Elegant space saving design. Speakerbar produces booming lows and clear highs. Bright 22-inch screen hides smudges and fingerprints. Integrated TV tuner adds living room chops. Blazing connectivity via gigabit ethernet and integrated 802.11b/g/n. 500GB...

Not the smoothest touch-based interface. Handoffs between TouchSmart/Vista programs are slow and awkward. Very limited upgrade options. Mid-range GPU puts a damper on hardcore gaming. Retractable bezel feels cheap and rickety. Sluggish processor given...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by (

HP TouchSmart IQ506 All-in-One PC


Sleek, classy all-in-one PC gets points for design, but it lacks the same wow in its performance.

Sharp multi-touch screen ; Sleek all-in-one design

Built-in speakers are a bit scratchy ; Lacks expandibility

Paying the $1500 price buys you a system with classy design, the versatility to handle everyday tasks, and the ability to do some light multimedia lifting. It doesn't have enough power to deal with more graphics-heavy activities. The TouchSmart is...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

HP TouchSmart IQ506 PC


The HP TouchSmart IQ506 PC is sleeker, has a better more intuitive interface, and is faster to boot than its predecessor.

A lot less bloat/ads/crapware than previous HP machines. Improved touch-screen interface. 4GB of RAM. Integrated IR remote. Wireless everything. ATSC/HDTV tuner. "Ambient Lighting" lights your workspace. Energy efficient. EPEAT (silver) and Energy Star...

No Blu-ray. Internet Security is only 60-day subscription for live updates. Windows Media Center is a little slow to react. 64-bit Vista may be incompatible with your existing hardware and software. Still has some crapware. No back button on mouse. No...

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Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Darren Gladstone (

HP TouchSmart IQ506 PC


The Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart IQ506 may be worthy of the Jetsons' household. This all-in-one desktop PC is all screen--22 inches of 1650-by-1080-resolution display, with a laptop's guts hiding inside. Though the TouchSmart ($1500 as of 6/25/08) isn't...

Sharp multi-touch screen ; Sleek all-in-one design

Built-in speakers are a bit scratchy ; Lacks expandibility

A lot of great design choices come together in a versatile PC, built for everyday use. Just don't expect it to do everything.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Michael Brown (

HP TouchSmart IQ506t


HP's TouchSmart line of all-in-one desktop computers has undergone quite a transformation since we examined the very first model, the IQ770, nearly two years ago. Not only is every change for the better, but HP has managed to slash prices by several...

Awesome touch screen, tiny footprint, excellent value

Too slow for hardcore gaming; TouchSmart applications are weak

We’ll sum up by repeating what we said about the first-generation TouchSmart: It would be a big mistake to make the IQ506t your one-and-only PC: It’s just not powerful enough for gaming, heavy-duty photo or video editing, or many other enthusiast...

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : J.R. Nelson (

HP TouchSmart IQ506 Full Review (with video)


The HP TouchSmart IQ506 is HP's new top of the line, all-in-one computer.

HP has a really intriguing product on their hands. In order to stand out from the rest of the desktop market, they've taken a line of computers in a whole new direction, and I think the gamble is paying off. The touch experience is just so compelling...

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : HardwareCentral (

HP TouchSmart IQ506 Review


So what do we think of the TouchSmart, other than bracing ourselves for flames from Apple fans understandably outraged by its combination of iMac, iPhone, and OS X influences? We think it fulfills the promise of last year's bulkier, less capable...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Ryan McLaughlin (

Review: HP TouchSmart iQ506 PC


Several years ago HP came out with the first all-in-one touch screen PC, the TouchSmart 770. This machine was mostly a desktop PC with a touchscreen mounted to the top. This year they redesigned the TouchSmart and made it much more elegant and smaller....

The iQ506 is the version that I described above and it is currently selling for $1399 at Amazon.

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Aloysius Low (

HP TouchSmart IQ506 PC - The Full Review


We promised you a review back when we did our preview of HP's TouchSmart IQ500 PC series. Well, it's finally here in our labs, so join us as we take on the HP TouchSmart IQ506 PC, fresh from its tour of duty in Berlin, where it was first unveiled.

Jul, 2008

Product Specifications

Want simple, touch access to information, social networks, music, photos, videos, e-mail, TV? The convenience of connecting via webcam? Check out HP's slim and stylish, next-generation TouchSmart IQ506 PC, designed to look "at home" in any room of your home. Once you start working, listening to music, editing photos and videos, checking e-mail, and watching TV from your kitchen or family room, you'll never go back.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:All-in-one
Manufacturer Form Factor:All-in-one

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB
Per Processor Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:22in
Diagonal Size (metric):55.9cm
Max Resolution:1680 x 1050
Type:LCD display
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Silver


Country Kits:United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP TouchSmart


Chipset Type:Mobile Intel GM965 Express
Data Bus Speed:667MHz


Type: None

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.16GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T5850
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150/Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:500GB
Recommended Use:Home use
Type:Media center/Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
Interface Type:PCI Express x16