HP TouchSmart PC

HP, no surprise no surprise no surprise, is the first PC vendor to have a fully touchscreen PC … well sort of. It is only limited gestures smart and its form factor as a desktop is pretty bulky. But its overall specs are not too bad:
# AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-52
# 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM system memory
# 320GB hard drive
# Slot-loading SuperMulti DVD burner2 with LightScribe technology
# Touch enabled 19″ diagonal widescreen BrightView LCD
# NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics card with 256MB dedicated video memory (Up to 528MB Total Available Graphics memory as allocated by Windows Vista™.)
# Integrated 1.3-megapixel HP WebCam with built-in array microphone
# HP SmartCenter Button to launch interactive mode with one touch
# NTSC TV tuner and over-the-air ATSC high-definition television tuner
# Wireless keyboard and mouse, stylus, and Media Center Remote Control
The reviews are pretty good despite the relatively high price – $1850 and its dependence on Vista Home Premium as the OS. A lot of that 2 GB of memory is eaten up by Vista. What will be interesting to see is if HP will deliver a thin, MacBook Air-like laptop with touch screen features. Yikes the OS, likely Windows Vista, still gets in the way. Hmm …. we have a problem.