The first impression that we got during our all in one computer review of the HP Pavilion 23-F270 TouchSmart is that this is one sturdy AIO. And if beefy, rectangular designs that promise a rough and tough device are your thing, then read on. You’ll like what this beast packs within. This one bucks the trend of slim and sleek AIOs, it weighs 21.5 pounds and is 2.5-inches at its thickest point. Priced at around $939,99, the F270 has a 23-inch touch screen with 1920 X 1080 resolution. Two black bezels circle it. But they do not hinder the swiping finger gestures on the screen that make the Windows 8 experience a pleasurable one. A 10-finger touch display mitigates some of the disappointment that folks expecting a capacitive screen might feel. This IR-based touchscreen worked just fine during our AIO computer review.
The widescreen LCD monitor facilitates easy viewing of content from all angles. A silver-colored metal frame strengthens this picture-frame structure and also acts as a stand. The power button is located on the top left hand side and even when handling it for the first time, you’ll find that setting this desktop up is a breeze.
The speakers below the screen feature DTS Sound and render clear treble and powerful bass sounds. The device costs around $939,99, and it features a wired keyboard and mouse combination. Our all in one computer review found that the quality of the bundled mouse and keyboard left much to be desired. This said, you can type comfortably on the keyboard that has built-in commands for Windows 8. If you notice that making the shift from the touchscreen to the keyboard / mouse mode is not very smooth, then simply reload your page. It’s a chore, but that does appear to be a quibble with this TouchSmart.
There are two USB 3.0 ports on the left. It has a 6-in-1 multicard reader. Wires for the mike and headphones get plugged on the left. Four USB 2.0 ports are on the back, along with the audio jack. The tray-loading DVD drive is on the right. Connect through Ethernet or wirelessly through 802.11n Wi-Fi. The insides of this HP AIO contain a third-generation 2.8GHz Intel Core i3-3220T dual-core processor. A 1 TB HDD hard drive and 6 GB RAM ensure that you will always have enough and more memory and quick multi-tasking between jobs. Bundled features include games and sharing tools such as HP Connected Music and HP Connected Photo.
In conclusion, it would be fair to call the HP Pavilion TouchSmart 23-F270 AIO a decent mid-range desktop as per our computer review. You will easily manage regular activities on this device without it ever hanging up on you. Interactive games that are graphics intensive are not exactly its strong suit but you’ll enjoy Super Mario and Angry Birds on it. The product is backed by a one-year warranty. If, with time, you may want to upgrade the 23-F260XT, you can.