El Reg reviews the HP Touchsmart IQ770 computer, a sort of all-in-one computer with a touchscreen. “Either you’re excited by the prospect of an all-in-one PC with a touchscreen or you’re not. Judging by our experiences, adults will be thoroughly confused by the split personality of the HP, shocked by the enormous weight and unimpressed by the price – a pound less than GBP 1300. But the kids are gonna love it.”
Review: HP TouchSmart IQ770
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2007-07-15 10:16 amKroc
That’s a dense statement. Children shouldn’t be given expensive PC’s maybe; but I started out on a Commodore64 when I was 7 and I taught myself so much stuff.
2007-07-15 1:09 pmCoxy
No, it’s not.
Your statement is very primative and ill-educated. Do you actually have children? Here in germany only assi (working-class) families would give their children computers, or sit them in front of a tv as a surrogate parent. If you actually study Erziehung and Pädagogik maybe you would see why such things are bad for children.
Do you think it’s a good idea to hit children too? No? Why not? I can find you lots of people that would answer that question in the same crass way you did: “I got hit as child, it didn’t do me any ‘alm”
2007-07-16 8:38 amREM2000
so you don’t think it’s a good idea to expose children to a tool they will be using throughout their life.
Using computers and TV’s as surrogate parents i agree is bad, but to deny the experience of TV and computers is equally as bad. Like all things in life moderation is the key.
The internet when supervised, contains interactive material on any subject, TV’s entertain and educate, again it all comes to moderation or really, acting like a parent.
2007-07-16 3:02 pmtimothy.crosley
I agree, My parents let me use there computer when I was around 7 too (it was a windows 3.1 pc[im only 17]). And I started programming on basic, much better use of time then playing with “child friendly” toys.
It’s a TV that’s a PC.
It’s something you set on your shelf so you can watch TV and then use the wireless keyboard for occasional browsing or other PC work (with perhaps a pull out tray to sit the keyboard on in front of the TV^H^HPC).
The touch screen is actually quite clever. Have you ever stood 1 ft away from your TV with the remote in your hand trying to make it do something? Ideally with the touch screen, the remote is “optional” and you can leave it by the couch and do most everything you were doing with the remote with the display itself. That’s actually a kind of neat feature.
The weight is there to keep if from tipping over when you’re monkeying with it in kiosk/touchscreen mode.
It’s a clever design, but nichey, of course.
“But, then again, the Nintendo generation love it.”
Gee, thanks for that detailed insight into a key feature of the hardware.
Here is a much better look at the touchscreen and bundled applications designed to work with it, which this article didn’t even look at:
Since I have a Dell Axim X51v PDA, I can understand the appeal of the touchscreen. Using a stylus on a PDA is very intuitive. Even with a tablet PC that doubles as a notebook PC, I think it works very well. In this iteration, not so much. You have to take your hands off the keyboard to make use of the touch screen. While the same is true in using a mouse, that device usually sits near the keyboard, so the range of motion required is very much reduced. Also, the high price is a drawback. Even so, I think they are on the right track, and I applaud them for their effort.
Seriously. This costs as much as an iMac 20″. Granted the iMac doesn’t have a touch screen, but which one is really the most attractive?
I’d have no problem whatsoever to choose
Kids may love it at 1300, but parents not. It would have it’s screen drawn on and holes before it’s a week old.
Also children shouldn’t be given computers, or tv’s till much older.