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This year may well herald the rise of the touch-screen.

We’ve seen previous attempts at integrating a touch-screen in an all-in-one PC, notably from Pelham Sloane and MPC, but those systems were more suited to dedicated duties like home automation, store kiosks or receptionist terminals.

Now Hewlett-Packard brings the touch-screen concept back to all-in-one desktops with its new HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC ($1,800 direct), which is being unveiled at this year’s CES.

Is it a successful all-in-one, or a mere waystation on the information superhighway? Click on, dear reader.

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The TouchSmart IQ770 is a tour de force from one of the innovators in the PC industry. HP has built a PC that competes with the current benchmark system, the Apple iMac, while designing a PC that goes beyond a simple “me too.”

The IQ770 follows the more HP-standard dark color scheme, and has a slot below the screen (more on that later).

Unlike the Sony Vaio VGC-LS1 and the iMac, the IQ770 isn’t all built into the screen, but in this case that’s not a major drawback.

The IQ770 is built around a 1.6GHz dual-core AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52 processor, and as such has AMD’s Live Media Center enhancements. Those Live enhancements (like those of Intel’s Viiv) still aren’t fully realized yet, but at least they are there.

Read the full story on PCMag.com: HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC

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