Review of HP competition for iPad – reclining desktop computer

HP TouchSmart 610 and 9300 Elite was recently released by HP as the answer to Apple’s iPad. Its main claim to fame is a reclining screen. Does this make it special? Not sure, but lets see.

HP has redesigned its ‘touchscreen’ desktop and has enabled it to tilt back. This was done in an attempt to discourage customers from switching to Apple.

The TouchSmart 9300 Elite can recline to a 60-degree angle. So, what you have is a screen that is a computer that also moves up and down. Not riveted yet? Neither am I.

If reclined, this desktop computer can become almost flush with the desk. This feature is supposed to make it easier for people to engage with the touch-sensitive screen in a multi-user scenario. Boring….

Now, finally, the interesting bit –  HP is working on specialising the TouchSmart for retailers, hotels, health-care workers and other businesses. I like that and I am pretty sure no one else on the marking is taking the specialisation route. This move may just give HP the niche it needs to keep its marketshare. According to HP, this approach is not the result of company strategy, but their response to market demand. HP is now working full time on figuring out ways to enhance the experience for both the consumer and specialised markets.

The TouchSmart Elite, suitable for businesses, is expected to go on sale in the US in May in the US. Australian will follow a few months later. The price has not yet been announced, but a consumer version is scheduled to retail for $US900.

I for one am looking forward to it.

Over and out

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