|Screen Size||22 inches|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|RAM||4 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||500 GB Serial ATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA GeForce 9300 M GS|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||5|
HP IQ506 TouchSmart Desktop PC (2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5850, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, DVD Drive, Vista Premium) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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Top Customer Reviews
Setup was easy - Pull it out of the box, plug it in and turn it on. It did take about 20 minutes after starting to setup Vista but all went well and I was up an running easily.
I didn't expect much of the touch screen and wasn't the main reason I purchased it. With that being said, I will say that so far I am impressed with the touch screen. The comments about the screen being jerky and slow seem to be overblown - I didn't experience this. In fact, I was quite surprised when I used IE and browsed with just my fingers on the screen. It worked really well - with the 22" monitor the links were large enough that I clicked correctly on the link most times. If you're expecting an iPhone type touchscreen experience you'll probably be disappointed. However, I wouldn't sell this touchscreen short yet. I am quite impressed by the screen and I expect to use it more than I thought I would initially.
The screen is bright in all lighting conditions and looks very good.
The built in wireless N works well.
The wireless KeyBoard and mouse have worked without any problems. The KeyBoard is very flat and takes some getting used to if you have been using a more conventional KB.
The built in speakers sound good for being so small, much better than expected.
With the 500 GB 7200 RPM Hard Disk, 22" Screen, 5 USB ports, and 4 GB memory it is a very good value.
The only things I would change are; I would add a CF reader and an option to select XP instead of Vista.
The connections were a breeze and I had the desktop up and running 20 mins after opening it. The screen is bright with a good resolution. The best part is that there is no clutter associated with a normal desktop. There is just one wire that goes into the desktop and nothing else.
The software that comes in the package is sufficient to get you started with the daily stuff but I would have been happier with a more long running anti virus subscription (the current one from Norton is limited to 60 days).
One complaint I have is that inspite of good hardware specs the machine appears to be slow at times. This is probably due to Vista but with 4 gigs of memory I expected a better experience.
Two months ago I tried the entry level TouchSmart (I think it was the iQ504 ?) at the shop and was actually disapointed by the graphic board. But everything else was seducing : screen is great, bright, beautiful. Lovely touchscreen, keyboard and mouse are really nice, etc... so I wanted to know more about that fancy new HP and make sure there's not a way to tune it (like to replace the GPU, and so on).
But then I discovered that HP used a cheap integrated graphic board (the Intel Graphics something) based on their mainstream crap for the less expansive 504. But I quickly saw that the iQ506 had an nVidia GeForce GPU and a Core 2 Duo CPU !
So I decided to order one and here it is.
The first thing I would say against this computer is that the TouchSmart applications are a bit slow when you launch them. But to continue the comparaison it is not as slow as using the finder or Photoshop on an iMac.
The second thing would be : MORE, PLEASE ! We want more touchscreen, even multitouch. Because this computer is actually capable of multitouch. Indeed, when you use both fingers in the smarttouch gallery you resize the previews. So this is a bit frustrating since we feel like it could do what Apple showed us how cool it can be on the iPhone : I would like to take anything in the explorer and rotate, zoom and move it with my two hands... wouldn't you ?!Read more ›
First, about the touch screen--it is different technology from a typical tablet PC. On the plus side, the screen can accept input from any form of touch. However, this means you can't rest your hand on the screen for stability--even when using a stylus. So you have a lot less precision. There is also no pressure sensitivity--just on or off. On my older tablet PC, I can draw just as naturally as with a pencil and paper, but on the Touchsmart, it takes effort just to write my name or draw a stick figure. This type of touch screen is ideal for pressing buttons or dragging things around but not for writing or drawing. It's main strength is that you can perform simple tasks without pulling out a mouse or keyboard or even a stylus. (If you plan to use a stylus to draw or write, I'd recommend a tablet instead). The screen also supports two simultaneous touch points, but since there doesn't seem to be much software that uses it, the multitouch is a little hard to appreciate--but neat to have though.
The display is large, bright and crisp. The speakers are surprisingly loud and clear for their size. But obviously if you want deep base you'd want to get external speakers (on the back there is a line out and a digital coax out).
The Touchsmart applications that come preinstalled look very sleek and are easy to use.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this in July of 2008. Almost 6.5 years later, this PC is by far the best I've ever owned. It is as fast and and efficient as day 1. It rivals desktops sold now. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JRP310
Outstanding company to deal with. Great product and service!Published 23 months ago by Homer L. Cook
Iv had my 506 for about 3weeks.Its a great piece of hardware. Its resolution is very clear ,Netflix looks and plays great.When they say all in one I believe it. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by william wood
Yeah a letter came with it saying it was crashed and needed to be taken to a technician to fix. After trying to turn it on myslef it just seemed that it needed windows re... Read morePublished on December 7, 2011 by Sebastian Pratt
The Hp Touchsmart IQ506 is one awesome PC. I bought this PC back in Fall of 2008 and have had it since and it has ran pretty much 24/7. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by SteveG
picked this up over a year ago, Amazon is GREAT, did a good finance deal, still using system, but normal HP glitches, as from any computer, from time-to-time.Published on August 15, 2010 by ziprun01
If you are thinking about purchasing this computer, this is a MUST READ.
I am not a complainer, this is for your knowledge only, too late for me. Read more
We've had it for several months. Our big problem is that the HP updates at the HP site all crash with the same error when you try to install them. Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by A. Begun
I'm going crazy with this machine 2 system recoveries and 2 visits to the geek sqaud, and hours on the phone with HP. Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by F. Rogers