HP is dropping mutitouch displays like it’s hot.  The biggest of the 4 announced today is the LD4200tm, which measures 42-inches and produces a full HD picture at 1920×1080.  To keep costs down on this massive touch display, they opted for a combination of infrared and imaging sensors, forgoing the costly capacitive technology.  To make all this magic happen, though, you’ll need to plug it into a computer via USB, while the screen’s imagery will be displayed by HDMI.  Other specs include a 9ms response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio and 500 cd/m2 brightness.

Expect the LD4200tm to show up in public environments and cost about $2,800.

HP press release regarding the HP Pavilion dv3 with TouchSmart, HP TouchSmart600 PC with 23-inch full HD 16:9 display and HP TouchSmart300 PC with 20-inch 16:9 display after the ‘leap’

Three New HP TouchSmart Products Give Consumers an Engaging Computing Experience

LONDON, UK, October 13, 2009 – Providing consumers with an engaging and interactive computing experience, HP today expanded its TouchSmart portfolio with three new products. They are:

• the HP Pavilion dv3 with TouchSmart – the industry’s first multi-touch clamshell laptop PC,

• the HP TouchSmart600 PC with 23-inch full HD 16:9 display,

• the HP TouchSmart300 PC with 20-inch 16:9 display.

Additionally, HP announced technology updates to the HP TouchSmart tx2, the industry’s first and only multi-touch consumer tablet PC.

All four products feature HP TouchSmart 3.0 software – HP’s latest touch suite that includes new applications – -TouchSmart Canvas for organising and editing photos with touch gestures and TouchSmart Live TV for not only watching television broadcasts but recording and pausing live TV and getting detailed information on programs using the electronic guide.

This new software complements enhanced TouchSmart applications – - Calendar, Clock, Music, Notes, Weather, TouchSmart Browser, TouchSmart DVD, TouchSmart Blu-ray DVD, TouchSmart RSS and TouchSmart Webcam.

Customers will find it easy to express their personal style with the customisable tile title bar and backgrounds. Additionally, new colours and transparency have been added for a fresh look.

“Touch makes the PC experience more engaging, fun and personal,” said Matthew Rogers, HP PSG Consumer Category Manager. “HP is on its third version of its renowned TouchSmart software and hardware while most other vendors are still conceiving what we have been shipping.”

HP TouchSmart 3.0 software

Boasting new visuals and personalisation, new interaction and improved applications, HP TouchSmart 3.0 software further delivers touch capabilities and an intuitive interactive experience to customers. Customers with previous TouchSmart PC models will soon be able to receive a software download with some of these new exclusive touch applications.

• New visuals: wide frames (16:9) to support new hardware and new colours

• Personalisation: a selection of tile colours and backgrounds to chose from

• Interactive tiles: quick access to all touch content and direct interaction with all applications

• Enhanced core applications: multi-touch capabilities and usability improvements

• New applications: TouchSmart Canvas and TouchSmart Live TV

HP Pavilion dv3 with TouchSmart

Available in a fresh new navy blue HP Imprint finish, Modern Vintage, the dv3 is the perfect size for touch interactions and designed for mobility.

Key features include:

• 13.3-inch diagonal widescreen LED touchscreen display

• Range of Intel processors

• NVIDIA GeForce G105M graphics with 512MB dedicated video memory

• Microsoft Windows® 7

• Internal optical disk drive

• Matching slip case

HP TouchSmart PC

HP TouchSmart PCs fits elegantly within the home – whether placed on a table or mounted on a wall, the sleek piano black finish with silver panels and slim casing add an element of style to any interior. The swivel base, tilt webcam and wall mount capability provide customers with the flexibility to use and collaborate with this product in a wide range of locations in the home.

HP TouchSmart600 key features include:

• 23-inch 16:9 1080p full HD widescreen display

• Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor

• NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics processor

• Up to 4GB memory and up to 1TB HDD

• Microsoft Windows® 7

• TV tuner, remote and Blu-ray drive on select models

• Game console connectivity (PlayStation, Wii, Xbox ) on select models

• Wi-fi and Bluetooth

• Wireless keyboard and mouse

HP TouchSmart300 key features include:

• 20-inch 16:9 720p widescreen display

• AMD Athlon™ dual- or triple-core processors

• ATI Radeon™ HD graphics

• Up to 4GB memory and up to 500GB HDD

• Microsoft Windows® 7

• Wi-fi

HP TouchSmart tx2

With the TouchSmart tx2’s unique dual-mode service, users can select all their files with either the tip of their finger or a digital pen. The convertible screen opens for classic use, twists for showing presentations and folds flat into a slate for watching movies.

Key features include:

• 12.1” diagonal BrightView touchscreen display

• AMD Turion™ X2 dual core processors

• ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Graphics

• Microsoft Windows® 7

• HP Imprint design – a smooth titanium high-gloss finish and a circular, cloud-like inlaid pattern

• Matching slip case

• Secondary battery provided

Pricing and availability(1)

The HP Pavilion dv3 with TouchSmart will be available from 22nd October, 2009 at a recommended street price of £799.

The HP TouchSmart600 PC will be available from 22nd October, 2009 from a recommended street price £1199.99.

The HP TouchSmart300 PC will be available from 16th November, 2009 from a recommended street price of £899.99.

The HP TouchSmart tx2 will be available from 22nd October, 2009 at a recommended street price of £799.

(1) Recommended street pricing pending country and product specifications.


Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."