TechSpot: HP TouchSmart 520 All-In-One Review

Bill Gates unveiled the first HP TouchSmart at CES in 2007 and we’ve seen a number of updates throughout the years since. The latest rendition sports some serious hardware and a slightly revised design but had it not been for some corporate restructuring at HP, the unit likely would never have seen the light of day; but I digress.

HP supplied us with their TouchSmart model 520-1070 which they described as the star of their current all-in-one lineup that features a lighter, thinner design and an upgraded version of HP’s Magic Canvas software.

The 23-inch multi-touch AIO is powered by a 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2600S processor clocked at 2.8GHz, 8GB of DDR3 system memory, a 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive, Radeon HD 6450A graphics and Beats Audio. Additional perks include a built-in TV tuner and HDMI-in, essentially transforming the 520 into a venerable entertainment / gaming station.

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"Editor's side note: As part of our testing, we upgraded the TouchSmart 520 to Windows 8 Consumer Preview to see how it performed with the Metro UI. Unfortunately though, HP drivers are not working with the new operating system. We contacted HP for a solution but for now they are not offering support for the beta OS, which is a shame."

And probably it will stay like that since HP releases drivers only for the OS that the each computer comes preinstalled with and does not release new drivers for the next operating systems even if the hardware is capable.

The same thing happened with a whole line of laptops that came with Vista preinstalled and they could easily run Windows 7 of course,but HP never released Windows 7 drivers for these models.

Also they don't update regular the released drivers for the current operating systems and software like their HP Software Update serves no purpose since it mostly returns zero results.

I have to admit though that they are the best when it comes to bloatware pre-installation.

0nyX said,
"Editor's side note: As part of our testing, we upgraded the TouchSmart 520 to Windows 8 Consumer Preview to see how it performed with the Metro UI. Unfortunately though, HP drivers are not working with the new operating system. We contacted HP for a solution but for now they are not offering support for the beta OS, which is a shame."

And probably it will stay like that since HP releases drivers only for the OS that the each computer comes preinstalled with and does not release new drivers for the next operating systems even if the hardware is capable.

The same thing happened with a whole line of laptops that came with Vista preinstalled and they could easily run Windows 7 of course,but HP never released Windows 7 drivers for these models.

Also they don't update regular the released drivers for the current operating systems and software like their HP Software Update serves no purpose since it mostly returns zero results.

I have to admit though that they are the best when it comes to bloatware pre-installation.


I had no problems with drivers for Windows 8 CP on my Touchsmart 600, in fact I have better drivers than preinstalled Windows 7 have where Wi-Fi would refuse to work with 802.11n leaving with 54 Mbit connection, while adapter actually supports 802.11n with 144 Mbit or so.

the only problem is, that new touch gestures in Windows 8 require bezel to be even with screen in order to work well.

х.iso said,
the only problem is, that new touch gestures in Windows 8 require bezel to be even with screen in order to work well.

That is my same complaint about my 600.
My touchsmart TM2 works flawlessly with the new gestures, but resolution is too low for Metro snap.

I saw a really nice VAIO all in one I would love to try Win 8 on.

I have HP touchsmart 600 with first generation design and it seems like it doesn't use GPU to it's fullest potential because cooling system is limited. even when I push it to the limit with some modern games getting stuttering performance, PC remains quiet (when idle it's noise almost unnoticeable). I was looking up info about GPU type this All-in-one has and seems like it have indeed a limiter based on cooling capability of the system, so I wonder if it's possible to improve cooling system (even with the cost of silence) in a way that would remove this limitation.

My only concern with this deals with the repair aspect. How easy\difficult is it to swap out parts if something were to fail? Otherwise, this is awesome!

este said,
My only concern with this deals with the repair aspect. How easy\difficult is it to swap out parts if something were to fail? Otherwise, this is awesome!

If you're concerned about fast repair for an all in one, you might want to check out the HP Z1. It opens up and lets you swap out components easily, no tools required.

Enron said,

If you're concerned about fast repair for an all in one, you might want to check out the HP Z1. It opens up and lets you swap out components easily, no tools required.


wow, quite awesome AIO, but expensive of course. if only it had multitouch, that would be flawless for me.

х.iso said,

wow, quite awesome AIO, but expensive of course. if only it had multitouch, that would be flawless for me.

Umm... it does. "The 23-inch multi-touch AIO is powered by..."