Desktops and Notebooks: HP Omni, TouchSmart 310, TouchSmart tm2 Unveiled
Hewlett-Packard is unveiling a handful of new desktop devices, including the HP Omni 100 all-in-one, the HP TouchSmart 310 with TouchSmart Mobile 2.0 software and HP TouchSmart tm2. HP is introducing an HP TouchSmart Apps Center with access to free and subscription-based applications. During the initial release, HP touted applications such as a built-for-touch Facebook app. HP is already offering applications from Twitter, Hulu, Netflix, RecipeBox and the like. The latest version of HP's TouchSmart software offers a touch-scrollable desktop, to which users can drag and pin applications and other content. The multilayered wallpapers offer the appropriate amount of eye candy, while a "Magic Menu" lets users search rapidly for apps and content. HP's TouchSmart Apps Center is accessible via an icon in the TouchSmart Carousel. HP likely hopes that users will find the storefront offers the right mix of games and productivity content optimized for touch screens. In addition to touch-screen functionality with the HP TouchSmart 310 and TouchSmart tm2, HP's new devices are angled as multimedia powerhouses, with features such as Intel Core processors and up to 2TB of memory.