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HP TouchSmart 310 PC offers improved touch-based software

Hewlett-Packard has taken the wraps off its latest touch-driven all-in-one consumer PC, the HP TouchSmart 310, sporting a slim 20-inch multitouch-enabled display and a new version of HP’s own TouchSmart software designed to make interacting with content even easier—especially through a new TouchSmart Apps Center that will offer new free and subscription-based applications from partners like the Cartoon Network and Marvel Comics.

“Each generation of TouchSmart is a reflection of what HP has learned from its customers, complemented by the latest technologies,” said HP senior VP James Mouton, in a statement. “The TouchSmart PC’s unique interface lets users do more than just basic computing—it acts as the anchor of one’s digital lifestyle, encouraging creativity, organization, and a truly immersive experience.”

The TouchSmart 310 sports a 20-inch 1,00 by 900-pixel multitouch-enabled display mounted on a pedestal that can tilt up to 30 degrees, and features 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth wireless networking, gigabit Ethernet, an integrated webcam, and front-firing speakers. Although HP hasn’t outlined all the options and configurations for the TouchSmart 310, the 310-1037 model will sport a 2.8 GHz AMD Athlon II dual-core processor, 4 GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 4270 graphics, DVD burner, and a built-in HDTV tuner. (The tuner, at least, will be optional on some models.) The units should also sport a 6-in-1 media card reader, six USB 2.0 ports, line out for audio, and (of course) that multitouch-enabled screen. The whole system us Energy Star qualified.

HP says the latest version of HP’s TouchSmart software will transform the systems into a “magic canvas” that enable users to interact with their content just by touching the screen, and pushing content directly to on-screen “magnets” that let users organize and work with items. The TouchSmart Carousel will also feature a new HP TouchSmart App Center to enable users to download new free and subscription-based touch-enabled apps: partners include Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network. The new version of the TouchSmart software will be available for current HP TouchSmart 600 desktop PCs, as well as the convertible HP TouchSmart tm2 notebook.

The HP TouchSmart 310 will be available beginning September 22 through HP’s Home and Home Office portal with prices starting at $699.99.