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HP might offload its PC business in the near future, but that's not stopping the company from peddling freshly-designed machines in the meantime. The system vendor has just yanked a tarp off no less than seven new all-in-one computers. With pricing starting a only $400, there's a little something for everyone, though the systems are skewed toward home entertainment and business solutions:
TouchSmart 320 ($600, October 2) -- HP's budget touchscreen AIO, complete with a 20-inch "free-standing" display that tilts 30 degrees and space between the stand and panel to store your keyboard.
TouchSmart 520 ($900, September 11) -- The 320's touchscreen is enlarged further to 23 inches. Like the Omni 220, the TouchSmart 520 gains Beats Audio including an optional HP Pulse Subwoofer ($150).
To justify its volley of all-in-one machines, HP cited figures from IDC and NPD that indicate a rise of consumer interest in compact computing solutions. According to IDC, 15.7% of commercial PC users around the globe intend to purchase an all-in-one in the next 12 months, up from 9.9%. Meanwhile, NPD's research shows that 34% of consumer desktop purchases in July were all-in-ones.
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