HP releases 3D-equipped all-in-one PC, 23-inch 3D monitor

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HP has released a new all in one desktop PC equipped with a 3D-capable display and a built-in webcam that can shoot 3D images and video. Based on the 620 model released earlier, the 620 3D sports a 23-inch (1920 x 1080) tilt enabled touchscreen, offering a 4ms response time and 250 nits (typical) brightness as well as 1,000:1 contrast ratio.

The TouchSmart 620 3D edition all in one is priced starting at $1800 and is built around Intel's second generation Core i5 2400 processor clocked at 3.10GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and a 1.5TB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM). The 3D capability is powered by software from TriDef and a discrete AMD Radeon HD 6650 graphics card, which can be upgraded to a Radeon HD 6670 for a little more power in case you are planning on doing some gaming.

Other specs include a slot-loading Blu-ray player, GbE LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Beats Audio, built-in TV tuner, an HP Media Center remote, a pair of 3D active shutter glasses, 6-in-1 memory card reader, seven USB 2.0 ports, IR blaster, headphone/mic ports, wireless keyboard and mouse, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

With a starting price of $1,800, the new HP TouchSmart 620 3D isn't exactly cheap, but it should provide a middle ground between the $2,300 Sony Vaio L-Series 3D Edition and Lenovo's $1,300 IdeaCentre B520. As you'd expect, HP's newest all in one comes with a series of specialized applications tuned for 3D and touch input.

If you are looking for a more affordable way to get stereoscopic 3D into your home, HP is also releasing the 2311GT 23-inch 3D monitor for $299. It features a Full HD (1920x1080) panel with a 5ms response time, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and ultra-slim profile. The monitor comes with two pairs of 3D glasses and uses a technology called Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) to produce the 3D effect by aligning every other row of pixels with the left or right eye.

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