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HP has broadened its IQ, with the unveiling of its latest addition to a range of touch-sensitive all-in-one PC-TVs.

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HP's IQ800: comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse

The new IQ800 TouchSmart PC range, which consists of the IQ804 and flagship IQ816, rests somewhere between a TV and a desktop PC. It's a few steps up from the previous model, the IQ770: it's based around a 25.5in, 1900 x 1200 display, alongside expandable storage, an integrated webcam and built-in TV tuner.

HP designed the PC to work with its existing TouchSmart mini-operating system, which is akin to Windows Media Center in that it allows users to do everything multimedia. For example, TouchSmart lets you organise your photos, play movies, surf the web and listen to music.

iPhone users will also find TouchSmart’s style of navigation strikingly similar to the fingertip zoom-in, zoom-out style of navigation used on the Apple phone.

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The monitor can also be wall mounted

Under the hood of IQ804 is a 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, alongside a 4GB memory and an Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics chip. The machine also has a 500GB hard drive and DVD burner, but no Blu-ray option.

The rival IQ816 adds in the Blu-ray reader, retains the 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo CPU and ups the storage capacity to 750GB. It has a GeForce 9600M GS graphics chip too. Both models allow users to expand storage capacity through HP's own Pocket Media Bay slot-in drives.

Both models connect into your home’s wireless network over Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth’s also on-board for short-range data transfers.

Although HP’s designed clearly designed the IQ800 range to be a stylish bit of home multimedia kit, it’s a shame to see that the machine’s only available in one body colour option. Fortunately the piano black gloss frame with silver trim is both elegant and stylish.

HP’s IQ800 TouchSmart PC range will be available across the UK in November, with prices staring at around £1500 ($2700/€1885).

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