In performance terms, the 2.1GHz T4300 sits somewhere between an Athlon 64 x2 5400 and an Opteron 1220, so it’s no slouch. There’s a cooling fan inside the case, which is quite audible, but it doesn’t run in normal use, unless normal use is running heavyweight games.
Vertical operation can be tiring on the arms, but the stand won't allow a horizontal position
3GB is enough to run 64-bit Windows 7 Premium comfortably and, as usual, Packard Bell has bundled a good range of support software spanning from the genuinely useful to the needlessly trivial. In the former category are full versions of MS Works 9, Adobe Photoshop Elements 7, Nero Essentials and a nagging Norton AV. In the latter category are most of the touch applets – mainly demos – and the games, which are mainly time-limited demos.
The machine’s touchscreen is reasonably responsive, but it did miss a few light button presses. It supports multi-touch gestures, so you can use two fingers to zoom into Microsoft Surface Globe, for example, and Packard Bell offers a second desktop page, full of touchscreen applets. There’s a physical button below the screen to switch between desktops, which somehow undermines the idea of the touchscreen.
It’s hard work to use the screen for more than casual application control. Waving your arms around Minority Report-style may work for Tom Cruise, but this is a small screen and you need good positioning control to press small Windows buttons. Your arm soon starts to ache. This isn’t a criticism of the oneTwo alone – the same is true of any vertically mounted touchscreen – but Packard Bell could at least have built a third position into the stand, so the screen could be set near horizontal on a desktop.
The keyboard and mouse are both wireless and look a bit like afterthoughts, as do the rather spongy buttons on the remote. The key feel is also spongy and not very responsive, and the mouse is small and not a particularly good fit to the hand. Worse than this, though, is that they work with a wireless USB dongle and there are no specific instructions on setup.
A dedicated Page button switches between desktop layouts
Given that the oneTwo machines are aimed at non-technical customers, the generic user guide, which makes no mention of the specific hardware supplied here, is unhelpful. There appears to be no Connect button on the dongle, so it would be a big help to know you should press the indicator LED to get it to search for peripherals.
Intel gfx boo hiss
I know that they're meant to have gotten better in recent years, but I've been lumped with too many machines in the past with Intel graphics which just couldn't do much of anything in the gaming department. This machine looks really nice, but for 600 squids it's not really an "all in one" if you can't fire up a bit of the online 3D rumpety pumpety every now and then, is it?
Mother is perfectly happy with hers
Wouldn't normally go down the route of buying HP but the parents (read mother) wanted a new computer as the old one was getting slow (it was 6 years old !?!)
She wanted something that look nice (read as few cables as possible) and these were the only real choices. I have no knowledge of Macs and given I have to provide support (remotely), apple was ruled out.
Installed and get it running quickly but agree with the review about the wireless mouse and keyboard dongle - very poor instructions on this.
First ever saint bill from me as the mother quite likes Windows 7
Windows 7 not yet there
I tested the sony and acer similar computers in Mediamarkt (to the exasperation of the personnel). Truth is, I was expecting more from the windows 7 tablet pc (touch) extensions. The biggest problem is it doesn't do anything about the size of the buttons (think photoshop tools' panel or zoom with the fingers, macbook style). So it's pretty hard to close an application. Or if the application is custom skinned it might be even impossible to do it by touch-click. I would have also expected that there are special gestures and things that are translated directly by the OS to clicks or keyboard events, whichever. But there doesn't seem to be.
As the author says, same problem is none of monitors can be laid down without some kind of self built contraption, and after about 20-30 minutes the RSS starts to manifest.
I was pondering to get one of these touch computers, but the software is not yet there. Maybe mac will bring a better thought alternative - I'll stay on the lookout. Maybe in support package 2 for w7.
Is the correct pronunciation...
"Packard Hell"? I shudder at the memories of skanky "all in one PCs" that you'd discover when managers went technology shopping for themselves.
Wow, i thought they passed on years ago (wish they had).