HP TouchSmart IQ515uk (FR566AA#ABU)

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HP TouchSmart IQ515uk (FR566AA#ABU)

The HP TouchSmart PC is an entertaining and engaging touch-enabled PC with a 22-inch display. The elegant and slim "all-in-one" design includes HP Tou...

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Review of "HP TouchSmart IQ515uk (FR566AA#ABU)"

published 07/04/2012 | mblain1
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18 years old, student, Greater Manchester. I'm also a member of the 'dooyoo' reviewing site.
Good
Pro Fairly fast, decent for the casual gamer.
Cons Hard to find replacements.
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"Mixed opinions on this computer."

At the time of it's purchase around 3 years ago we saw this desktop in Costco for £800 half price. We tried to check reviews etc but none were found. Now I realise why. This computer can be fast and flowing one minute, but the next, it could be utter chaos with the graphics card producing multicoloured lines on the screen or a message telling us that the hard drive is pretty much busted.


The thing I noticed at the age of 15 was "OH WOW TOUCHSCREEN". I regret the day I begged my parents to buy the computer for our family. The touchscreen must add on around £200 to the total since the specifications of the PC are around an average £500-£700 computer. We now realise that this touchscreen is completely useless, I'm not saying it doesn't work well because it does! It's just when you have a mouse what is the point of it.


The graphics card is fairly decent, able to use up to Direct X 10, and nVidia's 3D enhancements. However when the processor is only an Intel Core Duo at 2.0 GHz this is rendered pretty much useless when playing games.


It will play Skyrim at around 30FPS low-medium settings, Stalker Call of Pripyat at around 40FPS at medium settings and Modern Warfare 2 at around 20-30FPS at high settings.


It has been brought to my attention that 3 years does mean it's lasted a decent amount of time, however we're close to replacing our graphics card and have replaced our hard drive twice now. It could be something to do with how we use the computer constantly and is pretty much on 20 hours a day. Another problem however is how it's extremely difficult to find any replacements for this computer, since the motherboard is fairly small because it is classed as a laptop (in terms of specifications).


I wouldn't recommend buying one unless it's fairly cheap or you're definitely going to use the touchscreen feature, however it has been very useful to the family as a fast computer for word processing, browsing and gaming.

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Product Information : HP TouchSmart IQ515uk (FR566AA#ABU)

Manufacturer's product description

The HP TouchSmart PC is an entertaining and engaging touch-enabled PC with a 22-inch display. The elegant and slim "all-in-one" design includes HP TouchSmart software, making it fun and easy to access photos, videos and music.

Product Details

Product Description: HP TouchSmart IQ515uk - Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1 GHz - 4 GB - 500 GB - LCD 22"

Type: Media centre

Form Factor: All-in-one

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Processor: 1 x Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 / 2.1 GHz ( Dual-Core )

Cache Memory: 3 MB

Cache Per Processor: 3 MB

RAM: 4 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300

Storage Controller: SATA

Hard Drive: 1 x 500 GB - SATA 3Gb/s

Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM with LightScribe Technology

Card Reader: 5 in 1

Monitor: 22" - LCD - 1680 x 1050 ( WSXGA+ )

Graphics Controller: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS

Video Memory: 512 MB GDDR2 SDRAM

Camera: Integrated

TV Tuner Type: Digital and analogue TV - DVB-T

Audio Output: Integrated - stereo

Networking: GigE, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Dimensions (WxDxH): 53.5 cm x 8.4 cm x 44.2 cm

Weight: 10.7 kg

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Silver

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: FR566AA#ABU

Type: Media centre

Recommended Use: Home use

Product Form Factor: All-in-one

Built-in Devices: Stereo speakers, display, touch screen, infrared receiver

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 / 2.1 GHz

Number of Cores: Dual-Core

64-bit Computing: Yes

CPU Qty: 1

Max CPU Qty: 1

Chipset Type: Mobile Intel GM965 Express

Front Side Bus: 800 MHz

Cache Memory

Installed Size: 3 MB

Cache Per Processor: 3 MB

RAM

Installed Size: 4 GB / 4 GB (max)

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Memory Speed: 667 MHz

Memory Specification Compliance: PC2-5300

Form Factor: SO DIMM 200-pin

Hard Drive

Type: HDD

Capacity: 1 x 500 GB

Interface Type: SATA 3Gb/s

Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm

Storage Controller

Type: 1 x SATA - integrated

Optical Storage

Type: DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM - SATA

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) / 4x (BD)

Write Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD-R DL) / 6x (DVD+R DL)

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)

Disc Labeling Technology: LightScribe Technology

Card Reader

Type: 5 in 1 card reader

Supported Flash Memory Cards: Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Monitor

Monitor Type: LCD

Diagonal Size: 22"

Native Resolution: 1680 x 1050 ( WSXGA+ )

Widescreen Display: Yes

Graphics Controller

Type: Plug-in card

Graphics Processor: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GS

Video Memory: 512 MB GDDR2 SDRAM

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type: Digital and analogue TV

Digital TV Reception: DVB-T

Audio Output

Type: Integrated

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio

Speakers: 2 x right / left channel

Camera

Form Factor: Integrated

Input Device

Type: Mouse, keyboard

Keyboard

Connectivity: Wireless

Mouse

Connectivity: Wireless

Technology: Optical

Audio Input

Type: Microphone

Networking

Type: Integrated

Wireless LAN Supported: Yes

Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)

Expansion / Connectivity

Slots: 2 SO DIMM 200-pin ¦ 2 (total) / 0 (free) x PCIe x1 ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x PCIe x16

Interfaces: 1 x headphones ( 1 in front ) ¦ 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) ¦ 1 x FireWire - 4 pin FireWire ( 1 in front ) ¦ 5 x USB 2.0 ( 2 in front ) ¦ 1 x audio line-out ¦ 1 x audio line-in ¦ 1 x SPDIF output ¦ 1 x remote control

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Remote control

Power

Device Type: Power supply

Operating System / Software

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition

Software: Microsoft Works, Microsoft Windows Media Player, Microsoft Windows Movie Maker, muvee autoProducer, Adobe Reader 8.0, Microsoft Windows DVD Maker, Microsoft Windows Mail, Microsoft Windows Media Center, CyberLink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security 2008 (60 days subscription), CyberLink Youcam

Environmental Standards

EPEAT Compliant: EPEAT Silver

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - pick-up and return

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 53.5 cm

Depth: 8.4 cm

Height: 44.2 cm

Weight: 10.7 kg

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