Give me some Windows7 and a HP TouchSmart 600

johnWeeGo[1]October 22nd is Windows7 day, I didn’t think I’d see anything new but the HP TouchSmart 600 has really impressed me. Like many I’ve been running Windows7 on my daily machine since beta2, I love the windows management, new taskbar and speed. Mainly everything just works and works well. So what makes this new “all in one” computer so amazing? It’s because it’s the complete package!


When you combine all the new features of Windows7 with all the latest hardware and then wrap it in a sleek all in one unit you get the HP TouchSmart 600. And the best part is this thing is actually affordable – RRP for the top of the range model is AU$2,499.

Let’s talk features

  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 1920×1080 23” LCD
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T6600 2.2 Ghz
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 750GB SATA HDD
  • Slot load Blu-ray
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT230M 1GB, DirectX 10
  • DVB-T Digital TV Tuner
  • 10/100/1000 network
  • Wireless 802.11b/g/n
  • Slim Cordless Keyboard, mouse
  • Media Centre Remote

The screen is 1080p, crisp and very watchable, Blu-ray movies like The Dark Knight look amazing. This machine isn’t your 9 to 5 development machine, this one is for your home, your parents home or your friends. Its for photos, surfing, games and movies.

So what is the out of the box experience like? Its got one cable to plug in, the power. HP have everything pre-installed, even the keyboard is already paired. Just boot up and follow the Windows7 wizard to get started.

Next to the older 540 model it’s virtually identical in size. In comparison apart from getting Windows7 already installed you jump from 1650×1050 to 1920×1080, get blu-ray, a TV tuner, faster nvidia graphics and a faster processor.

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The TouchSmart comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse but you don’t need them, the multi touch screen combined with Windows7 lets you touch and flick your way through your tasks. Up the DPI setting to 150% (now works properly in Windows7) and you’ll have no issues with using your finger to control thing and since this is pretty high resolution it makes it more usable from a distance. When using your finger to control things just think a little beyond the old mouse days. Want to maximise the window? Don’t aim for the maximise button, just drag the top of the window to the top of the screen.

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Need some more connections? Pop the cover off the side to reveal the Gigabit ethernet a bunch more usb connections. You can get a digital audio out or analogue if you want to connect to your stereo but the built in speakers are very good. A digital TV tuner is built in so plug in a good antenna and connect up the IR cable to get better reception for the supplied Media Centre remote. You do remember that Windows7 comes with media centre right? What better way to use this, now it’s a TV, VCR, DVD player, music jukebox and photo gallery. Windows7 home group lets you share your photos, music and video between all your computers with ease.

While playing a full screen HD movie (The Dark Knight) the cpu was at about 28% utilisation. The NVIDIA GeForce GT230M is a mobile GPU, low power usage but awesome modern performance and acceleration for that blu-ray unit. It’s not going to power your latest FPS @ 1080p but you’re going to get pretty good performance for modern games, I wonder when we will see multi touch support for real time strategy games?

Lastly the built in webcam is now tilt adjustable, just manually tilt it from the back. A big thankyou to HP for the demo unit, we’re using this machine for an upcoming museum project. What better machine to put into a modern exhibit? 1080p resolution, built in webcam and speakers, touch screen interface and dedicated graphics.


So if you’re looking for a family computer, something for the living area or even the kitchen I’d highly recommend this unit. HP does have a non blu-ray version for a little cheaper and also 2 smaller 20” units. I always wanted a surface computer as a coffee table but this maybe the next best thing. Checkout the TouchSmarts on HP Australia’s website:

MVP Certification Award 2009

certification award Back in February Microsoft had a special promotion that allowed you to get 10% off you Microsoft Certification exam and if you failed, you got a free retake. The MVP’s were given special discount codes that they could give to people to claim the 10%.

Today I received this shiny plaque in the mail: ASIA MVP Certification Hero Award 2009.  This was given to the top 3 MVP Australia and New Zealand contributors to the promotion.

I’m not sure who the other 2 were but if you’re one of them, let me know so I can add to to this post.


Girl Geek Dinner 8 – Open Mic Night


Who is invited?

If you are a geek and a girl or know of one who is willing to escort you then you are welcome and encouraged to come along. There is a technical focus with the intention of having fun and connecting with other women in IT.

This month we’re having an open mic night. Please let us know if you’d like a 5 min speaking slot to talk about a topic of your choosing.

Who pays for dinner?

This month is not sponsored so you will have to pay for your own dinner

Where + When

Date: Tuesday 24th November, 2009

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: Greystone Bar & Cellar – 7/116 Grey Street South Brisbane QLD 4101





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