Okay you visually healthy don’t-need-glasses tech buffs, here’s your chance to don a pair of Buddy Holly-thick specs (thicker, in fact) while parked in front of a computer monitor that doubles as your PC. Meet the HP TouchSmart 620 3D Edition, another svelte, tower-free desktop HP’s adding to its already crowded lineup of all-in-one space-savers. It’s yours, in its base configuration, for $1,800.
The TouchSmart 620 marries the TouchSmart 610 setup to a 23-inch 3D touchscreen (the 610 also has a 23-inch touchscreen, but absent stereoscopic 3D). Inside the chunky 4.1-inch thick display, you’ll find a 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 1.5TB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive and for the visual coup de grace, an AMD Radeon HD 6650 or 6670 graphics card. Not bad, considering the performance mid-range 6670 debuted in April this year, and it’ll be capable of average frame rates in the low 30s running a visually complex game like Crysis 2 on high detail settings at the display’s native 1920 by 1080 (1080p) pixel resolution.
The 620 also retains the 610’s flexible ergonomics: The screen swivels up to 180 degrees and reclines up to 60 degrees—almost flat—affording you considerable leverage when shifting things around, say, to mitigate glare. Conjure 3D mode, and you’re using software from TriDef designed to make accessing the display’s 3D capabilities more user-friendly.
Other tidbits: The base model includes a dual lens camera capable of grabbing 3D video as well as still shots, a TV tuner, and comes with a pair of active shutter glasses (necessary for viewing anything in 3D, of course).
The TouchSmart 620 isn’t the first all-in-one 3D computer to market. Sony, Lenovo, MSI and Asus each sell all-in-one 3D desktops. As deals go, the 620’s less expensive than Sony’s $2,300 Vaio L-Series 3D Edition (the Vaio has an i7 processor and a 3TB hard drive), but it’s considerably more expensive than Lenovo’s aggressively priced $1,300 IdeaCenter B520 (with an i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 555M GPU).
Will anyone buy it? Probably—the 3D craze is still in full swing, and this thing’s primed for holiday sales action—but whether buyers are going to care in a year or five remains to be seen.