Configuration, Features, and Performance
The HP TouchSmart IQ508d uses an Intel C2D T5850 2.16 GHz processor with an Intel Mobile GM965 Express chipset which is placed on a Pegatron Eve motherboard. The system memory consists of 4G DDR2 at 668 MHz which provides enough of a performance boost needed by the machine. The machine has an Nvidia 9300M GS 256MB Graphics Card and 500 GB of hard drive space.
IQ508d comes with the Windows Vista Home Premium operating system preloaded and several other applications including HP’s support software. The ability of the machine to play videos, skip through movie clips, and zoom in and out of photos makes multimedia great fun on this PC. Watching TV is a pleasurable experience as switching between channels can be done with on-screen finger gestures.
This PC has onboard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which is something you won't find in most of the traditional desktops. However HP spoils the whole wire-free design by bundling a big and bulky power adapter with it. An onboard power supply could have been provided with the system which would have significantly enhanced its space saver design.
The touch screen is the main input device along with a wireless mouse and keyboard which are not very good in terms of ergonomics, but are otherwise quite responsive. You won’t be disappointed by the performance of the mouse and the keyboard for games and chatting.
As mentioned above, this PC has 4 GB of DDR2 RAM, which allows it to handle several applications at the same time without affecting system performance. It comes with a 7200 rpm 500GB hard drive to store all your favorite music, videos, or anything you wish and will keep you satisfied for a while.
However, this machine showed low performance considering it as a Media Center PC, which is conceivable given the fact that it has a Mobile processor (for keeping its power consumption and heat output levels low) and not a Desktop processor. As far as graphics performance is concerned, it may not be the best in league, but still it performed well in the 3DMark 05 scoring a total of 3342 points, and a maximum frame rate of 147 in Far Cry at a resolution of 800 x 600.
Although this is not a gaming machine, it will not disappoint you if you plan to try your hands on a game or two. The IQ580d has 4 watt speakers onboard, which while a little low on bass, performed well at different volume levels and was loud and clear. The machine has an onboard sound card - the Sound Max HD Integrated Digital audio controller that supports 5.1 channel sound outputs. This machine does not have multi channel 3.5 mm connectors, and it can only be connected to a home theater system via SPDIF or an optical connector