Dawn of Touch Screen Technology Starts

One of the key innovations that one would notice from the presenting companies over at the CES would be that of the evolution of Touch Screen technology. This new approach of interface towards PC computing is noticeable and from the looks of it, we will be witness to most of this by the coming year.

Most of the top brands like HP, Asus and MSI have integrated Touch Screen technology. HP for one is making full use of its TouchSmart IQ504T that is somewhat similar to familiar kiosks we see in schools, hotels and malls. So for businesses, potential shifts toward improving business with new features using these technological breakthroughs seem to be on the horizon.

Asus and Seattle are following the same route, packaging an all-in-one desktop that becomes a more logical way of enhancing business solutions with computers today with easier interface options outside that of the usual keyboard and mouse.

But along with these features comes a price. Take the dx9000 Touch Smart business PC for instance which has been pegged to cost as much as $1,400. It has the same-sized 22-inch multi-touch screen and built-in Webcam as the IQ504t, but adds a faster 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo P8400 CPU and greater support options.

The Asus seems to be cheaper at $600. The Asus Eee Top runs Windows XP and features a 15.6-inch display, 802.11n Wi-Fi, plus a built-in 1.3Mp Webcam and speakers. Asus mentioned its 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard disk and GMA950 graphics.


HP Introduces Eco-friendly Desktops

We have heard about eco-friendly desktops that are bound to hit the market and no other than Hewlett Packard (HP) has broken the ice as far as going green and using energy-efficient branded desktops in the market. For HP, the Pavilion Verde are Energy Star certified and up to 45 percent more efficient than comparable PCs.

The Pavilion Verde a6645f desktop features an AMD Athlon X2 4850e dual-core processor, a 500 Gb hard drive, 5 GB of RAM, Nvidea GeForce 6150 SE graphics with 128 MB of video memory, a DVD SuperMulti drive with Lightscribe, a 15-in-1 media card reader, six USB 2.0 ports, two FireWire ports, and VGA output. The Pavilion Phoenix a6655f steps up a bit, offering the same basic set of ports and features with an AMD X4 9150e quad-core CPU and a 640 GB hard drive. Both editions ship with Windows Vista Home Edition 64-bit, and feature custom case artwork: the Verde sports a green nature-inspired pattern while the Phoenix case sports a design with the mythical phoenix bird.

The tag price for the Pavilion Verde is $579 to $659. It will be officially injected and made available in the market by November 9. So if you are looking for a new computer, apply that eco-friendliness as well. It can certainly make the difference when it comes to balancing energy costs and getting the latest desktops available in the market today.


HP Desktops with Defective Nvidia Chips

Among the known desktops in the market that you may consider purchasing are the branded and new ones coming from Hewlett Packard. While we all know that branded computers are the way to go, they are not spared from potential problems such as defects. Apparently, HP has a current problem as it has announced that some of its desktops have defective Nvidia chips and while it was quietly set aside and limited to only a small number of 38 models of HP Pavillion Slimline desktops with the integrated graphics display.

Now don’t let this news be a means of degrading the level of quality that HP has had through the years. For one thing, it is Nvidia which has openly announced that there is indeed a problem with their specified product integrated with the HP Slimline, a hot commodity since many people today are looking into the new desktop designs offered by branded computer names like HP.

Defective chipsets are only natural and HP should be commended on making it public that such a defect exists. Besides, these are bound to be under warranty and while there may be inconveniences, the important thing is that they are aware and responsible enough to inform customers ahead of time rather than keeping mum on the issue rather than correct it.


When Will Desktops Have Eco-Friendly Packaging?

There has been so much fuss about providing alternative packaging for laptops these days. Among them included the news that HP has changed its usual cardboard packaging into trendy and classy bags that may pass for good storage when they are mobile. While the overall packaging for shipping them in numbers may still require the use of cardboard, consumer selling will no longer need the issue of using cardboard boxes whenever a potential customer buys them.

HP and Walmart are trying to tackle the problem by shipping several laptops in the same (small) box. The laptops come in their protective bags and not a cardboard box. Not only this pollutes less, but it probably saves a lot of storage room and probably money too.


So while the global warming issue on laptops may have been solved, what about the bulkier desktop and monitor cases wherein a lot of cardboard resources are used whenever a buyer gets one of them from the computer shop? Surely a clothing bag may not be enough to accommodate such peripherals and based on what type of ideal packaging may be resorted to, this area has not been resolved or even seems to be in the process of being resolved.

Indeed, it may take some time and among the alternatives being done today is shrinking the size of new desktops to miniature ones that are supposedly to save on space. While buying one may be a one time deal only, some have turned to using recycled cardboards. But what happens to them after unpacking the computer merchandise?

Maybe a rebate program or reward for turning in the old boxes? There are a lot of possibilities. We just have to see them put into play.