While I always thought the idea of a touchscreen computer for the family was cool, getting one wasn’t on my priority list. I had no idea what we were missing.

For the past few years, we’ve been using a regular desktop in our kitchen area. We use it for a variety of reasons — the biggest is probably games and web-surfing for the kids, but hubby and I also used it often for “driveby” check-ins: weather forecast look-ups, quick fantasy football scoring on Sunday afternoons, online banking.  And the older my boys get, the more use the computer seems to be getting.

So I was excited to get a chance to test and review the Hp TouchSmart 310 All-in-One Desktop.

What the “TouchSmart” part means?    It means that this is a touchscreen computer – you can use the mouse, or you can use your finger to touch the screen and move things around as you do with an iPhone or iPad.

For the first few days, I was shocked at how foreign it felt to use the touch screen.  Heck, I’m a savvy iPhone user – wouldn’t this come naturally to me?    It didn’t.  I found myself reaching for the mouse more than I was touching the screen.

Who it did come naturally for:  my kids.  My kids took to the touch screen right away – and we’re not just talking in a kid curious kind of way.  They are capable and savvy with the touch screen – touching and moving things around more efficiently than I could.

Now that a few weeks have passed, I am finding that using the touch aspect is coming more comfortably to me.  I find I go back and forth depending on what application I’m using: if I’m playing Plants vs. Zombies with my kids, or using one of HP built in drawing programs (my kids love “Graffiti” where you paint all over the wallpaper on your desktop), I touch the screen.  If I’m checking my email or messing around on Twitter – essentially doing something that requires a lot of typing, I use the mouse.  But it’s awesome to have the choice between the two.

All-in-One. I never really understood what the phrase “All-in-One” meant in reference to a comptuer but what this means is that this computer does everything for you, and for a variety of people in one household.   All of the applications you would ever need for a busy household are built into the software of this computer.  Use the family calendar to keep up with your crazy schedule, post notes on the screen to let your hubby know you’ve headed out to the market, let the kids chat with Grandma & Grandpa on Skype via the built-in webcam.

Lastly, it’s a huge space saver. There is no big desktop unit that takes up space on my counter – everything that comes wtih this machine you see in the picture.  The CD-ROM is on the side of the monitor, the hardware needed all built into the back of the monitor.  There are speakers flanking either side of the monitor (and they sould fab!)  Honestly, the lack of wires with this computer is one of the biggest selling points for me!

So this is just my Mom’s opinion and review of this machine.  I could go on and on but I’m sure  had you call convinced by the time I got to touchscreen Plants Vs. Zombies, right?

If you want the tech specs of this computer, visit the sale page on Amazon.  The entire kit and caboodle sells for $679.99 on Amazon with free shipping.

Giveaway: Now, onto the awesome part of this post.  I have one HP Touchsmart 310 unit to giveaway to one lucky Mommies with Style reader!  Happy Thanksgiving!  You can begin entering today and this contest will run until end of day Sunday, December 5th.  One lucky winner will be selected at random after that date.

Please use a good email address – winners have 48 hours to claim their prize via email, after that, if they don’t respond, another winner gets selected.

Comment to enter below: W ho do you think will end up using this computer the most of you win?  You?  Your kids?  Or will you gift it to someone else?

Bonus entries:
1.)  Tweet about this contest if you are on Twitter.  Be sure you are following @mommieswstyle and @HP_PC.   A sample tweet could be: ” “I entered to win an HP TouchSmart All-in-One Desktop from @MommiesWStyle @HP_PC http://bit.ly/dHYr82″

2) Subscribe to the weekly Mommies with Style newsletter (be sure to comment and let us know you did!)

Comments

  1. I think my wife and I would duke it out to see who would use this the most (and she would most likely win). Cheers for the contest!

  2. This time it would be me. My computer is acting up badly and my hubby really thinks I need one but I just hate to spend money on it when our business is so slow.

  3. subscribed

  4. I would use this to let my kids play programs and dvds. I would also use it myself to browse the internet when not at the library.

  5. I’m going to use it the most the computer I have now is old and messed up.

  6. Definitely me, because I PC game XD

  7. admiralvic says

    I would say it will most likely be me for design based activities, like photo editing.

    also retweeted under admiralvic, and subscribed with the same email as provided in this post.

  8. I would use this the most out of my family.

  9. Hello:) Love the blog…. The person who would use this most is – all of us! myself, the hubby, my son, and my gram (who lives with us) we are trying to teach her email:) Our computer just crashed so we are on borrowed laptop until we can afford a new one…. I’ll keep my fingers crossed:)

  10. Following, tweeted, and subscribed.
    My laptop is on it’s final leg so I hope I win. Thanks for the contest!

  11. I would use the HP TouchSmart 310, my mom has been asking me to get a computer for myself and stop hogging hers.

  12. Following and tweeted.

  13. Thanks for running this great contest for the HP desktop.
    If we win, this would be perfect for our two young children, especially our 4 yr old daughter who has a little trouble using the mouse. She’s left handed and the rest of us our right handed and therefore the mouse buttons are all backward for her. She uses a new touchscreen computer at her pre-k school and does great with it!

  14. just joined the weekly newsletter for my wife and I.

  15. it would be a family computer, but I know I’d use it a lot (lol)

  16. following as @cappytweet and tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/cappytweet/status/11603126750543872

  17. It would be for the whole family but I’m sure I would use it the most cause it would be so convenient in the kitchen.

  18. I will use it the most if I win! I will share it with my family though! 🙂 It’s just that I have the worst computer in the house right now. Lightning got my old one!
    Thanks!

  19. Subscribe by email!
    Thanks!

  20. If I won this, I would give it to my mom because she still uses her Windows XP that can barely run on her computer from 2000…..

  21. The whole family would use it but I hope I would be able to use it more.

  22. My next-door neighbors don’t have too many devices although I know their kids would love it… Also tweeted as @bennihana123

  23. Susan Smith says

    I would give this to my daughter for school

  24. Susan Smith says
  25. I think i would use the computer most as Im disabled and being on the computer is my way of passing time

  26. As much as I would love to keep it for myself, my husband would be using it as he really needs a new computer. Thank you so much for the fabulous giveaway!
    cslmwt at hotmail dot com

  27. I would give the computer to my mom who, at 68, has not ever used one and really wants to learn. Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. I subscribe at clinacre at bellsouth dot com – thanks

  29. As much as I would love this, I would gift it to my mother. She is the best!!

    kimbly at g mail dot com

  30. I tweeted

    http://twitter.com/kimbly1020/status/11620008115306496

    kimbly at g mail dot com

  31. Oh I would certainly hope to use this the most! I’m down a computer and really need one for the home biz!

  32. Awesome. Great gift.

  33. Right now we all share one computer, so if I won, I’d give the old computer to the kids and keep this new one for myself!!! Oh what fun that would be.

  34. I’m following @mommieswstyle and @HP_PC and tweeted
    http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/11625274634407936

  35. Thank you for the contest! =D I subscribed and entered using Twitter as well. My Twitter username is wishmonster247

  36. Since my computer is pretty old and always in the repair shop, I would keep this one, if I was lucky enough to win it. Thanks for having a great giveaway!

  37. I tweeted the giveaway! http://twitter.com/thegigglinge

  38. Angela Winesburg says

    I would probably use it the most, although my kids would make a decent dent in it 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  39. this would be for my mom

  40. I’m subscribed

  41. I would give to my son for school.

  42. thepricklypinecone says

    I would use this most! Nobody else will be allowed to!

  43. I would give it to my husband. He has been wanting to start writing but we don’t have a good way for him to do it. This would help!

  44. Gaines Simmons says

    I will probably use the computer the most. I am following, liking, and joining.

  45. Newsletter subscriber

  46. I think the person using this the most would be me.

  47. I would gift it, definitely, to my younger brother in law. He is in college now with a laptop almost ten years old! He is deserving of a new one.

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