touching a smartphone or tablet screen is okay since you generally wont be doing anything where visual quality is a major factor but with a desktop PC, any dirt on the screen will cause imense frustration, especially if you are trying to watch a movie or use a program like photoshop.
and if it is anything like the crappy older gen HP touchsmart systems, then you are better off getting a imac (they are a bad value also, but the HP touchsmart takes bad value to a whole new level)
Also it requires too much arm movement to use such a large touch screen. touch interface is convenient on a smartphone and smaller tablet because most functions can be done without having to move your arms. When you move the touch surface to something that is 23+ inches, then suddenly the touch interface will become annoying and tiring.
Meh. We have a touchscreen AIO at work. It's a chore to use. Never understood the appeal of these for the consumer. "Here, use this clumsy touch-interface for user input. Oh, and here, you have to poke at a screen sitting perpendicular to your hands, and here, you also have to be close to this screen that you're 'supposed' to sit more than an arm's length away from if you want to be ergonomically-correct."
Touch is good for touch-oriented UI's--i.e., hand-held smartphones and tablets for media consumption. Not creation.
Imagine all the hoopla if this had been introduced by iCrap. We would be hearing about magical breakthroughs, ingenious design....... Morons would be lining up and sleeping in the streets to get their touch screen iDesktops. The New York Times would be blabbing for weeks about the brilliant layout and how every one will probably get one of these....
Anyway, this is not the case and we should be grateful.
I agree, gesture based input should be the mode for desktops not touch, reaching is not natural for these, though for casual use it's really not that bad.
I haven't found that smudges are a big issue either, and accuracy is fine, it's the reaching that kills it. Kinect gesture based control is what's needed for desktops, which is coming up soon.
And that they don't realize a tv tuner is essential to make these fully useful is telling.
Agreed, I think touch screen input looks cool in the movies but seems hardly practical (at least in my opinion) for real-life work. Also I think the problem with these All-In-One computers is that companies keep stuffing touch features into an ecosystem that's originally designed to be used with a keyboard and mouse. I think that's why there hasn't been a Windows-based tablet that is as commercially successful as the iPad; because everyone is trying to stuff a keyboard-and-mouse-optimized OS into a touchscreen tablet platform.