HPIQ506: The All-In-One Entertainment PackageMarch 27, 2009 After years of providing high end products for the general consumer, HP is now enjoying its position as the leader in the computer industry. One of its latest high-tech gadgets seems a little more pricey than the average computer (Amazon prices it at $1389.35), but considering how many different pieces of hardware you would have to buy to equal the functionality of the HPIQ506 TouchSmart Desktop PC, I think you'll agree that not only is it a fine piece of hardware, it's also the most economical option. Consider that the HPIQ506 functions not just as a high quality computer, it also doubles as an HDTV and DVR. Thanks to the built-in TV tuner and personal video recorder (PVR), you can record your shows without having to foot the bill for TIVO, DVR, or the ever-expensive high-def television set. It comes with a wide assortment of software options to make easier use of its many other features. The HPIQ506 comes with a webcam and built-in microphone for video chats, as well as stereo speakers that produce some of the clearest, crispest sound you could hope. [ad] That's not even mentioning the coolest feature of the machine. As the name implies, TouchSmart means the HPIQ506 utilizes a touchscreen to make surfing the web, browsing through your pictures, or editing your videos a snap. For those that prefer old school tools, you can still hook up a standard mouse and keyboard. If you're interested in how it compares to other computers, you'll be happy to know it also comes pre-installed with a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows Vista (no more need to upgrade from the common 32-bit). The HPIQ506 utilizes a 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5850 processor, 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM (max), and a dual-layer DVD-R drive. Of course, it's also designed with an internal wireless card, is bluetooth capable, and has a 5-in-1 memory card reader. The next time you're shopping for some new toys, remember the HPIQ506, the all-in-one entertainment package for the new millenium.