I had a client here recently request a notebook that they needed to be a touchscreen for their sales people via purchase orders and presentations. We did some research and found some cool products that could fit their needs. As a consulting firm its crucial that we look at all alternatives. BVA does not always have the capability of trying out first hand all the models available but in many cases free test models are provided. The HP TouchSmart 310-1000z pushes touchscreen use to the next level. This is the fourth version of HP’s touchscreen technology. The TouchSmart 310 retails for $1,159. HP is normally pretty good about providing test models to lab with, such as HP, DELL, and Motorola. The all-in-one touchscreen desktops fourth version of the TouchSmart interface intelligently replaces the vanilla Windows 7 interface with a touch-oriented playground that finally shows normal people what you can do with touchscreens on a PC. While a base version of the TouchSmart 310 can start as low as $700, this upgraded version hits the sweet spot between savings and performance. The unit has a black plastic design with a speaker bar beneath a 16 by 9 screen and a webcam above the screen. The 310 breaks a little from tradition by providing a shelf under the screen to store the wireless keyboard. The system has a good tilt mechanism, so you can find a comfortable position while computing. The computer has a 20-inch widescreen with a 1,600-by-900 resolution. The desktop comes with a 1TB, 7,200-rpm drive, which is great for downloading. Live TV is integrated into the system’s Windows 7 Media Center software.