Christmas Gift Idea for Moms, Dads and Families
Tablets are probably one of the hottest products on the market right now. They are sleek, they are portable and they work with the touch of your hand – literally. Although I do enjoy tablets, they seem to lack the ability to be a real computer. They are used for fun things like games, videos and apps, not for surfing the web, blogging or creating websites. Once I got used to using my fingers on the screen of a tablet, I could frequently be caught trying to make pictures bigger on my laptop by touching the screen and pulling my fingers apart – only to be quickly reminded that I must look like a fool when nothing happens.
Thanks to HP, the touch screen technology has now made it’s to our home computers. The HP TouchSmart is like a regular desktop computer (without a large tower) that you can physically use with your fingers to make your way around the internet. The HP TouchSmart is so easy to use, DD (3) can easily play her favourite games online.
Here are some of the neat features:
- Your favourite websites can be made into “magnets” and placed directly onto your desktop
- Pictures are uploaded straight into a photo editor (no need to have a separate editor)
- Video and voice recordings are created with the touch of a button
- Wireless Keyboard and Mouse (so you can use as a regular computer for typing if you desire)
- Applications such as local weather, recipes and music right at your fingertips
- Make notes straight on the desktop
- Ability to use as a Television
- Processing power of a desk top computer but the sleekness of a TV
The HP TouchSmart has been a very welcome addition to our family. I am especially pleased as to how easy it is for DD to use. We have created magnets for her to use her favourite educational websites and she is able to touch the screen, start her games and then start playing.
The photo editor will be everyone’s favourite application. Currently, when I want to edit a photo, I have to upload it to my computer, then upload it again into another editor. With this photo editor, I can get rid of red eye, crop and even add fun effects to photos as soon as the pictures are uploaded into the computer. I do wish however, that I could create a watermark – hopefully there will be an update. Also, if you have photos on your favourite networking site (like Facebook), you can integrate the photo editor and pull the pictures straight from the site to edit them.
Another fun application is the notes application. If you have a busy house and all the kids will be using the TouchSmart (and believe me, they will), you can add personal notes onto the touch screen desk top, you can easily leave your kids or spouse a video, voice or written note and then pin it right onto the desktop for them to see next time they log on.
Along with all the fun parts with the touch screen, this can also be a regular computer with a mouse and a keyboard – just like the one you have in your home now, but with an adjustable screen and no clunky tower.
This computer remains between our kitchen and dinning room for everyone to use. It’s extremely user friendly and a lot of fun. My family has been enjoying using it, everything is right at our fingertips.
I also had the ability to review this product on CTV Morning Live last week. Once I figure out how to get the recording, I will upload the segment for all of you to see.
- 1 lucky Canadian reader will receive the HP TouchSmart Computer (ARV ~$850)