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HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway!

I got an email from HP a couple of weeks ago asking if I would like to review the TouchSmart 600 Entertainment Hub ($1510.99) here on my blog. Sure, I thought, that’s interesting.  But then came the payoff: HP wants to give away – to one of you, my fabulous readers – this very same, slim, all-in-one Windows 7 computer, Blu-Ray player, media viewer, and entertainment system.

“Heck yes!” I said. “I’m in.”

So they shipped me one to try. (That’s a video of many of its features above. Check it out to whet your appetite. The touch-enabled applications are best seen in action.) I knew this giveaway would make one of you blog readers happy but I did not expect to suddenly become the most popular person in my own home.

I have a sullen teen and a moody tween so normally the best I can hope for from them is wan smile and a request for money. But being the keeper of this “Entertainment Hub” has improved my popularity ratings considerably.

I installed the TouchSmart 600 in my bedroom (though I think it would be great in a kitchen) because it was the easiest place to put it: There was a small table handy, we already have a home theater downstairs, and there just wasn’t room in my kitchen. The TouchSmart has a 23-inch display and doesn’t take up any more room than an LCD screen that size. It really just has one plug and no extra bits. Not even speakers. But my kitchen is full up. I also thought that the bedroom would be a comfy place to do my review. To my surprise, though, that bit of tech turned what was once just the parents’ bedroom into a hangout — and made me the center of attention.

My daughter and I now enjoy regularly sneaking away from everyone else to watch Bones and Burn Notice via Hulu.com and movies through Netflix.com on it. My son darts in — when I’m not about — to watch YouTube videos. And it has made my mornings more productive by displaying my calendar, email, Twitter stream, and Facebook so I can check in with the world and my upcoming day while I do my hair.

Last night, for example, after my daughter and I played a round of mini-golf in on the TouchSmart via our Wii, we fell giggling into the bed and switched over to Hulu to watch a little 30 Rock. Ava loves to poke the screen and spin through her viewing options using the slick touch-enabled app HP built for Hulu, watching snippets of the shows she’s considering rather than reading summaries in an on-screen menu. She made her selection and climbed happily into bed to watch.

My 13-year old was locked in his room behind a door he recently spray-painted with a black “Keep Out!” message. But I could sense his curiosity about the fun we were having. Eventually, he couldn’t keep up the teen-is-an-island routine anymore and knocked on my door. He stared at us angrily for a minute, glanced at the tossed-aside detritus of our Wii game, the episode of 30 Rock on the screen, and the two of us tucked into the comfy bed. Then he grinned at us. “Move over,” he said and climbed in. And for the first time in weeks, he and I – and more to the point, he and his sister — occupied the same room, the same piece of furniture even – and were happy about it. And people say technology drives families apart.

After I chased the kids off to their own beds, I switched over to Rhapsody to listen to a little music while I read my book. (I’m reading the new John Burdett book, The Godfather of Kathmandu. Anyone else?) HP built a visual music store app to run Rhapsody and Pandora. Poking through albums and artists building playlists with it is fun. (The wireless mouse and keyboard also work from across the room but the touch screen is a blast.)

HP asked me if I thought the Touchsmart lived up to its name “Entertainment Hub.” It certainly does in my setting. And if I had a bigger kitchen – or a less cluttered one – or a smaller TouchSmart, I think it would make a terrific information hub there. I have dreams of using the recipe app to finally gather together recipes from all the Web sites I frequent. But I think playing the Wii in the kitchen would result in a lot of broken dishes.

So how do you get yours? Easy. Tell me what you plan to do with it – if you win – in the comments. I’ll draw a random number from the comments next week. But I’m a greedy blogger and I want lots of comments. So spread the word or I might feel the need to postpone pulling a winner!

Good luck!

This giveaway is closed. I have a winner! jdburch was comment number 60 and she is playing with her TouchSmart now. I will do a post on how she likes it soon.

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  8. Nancy says:

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  11. jdburch2000 says:

    I won! I can’t believe it, I never win anything. When I came back to the site to check on the contest, I read where Christina wrote that the winner had not gotten back to her and to check thier email. As I did not have access to the net at home, I had not checked my email in a week or so. In that time she had sent me a couple of emails that went into my junk folder. I was so surprised to see them there, that I actually replied back asking if it was for real, lol. Thank you Christina Tynan-Woods, thank you Jennifer Darlene Hill(My friend who told me about the site and the giveaway, number 58 comment above). And also a big thank you to HP! This is an amazing machine, a huge easy to view screen, touch technology and great apps. I’m completely amazed. Thanks again!

  12. JanP says:

    I have to admit that having this beautiful computer in my kitchen might just be overwhelming for this information junkie…but….I would LOVE the opportunity to
    give it my best shot! I’d love the chance to compare recipes, keep up with the latest news,
    document the embroidery design ideas that pop into my head (all of which I have to walk into the next room to do now) all from “mom central..you guessed it the kitchen. And the thought of music from this same place is just a heavenly image!

    So I say Pick me!…..I am believing and creating winning images to create a pull for this
    awesome promotion to come to my house in Charlotte!

    wishing you all the best and thanks so very much for all the great info you share here!

  13. Dana C. says:

    I would absolutely love to have the Touchsmart in my home. We have a large household from blending families and have a wide range of ages in the family ranging from grade schoolers, tweens, college student to adults. There are so many apps that would make our family time much more exciting, as well as get our life much more organized and as you probably imagine we need all the organization in this household that we can get. I have been wanting to buy this since I first saw it previewed but with so many children in the home and activities and so on to pay for daily, it has been put on our wish list. I would very much so appreciate the recipe app and find it so helpful. I am always saving recipes on various websites and then trying to locat the sight that i saved the recipe on the next time I want to make the recipe. I could go on and on about how the children would make use of this as well. I am positive it would be a hit in our home for many, many years. I truly appreciate the opportunity to win this and thank you for all of the helpful information that you continue to provide as I always am finding new ways through your research to simplify our life. Thank you!!

  14. Lois Shores says:

    I do not know much about computers, I am still a little afraid of them, but a friend of mine told me one like this would be perfect for me, so here is my entry. I do not know if I am too late to enter.

  15. Jill H. says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! I’d love to put the HP Touchsmart right in my dining nook to use for recipes and news and information on those busy mornings… (I had actually thought of mounting a mini-pc there for this purpose, I didn’t even know something as wounderful as the Touchsmart existed! (This one will be going on the must buy list if I’m not lucky enough to win.)

  16. Annette D says:

    I have been lusting after the HP TouchSmart ever since I first laid eyes on one! I would love to have this computer on my kitchen desk to help me with my meal preparations. The recipe app would be a dream come true. I have two sons who are picky eaters and I am always searching for something new and exciting to have for diner. Thanks for the chance!

  17. Jamie says:

    I love this computer I have played with it at costco and it is soo much fun and does tons of cool things.

  18. Mel says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I would do everything and anything with the HP TouchSmart. I would shop online, read blogs (maybe even start one…), watch movies on youtube, hulu and stream through netflix, download music, write notes to myself, read the news, chat with friends, play games, check my email, edit photos, etc…like I said I would do everything and anything!

  19. Brandy says:

    This is so awesome! We have 2 business we run from home so as you can imangine one of us is alway on our PC. I can’t tell you how many times I have told my husband that our next computer will be a HP Touchscreen. For now we don’t have the funds to replace our current computer. Also I love the idea of a recipe app. I dream of having all my favorite recipes in one place with easy access.

  20. Sandy says:

    It would be so awesome to use it to replace our old laptop and use it for so many more things than the laptop can handle – doing work, skyping, managing pictures & music, and watching shows & movies. I love the idea of using it in the kitchen, but we don’t have enough room in our kitchen either. It would go in my bedroom where it would be used frequently and loved by my whole family.

  21. Elaine Fleeman says:

    I would love to have this! I would use the recipe application because I love to cook and I love being organized. I would also love watching movies and shows. With a 4 year old taking one tv for cartoons, my husband watching man shows on the main tv and my granny using the only other one to watch her game shows I often get left out. I love catching up with my shows on Hula. I love being organized so this would be great to keep me on track! I often give so much of myself to others that I forget about me so this would be a great gift just for me!

  22. yellowrose says:

    I would put it in my room and finally have my own computer. I have 2 teenagers, have recently gone back to school myself and we have only 1 computer in our house. Also, when my teenagers have people over, my husband and I have to disappear into our room so as not to be humiliating…so at least now we could watch a movie or some hulu while we are hiding out!

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  24. CreativelyDomestic says:

    Hi, I am so excited I found your blog (from the April 2009 Family Circle)! You give great advice, and it is much appreciated.
    I would definitely put this HP Touch-smart in our kitchen. I am always running back and forth to the computer looking up recipes, and directions for cooking, only to get side-tracked on my way back to the kitchen by my two “little monster boy’s” or anything else that might cross my path!! ;) So, this would be a huge help for this “undomesticated-mama”! What a great way to stay focused and on top of things.

    Thanks for sharing your tech-knowledge, and giving us an opportunity to win this.

    Crossing my Fingers…..Jennifer

    creativelydomestic@hotmail.com

  25. Darien says:

    Hi there! This computer would be ideal for my current situation. I am a 2nd year university student and I currently live with my family. We are all currently sharing an old Dell Dimension C521, and at times it gets very hectic when we all need to use it (my mother recently decided to go back to school and has assignments as well, my father is an avid news reader and my big brother frequently uses it for job hunting). My brother and I currently share a bedroom; this would be the perfect place for the TouchSmart! We do not have a TV in our room, and this wounderful Media PC would be greatly appreciated, as I’ve been following this PC for a long time. The fact that it has an integrated Blu-Ray player and can also double as a television is just wonderful. Also, I know that my father would absolutely love the bundled cooking app (he loves to cook). This would be very beneficial for our family.

  26. Tamra Gardiner says:

    I know that the winner is not chosen based on our comments so I don’t have to worry about being accused of playing on anyone’s heartstrings.

    I work at a facility that serves developmentally disabled adults as well as those who have experienced traumatic brain injury. There are some who would dearly love to learn computer and internet skills but don’t have the physical control to do so, and adaptive equipment is so expensive and not always covered if not considered a necessesity. I have often wondered if touch screen technology would help some of the people here navigate the web, which as we know opens up so many worlds. If I won I would use it to help the folks there access the world as inependently as possible.

    Fingers crossed!

  27. Di Porter says:

    First and foremost, this computer would sit in my kitchen to track all the recipes I use from my over 600 cookbook collection. That would make it so much easier to track the recipes that have been “husband-approved” rather than trying to remember which book it was from. I would also use it to follow cooking videos to learn how to improve my cooking. It would be easier to check email (and reply, since I am less likely to reply on my BlackBerry). Overall, this computer would be used to organize an extremely unorganized person. By keeping all my information in the kitchen, all neat and orderly, I might actually be able to keep in touch with people again outside of facebook on my BB. I would keep track of my Pampered Chef business and inventory my cookware. In my house, the kitchen is the most-used room in the house, so it would probably be our digital butler… too bad it can’t keep house too!! :-) I might even consider sharing it with my husband, since his desktop is about 7 years old and slower than molasses…. if he’s nice to me. :-)

  28. DesNoft88 says:

    Are you sure this is HP? I might fall in love with HP all over again, I can’t believe this is actually HP technology, so advanced to the general public at a price we can afford. My first few computers were HP and they just didn’t “cut the mustard” so I switched to Dell a little priceyer but the technology more to my liking. I loved the HP support and stylizing, but it seemed my new “state of the art” HP fell behind quickly. This just might make me research HP products with a lot more sincerity and zest than just price comparison bases. We have touch screens in our 911 center, but never did I dream that the technology would reach us” homey’s ” and I am shocked that is is HP that has made this wonderful technology available. Count me in and I will spread the word. PS: Geeky Lady thanks for your forum I love EASY an you make it that way.

  29. kelly says:

    Wow! this is awesome! I think like you I would put it in the kitchen…. but then again having it in the bed room in place of the TV to watch Hulu and Netflix would be great also…. I too have a WII and sometimes I would like to play it by myself while the rest of the family watches TV in the living room…. sometimes you just want alone time… love your Blog and all the Info you provide thanks!

  30. Jennifer S says:

    This is a very interesting product. It wraps internet, theater, and TV all in one which makes it very versatile. I would probably put this in my bedroom as an alternative for my husband and I to share without the kids. It would also come in handy for when the final four, superbowl, etc are on and I don’t want to watch. :) Would love to be picked to own this.

  31. Stacey V says:

    I would love this for my family. You gotta love new technology!

  32. Barbara Crabbe says:

    I would love to win this. OMG is there anything more exciting? It is beyond my means that I could ever go out and purchase one. Just reading how wonderful an addition it is in your life I think the possibilities would be endless for me. Would sure love to be able to be a part of this.

  33. CAROLh423 says:

    Well, i am new to this but this makes it worth a try. I am a soon to be 41 yo mom with 2 kids and a husband. i work 40+++++ hours a week as a RN. Just got on the couponing click and can’t get my hand-down-computer to work. My computer i have now if from my dad because he bought a new one. i still use dial up and have to reset this thing every-time i get on it to get anywhere on the internet. i am trying to pay of credit cards and putting back every dime i have to finally get out of debt for stupid stuff donw in the past. I have been a loyal reader for GeeK Girlfriends for about 1 year and love every blog. Thanks for all of the info – i feel like i am sowly getting updated on all of the new stuff out there. Thanks for all of the info along the way and keep sending it out.

  34. Regina Ringeisen says:

    Thanks to my college grandson, who I’ve helped raise, it took me until I was in my sixties to become geeky! I sell real estate in the Pittsburgh, PA area and there is nothing I would love more than to have one of these fabulous systems! If you know anything about Pittsburgh real estate, you will know I can’t afford to purchase this. The opportunity to win, however – WOW – what a help it would be to my business – I’m sure my broker and coworkers would love to take a look at it also! Thanks so much to you for your great information. regina ruth

  35. Cathy B says:

    Wow,…. this has been on my dream list for months now since I first heard about it… Kept trying to figure a way to do a social media review and get to at least use one for the next 6-12 months while reviewing!!! I would definitely use it in my bedroom… am on the computer almost 24/7 as due to inoperable spinal tumors and pain. I am mostly bedridden. Since I am self supporting and relying on alternative medicine and natural medicine, I need to do tons of research. I also use the computer for social media, for encouraging others, for product reviews, for communications with friends all over the world(via skype, FB, Twitter, and emails)… and recently started up a small nonprofit….Operation Blessing Brigade… our motto is basically to “Pay it Forward” and I try to be the encourager, connector, and negotiator to brings hope to others lives, one person, one day at a time while I still can. I have been working on this for many years but recently having a friend who is serving in Iraq it has started to grow. I found out that his platoon of 50 men and women hardly ever receive mail or care packages… So I decided to “adopt” the troop and encourage others to help me bring a little love to encourage them. Having an entertainment system and incredible home office center like the HP Touchsmart would enable me to do so much more than I already am ,…and more efficiently for sure. I would be able to station it close to the bed so I can get up and sit at the system while I am able, or lay back on the bed and use a wireless keyboard…( or remote if using it for Hulu or the movies ude to its incredible 23″ screen monitor!) Thanks so much for a greast review and this opp to win one!
    cathy b
    projecthope7 at gmail dot com

  36. One way that I would use this is to upload data from my child’s insulin pump, thus saving me so much time and energy entering it into an Excel spreadsheet. The device is only compatible with Windows.

    I would put this on the kitchen counter so I could look up carb counts when preparing meals.

    But on the fun side, I think the kids and I would have regular dance parties to our favorite music and videos!

  37. Wendy says:

    ooohhh me likey!

  38. Eileen says:

    I would return to the land of the living.

  39. I would use mine more as an informational portal than for entertainment purposes . . . at least as far as streaming is concerned. I live in a rural area and have to depend on satellite Internet. Although it is much better than dial-up, it is still not broadband.

  40. I’m not sure how I almost missed this giveaway, but I got here in the nick of time!

    I would love this HP to replace my 9-year old HP, which is chugging away but getting a bit sluggish in its old age. *pets lovingly*

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