The TouchSmart 610 comes with the unique Touchsmart 4.0 software suite that claims to provide users with convenient access to entertainment and applications. The software comes with Magic Canvas that allows desktop personalization. You can point and drag the photos, albums or music covers, and open it with your finger or with the mouse. There is also a new carousel for easy access to web pages and RSS feeds as well as a Magic Menu for managing applications, web pages and multimedia content.
Clicking on the menu button on the bottom left of the Home Screen brings up the menu populated with various quick access apps including the App Center, Browser, HP Games, Facebook, DVD, Photos, Music as well as Canvas.
The TouchSmart App Center is HP's version of the app store and users can download and install apps including Marvel Comics and Cartoon Network and touch-enabled games. At the moment, there are only about nine apps which pales in comparison to other app stores on the market, but HP said more apps will be added in the near future.
To test on the system performance, we also ran some benchmark applications including FutureMark PCMark Vantage, FutureMark 3DMark 2011 and some games including Super Street Fighter VI, Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 and Lost Planet 2.
Our review unit scored 7344 points on FutureMark PCMark Vantage at 1280×960 resolution settings , which translates to good overall performance. The TouchSmart 610 also did reasonably well in 3DMark 2011 with a score of P1059. On 3D games, the HP managed an average 43.84 frames per second (fps) on Street Fighter VI; 39 fps on Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 and 16.9 fps on Lost Planet 2 at 1920×1080 pixel resolution.
As a Beats edition PC, the built-in speakers provide decent audio quality when we playback some pop and rock songs and action movies.