Product to compete with iPad, other tablet computers
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has introduced the TouchSmart 9300 Elite, a 23-inch touch-screen desktop that can tilt back to a 60-degree angle.
The new desktop can be swiveled from side to side, and the controls are placed behind the screen.
The move is believed to be part of the efforts made by the PC maker to prevent customers from switching to tablet computers such as Apple’s iPad.
HP chief design strategist Randall Martin said the TouchSmart 9300 Elite can recline to a 60-degree angle.
The TouchSmart Elite is mainly intended for businesses such as hotels and dealers who need to share information with their customers. The product is expected to be on sale in May.
Both the consumer and business versions of the TouchSmart 9300 Elite run on Windows 7.
The consumer device goes on sale later this week with prices starting at $899.
HP executive James Mouton said the company has made each iteration of the TouchSmart PC more intuitive, resourceful and fun for users.
"The latest generation is no exception with a new design that makes it easier and more comfortable to use, and it allows businesses to integrate the TouchSmart where convenience, space constraints and appearance matter," Mouton added.
HP is expected to launch its own line of tablet computers soon.