HP TouchSmart 600 Giveaway

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and HP.

A few weeks ago I got an email asking if I’d be interested in reviewing a new HP TouchSmart 600 computer. And yes, I was interested, because I am a nerd and always terribly entertained by anything that plugs in and has a screen, but since I’d never seen the TouchSmart before, I had a mental image of a big, clunky desktop coming into the house. Besides that, we haven’t owned a PC in about ten years, and part of me wondered if accepting the HP was some unforgivable act of Mac betrayal.

But then I remembered the 10 year-old Mac desktop in my office (that, bless its heart, can’t run more than two applications at a time before it starts to wheeze), and I got over my reservations. BRING ON THE HP.

The new TouchSmart arrived a few days later, and y’all, I cannot tell you how impressed we have been by this computer. We love it. It looks great (do you see how skinny it is?), and when David was setting it up, I actually asked him where the rest of it was. It’s essentially the same size as a flat-screen TV. In fact, it can work as a TV – you just plug in your cable and you’re good to go. It can also work as a DVR (CAN I GET AN AMEN?) or a BluRay movie player. There’s even a remote. Be still my heart.

And I wish y’all could have seen my husband’s reaction when he realized that you can mount the TouchSmart on the wall. Suffice it to say that his eyes lit up and then glazed over and I thought for a brief moment that he might need to sit down and put his head between his knees.

We started using the TouchSmart approximately 53 seconds after we set it up, and while I didn’t know how much I’d use all the bells and whistles in our day-to-day routine, I have to say that the touchscreen features are actually my very favorite part. Besides the fact that it makes me feel like Tom Cruise in “Minority Report” when I move my finger around the screen and resize pictures and create collages and pretend like I’m some sort of technological wizard, it’s just so EASY. I can write notes, save recipes, browse the web, play a movie via our Netflix account, laugh at something on Hulu, listen to my Pandora playlist, edit photos and so much more – all without touching a keyboard or a mouse. The computer HAS a keyboard and a mouse, of course (they’re wireless!), and you can use them with any of the TouchSmart applications – but once you get the hang of the touchscreen, it’s oh-so-convenient and fun.

I really could go on and on – about how Alex loves it, about how the touchscreen is COMPLETELY intuitive for a child, about how I adore the Recipe Box feature that lets me add any recipe I happen to run across on the web and will even READ THE RECIPE OUT LOUD TO ME while I cook. But I’m going to quit talking now because we need to get this giveaway started. I think it’s time.


If you’d like to win an HP TouchSmart 600 computer, leave a comment below and tell me where you’d put the computer if you won. Family room? Office? Playroom? Kitchen? Inside Mama’s closet where NO ONE ELSE CAN TOUCH IT? On top of a thrift store desk that you overhauled with turquoise spray paint?

Or, if you’d like, you can leave a comment with a link to a post about the HP on your blog.

And whatever you do, please make sure that your email address is correct.

This contest will begin December 9th and end December 24th.

Before I forget:

1) If you’d like more information about this computer, just click on over to HP’s official site.

2) Rules!
• No duplicate comments.
• You may receive an additional entry by linking on Twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
• You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
• This giveaway is open to US Residents, aged 18 and older (I’m so sorry, Canada).
• Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
• You have 48 hours to get back to me; otherwise a new winner will be selected.
• Please see the official rules here: Official Rules.

The winner will be selected using random.org.

Also, there are four other bloggers giving away the HP TouchSmart 600 (that means there are five free computers up for grabs, people), so check out the BlogHer.com special offers page for links to their sites. You can enter to win on all five blogs.

Happy TouchSmarting, everybody!

Thursday 12/10 at 8:40pm – comments seem to be working just fine again. Thanks for your patience!

This giveaway is now closed.

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  1. The living room. Totally the living room!

  2. This baby would definitely go in my craft room (for scrapbooking and other mommy work).

  3. Cool computer! Please enter me! My husband’s little laptop which he does all our family business on is dying a slow and painful death. I would SO put this on his desk where he can work to his heart’s content. Plus – it’s big enough for him to see it good!

  4. Kelly O'Donohoe says:

    I’d put it in our spare bedroom/office to replace our old computer, or maybe in our living room so we could watch movies on it! :)

  5. I would put it in the kitchen in the hopes of better organizing my household. And when those hopes were dashed about 2hrs in, I would then be happy I could watch TV in the kitchen. :)

  6. In my kitchen, so I can cook using recipes online

  7. I would put it in our living room.

  8. I would put it in my office at home. I might even clean the office, too! :)

  9. my bedroom………….or living room? or kitchen? who knows, but it would have a happy home in my home!

  10. I belive that I would put it on my $50 won-it-at-an-auction decsk where my old computer sets now! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  11. I would give it to my husband for a Christmas gift

  12. Sweet! I would definitely put it in our office. Except we’re moving and we might not have an office. In which case it goes in Momma’s bedroom far, far, far away from prying baby hands. :)

  13. Heather A. says:

    I would put this lovely computer in our office!

  14. WOW. I would put this out in our family computer armoire for all of us to use and drool over :)

  15. We are moving to a new house next month where I will be working from home full time. This would be a great addition to my home office!

  16. My thoughts are these: I would love to put it in the very center of my house so that all who entered could (and would) be amazed, but realizing that I have 2 teenagers and 2 toddlers, it might not be the best idea. So, while I SHOULD put it in my closet where no one else can touch it, I would instead put it on top of my vintage desk in my bedroom and occasionally (OCCASIONALLY!) let my husband look at it. ;)

    You were right – this is AMAZING! Thanks so much!

  17. rachel nehmleman says:

    I would put the computer in my basement where our old desktop that got water damage was.


  18. I’d put it in the family room. And if I actually won (which I never do, but hey! just might happen) I’d paint something turquoise in your honor… ;)

  19. Our family would LOVE to have one in our Family Room! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. I’d put it on the desk in our office to replace our 6 year old computer that crackels so loud you can practically hear it accross the house. This computer looks awesome!

  21. I would put it in our office, but hiding it in the closet sounds like a great idea…where no one can find it. :) This is such a great giveaway! Thanks!

  22. We NEED a new computer badly!! I would put it right in my kitchen on top of the little black desk my dad made me a couple years ago!! Thanks so much!!

  23. I would put this in my office so I could work my Scentsy business better & faster!! I am in such need of this right now!

    Hollie (aka: Groovewoman)

  24. I would put it close too my heart…oh, you mean literally. I would put it on the old sewing table in my bedroom. I hope I win!

  25. Great giveaway!

    I’d mount it in the den so I can watch trashy reality TV and surf the web while my darling husband watches sports in the living room.

  26. If I won this computer I would have to find a little desk of my own and perhaps even paint it turquoise!

  27. That would look awesome on our kitchen desk/office space area! Will it organize our mail, too?

  28. Okay, so my husband and I are shopping for a computer and haven’t been able to find one that has all we need for a price we can afford. This would be awesome in our office!!

  29. This would go into our schoolroom. What a great motivator to my daughter to do her schoolwork! Fun stuff. :)

  30. I would so put this in my bedroom! Why, because my husband is a Mac, and me, well I’m A PC!!!!!

  31. Wow, I would love to win this! It would go in my office (actually a living area, but I telecommute, so it’s my ‘office’).

  32. I would put it on the desk in the office that has a very outdated old Dell desktop that works as fast as a snail.

  33. Oh my goodness! What a cool computer that would be awesome in my kitchen!

  34. I would put it in our playroom. Our computer died during our most recent move so I can’t describe how jazzed I am about this giveaway. Now I am off to blog about it. =)

  35. I would try to find a place in the kitchen- I have wanted one there for a while

  36. I would put it in my office and mount it on the wall above the desk leaving more desk room!

  37. Oh my goodness- I would put it just where you mentioned- in mama’s closet where no one else can touch it! It would be perfect for blogging and managing my pictures and such with no fear of little hands deleting something. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!

  38. oh id so put that in the toy room so i can browse the internet whilst the angels are playing:)

  39. Oh my lands. I want this to put in my new home office which, surprisingly, is in my new HOME! Thanks!

  40. While I love the idea of “Mama’s closet where no one can touch it”, I’d probably put it in the family room or the home office where everyone could use it. It is SO COOL!!!

  41. My husband would love this computer! It’s amazing! We would put it in his home office. Thank you for the giveaway!

  42. Oh my stars – such a computer. That would be going in my living room and doubling as my tv. I would love to win it.

  43. I would put the computer in the office; but wait, you mentioned the talking recipe feature, I’d HAVE to find a place in the kitchen :)

  44. in my bedroom!

  45. After hearing about the receipe feature, I think I’d put this in my kitchen. I have a home office with a computer in it but it is a pain to run down the hall (considering I’m 8 months pregnant–running is hard) to see what the next step is before everything burns. This would also be a better option for my kids to play/do homework on this computer rather than trying to get on my work computer. Here’s to hopin’ it’s my lucky day.

  46. I would put this beauty in my office! I am so excited, loving this HP!!

  47. I LOVE that!! It would definitely come in handy with my being in school now! It will be going in my office/guest bedroom/everything else that doesnt have a place!

  48. WOW! I’d definitely put it on my desk where all the “work” gets done. You know…the blogging, the shutterflying. Ha!

  49. Girl, I Tweeted about you. Twittered? Twitted? Who knows.


  50. WOW! Great give away. I’d totally put this in Mama’s closet. A screen without gummy finger prints would be super!

  51. Well, since we live in a duplex, many of those rooms are all combined into one :-). I would definitely put it in our family room/living room/room with an awesome desk waiting for a computer. On a side note, I had a turquoise desk when I lived alone and I miss it!!

  52. Jacqueline says:

    Wow! That is an awesome computer. I’d put it up in the loft!

  53. Oh my heavens!!!!!!!!!! I dont know where’s I’d put it, but by golly I’d clear a cabinet for it!!! Probably in the master bedroom, it could totally take the place of our clunker TV…oh the dreams that have started already!

  54. We would but it in the great room -which would be extra great with a command center like this! Thanks!

  55. Ashley Mays says:

    I’d put it in the extra bedroom/office in our apartment…maybe replace hubby’s HUGE, CLUNKY desktop!!

  56. Since mine wouldn’t turn on last night and is in a state of frozen, I’d more than love to win one and put it in our guest bedroom/office. Sweet giveaway!!!

  57. I would put it in my room which is small and could use a space-saving computer!

  58. I would put it inside my rolltop desk! Awesome computer!

  59. Ours would DEFINITELY go in our dining room, because our house is too small for an office . . . plus I need easy access :-)

  60. I would put it in our family room. That is where we spend the most time!

  61. I would put it in the little office nook that I’ve been wanting to create just off our dining room!

  62. I would put it in my dining room where most of my “office stuff” lives!

  63. If I won I would put it in our bedroom for now, but maybe eventually put it in the family room. I would have to learn how to share, LOL!

  64. We’d use it in our office…we’re hoping to get new office furniture when we move, and this would be a great addition! Thanks! Great giveaway!

  65. Since our computer is about 100 years old, this would be awesome. It would defintely go in the kitchen!

  66. I would put in my office which doesn’t technically have a desk at the moment, but if I had a sassy computer like that, I’d find a desk to compliment it.

  67. This would go in my kitchen and would be MINE ALL MINE! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Seriously, I will be giving this to my brother b/c his poor, sad, laptop went to laptop heaven YESTERDAY. Talk about providential timing.

  68. If I won, I would go find a thrift store desk, and then find some SASSY color of paint to refurbish it. How cute would that be?

  69. I would make a space in the basement just for this piece of lovely!

  70. Elisabeth says:

    I’d put it in the living room where our other computer is. =) The other one would have to find a new home!!

  71. Oh my.. I totally would want this all to myself.. but the mom in me would have it put on the school table in the living room. It would be awesome there!

  72. I would put it in the master bedroom for only me and my husband to use!

  73. Ohhhhh!! It would look so good in my homeschool/computer room!! Awesome giveaway!!

  74. I would put this computer in the office for my whole family to enjoy!

  75. I would put it in my living room for my whole family to use.

  76. I would put it in my SUITCASE so I can stay connected when I go to visit my grandchildren.

  77. I would put this computer in my mother’s office. She has a 16 month old grandson (my nephew). I just got married. Needless to say, my sister and I have many pictures and videos to share…which her decrepid monster of a computer can’t handle currently. It can barely handle simple email. She needs this!!

  78. I’d replace the family computer that is always super slow and makes the kids say things like “Why won’t this work?” or “Can I use your laptop?” To which we reply “NO!” We keep that old clunker in the living room so no shenannigans can go on without us knowing.

  79. I’d put it in the kitchen! Lovely!

  80. Oh, my goodness. My laptop is on its last legs, so this would be quite timely. This beauty would go in the office, so I’d have an actual incentive to get our office organized. :)

  81. oooh you are tricky!

    This would be a most welcome addition to our family. I would put this brand new baby right on my desk, relegating this old hunk ‘o junk to the oldest son’s use.

    He would love me forever.
    I would love YOU forever.

    Merry Christmas!

  82. If I had this computer, I’d probably just end up carrying it around with me so that I could hug it and pat it and love it forever and ever!

    Or maybe the living room, so I could adore it while it amazed me with its blu-ray-ness and awesome touch screenieness abilities!

  83. I’d put it in the kitchen. Right where the aging mac that wheezes when you open 2 applications sits.

  84. It would make such a nice accent to my bedroom!

  85. OH, it would go on our desk in the master bedroom!
    the place where all the documents get typed and homework gets researched and everything gets googled. :)

  86. J. Johnson says:

    The computer would go on the table right next to my favorite chair, where I can browse the web and be all comfy while browsing!

  87. Oh, the kitchen idea is a wonderful one! Unfortunately our kitchen is cramped as is, so I would love to put this computer in my bedroom, where nobody could touch it. We have our current ancient monster of a computer in the basement playroom, and I’d be happy to disconnect the internet on it and let the kids have at it :)

  88. I would put this on the desk in my bedroom!

  89. I would put in my bedroom on my desk in the corner by the armoir. No kids allowed computer!

  90. Family room computer cabinet, for sure! And we need a new one! Thanks!

  91. Anita Eastin says:

    The office – re replace the dinosaur that is in there!

  92. I tweeted this baby too.

  93. I would put mine in our office away from little toddler hands!

  94. Elizabeth says:

    Well, I have an enormous brand new computer desk in my new upstairs office that would absolutely love this handsome fellow sitting on it! We have been looking for a new computer for awhile but haven’t found one yet and it keeps being put on the backburner for less important things like clothes for the kids and such. HA..So I would absolutely love to win this! HA!

  95. I’d put it in the only available space for it…the office. :)

  96. Angie Wilkinson says:

    OK WOW!!
    I would put it in our family room!
    I’ve got an 11 year old who would be thrilled beyond belief!