A touch of good sales

The entry of the Packard Bell OneTwo into our desktop category represents the first time that we?ve seen a touch screen PC in our sales charts.
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The device is one of a slew of machines that were launched to take advantage of Windows 7’s touch support, and takes the form of an all-in-one with mouse and keyboard bundled in for those who dislike constantly raising their arms to use the internet. The device includes Acer’s TouchPortal software, which was designed to aid the touch support included in Windows 7, but according to reviews offers mixed results.

Meanwhile, the Compaq Presario CQ5305 remains the top selling desktop device for the fourth month running. It’s an entry level device, with an appealing price point and a well recognised brand, so perhaps its strong sales should not be surprising.

Another less-than-surprising inclusion in the desktop charts is the Apple iMac, which last made an appearance in April. The M950B/A is the cheapest of the iMacs featuring a 21.5-inch screen with 500GB of storage, as opposed to the terabyte of memory offered by other models.

In the laptop charts, we see two products from Hewlett Packard – firstly the G61, which has been a fairly consistent top seller over the past few months, and the G62. The G62 is another noteworthy entry for these charts, being the first top selling machine to utilise one of Intel’s Core range of processors – namely the i3 – and can be found for less than £400.

Elsewhere, Logitech’s policy of brand simplification appears to be working, as it now has no less than four product entries this month.


1. HP G61-410
2. Advent Roma 2001
3. Dell Inspiron 1545
4. HP G62-107SA
5. Acer Aspire 5732


1. Compaq Presario CQ5305
2. Packard Bell OneTwo M
3. HP Pavillion P6313
4. Packard Bell iXtreme X5622
5. Apple iMac M950B/A


1. Microsoft Wireless 3000
2. Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000
3. Microsoft Digital Media 3000
4. Logitech MK300
5. Logitech Ultra-Flat


1. Microsoft Wireless Mobile 3000
2. Logitech M205
3. Logitech M215
4. Microsoft Wireless Notebook Optical 4000
5. Logitech M305


1. Norton 360 v4
2. Norton 360 v4 Gold
3. Norton Internet Security 2010
4. Kaspersky Internet Security 2010
5. McAfee Internet Security 2010

Graphics Card

1. Nvidia GeForce GT 220
2. Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4650
3. PNY Nvidia GeForce GT 240
4. BFG Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS
5. PNY Nvidia GeForce GTS 250


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