The voice-recognition and text-to-speech capabilities are more of a work in progress. A Bluetooth headset not included can let you command Recipe Box from longer distances. Scroll along the TouchSmart's application carousel and you'll find the Recipe Box program, which gives you the best tool we've seen for organizing recipes you find from the Internet. If you do bring it into your kitchen, you'll be able to take advantage of one of the TouchSmart 600's best features. Even without Facebook, accessing streaming content from Hulu and Netflix are smart, obvious choices to add to the home entertainment-oriented TouchSmart 600. Drivers are the property and the responsibility of their respective manufacturers, and may also be available for free directly from manufacturers' websites. They share the same screen size, but Gateway has opted for a more performance-oriented configuration.
No affiliation or endorsement is intended or implied. Sony's all-in-one has the same limitation. The audio ouput is easily the strongest we've seen from an all-in-one this year, mostly because it's loud enough to fill a room. The three partner programs provide straightforward interfaces with Hulu, Netflix, and Twitter via the TouchSmart software carousel. We had no luck at Food and Wine Magazine and Cook's Country, however. As long as you're patient with the touch response and willing to suffer a few repeated finger movements, the experience is for the most part fine, but it's clear that there's still room for the technology to improve. Drivers may also be available for free directly from manufacturers' websites.
In order to facilitate the search for the necessary driver, choose one of the Search methods: either by Device Name by clicking on a particular item, i. We were able to pull recipes down from Epicurious, Food Network, Martha Stewart, and About with no transcription errors and mostly perfect formatting. Simply unscrew a panel on the back and then unscrew the stand to reveal the wall-mount inputs. You can then use Recipe Box's built-in voice recognition and text-to-speech software to verbally command the TouchSmart to read the recipe back to you out loud, step-by-step. The Good Matches Sony in capability to connect and switch between external video sources easily; Recipe Box touch program best kitchen app we've seen; smart touch app partnerships with Hulu, Twitter, and Netflix; loud enough to fill a room. It's not quite as design-forward as the , but it's as visually appealing, if not more so, than new all-in-ones from and. We found the scraping capability worked with more sites than not, with a few notable exceptions.
The Bad Slow performance; touch input suffers from occasional unresponsiveness. . The two are clearly aiming for different customers, so it's hard to compare their value based on features alone. Recipe Box has a built-in browser window from which you can navigate to, and bookmark, any Web site. Once you find a recipe online, the Recipe Box software can scrape it, and then format it properly onto a touch-friendly form, neatly isolating ingredients and instructions. Voice-recognition training software can help you improve accuracy, but we found the TouchSmart had trouble recognizing our voice when we stood off at an angle.
The result, while still not perfect, is the best implementation of touch input we've seen so far in an all-in-one. It has the same glossy black plastic exterior, with graceful curves down its side. Any other third-party products, brands or trademarks listed above are the sole property of their respective owner. It also sometimes took a few tries before it responded to our commands, and it also wouldn't recognize voices other that of your reviewer. All of these features would be meaningless without decent screen and audio quality to back them up, and for the most part the TouchSmart 600 delivers.
You can enter recipes manually, and also edit and add notes to recipes you pull down automatically, but the capability to grab and organize recipes from the Web in such a highly intuitive manner will surely appeal to Web-inclined chefs. Of course you could simply get to those services via a standard browser window, but making them touch-friendly actually makes them easier to use, especially if you put the TouchSmart in a place in your home where you might walk up and use it. Along with the inputs for external video sources, the TouchSmart A600 comes with a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, as well as touch-driven Hulu and Netflix interfaces into its new touch software carousel more on that in a minute. . .
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