Are Convertible All-in-One PCs the Next Big Thing?

Paul Lilly

Intel's rallying vendors to promote 2-in-1 PCs in 2014

Within the last year or so, the all-in-one (AIO) form factor finally started gaining ground, in large part because prices came down to more affordable levels. With the advent of touchscreen computing and, by extension, Windows 8/8.1, the time may be ripe for AIO vendors to lure customers over, and that's what they're going to try to do in 2014, though they won't be pushing just ordinary AIO systems.

According to Digitimes , first-tier vendors other than Apple are getting ready to promote convertible AIO systems in a big way. Volume shipments of these 2-in-1 systems are scheduled to take place in the second quarter of 2014.

At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel demoed several larger size AIO systems that would qualify as convertibles, but rather than match the 18-inch to 27-inch systems that were shown off, vendors believe the most popular sizes will be in the 20-inch to 21-inch range.

Some vendors are already promoting such devices, including HP, which released its 20-inch Envy Rove AIO last month. So have Asus (Transformer AIO) and Lenovo (Horizon AIO), both of which launched their respective products earlier this year.

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