In less than a month, Microsoft will release its next generation operating system, Windows 8, to the general public, and we suspect OEMs will take advantage of the touch-friendly interface by introducing new all-in-one (AIO) desktop models. Getting a head start is boutique system builder Maingear, which today announced a redesigned version of its Solo 21 AIO with a fresh new look and upgraded internals.
On the outside, Maingear says the Solo 21 now features "clean lines" and an "attractive silhouette" that will feel right at home in any room, whether it's in the living room serving as a media hub or on the kitchen counter dishing up recipes and shopping lists with its 21-inch Full HD 1080p display.
Inside and around the Solo 21 are upgraded parts and features built around Intel's 3rd Generation Core platform (Ivy Bridge). It's customizable and upgradeable, even the motherboard, which Maingear says is a first in the industry.
Pricing starts at $949 for a default configuration built on top of Intel's last generation Core i3 2125 processor (Sandy Bridge); It takes a $237 additional investment to step up to an Ivy Bridge CPU (Core i7 3770s). The rest of the baseline configuration consists of 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory (upgradeable to 16GB DDR3-1600), 500GB Seagate 7200 RPM hard drive (larger size HDD and SDD options available, along with mSATA SSDs), 8X DVD burner (Blu-ray burner optional), multi-memory card reader, 1.3MP webcam, GbE LAN, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.