Windows 8 sparked an evolution in PC design, and even all-in-one PCs are trying something new.
I walked into my local Best Buy the other day, and as I always do, I headed straight for the PC section. To my semi-surprise, the floor space that was once dominated by desktop towers had been overrun by Ultrabooks, ultra-thins, all-in-one PCs, and tablets...lots of tablets. There were still a handful of desktops to be found, but they were tucked away in the corner next the restroom entrance -- boo! Like it or not, mainstream America is totally infatuated with these space saving designs, and with the introduction of Windows 8, convertible form factors are all the rage. Even the all-in-one (AIO) market isn't immune.
Citing sources from within the upstream supply chain, DigiTimes reports that AIO PC makers including Asus, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lenovo, and Sony are all preparing to release convertible AIOs this summer.
There will be two major types of convertible AIO PCs. One design will allow the screen to lay completely flat for tabletop computing, which we saw from Lenovo at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month, and the other will sport detachable displays for use as a giant tablet. We saw one of these from Asus, also during CES, in which an 18.4-inch IPS display detaches from the main system. When functioning as a tablet, it fires up an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but as an all-in-one, it runs Windows 8 on top of an Intel Core processor foundation.
Do you think there's a market for converitble all-in-one PCs?