LG on Wednesday announced plans to show off what it claims is the first ever "Chromebase," otherwise known as an all-in-one (AIO) PC powered by Google's Chrome operating system, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. The LG Chromebase (model 22CV241) will sport a 21.5-inch widescreen with a Full HD 1080 (1920x1080) IPS display and a "raft of advanced features" all wrapped in a space saving design.
Built-in battery lasts up to 2.5 hours in between charges
Most all-in-one (AIO) systems won't get very far if you rip the power cord from the wall, though there are a few exceptions. Dell's XPS 18 comes to mind, but for an even bigger screen experience, Acer's new 21.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) Aspire Z3-600 will go wherever you go and keep kicking for up to 2.5 hours before its built-in battery battery needs to suck more juice out of an outlet.
Earlier today we reported on International Data Corporation's (IDC's) analysis that overall PC shipments are on pace to decline to 10.1 percent in 2013, marking the worst decline ever recorded. IDC reasoned that consumers are finding existing PCs are able to get the job done, as opposed to cannibalization by tablets and smartphones. While that might be true, one category that seems to be doing well is all-in-one PCs.
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.
A all-in-one machine doesn't have to wield a big size display, and if you're in the market for something a bit more compact than what a 27-inch AIO or even a 23-inch AIO can offer, you may like what you see with Acer's new Aspire ZC-605. Acer's newest AIO system features a 19.5-inch HD display with a "slim, attractive" chassis and ergonomic frame that tilts from 10 to 30 degrees.
The all-in-one form factor just went wide, really wide
Lenovo on Monday announced four new all-in-one (AIO) desktop PCs, one of which the company claims is the industry's first 29-inch super-widescreen AIO with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 2560x1080 display resolution, the B750. In addition to being super wide, the B750 boasts a frameless In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel and a built-in JBL 2.1 speaker system with a 20W subwoofer and Dolby Home Theater.
We have to hand it to HP. Despite all the trendy all-in-one PC/tablet hybrid designs coming out, its new Envy 23 opts for a more traditional space-efficient AiO. The 23-inch panel sits atop a sturdy base and is adjustable to 40 degrees. A 3-inch gap between the monitor and the 17x8-inch base lets you stow the keyboard under the monitor when not in use. Though hardly innovative, it gets the job done.
Note: This review was originally featured in the June 2013 issue of the magazine.
The Acer Aspire 5600U is a slim and somewhat-sexy all-in-one. It features a 1.3-inch-thin chassis and a 23-inch display atop a clear-plastic base, giving the illusion that it’s floating in air. Once you get past the aesthetics, however, you’ll find that the 5600U is lacking where it counts.
Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of the magazine.
Apparently Acer is so excited about its upcoming lineup of products that it decided to unveil a number of gadgets just days ahead of IFA 2013 in Berlin, one of the largest trade shows for consumer electronics and home appliances. One of those products is a 24-inch all-in-one desktop (DA241HL) running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 System-on-Chip (SoC).