While we love powerful super-rigs that can cut through benchmarks like a hot knife through buttah, not everyone can afford an $8,000 PC. This is where a budget-friendly all-in-one computer such as the Gateway One ZX4970 comes into play. At a mere $530, it certainly presents an interesting value proposition, but is it actually a good deal or a waste of dough?
Note: This review was originally featured in the Holiday 2013 issue of the magazine
The hustle and bustle of CES can be overwhelming at times, but that didn't stop Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang from dashing down the strip to where MSI is holed up for the week. Once inside MSI's hotel room, Thang flipped the switch on his video camera while reps talked about a number of products, including a next-generation GE Series gaming laptop.
Even though Hewlett-Packard relinquished its spot as the top PC maker (in terms of shipments) in 2013, it isn't giving up on PCs. Instead, HP just announced the Z1 G2, the second generation of the world's first and only all-in-one (AIO) workstation with a 27-inch display, now available with touch support for Windows 8/8.1 and Thunderbolt 2 capabilities. According to HP, it's the most powerful and fully featured AIO in its lineup.
Lenovo's bringing everything to CES but the kitchen sink
One thing that's immediately evident from the rush of emails we've been receiving is that Lenovo, now the world's largest PC maker in terms of shipments, isn't planning to rest on its laurels. It's not all mobile products like smartphones and tablets, either. Lenovo is announcing so many PC-related products at this year's CES that we decided to break it up into two posts. This one will focus on a pair of ThinkVision displays, an Android all-in-one, and the company's first personal cloud storage device.
As evidenced by a few early product announcements, this will be the year manufactures find out if there's a market for all-in-one systems running Android instead of Windows. Acer will be one of the first PC makers to find out, having just introduced its DA223 HQL, a 21.5-inch portable AIO running Android Jelly Bean and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. In addition, Acer unveiled its TA272 HUL, another all-in-one, but with a 27-inch display and a WQHD (2560x1440) resolution.
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.