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).
The all-in-one (AIO) segment has remained steady amid all the recent turmoil in the PC market and, according to Digitimes Research, is expected to witness some solid growth this year as well. We may be done with almost three-quarters of the year, but Lenovo wants to make the most of what’s left and has announced three new AIOs: the ThinkCentre E93z, E73z and M73z.
MSI's new Adora24 all-in-one (AIO) PC is supposed to be a treat for your eyes in more ways than one. To start with, it's an ultra slim system that measures just 21mm at its thinnest point. It also makes use of "staggered lines" to make it look even slimmer, MSI says. Not only that, but the flowing lines down the side are supposed to enhance the feeling of "crisp speed." Yep, MSI's marketing gurus had a field day with this one.
High prices used to hold back the all-in-one (AIO) form factor, and to make matters worse, they've never been known for being easy to service and/or upgrade at home. All of that is starting to change, and when you throw Microsoft's touch-friendly Windows 8 operating system into the mix, AIO systems suddenly seem a lot more appealing than they once were, resulting in a boost in global shipments.
There's a reason college students consider Ramen Noodles an essential food group. It's cheap and won't interfere with their budget for books, backpacks, and beer. Keeping this in line, Acer's Gateway subsidiary announced a new line of affordable PCs and monitors to help students decorate their dorm rooms with new tech without blowing through their grants and/or school loans.
When's the last time you listened to a system with integrated speakers and thought, 'Wow, these cans sound fantastic!'? Proabably never. Built-in speakers typically stink, though there are exceptions. Might Acer's new Aspire Z3-605 all-in-one (AIO) be one of them? It's Acer's first desktop with Harman Kardon speakers, which the company confidently claims "sets a new standard for AIO sound quality."