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."
THE MISSION The all-in-one PC is predicted to be one of the hottest PC form factors over the next few years. That’s great for Joe 12-Pack, but for an enthusiast, an AiO is pretty much as monolithic as you can get. Sure, you might be able to add RAM or swap the HDD, but that’s usually the extent of the average AiO’s upgradeability.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February issue of the magazine.
Sony markets its Vaio Tap 20 as a mobile desktop, but you could say that about any portable computer. We think “laptablet” is closer to the mark. With its 20-inch display, the Tap 20 is both a big laptop and a gargantuan tablet. And it wouldn’t make any sense at all without Windows 8.
Note: This review was taken from the April issue of the magazine.
Yes, there's still a market for 17.3-inch laptops!
Between the Computex Taipei convention in Taiwan and Intel's recent Haswell launch, PC makers have come out in full force announcing new products. Count Toshiba among them. Toshiba this week unveiled its new Qosmio X75 laptop for enthusiasts and PX35t all-in-one (AIO) for the mainstream crowd, and though they target two completely different market segments, both have Haswell hardware inside.