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."
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.
Windows 8 is giving birth to all kinds of new designs, especially in mobile, where notebooks and tablets are blending into hybrid devices that can function as either one. But it's not only laptops and slates that are starting to look different. Intel is reportedly pushing PC makers to build adaptive all-in-one systems with internal batteries so that users can tote them from place to place.
A discrete GPU gives MSI's AG2712 some gaming cred.
The all-in-one (AIO) form factor has its strengths, gaming just isn't usually one of them, right?. Ah, but that's starting to change. We were relatively impressed with Maingear's Alpha 24 Super Stock, a powerfully equipped AIO system, and now MSI is joining the fun by announcing what it claims is the world's first 27-inch AIO for gamers, the AG2712. The heart and soul of MSI's newest machine is its GeForce GTX 670MX graphics card.
Yes, we used "Vizio" and "premium" in the same sentence.
Who would have thought that Vizio would make a splash in the PC market, and do so at a time when tablets and smartphones are all the rage? Vizio made its move into PC territory last June by introducing a line of all-in-one systems and Ultrabooks with unibody designs similar in style to Apple's MacBook Air (but at a fraction of the cost), and now it's refreshing its lineup with upgraded features, including touchscreen panels for Windows 8.
There was a time when all-in-one (AIO) systems carried a hefty pricing premium. Some still do, but if your Google-fu is strong, you can find affordable AIOs that won't put you in the poor house. Lenovo's new ThinkCentre Edge 62z is one such example, falling into the affordable category with a starting price of $549, which is cheaper than most Ultrabooks. Is it as powerful?
Dell's XPS 18 falls into the 'portable all-in-one' category.
It used to be that touch support was a unique characteristic of all-in-one systems, but with Windows 8 encouraging PC makers to embrace touchscreen panels on all their systems, it no longer stands out. Not by itself, anyway. Dell found a new way to stand out from the crowd with its XPS 18, a portable all-in-one system that doubles as a gigantic tablet. It has an 18.4-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) capacitive touchscreen display that, when folded down, is a slate that's twice as large as Apple's iPad.
The Transformer AiO features a detachable 18.4-inch display.
Is the Transformer AiO a moderately sized all-in-one (AIO) system or a ginormous tablet PC? The answer is both! Asus today introduced what it claims is the world's first AIO PC with a detachable display, and to the best of our knowledge, it truly is. The detachable IPS panel measures 18.4 inches and features a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, LED backlighting, and 10 points of capacitive multi-touch.
The G24 is available in a number of different designs.
ECS is a company we don't hear a lot about these days, but lest anyone forget it's still around, ECS today announced its new G24 touch-based all-in-one (AIO) PC. It has an edge-to-edge 23.6-inch multi-touch panel with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display resolution, HDMI input for connecting Blu-ray players and game consoles, and an interchangeable mini-ITX motherboard.