Samsung has readied itself for Microsoft's Windows 8 launch at the end of next week by revealing over half a dozen new systems built to take advantage of the touch oriented operating system. Leaving no stone unturned, Samsung unveiled a pair of convertible tablets, two Ultrabooks, a pair of all-in-one (AIO) systems, and a traditional notebook, most of which sport touchscreen displays.
Vizio probably isn't the first company that comes to mind when you think about pre-built PCs, and it might not even be on your PC shopping radar at all. Well, if you aren't aware, Vizio started selling PCs a few months back, and was one of the first to offer an Ultrabook with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) screen resolution. Evidently happy with its foray into PC sales, Vizio has announced its holiday PC lineup, which consists of Windows 8-equipped all-in-one (AIO) systems, a pair of Ultrabooks, and a notebook, all of which are part of the bloat-free Microsoft Signature for Windows program.
It's supposed to be common knowledge that all-in-one (AIO) desktop systems are ill equipped for heavy duty gaming, but if that's the case, good luck explaining Maingear's new Alpha 24 Super Stock. The Alpha 24 SS is truly the alpha of AIO systems, or at least it can be when going all-out during the configuration stage with large size solid state drive (SSD) storage and even an Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 graphics card.
Hewlett-Packard, still the world's largest pre-built PC player, introduced four new all-in-one desktop PCs today, including the SpectreONE, which is the first AIO to join the Spectre family. The other three include the HP Envy 23, Envy 20 TouchSmart, and Pavilion 20, the latter of which is the only one of the bunch that's a non-touch system. HP's SpectreONE doesn't sport a touchscreen either, but it does ship with a wireless trackpad that will allow users to scroll, swipe, and tap around Windows 8 when it ships in October.
In less than a month, Microsoft will release its next generation operating system, Windows 8, to the general public, and we suspect OEMs will take advantage of the touch-friendly interface by introducing new all-in-one (AIO) desktop models. Getting a head start is boutique system builder Maingear, which today announced a redesigned version of its Solo 21 AIO with a fresh new look and upgraded internals.
Just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, boutique system builder AVADirect out of Ohio announced today a new all-in-one (AIO) system with a 21.5-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) LED touchscreen display, the Intel CAP08. AVADirect's latest AIO is built around Intel's Q77 mini-ITX platform and sports a metric ton of upgrade options, just in case the default $777.64 configuration doesn't float your back-to-school boat.
Hewlett-Packard is rolling out four brand new all-in-one desktop models with prices starting as low as $650. From top to bottom, the new models include the HP Compaq Elite 8300, HP Compaq Pro 6300, HP Envy 23, and HP Pavilion 23. The four models are split between catering to business users (Compaq Elite 8300 and Compaq Pro 6300) and home consumers (Envy 23 and Pavilion 23).
Back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, Vizio announced its intentions of branching out into home computers, an interesting move for a company that ships more LCD HDTVs in the U.S. than anyone else. Well, Vizio made good on its promise today by officially announcing a line of all-in-one desktop models, a notebook, and a pair of thin-and-light laptops, all of which start at $898. Price is only part of the story here.
The desktop isn't dead, not by a long shot, though hulking towers might not be as popular as they once were. All-in-one (AIO) desktops, on the other hand, are as vogue as they've ever been, and Dell claims to have "reimagined" the form factor with its new XPS One 27, the company's largest ever AIO and part of the premium XPS performance family with Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture sitting pretty on the inside.
Toshiba offers three SKUs in the DX735 line, two with Core i5 CPUs and one with a Core i7. All three models use mobile CPUs, and all three rely on integrated graphics. Whereas HP’s TouchSmart 520-1070 is somewhat capable of playing games, Toshiba’s DX735 series is not at all capable. If you really want to play games on this machine, we suggest plugging an Xbox 360 into its HDMI input.