HP once built its TouchSmart line using notebook components because they required much less active cooling. Limiting the number of fans inside the machine made it quieter. This TouchSmart not only uses a desktop CPU—Intel’s low-power Core i7-2600S, running at a stock 2.8GHz—but HP has also packed a discrete GPU inside this TouchSmart’s chassis. AMD’s Radeon HD 6550A might not be a barn-burner of a videocard, but it is vastly superior to the GPU core integrated into the Core i7. The Radon HD 6550A is DirectX compatible, but that doesn’t mean it will deliver a satisfying performance with highly demanding games. Playing Metro 2033 at 18 frames per second—in DirectX 10 mode—is not very satisfying. But no one will buy this type of a machine for gaming.
All-in-one PCs aren't known for their upgradability, but then again, all-in-one PCs haven't been built by boutique computer builder Maingear -- until now, that is. Today, the company announced it was spreading its proverbial wings with the Solo 21, which Maingear claims is the first AIO to sport an SSD caching solution out of the box.
We've seen workstations before, and we've seen plenty of all-in-one (AIO) PCs, but according to Hewlett-Packard, there has never been a 27-inch AIO that qualified as a workstation. Until now. HP claims its Z1 Workstation is the world's first to combine both types of systems into a 27-inch form factor, and what's more, the OEM says it's a snap to swap out parts without using any tools, a feature that's few and far between in the AIO sector, but critical if it's to be taken seriously as a workstation.
Most vendors are using the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as a launchpad for new products, but a select few are tipping their hand ahead of the convention. Hewlett-Packard is one of them, presumably because it's saving CES for its big Spectre Ultrabook reveal. In the meantime, HP has decided to share a handful of new systems, including its first 27-inch all-in-one (AIO) PC and a Phoenix gaming system the OEM claims is the "most powerful HP Pavilion PC to date."
All-in-one (AIO) PCs are quickly becoming a dime a dozen with little to separate one Sandy Bridge or Fusion model from the next. Credit MSI with finding a way to differentiate its new Wind Top AE2071 model from the rest by supposedly being the first in the industry to use an LED panel. Combined with MSI's "unique energy-saving technology," power consumption is reduced by 30 percent compared to conventional CCFL panels, MSI claims.
Talk about a blast from the past. Packard Bell isn't a name that comes up very often, but make no mistake, the company is still around. Acer purchased the outfit in 2008, and Packard Bell remains a presence in Europe after it was essentially banished from the U.S. by NEC in the late 1990s, which at the time held a controlling interest. So now that we've established Packard Bell still exists, what is the company up to these days? All-in-one PCs, for one, including the newly revamped PB oneTwo.
Hewlett-Packard long ago punched its ticket to ride the 3D bandwagon, but up until now, HP left its all-in-one passengers behind. Not anymore. The new HP TouchSmart 620-1080 3D Edition PC is everything it sounds like -- an AIO system with a 3D display -- plus a little bit more. Or as HP likes to call it, "the ultimate laid-back family entertainment center -- now with 3D."
Windows 8 is going to be Microsoft's first real attempt at catering to the touchscreen crowd (hopefully not at the expense of keyboard and rodent users), but until then, PC makers aren't shying away from building all-in-one PCs for business. To wit, MSI just announced its new Wind Top AP2011 specifically designed for -- you guess it -- business users.
Space saving all-in-one (AIO) desktops seem to be all the rage lately, and far be it for Acer to try and fight this trend. Just the opposite, Acer is embracing it with several new and affordable AIO models for both home consumers and business customers. For the home user, Acer trots out the 21.5-inch AZ3 Series and 23-inch AZ5 Series, while business users have a pair of new models of their own to choose from under Acer's Veriton Z Series. Let's break them down.
Lenovo's tapping into AMD's Fusion platform to power its new C325 all-in-one (AIO) desktop PC. The C325 surrounds AMD's E450 processor with a 20-inch LED backlit display with optional multi-touch touchscreen support. It also has an HDMI port in case you'd rather hook it up to an HDTV for big-screen moving watching, or simply to connect an external PC monitor.