Acer split the difference between HP and Sony and Lenovo, tapping Intel’s Core i5 for the Aspire AZ5700-U2112. That design decision helped the Aspire Z5700 win three of the four benchmark competitions.
Commodore USA, the same company who recently announced plans to start shipping an Atom-powered replica of the original C64, claims to have just acquired the rights to the Amiga name and will also be launching a full line of new Amiga branded all-in-one keyboard computers.
"We are ecstatic to be partnering with Amiga Inc. in this new, exciting product launch," Barry Altman, President and CEO of Commodore USA, said in a statement. "The legacy of the Commodore and Amiga trademark brand, reunited once again after so many years, and our reintroduction of the legendary All-In-One computer keyboard form factor, combined with the twenty-five year anniversary of the introduction of the first Amiga computer by Commodore International, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Commodore USA has now taken a major role in not just supporting the future Amiga market with our many new products, but also in providing a new beginning for the enormous existing Amiga community."
Decidedly less excited about the announcement is Hyperion, the Belgium company behind the AmigaOS, who also holds rights to the Amiga brand.
"Our American lawyers will take action against this," Hyperion said in a forum post. "This is [a] blatant violation of the rights Hyperion Entertainment secured in the settlement agreement with Amiga Inc., Itec, and Amino."
If you like the Chumby, you’ll dig Best Buy’s take on the Internet appliance. The Infocast runs the Chumby operating system, but it has a much larger touch screen, a faster CPU, a memory card reader, and 2GB of internal memory.
MSI's latest all-in-one PC -- the Wind Top AE2420 3D -- says it's all about the 3D, baby, and apparently this is a world's first. The AE2420 brings 24-inches of 3D imagery to a touchscreen LED panel with a 120Hz scanning frequency when paired with the bundled 3D shutter glasses that MSI claims is all that a bag of popcorn.
"The Wind Top AE2420 3D comes with MSI's exclusive 3D Infinity (Shutter Glasses) that solve the problem of blurred 3D images caused by visual angle deviation," MSI explains. "With a large 24" display, several people can view 3D images at the same time, making it even more suitable for use in family entertainment. MSI's 3D Station also integrates 2D to 3D transfer technology, addressing the current shortage of 3D movies. Even DVD rentals or home videos can be instantly transferred and viewed as 3D images."
Other hardware consists of an Intel Core i5 650 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1TB hard drive, optional Blu-ray drive, 1.3MP webcam, four USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, LAN, VGA and HDMI, 6-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 3.0 ports, TV tuner card, and MCE remote control.
All-in-one PCs let you expand your computing activities throughout the home
Compared to the hot-rod machines boutique manufacturers send us for review and the wicked-fast bruisers we build ourselves (this year’s Dream Machine being a prime example), the all-in-one PCs we examine in this story are 98-pound weaklings. And make no mistake about it: We’d never recommend that you—our hardcore, game-playing readers—purchase any of these machines to serve as your primary rig.
MSI this week announced its most powerful all-in-one PC yet, the Wind Top AE2280. The company says it's the first desktop PC to integrate Hollywood-standard THX TruStudio Pro audio capabilities, which is piped through two integrated 5W Hi-Fi speakers.
"The Wind Top AE2280 brings the ultimate in Hollywood-caliber video and audio technology to the desktop," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales, MSI Computer. "It packages the perfect combination of processing power, stunning graphics, HD video, and powerful, crystal-clear audio in a sleek, modern and energy-efficient design. As both a multimedia and home entertainment system, the newest Wind Top sets a new standard for the level of power, functionality and ease-of-use available in All-in-One PCs."
The new AE2280 comes in configurations sporting an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, ATI Radeon HD series graphics cards, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 640GB of storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
Sony’s VAIO L-series computers boast plenty of sex appeal, and this particular model boasts a 24-inch screen that’s one inch larger than the rest of the field (albeit with the same wide-screen resolution of 1920x1080). It’s not just a pretty face, either; its benchmark performance puts it a close second to the edgy-looking Lenovo. The VAIO’s $2,000 MSRP, however, renders it $600 more expensive than that machine, $320 pricier than HP’s TouchSmart 600 Quad, and more than twice as costly as MSI’s budget-friendly offering.
Sony tapped the same midrange desktop CPU that Lenovo did, Intel’s 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad 8400S, and paired it with an Intel P43 chipset and 6GB of DDR2/800 memory on a proprietary motherboard. Nvidia’s discrete mobile GeForce GT 240M GPU, with 1GB of dedicated memory, handles graphics duties. Sony’s VAIO Media Gallery makes good use of the touch-screen display, enabling you to produce slide shows and movies by dragging thumbnail images around with your fingertips. But Sony’s touch-screen software is much less comprehensive than HP’s offering.
When we heard HP was building its latest TouchSmart with Intel’s Core i7 processor, we figured it was game-over for the competition: Lenovo and Sony use quad-cores, too, but they both tapped Intel’s Core 2 Quad. MSI picked an even less capable Core 2 Duo (and priced its machine accordingly). But when the benchmarking dust had cleared, HP sat in third place across the board. What happened?
We should have remembered that HP likes to use mobile processors in its TouchSmart line. In this case, a 1.6GHz Core i7-720QM. That’s a capable enough proc, but the older (and cheaper) Core 2 Quad that Lenovo and Sony picked is a desktop model running at 2.66GHz. So even the larger cache, integrated memory controller, Hyper-Threading, Turbo Boost technology, and other goodies tucked inside the Core i7-720QM don’t compensate for the mobile proc’s lower clock speed.
It's not uncommon for PC makers to dabble in both the low- and high-end markets, and every spot in between, but should Asus target the budget crowd, channel vendors believe the company could risk its reputation and damage its brand image, Digitimes reports.
So what's the big fuss? Those who feel this way point to the recent launch of an Asus-branded all-in-one PC selling for about $375 in Taiwan, the lowest price for such a machine so far. Up to this point, channel vendors say Asus has pushed its products as boutique items, not blue light specials.
Naturally, Asus doesn't see it the same way and said that the low-cost all-in-one is simply to fill market demand. But there's yet another explanation floating around, with some analysts saying Asus could be saddled with surplus components and is trying to make the best of a bad situation by moving lower cost products.
After all the pre-release previews, MSI has finally announced the Wind Top AE2420, making official the company's first 3D-capable all-in-one (AIO) desktop.
MSI will bundle in a pair of active-shutter 3D glasses to view 3D content on the 23.6-inch 120Hz LED-backlit screen, which of course is multi-touch. The AE2420 also comes with an MCE remote control and wireless keyboard and mouse.
Rounding out the spec sheet is an Intel Core i5 650 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with a 1GB frame buffer, 4GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory, 1TB hard drive, USB 3.0, eSATA, VGA and HDMI ports, Gigabit LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1.3MP webcam, and integrated 2.1 speakers.