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."
Dell's ultrathin, ultraportable, or ultra-whatever-you-want-call-it (just don't call it an Ultrabook) XPS 14z is now available for sale in several configurations starting at $1,000. Dell's pitching this as "the world's thinnest, fully featured laptop with a built-in DVD player" and it figures to give Apple's MacBook Pro a run for its money in both form and function (as well as price).
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.
You won't find any swirling LEDs or one-touch overclocking buttons on Lenovo's new ThinkCentre M77 desktop. Instead, this machine is all business, "crafted for professionals" looking for a "powerful, secure, energy efficient yet easy to use computer to tackle everyday office tasks," Lenovo says. Sounds like a snoozer until you realize it's (optionally) powered by an AMD FX Series processor and up to 16GB of DDR3 memory.
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.
The folks at CyberPowerPC just announced their new Gamer Scorpius line claiming it's the world's first 8-core gaming desktop line powered by AMD's brand spanking new Bulldozer architecture. And so it begins. We suspect this is just the first of many Bulldozer-based announcements to come out of the boutique system building scene, but can the rest compete on price?
You may not realize it, but in addition to motherboards, notebooks, netbooks, all-in-one PCs, and everything else, Asus also builds and sells desktop towers, some of which are well equipped. Sometime soon, Asus will add its first Republic of Gamers (ROG) build to its desktop line in the form of the ROG CG8565 Tytan, a monster-looking machine Asus says was "inspired by ballistic missile submarines."
Acer just put all other OEMs on notice by announcing the U.S. availability of its first Ultrabook, the Aspire S3-951. By tagging the S3 with an $899 price tag, Acer made it impossible for other OEMs to claim you can't build a sub-$1,000 Ultrabook at current component pricing. Not only did Acer do that by more than a hundred bucks, it also managed to cram both a solid state drive and mechanical hard drive in there for that price.
Dell is calling its new Inspiron One 2320 all-in-one PC the "ultimate stay-connected desktop for families" equally suited for hammering away at homework assignments, keeping track of expenditures, and for watching movies and music. Pitching the homework angle might prove a tough selling point for school age kids, even if it makes mom and pop smile, but there's plenty more you can do with it.
Asus is kicking off the week with the introduction of three all-in-one (AIO) desktop PC models of varying size, including the 21.5-inch ET2210, 23.6-inch ET2410, and 27-inch ET2700. All three feature Full HD 1080p LED backlit touchscreens, second generation Intel Core processors, and up to 8GB of DDR3 memory.