Introduced in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season, MSI today unveiled a pair of new Windows 8-based all-in-one (AIO) machines, the Wind Top AE2712 and AE2712G. Both models sport a 27-inch touchscreen with 10 multi-touch points and a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, along with "Military Class II" features. The AE2712G, however, ups the ante with a discete Nvidia GeForce GT630M GPU for added pixel pushing power.
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.
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.
One thing all-in-one PCs have over most desktops is that they simply look better. We've seen a lot of ugly tower systems, but relatively few AIOs that we'd qualify as eyesores. From what we can tell by viewing MSI's press photos, the company's new Wind Top AE2070 AIO doesn't buck the trend and is another classy edition to a growing number of AIO PCs. Touching it is optional.
All-in-One (AIO) PCs are typically more about convenience than raw computing power, but is it possible to have both? MSI is attempting to answer that question with its new Wind Top AE2410, an AIO system built around Intel's Sandy Bridge platform with forward looking features like SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, one of which uses MSI's exclusive Super Charger technology to speed up USB charging time by 40 percent and can recharge devices even when the system is turned off.
MSI added another all-in-one (AIO) PC to its Wind Top lineup today, the AE2050. Boasting a 20-inch high-definition 16:9 display (1600x900 resolution) with optional multi-touch panel, the AE2050 swings AMD's way with a dual-core E-350 processor (1.6GHz), AMD A50M chipset, and Radeon HD 6310 discrete graphics.
MSI today announced it is taking its Wind Top AE2420 3D stateside. According to MSI, this latest Wind Top is the world's first 3D touchscreen all-in-one (AIO) PC, which is also capable of converting 2D content into three dimensions.
"Most people don't realize that MSI has been making the guts of PCs for more than 20 years, and were the first to launch the 10-inch netbook, which is now the most popular form factor on the market," said Andy Tung, vice president of sales, MSI U.S. "By bringing the world's first 3D all-in-one PC to North America, MSI is continuing to introduce people to the future of computing."
The main attraction, of course, is the 23.6-inch LED backlit display where the 3D magic comes to life. In and around the AIO sits some fairly powerful hardware and respectable feature-set, including an Intel Core i7 860 processor clocked at 2.8GHz, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with 1GB of GDDR3 memory, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 801.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 1TB SATA hard drive, Blu-ray/DVD burner combo, 1.3MP webcam, 6-in-1 memory card reader, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
In addition to the 3D visuals, MSI is making noise over the AE2420's sound system. Two 5W speakers are flanked by a 10W subwoofer and include Creative's THX TruStudio Pro technology.
The Wind Top AE2420 will be available soon starting at $1,800.
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.
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.
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.