With the recent release of Windows 8, all-in-one PCs with bend, twist, turn, and touch features are all over the market. These hardware capabilities are all state-of-the-art and considered breakthroughs in computer technology.
While desktop PC takes a lot space and lacks mobility compared to notebooks and tablets, it has one advantage that no all-in-one PC can take away: the upgrade possibility is almost limitless.
Nevertheless, many techies would still opt for the all-in-one PCs. To help them decide which model to buy, here is a rundown of the key features of all-in-one PCs from Dell, Acer and Toshiba.
This is an all-in-one desktop computer with 23" HD display and HD webcam. It is equipped with the speed of the 2nd generation Intel Core processors, wireless mouse and keyboard.
Its 23" HD screen display has HD LCD WLED backlighting, and the body is built with uncluttered design and sleekness, offers touchscreen function, easy access with Dell Stage Software, and it is wall mount-ready.
8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/RW) or optional Blu-Ray combo drive (BD-R, DVD+/-RW)
68 mm Touch or 66.5mm non touch. 20.6lbs Touch, 19lbs non touch.
1.0MP (1280x720) HD
This slim desktop PC has thickness similar to a book and fits inside a bookshelf. The compact PC is equipped with 3rd gen Intel Core or a new AMD processor, graphics unit from Intel HD integrated, NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon.
It is under the Aspire X Series which feature high-definition multimedia functions with the combination of discrete graphics and HD audio. Its expandable options are up to 16GB of DDR3 memory for fast response on gaming and design activities.
3.4GHz Intel Core i3
6 GB of RAM
Hard Drive Capacity
Height: 10.6" Width: 3.9" Depth: 14.4"
This is an all-in-one desktop designed for HD entertainment, serious performance demands, and elegant design. The PC runs on Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 8 with hardware Intel Core i7 and 2GB NVIDIA GT 630M.
The LX830 comes with wireless keyboard and mouse and its screen can be an optional touchscreen capacitive. Exclusive Toshiba Extras are also included such as Sleep & Charge technology for charging smartphones or other portable devices even if the PC is asleep and PC Health Monitor to keep computer performance in check.
Intel Core i7
Windows 7 Home Premium
1 TB 5900 RPM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 2GB
23" 1920x1080 TruBrite Display
While the tech world was abuzz over the release of Windows 8, the event did not necessarily translate it better PC sales, reported NPD. After the initial four-week launch of the new OS, U.S. sales of Windows devices actually went down 21 per cent compared to the same period in 2011, notebook sales plummeted 24 per cent and desktop sales decreased 9 per cent.
However, NPD Vice President of Industry Analysis Stephen Baker said it is too early to blame Windows 8 for the current weakness in the PC market.
"We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for," CNET quoted Mr Baker.