If you're looking for a space-saving, powerful PC, and you either don't want to build or you're buying for someone else, an all-in-one computer is a decent bet. They come with everything you need to get to work, are easy to set up, and can be just as good as traditional desktops. This week, we're looking at five of…
One of the happy surprises from Apple's event today was the new iMac. Now that the dust has settled people are putting their grubby blogger-paws all over that shiny, pristine monolith. Guess what, it's like, suuuuper thin!
27-inch screen. 10-finger capacitive multitouch. Aluminum body. Fully articulating screen that folds to your liking. If there was ever a touchscreen all-in-one that had all the elements to succeed, Lenovo's A720 might be it.
Vizio says it's trying to disrupt the computer market, and I think it just did. These are simply gorgeous machines, and are fast and powerful to boot.
Smudges! They're the scourge of any multitouch all-in-one PC, especially for the clammy palmed among us. A problem Sony might just have solved by putting gesture-based shortcuts on the bezel.
At 18.5-mm deep, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A320 is the thinnest all-in-one PC in the world. Lenovo's held that distinction three years running—but this year's model packs in performance to match.
Always Innovating's Smart Book breaks the traditional netbook into pieces. A touchscreen VoIP phone, a tablet, and a keyboard. Use them apart, or combine them into a full-powered device when you have to. Buy one device, carry what you need.
Those crunched for space (and keen on looks) might consider Panasonic's SC-BFT800, a wall-mountable, all-in-one Blu-ray affair. Packing speakers, 3D Blu-ray playback, WiFi connectivity, and iPod support into one bar, the unit also offers virtual 7.2 support with wireless subwoofer. [Panasonic]
The Commodore name still just about lives on, even though the original owners have long since left the factory. The latest product to carry the once-great computing name is the PC64—an all-in-one Atom PC in a C64 case.
Sony's joined the all-in-one touchscreen party, with a shiny Vaio J entrant that you can trick out pretty impressively: 21.5-inch 1920x1080 display, up to a Core i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM. But is it as affordable as they say?
The Lenovo C200 all-in-one made a brief appearance at CeBIT a few months ago, but now it's official: an 18.6-inch 16:9 display with a dual-core Atom D510 processor and optional next-generation Nvidia Ion graphics. You'll want to take the option.
MSI made some all-in-one noise at CES with the AE2420, and they're stepping it up again for next week's CeBIT 2010 show in Germany. There, they'll introduce the world's first large screen all-in-one PC capable of handling 1080p 3D media.
Today Lenovo unveiled their C315 touchscreen all-in-one desktop. It may not be the peppiest system on the market, but $650 for a 20-inch touchscreen AIO PC sounds pretty good to me.
The Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT has officially been espied in a promo shot, and it's apparently packing a multitouch 20-inch (1600x1000) screen and Nvidia Ion 2 graphics. Not too shabby!
The Wind Top AE2420 is the first all-in-one to house Intel's new Core i3/i5 series processor. Combine that with the 23.6-inch 1080p monitor, 5.1 audio, multitouch screen, and Radeon HD 5000 series graphics controller and you've got yourself a warhorse.
Last year at CES, Lenovo debuted a one-inch thick all-in-one that was the slimmest in the world at the time. It was a fatty compared to this year's 18.5mm-deep IdeaCentre A300.
Our iMac review included a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo chip inside, but we received the top-of-the-line iMac housing the more promising 2.8GHz Core i7 processor. Do more cores make up for lower clock speeds? Yes. Often 2X to 3X.
Electronista has benchmarked the new Quad Core i5 chips in the new iMac, and comparing his scores to mine, its pretty clear we've got almost 2x some scores in some CPU/memory tests.
In the 10+ years since the iMac was born as Apple's simple computer, it's become visibly less of a computer and more of a display. And what a screen this new iMac has.
The new iMac, built with the unibody technique, comes in two sizes, with 21.5- and 27-inch screens. It's got the same edge-to-edge glass of the MacBook Pro and will have Core 2 Duo and new Core i5/i7 quad-core options. UPDATED