With desktop sales declining and tablet sales on the upswing, it's no surprise that PC makers are trying to merge the two form factors. Everyone fromto to has tried their hand at the "tabletop PC" that can function as a stand-up desktop and work on a flat surface. Now Acer is joining the fray with its new Aspire Z3-600 all-in-one PC.
On the one hand, the Z3-600 is your typical Windows 8 AIO, with a Pentium J2850 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, and 1080p 21.5-inch touchscreen. But fold down its kickstand and unplug it from the wall, and it turns into a mobile computer you can move around your house.
That's thanks to its built-in battery, which Acer claims will provide 2.5 hours of cable-free computing. Between its size and the limited battery life, the Z3-600 isn't truly portable, but the tabletop PC is designed to offer more family-friendly computing experiences, as gathering around it is a little easier than huddling over an iPad or other smaller tablet. And, of course, it makes Windows 8's tile-based start page more useful.
You'll pay a bit of a premium for the Z3-600's flexibility, though it's hardly a budget-buster. At $779, it's competitive with other all-in-ones, though you trade a better CPU for the built-in battery and tabletop feature. Are you interested in purchasing one of these tabletop PCs? Why or why not? Let us know in the Talkback section below.