Averatec, the O.C.'s other computer maker after Gateway, has released a new all-in-one desktop. The design doesn't break any new ground in this category, but it is simple, compact and reasonably attractive. And with a 22-inch LCD, Nvidia GeForce 8400 graphics and an integrated TV tuner, at first glance it looks like a solid value at $1,200.
The Apple iMac is still regarded as the gold standard in this category, but nearly every OEM now offers an all-in-one priced between $1,200 and $1,400. So it is relatively easy to comparison shop, though the graphics vary widely in terms of capabilities. Here's a quick comparison of the AIOs:
|Averatec All-In-One||Apple iMac||Dell XPS One||HP TouchSmart IQ504||Gateway One ZX190|
|2GHz Intel C2D||2.4GHz Intel C2D||2.2GHz Intel C2D||2GHz Intel C2D||1.5GHz Intel C2D|
|2GB DDR2-667||1GB DDR2-800||2GB DDR-667||4GB DDR2-667||2GB DDR2-667|
|GeForce 8400||Radeon 2400XT 128MB||Integrated||Integrated||Radeon 2600XT 256MB|
|22-inch LCD||20-inch LCD||20-inch LCD||22-inch LCD||19-inch LCD|
|Vista Home Premium||Mac OS X||Vista Home Premium||Vista Home Premium||Vista Home Premium|
There are good reasons for this. Most all-in-ones use more expensive components typically found in notebook PCs. And for many users the benefits of a clutter-free desk are worth the added cost. But the point is that even a value all-in-one such as Averatec's new model still carry a hefty premium.