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:
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.