If there is a bright spot for desktop PCs this year, it is all-in-ones. More than a third of consumer desktop PC sales are now all-in-ones. During Apple's iPhone event earlier this week, CEO Tim Cook noted that the iMac is the top-selling desktop in U.S. retail. Even businesses seem to be warming up to the idea of all-in-ones.
So it is no surprise that the choices for all-in-ones are expanding. In the past few weeks, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and HP have all introduced all-in-ones for both home and work. Here's a look at some of the new options out there.Inspiron One 2305-both of which are based on a 23-inch 1080p multi-touch display. But the new version is smaller and nearly an inch thinner, and Dell has revamped the internals starting with Intel's second-generation Core i5 and i7 processors. The Inspiron One 2320 starts at $950 with a 2.50GHz Core i5 quad-core, 6GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive and DVD burner. Step-up models include a faster processor, 8GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce discrete graphics, a 2TB hard drive and a Blu-ray writer. The older 2305, which is still available starting at $700, is based on AMD Athlon II dual- and quad-core processors.
Dell's 23-inch all-in-one for small businesses has also received a refresh. It looks similar to the Inspiron One-and is based on a 23-inch display-but it is slightly larger and has fewer configuration options. The Vostro 360 starts at $700 with a non-touch display, Core i3 dual-core, 2GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and DVD burner. Higher-priced models include a multi-touch display and more memory. In a blog post, Dell's David Chen listed other options including Core i5 processors, hard drives up to 2TB and a Blu-ray player, but those do not seem to be available yet on Dell's Vostro 360 product page.Samsung's Series 7 an Editors' Choice award.
Like Samsung, Toshiba has recently branched out from laptops and started offering all-in-ones in the U.S. The DX730 Series, which has a 23-inch touchscreen, is available directly from Toshiba and will soon be available at Best Buy. The DX735-ST5N01 from ToshibaDirect is $1,000 with a low-voltage Core i5 dual-core processor, 6GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive and DVD burner. The step-up model adds a Core i7 quad-core processor and costs $1,100. Best Buy will be selling what appear to be the identical configurations-only with 4GB of memory rather than 6GB-for $900 and $1,000, respectively. In August, Toshiba announced the DX1210, which has the same basic design but with a smaller display--a 21.5-inch touchscreen. Oddly this system costs a bit more at ToshibaDirect ($930) than the 23-inch model with an identical configuration from Best Buy.
HP has been pushing its TouchSmart PCs for years, and now the company is doubling down on all-in-ones. Last month it announced seven new all-in-one products creating what it claims is the "largest all-in-one portfolio in its history."
The budget HP Omni series, which does not have touchscreens, includes the 20-inch Omni 120 and 21.5-inch Omni 220. The Omni 120 starts at $400 with AMD's low-power E-Series dual-core processor or $500 with Intel's Pentium G620 dual-core processor. Though it is part of the same family, the Omni 220 has a completely different, cantilevered design which makes it look like an iMac in black. It starts at $800 with a Core i5 quad-core, 6GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive and a Blu-ray player. The Omni all-in-ones also have an impressive menu of configuration options including faster processors, hard drives up to 2TB, and AMD Radeon or Nvidia GeForce discrete graphics.TouchSmart 520 comes with either the AMD A-Series, starting at $800, or Intel's second-generation Core processors starting at $900.
HP has updated the existing TouchSmart 600 series, which is also based on a 23-inch display but has a different design. These start at $1,100 and up and use Intel's standard-voltage processors up to the 3.40GHz Core i7-2600 quad-core. Like the Omni series, the TouchSmarts have loads of configuration options including many processor choices, up to 8GB of memory and hard drives up to 3TB. Most models also have AMD and Nvidia discrete graphics options and the 23-inch models are also available with a Blu-ray writer.
HP has a confusingly long list of business all-in-ones too, but there are only two new ones: the simple HP Pro 3420 with a standard 20-inch display and the more upscale TouchSmart Elite 7320 with a 21.5-inch touchscreen. Both are based on Intel's second-generation Core processors. The Pro 3420 has a basic design and starts at $660 with a Pentium dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive and a DVD burner. The TouchSmart Elite 7320 uses the same design as the new consumer TouchSmart models. It starts at $850 with the same basic specs, but with a faster Core i3 dual-core processor.
Lenovo is the other major Windows player here with both IdeaCentre consumer and ThinkCentre business all-in-ones. Of course, the iMac, which got Sandy Bridge processors and Thunderbolt I/O back in May, is still the one to beat and the only major all-in-one that extends up to 27-inches.
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