Sep 22 2013
I like AIOs and believe even the entry-level models are becoming more appealing – and they are great for users that need to create work documents, browse the Internet, or use custom software applications for office visitors.
Due to the reduced form factor and heat flow challenges, many previous AIOs featured low-power hardware designed for mobile products. As more companies started to realize why that’s a bad idea, regular hardware is now becoming more common place in newer AIOs.
The all-in-one will remain a niche product for a select customer base, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an extremely profitable market. Apple uses good hardware specifications, a pretty display, and clever marketing to promote its products, while Hewlett-Packard and other vendors need to focus on price, functionality, and mass appeal.
PCWorld posted a comparison review of five budget all-in-one models: Acer Aspire U, Acer Aspire Z3-605-UR22, Dell Inspiron One 20 Touch, Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart 23-f260xt, Lenovo C540 Touch, and the Toshiba PX35t-A2210.
There are plenty of OEMs dabbling in all-in-one PCs, and the prices for models with traditional PC hardware, makes it a true buyer’s market right now.