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Windows 8 operating system was developed mainly for touch-centric usage on tablets and laptops with touchscreens. Although this is the case, they are a few good number of latest desktops running this latest Windows OS, including the towers and the all-in-ones - for home and business use. Windows 8 comes as a successor to the widely acclaimed Windows 7 OS. Windows 8 offers performance improvements, security enhancements and an improved support for touchscreens (all-in-ones).

When the tower is connected to an external display such as a monitor, the user can make use of two interfaces: the new live-tile based metro UI and the regular Windows UI as in Windows 7 with slight changes. The desktop users can have an access to the Windows Store - an app store for the new interface. Another advantage of owning a Windows 8 desktop is that the whole ecosystem is optimized to the new generation cloud computing.

All the licensed Windows 8 desktops can get a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 in which the metro UI usage can be set as an optional thing. The upgrade also marks several other improvements of the OS.

The best Windows 8 desktops come from brands such as Lenovo, Acer, Dell and HP under the IdeaCentre, Aspire, Inspiron and Pavilion product lines respectively. Implementing processors from Intel and AMD along with on-board and discrete graphic processors from NVIDIA and AMD, many of these machines are available under the $400 price range.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre C345

Lenovo Ideacentre C345 20.0-Inch All-In-One Desktop


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Lenovo IdeaCentre C345
Dell XPS 18
Lenovo IdeaCentre H520
Vizio CA27T-B1
Acer Predator G3 (2013)
Lenovo Ideacentre C345 20.0-Inch All-In-One Desktop
Dell XPS 18 Desktop
Lenovo IdeaCentre H520 Desktop
Vizio CA27T-B1 All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop
Acer Predator AG3-605-UR24 Desktop
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Release Date
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
May 2013
Jun 2013
Operating System
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8
Chipset
AMD A68M
Intel B85 Express
Display
20in LED
18.4 in. LED Backlit Touch Display with IPS/Truelife
27 in. Full HD touchscreen
Form Factor
All-in-one
All-in-one
All-in-one
HDD Size
500.0 GB
500.0 GB
1024.0 GB
1024.0 GB
2048.0 GB
Installed Memory
4GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
12 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
Processor
AMD E2-1800 1.7 GHz
Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9 GHz
Core i5-3330 3 GHz
i7-3630QM Quad-core 2.4GHz
Core i7-4770 Quad-core 3.4 GHz
Recommended Use
Business, Home Use
Business, Home Use

  • Lenovo IdeaCentre C345 is a computer of mediocre performance yet excellent value. It's extremely affordable considering the fact it comes with monitor, keyboard and mouse. It's a true All-In-One computer solution for casual users and families alike.


  • A great in one desktop PC for those with less funds, but have needs for rich features to produce computing and internet based tasks, easy to accomplish. May well have the bells and whistles like those available from the Apple iMac MD093LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop, however it has all the key features you'll want a fantastic computing experience.


  • Finally, Lenovo IdeaCentre C345 has a lot of things to offer to us all. We will surely not regret once we have decided to purchase this device. Keep your eyes open as you experience real satisfaction with this All-in-One Desktop.


  • It's the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids, with a subtle, sophisticated design and good battery life, but this new genre is still in its early days.


  • The Dell XPS 18 fulfills a niche somewhere between a large screen ultrabook and a dedicated all-in-one desktop PC. It mostly works, though the market for such a product is still in its beginning stages.


  • The Dell XPS 18 fulfills a niche somewhere between a large screen ultrabook and a dedicated all-in-one desktop PC. It mostly works, though the market for such a product is still in its beginning stages.


  • Lenovo continues to make strides in the slim desktop PC category with the IdeaCentre H520s. It combines a slim space-saving design with ease of use and a range of entertainment features. It features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, built-in wireless connectivity and a 1TB hard drive. The slim design does limit future expansion, but it comes with everything most users will need.


  • is a high-tier desktop suitable for power-seeking users who don't want to pay too much for their computer. Graphics performance is subpar so gamers would do better with another desktop, but other power users would definitely enjoy this Lenovo.


  • Vizio's top-of-the-line 27-inch touch all-in-one gets a modest update but stays traditional compared with detachable, convertible alternatives.


  • With its great feature set and lots of performance, the Vizio 27-inch All-in-One Touch PC (CA27T-B1) is a system that can deliver on the promises made by its futuristic design.


  • Vizio's latest all-in-one looks good and performs well, but Vizio needs to up its peripherals game.


  • The Acer Predator AG3-605-UR20 is a solid choice for anyone shopping for an off-the-shelf gaming desktop.


  • Acer has finally delivered a gaming desktop with an advantage over the market's veterans. While a sense of awe or occasion might be missing from this bare-bones rig, it's hard to argue with a legitimately capable gaming desktop that is sold for less than $1,500 and offers respectable upgradability. Acer's Predator G3 offers outstanding bang-for-the-buck. Gamers on a budget should absolutely consider the G3.