Beautiful and expensive
It goes without saying that there are numerous Windows PCs that can provide comparable performance at a lower price. However, few of them - nay, none - can match the build quality or the luxurious 27in screen of the iMac. That screen is ideal for graphics and video work and will appeal to home users and professionals alike. Yes, it's expensive, and it lacks features such as a solid-state drive that perhaps ought to be standard.
Great new Ivy Bridge processors, Upgraded GPU
The 27-inch 2012 iMac has real style, but it doesn't sacrifice function to form. Its screen is excellent, has lots of power under the hood and the Fusion Drive option is a great alternative to a speedy-but-expensive SSD or a capacitous-but-slow HDD.
Some may bemoan the lack of an optical drive, but for our money, a portable solution is more than sufficient considering how little they're used nowadays. Overall, the new iMac is a triumph.
Significant speed boost over predecessors
The new, thinner, 27-inch iMacs are strikingly designed, but the loss of two convenient features - internal optical drives and built-in FireWire ports - dampens my enthusiasm for the makeover. The new iMac's drastically reduced glare and generous 8GB of RAM will benefit every user.
Gorgeous, low-glare display
The 27-inch iMac (late 2012) is in a class of its own when it comes to all-in-one desktop computing. It will cater to a wide range of users who are looking for more power and a larger display than can be delivered in a notebook. There are now a number of competing PC products on the market that have also added touchscreen capabilities thanks to the introduction of Windows 8.
Anti-glare screen coating is excellent, Much thinner and lighter
Fusion Drive as pitched seems uniquely suited to addressing solid state storage's price and capacity deficiencies relative to traditional hard drives. A small, relatively cheap SSD gets you most of the performance advantages without breaking the bank, and the spinning hard drive ensures you're not spending hundreds of dollars on an SSD to get the capacity you need.
Splashtop lets you use Windows 8 around the house
The Asus Transformer AIO (P1801-B037K) is an all-in-one Windows 8 PC where the screen is also an 18-inch Android tablet. You can switch back and forth between Windows and Android, so you can complete your work (or play) in Windows on a tabletop device that's lighter than competitive portable all-in-ones or large screen notebooks.
Exactly what I wanted
The tablet is definitely heavy. You're not going to carry it around and use it in your hands. It's fun to use on the couch though or propped up on a TV tray. It did not handle direct sunlight well in Android mode. Though it has a camera, it doesn't sense light in the room which means you need to adjust the brightness yourself. Speaking of which, the webcam is mediocre.
Unique yet well-implemented idea
In fact, for us the main problem with the AiO isn't the overall concept or even implementation - it's in timing. With major new ARM and x86 chips arriving from Nvidia and Intel (Tegra 4 and Haswell, respectively) soon, the Transformer AiO has arrived pretty late in the current hardware cycle.
Build quality of all the components is top notch
This particular variant of the Asus Transformer AiO powered by Intel Core i3 processor is priced at Rs 86,999. A Core i5 variant is also available, which is priced at Rs 92,999. The Transformer AiO is a great concept, but it's a bit too large. It would have been nice if the display was a 12-inch tablet and the PC Station was one-third the size with the same configuration. In that case, the tablet would have made more sense as a portable device.
Very Thin and Compact Design
Samsung seems to have shifted their focus in their latest Series 7 all-in-one. It is less about premium features and more of a mainstream design. While it doesn't offer as many features as the past model, it has certainly cleaned up the design and managed to put together a system that offers a bit more value than its primary competition. The downside here is that to achieve this, they had to sacrifice some of the overall performance.
Connects easily to other Samsung devices for media sharing
The Samsung Series 7 all-in-one is an attractive machine with some good features that's hampered by below average performance and a slightly marred display. For consumers who don't need a powerful computer or an ultra-fancy multimedia hub, the Series 7 could serve them well. However, we really don't like that the touchscreen interferes with overall display quality.
Right now, the HP Envy 23 is a competitive option at this price, even with the caveats we express in that review.
Relatively Affordable Hybrid All-In-One
Sony's attempt at the mobile desktop with the VAIO Tap 20 is a mixed bag of offerings. It is certainly the most affordable of the options on the market right now but it isn't quite as portable as it could be and it sacrificed a bit too much on the display. The portability of the system is also hampered by the limited battery life. Still, the system is a tad bit faster than the other hybrid all-in-ones currently available even if the storage system is on the slow side.
Built-in battery, Large screen (for a tablet), Versatile design
Sony's VAIO Tap 20 wants to bridge the gap between your study desk and your couch. With its internal battery it's good for around 90 minutes of Web browsing or video watching -- not a huge amount, but better than nothing. It's got Ultrabook-class specs, so it's more than capable of light-duty everyday tasks. It's very big and heavy for a touchscreen, tablet-esque device though, and the bundled accessories aren't very good.
Seamless integration with the Windows 8 user interface
The Tap 20 is an unusual product. It's relatively underpowered as a desktop system, but its strong suit is as a shared family PC, with the ability to be moved easily around the home. And its potential as a shared gaming device is impressive. Unfortunately, it isn't as strong on the productivity side, and the lack of MPEG-2 playback - more a Windows 8 problem than Sony's - makes it an imperfect entertainment system.
Screen looks good throughout various viewing angles
The Sony Vaio Tap 20 is big, bold and unlike much else on the market, but it's also just a bit strange.
Arranged in the desktop-like position we have few qualms - it delivers enough power to cater for most tasks, though is nothing special for the £1,000 asking price, and won't cater for demanding gamers.
If you're after a standalone desktop or all-in-one then there are plenty of other dedicated machines out there that don't have the touchscreen facility.
Features are great and clear picture
The product itself is great, although the shiny screen does get a lot of fingerprints on it but are easily wiped off. Windows 8 works great with the touchscreen, but I have heard from many that touchscreen is essential to running Windows 8, but I feel that it works either way, with a mouse or touch, just as easily. Of course, this is new to me, and I have not experienced everything that Windows 8 has to offer.
Very Minimal Software Installation
Dell's XPS 8500 while more affordable still offers a fair amount of performance thanks to retaining the Core i7-3770 processor. The problem is that it is less about graphics than it was in the past and this is hurting it against some of the competition. At least Dell continues their trend of limiting the amount of software they installed which makes this a smooth operating system with little clutter.
Multifunctional enough for the gamer
Overall, the Dell XPS 8500 is a great desktop machine for a family that has both serious and casual computing needs. It is multifunctional enough for the gamer, the artist and the movie buff. It will fit just about anywhere and looks so inconspicuous that it is bound to fade in the background of a living room, unlike the large glow-in-the-dark power machines. It's a near-perfect media machine and well worth considering.
A Powerful Computer
In short, this is a very powerful PC. Some people may want a more powerful graphics card, but the current one is fine and does its job well. The PC has almost no noise, looks very appealing and all i can say is, if you are on the fence about this PC, DONT BE! Buy it, and you wont regret your purchase.
Impressive assortment of digital entertainment for its price
The Lenovo IdeaCentre B520 is a versatile, amazingly full-featured entertainment desktop with strong value among all-in-ones in general, and within its 3D-capable niche. Don't expect the world from this system as a gaming PC, but it should prove capable enough for its price, although we recommend you temper your expectations of its 3D viewing capabilities.
Dedicated Graphics System
Lenovo has a very clear target audience for the IdeaCentre B520 in multimedia focused consumers. It is packed with features that make it an excellent platform for anyone wanting to use it as a high definition media station thanks to items such as a Blu-ray drive, HDTV tuner and HDMI input and outputs. The system even has the ability to do 3D games which most all-in-ones have dropped.
Strong general performance for the category
Lenovo's business-ready all-in-one brings the ThinkPad feel to the world of multitouch desktops--and it doesn't disappoint. Acer's 23-inch AZ5700-U2112 offers speed and an attractive touch-friendly display, without breaking the bank. Aside from a few dings and dents on its specifications sheet, this large all-in-one PC produces great numbers for its relatively meager price.
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z is a 23in, all-in-one multi-touch touchscreen PC that's aimed at enterprise business users.
The overall configuration of the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z may not be spectacular, but its screen definitely is and we're fans. It may not be something we could use for work purposes just yet, but we could get used to rotating and zooming photos with our fingers.
Excellent touchscreen responsiveness
Lenovo's ThinkCentre M90z all-in-one touchscreen PC is designed primarily for business users. The multitouch touchscreen uses optical technology and it had excellent accuracy during our tests -- you can even use it while wearing gloves. However, the overall configuration of the PC is a bit of a letdown considering its price.
23 inch 1080p display
Consumers are looking for serious multimedia machine will want to look else where. Sure, you can handle a lot of multimedia M90z processor-intensive tasks like HD video playback, but there are many other more tempting all-in-one machines to consumers are designed, which are more suitable for multimedia. Lenovo itself offers some really slick all-in-one, including the Lenovo A310, which comes with a TV tuner.
The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z is a quiet, easy-to-upgrade all-in-one PC with a large, high resolution screen and a generous warranty. We wish it came with more RAM and hard disk space as standard. We also wish it was easier to tilt and swivel with more accessible ports. Nevertheless, if you can live with these niggling flaws it's good value at just Â£749 ex VAT.
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