A handful of poorly located ports
The entire point of a hybrid is value. It provides both a tablet and PC for less than the cost of both when purchased individually. But rather than respecting this, Dell's gone the opposite direction and priced the XPS 18 higher than a tablet and mid-range Ultrabook (or desktop PC) combined. And that just doesn't make sense.
Stunning screen, Nice design, Feels responsive, Great for entertainment
There is the seed of something very good indeed in the Dell XPS 18. It's a weird one, and it's easy to question why you would want a portable desktop PC, but once you've used one, the question feels more like, 'why not have this option?'.
Right now, the main reasons why not are the connectivity and price relative to power. But they can change.
A truly portable all-in-one
Wrapping up what's becoming a long-winded conclusion, we like many more things than we don't about this system. It's one of the first and few hybrid designs that's more functional than gimmicky, and because of it's Ivy Bridge foundation, there's plenty of power for general purpose computing and even some gaming. If the flexibility of a detachable, portable 18-inch tabletop PC appeals to you, this system has your name all over it.
IPS display with good viewing angle stability
Dell presents a conclusive and working concept with the XPS 18. The big tablet meets the requirements of an All-in-One PC.
Contrary to the Sony Vaio Tap 20 the XPS 18 can still be called a tablet; it is not even half the weight of the Sony. This fact also makes it more family friendly. Mutual gaming, reading or multimedia entertainment is no problem even for the smaller family members. The large display also enables a gaming evening for the whole family.
Portable yet works well as a desktop PC
After spending a month with the Dell XPS 18, it's hard not to really like it. The lovely IPS display, occasional portability and quiet performance are strong selling points. It looks attractive, is well made and stays cool thanks to the low powered internals. It's not the product for serious gamers or CAD workers, but it's perfect for everyday productivity and multimedia entertainment.
Very fast, 4th-gen CPU, Dedicated sound card
Aside from its mostly unnecessary abundance of RAM, the XPS 8700 Special Edition is a well-rounded performance desktop that's a good fit as a family PC or a dorm-room power tower. It's powerful enough to handle pretty much any task that you throw at it, from high-end media creation to high-resolution gaming. And its desktop form factor and upgradability mean it won't have to be replaced as soon as one of the components gets too slow or fails.
Touchscreen Display Really Helps Windows 8 OS
The Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 is one of many new touchscreen all-in-one's that consumers can choose from but frankly it doesn't really offer all that much from the competition to set it apart. It is decent system if you want a touchscreen are are willing to sacrifice some 3D and CPU performance to get it. In particular, it uses an older processor with less memory. It makes up for this with a faster hard drive and better access for potentially upgrading memory and hard drive.
Good value, Beautiful 23-inch 1080p HD display
The stylish design of the Lenovo IdeaCentre B540 is one that catches our eye in tandem with its budget price tag. The 23-inch 1080p touch screen works well with Windows 8 and looks great for multimedia viewing. Performance is good, especially for the price, but it does make a slight compromise with a Core i3 CPU.
This is a great PC for the money
Has a great processor. Lots of Ram and can be expanded to 32g. Comes with a 2 tb sata drive and a graphics card with 2g on on board ram. I really like this PC. Windows 8 takes some getting used to. But its like every other operating system out there. Use what you want of it and ignore the rest. I like the way it sorts out it own problems.
Fewer USB Ports Than Other Desktop
Lenovo's IdeaCentre K450 isn't necessarily a bad machine but there are just too many compromises in this model to make it not a recommended purchase. This has to do with the fact that their are other systems for just a bit more money that offer better performance or features. Sure, it may have an easy to work in case but buyers should just look at buying a more expensive and better equipped version of the K450 than have to settle for this one and then upgrade it.
Has faster integrated graphics
The new Mac mini continues to build on the solid foundation set by the 2011 model. If you prefer a Mac desktop computer to a laptop, and/or you don't want to be confined to the glossy 21.5- or 27-inch displays that come with the iMac, the Mac mini is a capable system for most tasks. The quad-core Core i7 processor and the larger storage capacity make the £679-799 Mac mini more attractive - plus you £200.
More than powerful enough for most tasks
A lovely machine that has so many uses it's almost staggering. It works as a desktop machine, it works as a media centre. It's not hugely cheap, but it is still the cheapest way to get into Apple computers, without buying reconditioned or second-hand. But as a computer, it's very likable and is well-placed to snatch the desktop crown away from those slightly uglier Windows boxes.
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.
Business-oriented feature set, Good gaming performance
The Lenovo Edge 92z is a better-than-average all-in-one that's very well suited to business deployments, but the optional discrete graphics option renders it suitable for home environments, too. This AiO was born to live on the end of an articulated stand, though. Add that and a wireless mouse and keyboard and you'll be very happy you went for the 92z.
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