What’s New and What’s Next—All-in-One PCs

A slew of snazzy next-generation all-in-one PCs are either already in stores or set to ship soon.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A600
The Lenovo IdeaCentre A600 has a 21.5-inch screen with 1920 by 1080 HD resolution, and it offers a Blu-ray drive, an ATSC/HDTV-ready tuner, built-in speakers, and Wi-Fi. You get a wireless mouse and keyboard, too, along with a special remote that can function as a mouse, game controller, VoIP handset, or media center controller.
The IdeaCentre comes with a Webcam and VeriFace security software that-you guessed it-can scan your face and use the image as your system password.The IdeaCentre A600 runs on your choice of Intel Core 2 Duo processors and ATI Radeon graphics cards. It supports up to 4GB of memory and 1TB of storage space.

Dell Studio One 19
Expected to start shipping any moment now, the Dell Studio One 19 attempts to combine power with style. The 18.5-inch display is built from glass, aluminum, and even fabric. The PC comes in a choice of five colors, each with a fancy name like “powder pink.”
Inside, the Studio One 19 offers several Intel processor options, including Celeron, Dual Core Celeron, Pentium Dual Core, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Quad Core chips. For graphics, you can choose either the nVidia GeForce 9200 or the 9400. The system can come loaded with up to 4GB of RAM, up to 750GB of hard-drive space, a DVD burner, and a seven-in-one card reader.

Acer Aspire Z5600
Acer has a couple of new all-in-one PCs on the way. First is the Acer Aspire Z5600, boasting a 24-inch touchscreen display controlled by the Windows 7 operating system. For now Acer is staying mum on the specifics, but the company is promising “the latest generation of Intel processors” and “MXM [Mobile PCI Express Module] graphic processors.” The Z5600 will offer up to 2TB of storage along with a TV tuner, a Webcam, and an integrated DVD/Blu-ray writer.
Acer has yet to release any pricing information, aside from the vague statement that the Aspire Z5600 will be “affordable.” It has also not announced a launch date.

HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC
Also recently released is the HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the new TouchSmart is tailored to businesses with its 22-inch multitouch screen, Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 CPU, and 4GB of memory. The TouchSmart offers storage space as high as 320GB along with a built-in DVD burner, a five-in-one card reader, and speakers.

eMachines EZ1600
Likely to be far more economical than the Aspire Z5600, the eMachines EZ1600 will come with an 18.5-inch display and an Atom N270 processor-the same laptop-friendly CPU used in the Asus Eee Top 1602 all-in-one system.
The eMachines EZ1600 won’t be appropriate for resource-intensive tasks. It’s built more for basic computing-word processing, Web surfing, or DVD viewing, for example. The PC will include a 945GSE integrated graphics chipset, up to 160GB of storage, a DVD-RW drive, Wi-Fi functionality, and a card reader. It will be available in silver or black.

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