Laptops have become popular replacements for desktops. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on desktop computers. All-in-one models are sleek replacements for desktop towers.
All-in-ones combine the components in a single case. They’re not much bigger than a flat-panel monitor. Of course, there’s still a keyboard and mouse.
Let’s look at three on the market, and one promised.
Apple’s iMac can be credited with making all-in-ones popular. This aluminum-clad machine comes in two screen sizes: 20-inch and 24-inch.
At the low end ($1,200), you’ll get one gigabyte of memory. There’s a 250GB hard drive and a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The graphics card has 128 megabytes of dedicated memory. There’s also a dual-layer DVD writer.
The iMac can be customized. You can get up to one terabyte of storage and four gigabytes of memory. The processor and video card can be upgraded.
Want to stick with Windows? Gateway’s One comes in three configurations that run Vista Home Premium. Each sports a 19-inch display. It is clad in black plastic and rests directly on the desktop. It looks a lot like the iMac.
At the low end ($1,300), you’ll get two gigabytes of RAM. RAM can be expanded to four gigabytes. The video uses shared memory.
There’s a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Also included are a 320-gigabyte hard drive and a dual-layer DVD writer.There’s a snap-on webcam and slots for popular memory card formats. It comes with 802.11n wireless networking.
Sony LT and LS series
Sony offers a variety of Windows-based all-in-one computers. The LS series features a 19-inch screen. Models start at $1,800.
The LS series offers Intel Core 2 Duo processors in 1.7GHz and 2.0GHz flavors. The two gigabytes of RAM cannot be expanded. You can opt for a graphics card or shared graphics.
You can choose a 250-gigabyte or 320-gigabyte hard drive. There’s a dual-layer DVD writer and 802.11b/g wireless.
Dell XPS One
Dell has also announced an all-in-one machine. As of this writing, Dell hadn’t released any specifications. However, Dell uses the name XPS to designate its more powerful machines.