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TMCNet:  Desktop makeovers

[January 22, 2013]

Desktop makeovers

Jan 23, 2013 (Mint - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The all-in-one (AIO) is gaining popularity and most PC makers have taken their design cues from Apple's iMac to create sleek desktop solutions. Using wireless keyboards and mice, these machines don't just look good but are also much easier to install or move since you just need to transfer a single unit.

With all the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) coming out with new models in the last month or so, there's a good deal of choice available, so take a look at our three picks to decide which one suits you -- Lenovo's ThinkCentre Edge 92z It reached the market this month and is being pitched to small- and medium-enterprise users. As such it is pegged as a value-for-money option. It doesn't look as good as the competition, but there's no denying that it's a very capable machine, at a great price.

CPU: 3rd generation Intel Core i5 2.9 GHz RAM: 4 GB Screen: 21.5-inch full HD Storage: 1 TB HDD Inputs: Touch screen, wireless mouse and keyboard Worth noting: USB 3.0, Wi-Fi direct connectivity Price: Rs.59,600 Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One Desktop touch The Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One Desktop touch, which launched in December, is priced very close to the newest Lenovo AIO, but adds in a Blu-ray writer at the cost of Wi-Fi Direct. It's a lot sleeker than Lenovo's offering, but lacks a distinct identity, while the Lenovo, though boxy, at least stands out.

photo CPU: 3rd generation Intel Core i5 2.9 GHz RAM: 8 GB Screen: 23-inch full HD Storage: 500 GB HDD Inputs: Touch screen, wireless mouse and keyboard Worth noting: USB 3.0, Blu-ray writer Price: Rs.59,990 HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart All-in-One PC It is the most expensive AIO but it is also one of the best-looking ones. At 23 inches with full HD, the screen is huge, and great for watching movies or playing video games. It comes on a floating stand and can be pushed back easily, so it's really convenient to use the touch interface, but it falters in the audio department.

CPU: 3rd generation Intel Core i5 2.9 GHz RAM: 4 GB Screen: 23-inch full HD Storage: 1 TB HDD Inputs: Touch screen, wireless mouse and keyboard Worth noting: Curved body for extra thinness and unique design Price: Rs.71,990 ___ (c)2013 the Mint (New Delhi) Visit the Mint (New Delhi) at www.livemint.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

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