The MSI Wind Top AE2400 is an all-in-one touchscreen PC that is neither a desktop or a mobile computer. Confused? Well, so was I until I decided to take a closer look.
The all-in-one PC seems to be going the way of the Dodo, well that’s what I thought anyway. While most people know the iconic all-in-one iMac design, most other offerings of this type have not been so successful. It’s not that there haven’t been some great computers in this style – from companies like Sony, HP, and ASUS – they just haven’t really caught the attention of the market.
MSI are aiming to change all that however, with the 23.6 inch touchscreen, 2.7GHz Intel Pentium E5400 powered, all-in-one beast. Graphics performance comes courtesy of ATI Radeon Mobility HD 565v, and you also get a large 1TB hard drive and a DVD burner.
For the uninitiated, an all-in-one computer is precisely that, a design that features the hardware in the same casing as the screen, with no tower needed and only a keyboard and mouse as peripherals. However, while the famous iMac design featured a large bulky screen, this new all-in-one MSI looks as much like an overgrown laptop as it does a standard desktop computer.
The biggest draw card with this computer is the touchscreen, which means you can do without the mouse and keyboard entirely and use this computer almost like an upright tablet. There is a two-point multitouch with pinch to zoom and other gestures, but this screen seems designed to be used with a single contact point. Despite this limitation, the screen is responsive and offers a refreshing change to the standard desktop interface.
Performance wise, the MSI Wind Top AE2400 does very well, despite the fact that it uses older technology. While fast enough to be a gaming computer, the high 1920 x 1200 resolution and good speakers make the MSI Wind Top AE2400 ideal for watching movies. The MSI Wind Top AE2400 is on sale now for about $1300.
2.7GHz Intel Pentium E5400
ATI Radeon Mobility HD 565v
23.6 inch screen
1920 x 1200 resolution
up to 1TB hard drive
up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM
Wireless keyboard and mouse