This year Computex has been the scene of important releases, but there was nothing particularly remarkable among them in the traditional PC segment. The “boxes” no longer seem to have much interest except for those who assemble their own computer, and the bets of several manufacturers have gone on the other hand.
This is the case of HP or Dell, which, apart from renewing its catalog of laptops, have launched several comfortable, attractive and accessible All-In-One or All-in-One devices . And in one of the cases, with a striking modular philosophy.
It seems that in Computex manufacturers have assumed that those who access to equipment mounted in cash prefer to eat it and cook it all , because although there have been proposals, these have been overshadowed by the teams in All-In-One format and, of course, all type of laptops and convertibles.
These proposals are relevant for those who give priority to saving space (and cables) and do not need large benefits, and here it is true that manufacturers have the perfect excuse to try to bring surprises in the field of design since in the brute power usually have little to offer.
It is curious how the boxes have gradually ceased to be less and less publicized by the manufacturers, who may assume that whoever wants a high-performance PC prefers to mount it from beginning to end.
The developments of manufacturers such as HP, Dell, Lenovo or ASUS in this regard are interesting and in fact HP itself launched its OMEN Obelisk with the purpose of attracting gamers who mount their PCs, but it seems clear that it is difficult to guess with these users , who in many cases have very different needs and budgets.
That’s where these All-In-One come in, aimed at a less ambitious and demanding sector in terms of performance and looking for other elements in a personal computer. Both Dell and HP have their own ideas and have shown them in Computex. Let’s see them
Dell presented its Inspiron 24 5000 AIO and its Inspiron 27 7000 AIO , and in both the leading role was the InfinityEdge screen, which emulates those of their laptops and allows to “hide” the frames making them especially small.
At the top these All-In-One also have a retractable webcam that is hidden in the chassis unless we are going to use it, a more than interesting measure to protect privacy.
The multimedia section was also protagonist even when the screens had only Full HD resolution. In the lower part we do have an area dedicated exclusively to loudspeakers, and the design, as recognized by Dell itself, moves away from the traditional All-In-One and makes these devices look like more televisions than anything else .
Despite its striking appearance, this equipment is the same as in the vast majority of All-In-One: the design can impose certain sacrifices in terms of performance , and we have our own laptop hardware that, has options of interesting customization.
In the case of the Dell we start with a Core i3 with 8 GB of RAM, but we can configure the equipment with up to Core i7 and up to 32 GB of RAM . Things are not so striking in the graphical section, where as much we can opt for a GeForce MX110, but still those who seek space saving, good design and modest benefits have here a curious candidate.
More interesting was the bet of HP, which in his Mini-in-One Display went to a different concept and separated that usual cycle of refreshment and updates of PC hardware while maintaining the advantages of the All-in-One.
The HP solution consists of a 23.8-inch ed monitor that has a slot in the back where you can insert an HP Mini PC . If you want to expand the RAM or storage just remove that “cartridge”, make the changes you want and re-insert it.
If the update is more important and you want to change the processor and motherboard you will have to get rid of the old catalog and buy a new Mini PC that will “insert” in the monitor, but at least you will keep the monitor to have that All-In-One device always available.
The proposal of HP is striking because the cost of that screen with the bay for the Mini-PC is not high ($ 279 when it leaves in August, yes, without Mini PC included), and can be a very interesting alternative for those seeking Retrench of space. It is a 1080p 60 Hz screen with a privacy switch for the webcam and dual microphone.
There are of course clear options in this market . Small format PCs can even be mounted on monitors with supports that follow the VESA standard, and there are Mini PCs such as the NUC and others that the users themselves assemble themselves that also occupy very little space.
The ambition of HP here is to offer a proposal that saves cables and hassles and facilitates access to a team with good performance without complicating our lives too much . The All-In-One are undoubtedly that: a good alternative for a certain sector of users, and in Computex 2019 it seems clear that this market has a route.