ANALYSIS: All-in-one and multi-touch shoot up our desktop sales charts

All-in-ones see strong sales

In a refreshing turn of events, all-in-one PCs feature heavily in this month’s chart, with four out of five machines taking this form the Acer Aspire Z5610, Packard Bell’s one two M, Acer’s All-In-One and the Dell Inspiron One and of those four, two feature a multi-touch interface. In my opinion, this indicates that the winds of change are blowing through what has become a very stale format.

In months past, the specifications and capabilities of the top-selling desktops have borne a remarkable likeness to those of the top selling laptops. Despite the fact that an all-in-one PC doesn’t have the kind of customisation options of a tower case, as the mass market increasingly embraces the PC, such options are seen as niche concerns. The all-in-one offers a relatively cost and space efficient option for everyday consumers, and the growing popularity of multi-touch interface suggests that the desktop may be in for a new lease of life.

The laptop chart shows a familiar pattern of strong sales for low-cost, low performance devices. Top of the chart is the Advent Modena. The brand is essentially a white label for some of the multiple retailers, and the range can be somewhat varied. Reviewers say that the Modena offers negligible performance but excellent storage, thus meeting the needs of most light computer users.

Samsung’s E352 is a similar machine to the Modena, but at a higher price, while Apple’s MacBook MC-51 offers the dubious distinction of being the only sub-$1,000 laptop on Apple’s US website. No wonder they recently made $3.5 billion pure profit…


1. Advent Modena
2. Samsung E352
3. Apple Macbook MC51
4. Acer AS5732Z
5. Acer AS4820T


1. Acer Aspire Z5610
2. Packard Bell OneTwo M
3. Packard Bell iMedia
4. Acer Aspire All In One
5. Dell Inspiron One


1. Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000
2. Logitech 920
3. IT Works Slimline KC03
4. PC Line Med2
5. Microsoft Digital Media 3000


1. Logitech M505
2. IT Works MW01
3. Microsoft Mouse 3000
4. PC Line Wired Ball
5. HP KU916

Internet Security

1. Norton 360 Gold v4
2. Norton Internet Security 2010 Performance Pack
3. Norton Anti-Virus 2010
4. McAfee Total Protection 2010
5. Kaspersky Internet Security 2010

Graphics Cards

1. PNY Nvidia GeForce GTS 250
2. PNY Nvidia GeForce GT 220
3. Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 3650 AGP
4. Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5570
5. PNY Nvidia GeForce 210

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