As the desktop market continues to evolve, computer users are starting to look to unique form factors for tasks. Here Jade Burke rounds up both some of the traditional and more alternative options available on the market…
ASUS VIVO PC VM42
Distributor: Tech Data
Windows 8.1 comes installed with the Vivo, which accommodates up to two storage drives for added flexibility. An Intel Celeron 2957U processor and Intel HD graphics come with the small PC, as well as a 500GB SATA hard drive.
Specs: DDR3 1,600MHz, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, one HMDI port, support for Windows 8.1.
PHILIPS LCD DISPLAY LED BACKLIGHT ALL-IN-ONE
This all-in-one features a multi-touch 16:9 widescreen Full HD display. Users can also view content across its 21.5-inch screen and connect to the internet thanks to its Wi-Fi or Ethernet port.
Specs: 16:9 aspect ratio, Android 4.2 OS, multi-touch optical panel, webcam and mic, SmartStand.
CELLO 20-INCH ALL-IN-ONE PC
Available with either a touch-screen or without, this all-in-one runs on Windows 8.1. It features a 20-inch display, 500GB storage and a Dual Core Intel processor. A wireless keyboard and mouse also come with the device.
Specs: 4GB memory, Windows 8.1, 20-inch display, Dual Core Intel processors.
SRP: From £267
ACER VERITON Z2660G 19.5-INCH ALL-IN-ONE
An LED display lights up the Veriton’s HD+ 1600×900 16:9 display, while its dual stereo speaker output provides theatre-like sounds effects. An Intel Core i3 4130T 2.9 GHz processor powers the all-in-one.
Specs: 19.5-inch, Intel HD graphics, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD.
LENOVO THINKCENTRE M73Z ALL-IN-ONE
Distributor: Ingram Micro
An Intel Pentium G3240 processor powers this all-in-one from Lenovo, which also boasts a 20-inch screen. The ThinkCentre features Bluetooth capabilities and a full size keyboard and Edge mouse bundle.
Specs: Windows 8.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 20-inch display, 500GB SATA memory.
PHILIPS SMART LINE DISPLAY ALL-IN-ONE
Users can pinch, zoom, rotate, swipe and scroll thanks to the all-in-one’s (AIO) optical multi-touch display. It features a 23-inch screen and is powered by Android, plus it comes with a USB 2.0 hub with two ports.
Specs: LED backlight, two-point touch panel, 16:9 aspect ratio.
LENOVO ERAZER X510
AMD R9 290 4GB graphics come with this gaming desktop from Lenovo, along with a 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4770K processor. It runs on Windows 8.1 and boasts 16GB PC3 12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHZ.
Specs: USB 3.0 charging, 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, four USB 3.0 ports.
ACER EXTENSA EM2 SERIES
Distributor: Tech Data
Designed to target SMBs, this desktop comes with a choice of 4th generation Intel Core i7, i5, i3 or Intel Pentium and Celeron processors. A range of ports are available with the EM2, including six USB ports and a VGA port.
Specs: Intel HD Graphics 4600/4000, 8GB memory, 2TB storage, AMD Radeon or Nvidia GeForce graphics.
SRP: From £339.99
HANNSPREE PC ON A STICK
As one of the smallest computers on the market, Hannspree’s PC on a stick transforms any HDMI compatible display into a Window 8 PC. It is less than 10cm in length and comes with 2GB memory and 32GB storage.
Specs: Quad Core Intel processor up to 1.83GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 8.1.
APPLE IMAC WITH 5K DISPLAY
14.7 million pixels are packed into the iMac’s 5K display, while a 4th generation quad-core Intel Core i5 processor powers the device. It features AMD graphics with up to 3.5 teraflops of graphics compute power.
Specs: Thunderbolt 2 technology, up to 3TB fusion drive, 27-inch display size.
SRP: From £1,599
ASUS G10AC DESKTOP
Windows 8.1 comes equipped with this desktop, while 4th generation Intel Core processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics power the device. It features Asus Smart Cooling technology, which helps to lower temperatures.
Specs: Asus Power Pack, four USB 3.0 ports, Windows 8.1, up to 32GB memory.
SRP: From £669.99
HANNSG BY HANNSPREE ALL-IN-ONE MONITOR
Distributors: Entatech, Exertis
Available in either 23-inch or 27-inch display sizes, this all-in-one provides users with fast performance speeds thanks to its quad-core processor. It comes packed with 8GB of on board storage and 1GB DDR3 memory.
Specs: Built-in stereo speakers, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, Android 4.4, touchscreen display.
SRP: From £219
Distributor: Stone Group
A range of processors are available with Stone’s NUC, including 5th Generation Intel Core or i5 vPro. It can be VESA mounted onto the back of monitors, and uses 6.7w idle and 22w load, making it energy efficient.
Specs: Windows 8.1, Intel HD 500 graphics. VESA mount, 4×4-inch chassis.
ACER REVO ONE
Designed as an entertainment system, the Revo comes equipped with Windows 8.1 and 4GB of DDR3L memory. It boasts Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and a range of ports including two USB 3.0 ports.
Specs: 4GB standard memory, Windows 8.1, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, 64-bit operating system.
INTEL COMPUTE STICK
Distributors: Avnet, Microtronica, Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Hammer
A quad-core Intel Atom processor comes with Intel’s Compute Stick, which can operate alongside Windows 8.1, Bing or Ubuntu. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity is available on-board, as well as a USB port.
Specs: Up to 2GB memory and 32GB storage, HD Intel Graphics, Intel HD Audio, USB port.
GIGABYTE BRIX GB-BXi3H-5010
Distributors: Exertis, VIP Computers, CMS Distribution, Entatech
With support for an HDMI and DisplayPort, the Brix can power two displays simultaneously. Bundled with a VESA bracket, the mini PC can be mounted behind a monitor.
Specs: Four USB 3.0 ports, VESA mounting bracket, Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel Core Processors.
Microtronica (Arrow) 020 7786 3400
Avnet 01344 662 000
CMS Distribution 020 8962 2500
DirekTek 01494 471100
Entatech 0333 101 1000
Exertis (Home) 01279 822 822
Exertis (IT) 01256 707070
Hammer 01256 841000
Ingram Micro 0871 973 3000
Lenovo 020 3014 0783
Northamber 020 8296 7066
Stone Group 08448 22 11 22
Tech Data 01256 788 000
VIP Computers 0871 622 7500
Westcoast 0118 912 6000