All-in-ones bring life to the desktop

It's been a while since the release of Windows 7 and, since its inception, the operating system has had an obvious effect on the market.
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It's probably fair to say that not since Apple's introduction of the graphical user interface has any operating system brought such change to the IT marketplace.

That change is reflected in the comments from retailers and also in the desktop charts, both of which show that the touch screen all-in-one desktop is performing better than ever before.

The Packard Bell OneTwo all-in-one has been selling particularly well in recent months. It first made its debut in our charts in July and represented the first time that a touch screen PC had entered our sales figures. This month’s figures, however, represent the first time that touchscreen all-in-ones make up the majority of the entries.

The 23-inch Acer Aspire Z5710 is one of these all-in-ones. The 23-inch device is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and includes Acer’s TouchPortal software, designed to complement the Windows 7 touch interface. Meanwhile, the 20-inch Asus EeeTop 2010 also carries it own complementary touch software, and has been designed for strong graphical performance, with this particular model carrying an AMD Athlon X2 dual-core processor and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD5470 GPU.

The interesting thing about them is that they have a much narrower focus than desktops traditionally have. In today’s market, the key is to offer specific solutions for specific needs. The touch all-in-one offers a lifestyle solution, and it’s great to see the desktop category moving with the times.

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