As Windows 8 Looms, Samsung Announces New Touch Friendly All-in-One Desktops

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News Posted: Tue, Aug 28 2012 11:17 AM
Ready or not, Windows 8 is just around the corner, and that means a new generation of touch friendly devices like all-in-one desktops, tablet PCs, and even a new generation of notebooks and Ultrabooks with touchscreen panels. In preparation for Windows 8's coming out party, Samsung today announced at IFA 2012 its new Series 7 and Series 5 AIO desktop lines.

"Our new Series 7 and Series 5 All-In-One PCs are designed to meet a range of consumer needs across the home, all within highly stylized form factors that users will be proud to put on display," said Todd Bouman, vice president of product marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. "The expansion of our AIO line speaks to the success we’ve had in the PC market over the past year. Both of these new models take Samsung’s convergence technologies to the next level, completing the home computing experience by connecting the PC to other devices in the home environment."

Samsung Series 7 All-in-One

Sleek, sexy, and ready to be groped, Samsung designed its new AIO systems specifically for Windows 7. MSRP for the Series 5 model is $749, which gets you a 21.5-inch touchscreen display with a Full HD 1080p resolution, Intel Core i3 3220T processor, 4GB of DDR3-1600, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 14W speakers, 1.3MP webcam with hand gesture recognition, 802.11n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, multi-card reader, and of course Windows 8.

There will be two Series 7 models, including a 23.6-inch version that starts at $1,099, and a 27-inch system that starts at $1,699. Sadly, Samsung uses the same Full HD 1080p resolution for all three systems, even though the 27-inch display begs for tighter pixel density and has the requisite GPU horsepower (AMD Radeon HD 7850M) to drive something higher than 1080p.

Samsung Series 7

Otherwise, these look to be fine systems for the money. The 23.6-inch model boasts an Intel Core i5 3470T processor, 6GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and 1TB of storage, along with everything else included in the Series 5. Samsung's 27-inch model ups the performance ante even further with a Core i7 3770T processor, 8GB of RAM, and the above mentioned discrete GPU (the other two systems rock Intel HD 4000 graphics).

All three systems will debut the same day as Windows 8 (October 26, 2012).
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MCaddick replied on Tue, Aug 28 2012 11:34 AM

Still uses a tray-load DVD drive. Why not a slot load one? Or why one at all? They're virtually obsolete now.

I like Lenovo's take on a Win8 AIO PC at the last CES. You can lay it virtually flat (horizontal) which is going to feel a LOT more natural to use for touch than a vertical screen.

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This would be good for web browsing and multimedia. Other than that i wouldnt want to play bf3 or dota 2 and theres no way i will play civilization on that very taxing on the gpu

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JDiaz replied on Tue, Aug 28 2012 8:33 PM

Slot load are harder to maintain and more likely to break down over time. While usage is way down but we're still years from seeing them completely phased out. Lot's of people still use DVD's for movies, games, loading software, etc.

Like floppies before it, the cost per disc is pretty low now and is convenient for making boot disks and backups, as long as you don't need to store a lot.


While vertical viewing angle is better for places like the Kitchen, where you can use the touch screen and then still see what's on the screen from the other side of the kitchen (like when following a recipe).  Among other similar examples.  Range of usages are actually quite diverse and what works best will differ on the type of scenario usage.

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