MSI Launches Industry's First Fanless All-in-One System

Believe it or not, MSI's AE1941 all-in-one (AIO) PC has less fans than Vanilla Ice at a bluegrass festival to benefit modern musicians and singers. That's to say it's entirely fanless, a design that MSI claims is an industry first in the AIO category, and we'd be weary of that decision if not for the inclusion of an Intel Celeron 874 processor, an Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) chip that shouldn't produce a ton of heat.

It also has 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory, which is as much as the single DIMM slot can handle; 320GB hard drive; Intel HD Graphics; 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; DVD burner; 3-in-1 memory card reader; a pair of 3W speakers; I/O connectivity that consists of a mic-in port, earphone-out port, RJ45, and four USB 2.0 ports; 1MP webcam; and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The panel is 18.5-inches and sports an LED backlight.

MSI AE1941

"The unibody design is fantastic white and goes with the crystal frame that presents the minimalist style. The combination of extreme computing performance, multimedia instant-messaging functionality, low noise, and energy efficiency is an exercise in sophistication among high-technology. The Wind Top AE1941 is also at the forefront of fashion, with a touch control display that puts everything within a flick of your finger tips," MSI states in its press release. "The exclusively user-friendly WinTouch4 touch user interface design makes it even easier to master every function. The AE1941 maintains the slim and space-saving characteristics of the All-in-One series so that you can enjoy even more flexibility in the use of space during your pursuit of minimalist chic."

Is a fanless design for an AIO really a good idea? That remains to be seen, though the Celeron chip does have a max TDP rating of just 17W. It also only runs at 1.1GHz (two cores), so it's not a screamer by any means.

MSI didn't say how much the AE1941 will cost or when it will be available to purchase.