Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A growing interest in all-in-one PCs

I've noticed a recent trend in the growing availability of all-in-one PCs. I'm currently testing the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z and I can see why more people would want an all-in-one. Consumers (and many medical professionals) are jumping on the all-in-one PC bandwagon by purchasing the popular Apple iMac. Here are several examples of Windows PCs that are all-in-one:
  • HP TouchSmart
  • HP Compaq 6000 Pro
  • Lenovo IdeaCentre or ThinkCentre
  • Apple iMac
  • Sony VAIO VGC-LV180J
  • Dell Studio One
So, why all this interest in all-in-ones? For one thing, they take up less space compared to a conventional desktop.  Plus, it's great to have the flexibility to mount the entire PC on your wall. Some of the all-in-one PCs give you that flexibility and also include a touch screen (generally a multi-touch screen) so that you can compute at the point of care without pulling out a mouse or keyboard. What's also nice is that these touch screens often allow you to compute when you have gloved hands. So, you're no longer limited to small monitors in the operating room or emergency room if you want to touch the computer screen. With these all-in-one PCs, you can keep your gloves on and tap on large screens.

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