The All-in-One PCs to consider in 2014

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by Amy-jo Crowley| 16 January 2014

All-in-One (AiO) PCs are growing in popularity as users turn to the Internet for storage, apps and entertainment.

Sales for PC devices keep getting worse. Figures released by Gartner recently show that PC sales in Western Europe dropped by 12.8% during the third quarter of 2013, declining faster than expected.

The analyst firm pinned the decline on consumers increasingly buying new tablets instead of updating older ones.

Several announcements for AiO PCs made at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 could change this.

HP Slate 21 Pro AiO.

HP

The HP Slate 21 Pro AiO adds a second OS to its Windows all-in-one offerings and is set to be released in the UK in May 2014, costing €399 (£350).

The touchscreen has a 21.5 -inch display powered by an A 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean .

The PC has 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of flash storage that is expandable by an SD card slot, as well as three USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI port and Wi-Fi.

Other features include an integrated HD webcam, 50GB of Box cloud storage free of charge and preloaded apps including Google Docs, Google Drive and the Kingsoft Office Suite.

Acer TA272 HUL

ACER

Acer's 27-inch TA272 HUL has a 2,560 X 1,440 resolution display, four times sharper than traditional HD monitors, according to the firm, and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Priced at $1,099, the most expensive all-in-one Android model available today, the system is powered by the Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor with 16GB of storage, a two-megapixel webcam and 802.11 abgn Wi-Fi.

The package also has two front-facing Dolby surround sound speakers and Windows certification, allowing users to take advantage of touch-screen features in Microsoft's latest OS.

Other features include 10-point capacitive touch support, a USB 3.0 port, HDMI connectivity and a display port.

Acer said users will be able to sync other devices to share files through Acer's Build Your Own Cloud service.

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