MAINGEAR, a boutique PC manufacturer with a reputation of shipping high-performance, high-priced gaming and enthusiast PCs, has seen where the market is heading. The MAINGEAR SOLO 21 is the company’s first all-in-one, and with an upgradable philosophy, it fits right into the rest of their lineup.
The SOLO 21 is a bit of a different egg from many of MAINGEAR’s other offerings; unlike most, it takes advantage of Intel’s integrated graphics. You’ll be able to play a few games on SOLO, no doubt, but they won’t be at the highest settings imaginable. MAINGEAR claims that their new all-in-one brand has “industry-standard compatibility” with Thin Mini-ITX motherboard standards.
For buyers, that means you’ll get Intel’s Core i3 and Core i5 CPUs, up to 16GB of DDR3 SDRAM in two slots, and the standard complement of ports and inputs. For an extra $129 over the $999 asking price, MAINGEAR will install a 10-point capable multitouch layer on top of the 21.5-inch, 1920×1080 screen.
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MAINGEAR SOLO 21 Specifications:
- Processor: Intel Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs
- Chipset: Intel H61
- Graphics: Integrated Intel HD Graphics
- Memory: Up to 16GB DDR3 SDRAM
- Storage: Up to 2TB HDD @ 7200RPM
- Flash storage: 32GB mSATA SSD for quicker booting
- Display: 21.5 inches, 1920×1080 resolution
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
- Wireless networking: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth
- Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Power supply: 150W (external)
- MSRP: $999
The industrial look of the SOLO 21 is fitting, since given its lack of a discrete GPU option. And since it’s MAINGEAR that’s selling it, you have plenty of configurable upgrade options, like the aforementioned multitouch screen, a wild array of colors (Burple, Citrus Fire, Frost White, Fusion Blue, Organic Green, Rosso Red, or a custom shade, to be precise), Blu-ray disc drives, or a Ceton Quad Stream CableCARD tuner.