Samsung has been building all-in-one desktops for a while, now, but if you were in the United States, you wouldn’t know it. That all changes with the Series 7 all-in-one, which packs a sleek, 23-inch display, two-finger multitouch screen and Samsung’s own attempts at making Windows 7 into a finger-friendly operating system.
We predicted just a couple of years ago that 2010 would be the year of the all-in-one, and it’s been borne out. Despite the fact that desktops have taken a hit in popularity in recent years, the all-in-one form factor has helped shore up the market segment with stylish and exotic new forms.
Toshiba has gone from being a notebook-only manufacturer to outing three new all-in-ones in rapid succession. Computer makers are itchy to emulate the success of Apple’s iMac, and while most of them will never come close, we get to see some amazing new products as they try. Samsung’s Series 7, for example, features a slick, contemporary design that manages to stand entirely on its own two legs.
Within that exotic envelope is a 23-inch panel with a 1920×1080 Full HD resolution. Its surface acoustic wave touch technology allows for up to two finger use at one time. There are four USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, a wireless keyboard and mouse set, and 4W stereo speakers (along with a 1.3MP webcam built into the top of the screen). Inside you’ll find Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity (no doubt used for the keyboard and mouse) and a 1TB hard drive. CPU and memory depend on which configuration you purchase: $999 gets you everything mentioned along with a Core i3-2120T processor running at 2.60GHz (3MB cache) and 6GB of DDR3 SDRAM. Toss in $200 extra and you’ll bump that up to a 2.70GHz Core i5-2390T (3MB cache) and fully 8GB of RAM.
The design alone seems to catapult Samsung into the upper echelons of all-in-one desktop makers; you’ll have to wait until October 10th before you can get your hands on one, however, and see if there’s any substance behind the hype.