When it comes to Toshiba and computers, it’s all about the notebooks. At least, that’s what most people think, here in the U.S. The company does make the occasional desktop, however, dipping their toes into the all-in-one arena, and now those products are coming to the West with the new DX1215 all-in-one.
Toshiba was also once known for producing capable television sets, and that experience shows in their new all-in-one. Looking at it from the right angle, and you might just mistake it for a small HDTV. This 21.5-inch powerhouse packs a lot more than just a 1080p screen, however, with a touch-enabled display.
The DX1215 sits on top of a curved aluminum stand, like Apple’s own iMac. Unlike Apple, Toshiba is willing to add in a bunch of fun technologies, like two USB 3.0 ports sitting on the side. Those USB ports also support the USB Sleep and Charge standard, which means that even when your desktop is sleeping quietly, the ports are still active enough to charge whatever you might hook up to them.
There’s also an HDMI-in port, so the DX1215 can be used as an external display. This is a great feature for users looking to save space in a dorm room or small apartment, since the PC can double as a place to watch TV or play a gaming console. Adding to its media cachet is a reportedly premium audio system that features Onkyo stereo speakers that have been “professionally tuned”. If they’re that good, HP might have a fight on its hands with their Beats Audio.
“We are honored to work with Toshiba to tune the audio system in its first All-in-One desktop for the U.S. market to create an impressive audio experience,” said Tomer Elbaz, general manager of Waves Semiconductor and Licensing Division. “Whether listening to music, watching a movie, playing a game or talking on Skype, users expect superior performance and advanced features. The new Toshiba DX1215, powered by Waves MaxxAudio processors, takes All-in-One PC sound to the next level.”
Inside of the new desktop beats an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, depending on the model selected, as well as a 1TB hard drive spinning at 7200RPM. In back are four more USB ports, but USB 2.0, this time, as well as a DVD+/-RW. Toshiba has also built in a couple of unique features, including “Sleep and Music”, which lets customers take advantage of the Onkyo sound system even if the computer is asleep, and “Resolution+”, which adds in some video upconversion tech in order to make non-HD content look better than ever. Toshiba also plans to offer select models with an integrated TV tuner. A pre-paired Bluetooth keyboard and mouse come in the box, so users don’t have to worry about setting things up.
Toshiba plans to market the DX1215 all-in-one exclusively at Best Buy stores as well as at BestBuy.com. The new system will be available starting on July 3rd, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price. of $929.99.