I am specing out a new Design Technology building for an educational establishment, the current request is for PCs "without a base unit", not sure if these would be described as All-In-One PC's, Monitors integrated into base units, or PC integrated into monitor.
Has anyone had any experience of these PCs? and where can they be sourced?
Some of the notes I have made in the course of my investigation.
- All-In-One PCs are more aesthetically pleasing.
- The only parts of the computer readily visible are the screen, keyboard and mouse. This may reduce idle vandalism ("out of sight - out of mind" principal).
- Lack of modularization may lead to increased support and replacement cost:
- Some components are non-standard and thus expensive to replace.
- Limited space in Small Form Factor and All-In-One PCs reduce the ability to upgrade, thus reducing the life of the product.
- Limited power of some models means they are unsuitable for CAD/CAM work.
- Some models don't have external VGA connectors for connecting Interactive Whiteboards.
Here are the products we have been looking at:
- Acer Veriton Z280G (18.5"/XP, Vista or Win 7/2GB RAM/Atom 1.6GHz/~£300)
- Sony VAIO L-Series (24"/Win 7/6GB RAM/2.66GHz/~£800)
- ASUS Eee Top ET2002T (20"/Vista or Win 7/2GB RAM/Atom 1.6GHz/~£450)
- ViewSonic VPC100 (19"/XP/1GB RAM/Atom 1.6GHz/~£300)
- HP TouchSpart 600-1050UK (23"/Win 7/4GB RAM/Core 2 2.13GHz/~£1,200)
- HP Pavilion All-in-One MS215UK (18"/Win 7/2GB RAM/X2 1.6GHz/~£500)
- Lenovo ThinkCentre A70z (21.5"/Win 7/2GB RAM/2.1GHz/~£600)
- Dell Studio One (19"/Vista or Win 7/2GB RAM/2.6GHz/~£600)
- Viglen Omnino III (20"/XP or Win 7/2GB RAM/Atom 1.6/~£Varies)
- RM One (19"/XP or Win 7/1GB RAM/2.0GHz/£600)
On balance we are looking at buying the Acer Veriton Z280G as for our price bracket it is the best value for money. Due to the lack of a extra VGA port we are going to be using HP DesktopPCs to connect to Interactive Whiteboards.