Windows 8 Will Power Samsung’s Fresh All-In-One PCs
August 28, 2012

Windows 8 Will Power Samsung’s Fresh All-In-One PCs

John Neumann for - Your Universe Online

The mobile division of Samsung may be dizzy from its US court loss in the patent-infringement case brought by Apple, but its PC division is charging full speed ahead with a collection of new all-in-one desktop computers, featuring full-size touchscreens, tailored for Microsoft´s Windows 8, reports Mashable´s Peter Pachal.

Samsung unveiled three new models between 27” and 21.5” sizes and all feature capacitive touchscreens that support 10-finger touch, as required for Windows 8 and they will be able to use all of Microsoft´s anticipated touch features. Each has a mobile, third-generation Intel Core CPU; a 1,920x1,080-pixel, 10-point capacitive touch screen; some basic gesture recognition capability, and the 64-bit version of Windows 8.

The 27” Series 7 will retail for $1,699, the 23.6” Series 7 for $1,099, and a 21.5” Series 5 for $749. The price for the largest of the three, the 27-inch model may seem excessive for a crowded field of desktop PCs. After all, for $1,599 one can take home a Dell XPS One 27, the next most expensive 27-inch Windows all-in-one. It features a higher-resolution 2,560x1,440-pixel LCD, but non touch input is included.

The Series 5 comes with a compact wireless keyboard and mouse, and the Series 7 all-in-one sports a 23.6-inch widescreen, also with 10-point capacitive multi-touch, writes Joel Santo Domingo of PC Mag. The system comes with a mid-range Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of DD3 memory, a 1TB hard drive, and also has a full 1080p HD screen.

Samsung´s new machines also include an interesting variation on Windows 8 called S Launcher. Samsung brings out the old Windows Start menu, so searching your computer for programs and settings is once again just one click away.

The Series 7 price also makes it the first Windows vendor to match the starting price of Apple´s 27-inch iMac, reports Rich Brown for CNet.