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Rating: 3/5Suitable for my situation, but leaves much to be desired
This review is from: MSI All-in-One PC AG240 2PE-003US (9S6-AE6711-003) Intel Core i7 4700MQ (2.40 GHz) 16 GB DDR3 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD HDD 23.6" Touchscreen Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Pros: Monitor/Speakers/Chassis/Motherboard: 1.3" deep, Built-in touchscreen (and Windows 8.1), 1080p detail, Adjustable color presets in utility which allow you to switch quickly between cinema, gaming, or eye protection modes. Built-in decent speakers and mediocre camera. VESA compatible Stylish deep red accent colors + logo emblem 3xUSB 3.0 connections, 2xUSB 2.0 (1 supercharger), 1x HDMI-in, 1x HDMI-out, 1x 3.5mm audio in, 1x 3.5mm audio out (with toggle between headphones and speaker in utility), 1x RJ45 LAN connector Lightweight and easy to handle
Upgradabiity: Easily-accessible RAM and mSATA locations under small removable aluminum panels (after removing the rear panel of chassis) RAID Controller built-in Up to 3 mSATA SSD's in an array (PX-128m6m comes preinstalled) Up to 2 HDD's in a virtual array (HGST Travelstar 7k1000 comed preinstalled) if you remove the Blu-Ray drive (9.5mm UJ262) and install a $10 caddy (As a side note I had to search to find a 9.5mm external enclosure for the Bluray player, which ships from China) I suppose if you wanted to put 5 mSATA SSD's into this using two [mSATA-2.5"] brackets and one [2.5"-slim optical 9.5mm] adapter, you could remove the hard disk and optical drive to make a RAID 0 array of 5 SSD's, which theoretically would read/write at 2.5TBps (2,500MBps)
CPU/GPU: The CPU is great - can't really ask for much faster in such a small form factor The computer uses Intel's HD Graphics 4600 until it needs to borrow from the GPU for additional power. The dedicated graphics processor can max out Tribes Ascend's graphics detail without much fuss.
Extras - Keyboard & Mouse Uniform design. Programmable LED's Excellent quick keys on keyboard for volume, media apps, media player controls & email app Built-in wrist pad for keyboard (although it cannot be removed) Excellent controls on mouse - the small buttons behind the scroll wheel toggle mouse sensitivity up/down - plus two additional thumb buttons which you can program as well
Cons: Monitor/Speakers/Chassis/Motherboard Needs space behind; if you were planning on mounting it to the wall, leave a few inches for heat dissipation. Glare is pretty bad. Touchscreen is sticky and a pain to use - I'd recommend going with the non-touch model because the touchscreen is kind of a pain to deal with (The non-touch model has an anti-glare finish). Odd dimensions for the chassis, adding height below the screen. Difficult-to-reach connections (I have mine wall-mounted and cannot reach any of the lower connections). The only reasonably accessible connections are the 2 USB 2.0's and the SD Card reader on the side. Going along with that, the only USB 3.0 connections are in the back lower panel, difficult to access if you use the monitor stand or direct wall mount. (It may be easier to reach with a swivel/tilt VESA mount) The USB 2.0 / "Supercharger" needs to be consistently reprogrammed by a utility to provide charging capabilities after the computer shuts off.
Upgradabiity: Upgrading this puppy voids warranty. If you plan on adding RAM or upgrading any mSATA or SATA components, you need to remove a warranty sticker to get to a chassis screw. Memory comes already maxed-out at 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM - the con is that you can't go up to 32GB somewhere down the road.
CPU/GPU If you run the graphics or processor too hot for too long, they truly can overheat. This computer needs to be kept in an open space, preferably with a fan blowing at it.
Extras - Keyboard & Mouse Keyboard keys take a lot of pressure to pop down. Plus they make noise something awful. I find myself hammering at them just to type normally. If I type fast, I usually miss two to three letters in a sentence because I didn't press hard enough. Mouse wiring failed after five days light use. It no longer works. Excessively long USB cords (but they are lined in mesh, which seems high quality)
Other Thoughts: If you plan to mount it onto a swivel arm, I certainly recommend this computer. The major functionality drawbacks are that the rear panel is inaccessible. The thin form factor did not do any good because it can't realistically or safely be hung flat to the wall. The fan vent needs space and the back panel of connectors are only accessible if you take it off the wall. Likewise, setting it onto a desktop means laying the bottom flat against the desk with a wide kickstand blocking your reach in the back. Its specs are very good by today's standards. It uses laptop components and you can find cheaper, better laptops for the price. However, if you like a large screen and a media fixture to your LAN to stream movies and music, this is a good bet. However, as I mentioned, I would recommend the non-touch model - AG240 2PE-009US. **Or (I just found), Google this product code for an anti-glare, anti-fingerprint screen protector, matching the dimensions of the glass pane: MXF-3455-01 **
My specs: Included: 23.6" 10point touch-screen 1080p i7-4700hq 2.4GHz quad-core Central Processor NVIDIA Geforce GTX 860M 2GB GDDR5 Graphics Processor 16GB 1600MHz RAM Fast Wifi card (450Mbps)
My Upgrades: 3x 128GB mSATA SSDs - Plextor PX-128m6m (RAID 0 array - haven't yet done benchmark on this) 2x 1TB HDDs - HGST Travelstar 7k1000 (windows array with actual read speeds up to 270MBps) UJ262 external bluray player (I only occasionally use discs) Anti-glare, anti-fingerprint screen protector (I will be getting this soon)
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