- Intel Core i7 3610QM (2.30 GHz)
- 8 GB DDR3 750 GB HDD
- 27" Touchscreen
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M 1GB
wonderful media consumption system 10/05/2012
1. GORGEOUS all around construction and design, fit and finish are impressive, it really is quite a show piece.
2. HUGE 27" capacitive touchscreen - great for media consumption via built in Blu-ray and HDTV (via Ceton's InfiniTV of course).
3. Decent specs (this system is VERY FAST esp. after upgrading to SSD - see cons). With 256GB Samsung 830 SSD, WEI Ranked:
- Processor: 7.6
- Memory: 7.9
- Aero/Gaming Graphics both: 6.7
- Hard Disk: 7.9
4. Comes with all the connectivity options most people would use (802.11N Wi-Fi with excellent signal strength/antenna, Bluetooth, Ethernet, USB 3.0, digital TV connector, Card Reader, HDMI in/out)
1. Price - all in one systems with similar specs can he had for several hundred less, you're definitely paying for cutting edge design here (I think it's worth it!).
2. SLOW WD Caviar Blue 750GB 5400RPM HDD - do yourself a favor and either swap out the pre-installed 5400RPM HDD for a SATA III SSD (I chose this option) OR purchase an mSATA SSD to run alongside the HDD. Both the SATA connector and mSATA run at 6/GBs
3. WiFi is only 2.4GHz band
4. No S/PDIF (digital) audio output
NOTE: These are my initial thoughts after 48 hours of ownership. I purchased this system from the Newegg eee-B@y store primarily as a media consumption device for photos, videos, DVD/Blu-ray and HDTV. After confirming the system was 100% functional I did upgrade the HDD to SSD within hours of turning it on for the first time (I knew the factory HDD was slow before purchasing) and I performed a Windows Anytime upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional for full compatibility with my server. One of the "cons" I read in reviews about this system is the "low" 1080p resolution on the 27" screen - overall everything looks great resolution wise (out of the box it's set at 125% and I suspect this is merely to make objects in Windows 7 "touch" friendly), it does look better at 100% but screen elements become more difficult to touch in Windows 7 (thus this system is Windows 8 Ready - I don't plan on upgrading). I'm not listing the resolution as a con because it's perfect for my purposes - if you're going to spend 8+ hours a day creating media choose the Dell XPS 27" or an iMac, however, if you're looking for a friend & family friendly system to showcase your digital life, this system can't be beat!
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