Averatec All-in-One Video
Despite its good looks and a few useful new features, Apple's new iMac is all about business. You can find a larger screen for less, not to mention all kinds of digital entertainment features, but no other all-in-one at this price can boast similar performance. If you need a modestly priced all-in-one for getting work done, we'd recommend no other system.
Extra performance by way of a low-wattage AMD chip helps Averatec's D1133 All-In-One stand out from its dismal Nettop competition, but it remains a below-average deal in the grand scheme of budget desktops. We see the appeal of Netbooks, but the benefits of Nettops like this Averatec continue to elude us.
Apple has elected to keep its iMac firmly grounded as a productivity device. You'll find few home entertainment conveniences in the new entry-level iMac, and you can find larger screens in other all-in-ones systems for less. Few will offer performance like this iMac, though, and none look as pretty, making it easy to recommend for general purpose computing and for the design conscious.
By virtue of its price, its desktop processor, and its Blu-ray drive, the Sony Vaio JS190J makes a case for itself as the new king of the all-in-ones. Its screen might be a bit smaller than some, but no other all-in-one, including Apple's iMac, can do as much, as fast, for the same price.
Apple's smaller-scale iMac remains our favorite all-in-one. And while its looks, its ease of use, and its performance are all selling points, Windows PCs are starting to catch up (at least with the latter). A few components could also stand an update, but, in general, you'll find the 20-inch Apple iMac a remarkable computer for its price.
The Averatec Voya 320 is a basic and affordable GPS unit, although its multimedia features are poorly integrated and some interface issues remain.
Apple's $1,199 iMac doesn't offer the same home entertainment promise as its Windows-based competition, but its speed, its looks, and the future utility of its Thunderbolt port especially make it a strong choice for performance-sensitive professionals.
An appealing new design and up-to-date components can't save Apple's new 21.5-inch iMac from its cutthroat, feature-rich Windows-based competitors.
We haven't given it the full review treatment yet, but our first impression of the $1,699 iMac left us wowed by its expansive, vibrant display. We're eager to test the new iMac chops in the lab, but off-the-cuff, the screen alone might be enough to sway anyone shopping for a midrange all-in-one.
The (PRODUCT) RED version of Dell's XPS One 24 is the most fully featured of Dell's all-in-ones and would serve as a fine PC to anyone in search of a Windows-based all-in-one for basic digital entertainment and productivity tasks. A few more innovations or forward-thinking options would earn a warmer recommendation.