We've seen and heard many people talking about how good Windows 8 will be for tablets, but the operating system is still, in the end, a PC software turned mobile, not the other way around.
By that logic, seeing Gigabyte
introduce its first ever all-in-one
personal computer loaded with the OS was a long time coming.
The product is called GB-AE21T and it is fully equipped to provide the full Windows 8 experience, down to the touchscreen.
We know it could be tiresome for owners to stay with their arms outstretched all the time, but this wouldn't really be a Windows 8 PC if it didn't have a touchscreen.
Speaking of which, the display measures 21.5 inches in diagonal and is an edge-to-edge Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) touchscreen with 10 contact point support.
An Intel Core CPU from the third generation (Ivy Bridge) acts as the heart of the system. It features integrated graphics and a TDP of 95W.
Gigabyte acknowledged that it could have used a 65W CPU instead, but it justifies its choice by pointing out that the 95W is much cheaper but just as strong.
Prospective buyers will have to decide on their own if this is worth it or if they would have preferred to save money on the power bill instead.
There are two more perks that ASUS dwelt upon in its press release, both optional. One of them is an internal backup battery (good for people who fear power outages and such) and the other is 3G support (antenna+SIM card, good for areas where cable Internet isn't very well developed).
Gigabyte did not say when or where the GB-AE21T would start selling. We guess it will be in October, right after Microsoft releases the OS to the masses. A TV Tuner card will be available as an accessory, as will an IR receiver, enabling the AiO to be used as an HDTV.