All-in-one PCs for the smarthome

Acer all-in-one PC 'Gateway One ZX6800'

The new modern solution on computer market is all-in-one form-factor. Apple started producing such devices long time ago. So, it’s time for PC to take that market niche. A few interesting all-in-one solutions, with can be used in smarthome, were demonstrated in the Taiwan exhibition Computex Taipei 2009. Let’s start from the Acer.

Acer decided do not limit by Aspire Z5600 only and demonstrated Gateway One ZX6800 . It’s very similar to Aspire Z5600. It uses the same Intel Core 2 Duo processor, includes hybrid TV tuner, gigabit Ethernet, a/b/g/n WiFi, HD webcam and HD speakers. Gateway One ZX6800 supports Full HD resolution and multi-touch interface on the 23-inch display. It can be used as touchscreen console for home automation system as well as hybrid TV and HTPC or media extender thanks to widescreen.

Shuttle X Vision X50

Shuttle, well-known producer of compact barebone systems showed its ultra-slim all-in-one PC X Vision X50. It’s powered by Intel Atom 330 Dual Core processor and equiped by 15.6-inch touchscreen, 160GB SATA II HDD, 801.11n adapter, 1.3M webcam, 4 in 1 card reader, 5.1 HD audio, built-in speakers and microphone. The X Vision X50 looks very attractive as a control panel because it’s slim, provides touch interface and VESA mount ready.

Dignlab AIO-V2

DignLab demonstrated its AIO-V2, equiped with 21.5-inch Full HD display with aspect ratio 16:9. It’s powered by Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 processor and sports 160GB SATA II HDD, built-in webcam and speakers. It also got elegant and durable aluminium body. The AIO-V2 can be good media client and TV in one.

A few days before DignLab announced 19-inch Atom based all-in-one nettop AIO A1. Taking into account its price in $300 the AIO A1 is probably the best option for the touchscreen control panel for the smarthome system such LinuxMCE.

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