Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The chances are we will be hear­ing a lot more about all-in-ones (AIO) in the coming months, es­pe­cially since Win­dows 8 has a touch-op­ti­mised op­er­at­ing sys­tem. HCL’s Beanstalk AIO AD1V0028 seems like a de­cent AIO with plug-and-play ease.

It is com­pact, though a bit pla­s­ticky, es­pe­cially due to the trans­par­ent stand be­low it. The grey fake chrome un­der the grill and panel in­side it with power and bright­ness ad- just­ment too seem a tad syn­thetic for our lik­ing. Also it would have been bet­ter to have vol­ume con­trols on the front, in­stead of ded­i­cat­ing two but­tons just for bright­ness.

How­ever, this de­vice does not let you down as far as per­for­mance is con­cerned. Yes, the 1366x768p res­o­lu­tion is a bit of a damper, es­pe­cially since a lot of peo­ple who own AIOs also use it as an en­ter­tain­ment hub. The 2nd gen­er­a­tion In­tel Core i3-2120 pro­ces­sor is up to most tasks and you will have no trou­ble with the sort of work you would want to do on a com­puter like this. The startup, how­ever, is quite slow. This hits home more as we have now been pam­pered by Ul­tra­books and their 30-sec­ond start ups. The PCMark 7 score of 2204 is de­cent.


A bit too pricey.

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