IS THIS THE ONE?
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.
BAG IT OR JUNK IT?
A bit too pricey.