I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: all-in-one PCs are where the future is at. This includes are all-in-ones that have touch, don’t have touch or even those that also double as massive tablet PCs. What makes all-in-ones so special? They fit into our modern day lifestyle by providing one device that can do many things without taking up much space or being too intrusive.
That said, the DIY ethusiast group has little to gain from all-in-ones due to their closed nature, right? Actually no, thanks to Gigabyte and other companies, including Intel, this is about to change.
Gigabyte is now rolling out new DIY AIO monitor-cases that will play nicely with the new ultra-low-profile mini-ITX standard, or what Intel is calling Thin Mini-ITX. The new standard will come in a variety of different configurations, many of which will include modern socket choices like LGA 1155 which should play nicely with lower-power Ivy Bridge processors.
The new thin mini-ITX standard is far from perfect though, with limitations including no option for a discrete graphics card at this stage.
This new space is certainly in its infancy, but has a lot of potential. Imagine building your own touch-capable all-in-one PC or even one that also has a battery and can work as a tablet! That said, the early Gigabyte all-in-one designs are all without touchscreens at this stage.
One of the past complaints about all-in-ones is if the screen goes or a component blows, you are either going to have to pay a fortune to fix it or you will simply have to buy a new one. The DIY all-in-one could change all of that.
The screen breaks or is too small for your needs? Get a new chassis. The motherboard is getting on in age? Swap it out for something new.
Again, all-in-one DIY efforts aren’t quite there, but it is probably worth getting excited about if you are a tinker that wouldn’t mind the idea of an AIO machine. What about cost? Reportedly, motherboards with the new standard will cost around $100 with many of the basic all-in-one cases costing around $300 or more, depending on features (such as touch, etc). Of course adding all the components together, including Windows 8, might not prove any cheaper than buying a pre-built AIO– but for us folks that like to build our own machines its not just about saving money, its more about having a hand in creating something and tailoring it exactly to what we want.
What do you think, interested in the idea of building an AIO or not?