Date:31 December 2009
Over recent years, space-saving design has become a mainstream trend.
In line with this, Packard Bell has unveiled its oneTwo series, a new all-in-one PC with embedded multi-touch capabilities. Why go this route? Well, multi-touch technology is expected to rapidly expand because it provides a fast and intuitive interface for the user (this follows on the success of touch-screen smart phones). The industry says it’s aimed primarily at non-computer literate people, whereas we like it simply because it’s cool.
In this case, you can choose between two screen sizes, both offering touchscreen functionality compliant with Windows 7, a mainstream 20-inch HD display (1 600×900 resolution) and an advanced full HD 23-inch with a resolution of 1 920×1 080.
The touch-screen technology more closely replicates the familiar hands-on experience of everyday object manipulation, making the screen easier to use and more rewarding for those with little or no computer literacy.
There’s more, of course. First up is TouchPortal, the starting point for managing TouchGadgets and Microsoft touch applications – an intuitive virtual desktop that allows you to manage and consume your favourite media content easily and instantly, giving you access to Microsoft Touch Pack applications with a simple touch. TouchGadgets includes TouchFriends (which helps you stay in touch with friends online at Flikr and Facebook): you can browse, download or e-mail photos to friends.
Then there’s TouchMusic, through which you launch the media player and organise, browse, play and enjoy music, and Touch- Memo, which allows you to open a note, hand-write or draw a memo or set an alarm reminder. TouchMediaShare takes advantage of touch controls to make photo management and sharing a seamless experience.
The oneTwo systems are available with either integrated graphics from Intel or discrete graphics, both supporting Microsoft DirectX10. There are up to six USB ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, an integrated webcam, and jacks for audio in and out. Choices, choices: the oneTwo L package includes a 23-inch touch screen, speakers, webcam, Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, 4 GB DDR3 ram, 1 TB hard disc drive, dedicated Radeon 1024 graphics, USB RF KB and mouse, Pci Wi-Fi, Microsoft Windows 7 premium, 64 bits. The oneTwo M deal includes a 20-inch touchscreen, speakers, webcam, T4300, 4 GB DDR 2 ram, 750 GB hard disc drive, Intel Pentium Dual Core T4300, 2,1GHz, Shared/USB MM KB and optical mouse, Pce WiFi, Microsoft Windows 7 Premium, 64 bits.