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October 26, 2012

Very Balanced 21.5-Inch All-in-One PC Launched by MSI

There was no way that Micro-Star International would let the launch of Windows 8 pass by without some new all-in-one systems, so the Wind Top series is bracing itself to receive a new member.

Contrary to what people may have come to expect, after all the high-end hardware revealed the past couple of months, this isn't some sort of super PC.

In fact, MSI seems to have decided that it was time for a mid-range all-in-one to make an appearance.

We do not know what price it will have, but we suspect it will be more than reasonable, unless MSI takes a cue from all other Windows 8 devices and sets the bar higher for some reason.

At any rate, the name of the newcomer is Wind Top AE2282/AE2282G.

Measuring 21.5 inches in diagonal, the computer pairs an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 CPU with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM (DDR3-1333) and an NVIDIA GeForce GT630M graphics card (2 GB DDR3 memory).

A hard disk drive of 1 TB provides storage (SATA III / 6.0 Gbps speed). There is a DVD drive on the specifications sheet too.

Everything else is the same as on any other computer: Wi-Fi, Ethernet, a card reader, US 3.0 (two ports, one with SuperCharger technology for faster device battery recovery), USB 2.0 (four ports), HDMI, audio / mic jacks, etc.

As for the screen itself, the 21.5-inch LCD uses LED backlighting and an optional multi-touch panel. The native resolution is, naturally, 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD).

There is something strange though. The specifications sheet we've seen says that a non-touch panel is available on both Windows 8 and Windows 7, while the multi-touch screen is only sold with Windows 7. This doesn't really make sense, since the new UI in Windows 8 is the one that made PC and monitor makers start adding touch support to everything, so it is probably a typo.