W.A.Khan, Dell XPS 18 The Dell XPS 18 is one of emerging new category of PC. It's an all-in-one Windows 8 machine which sits on a heavy metal stand and comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The Dell XPS 18 combines an all-in-one PC with a lightweight 18-inch tablet, making it a flexible system for at-home entertainment and productivity.
But, You're paying a premium for a relatively small screen. Less expensive configurations cut too many corners to be a good deal.
The bottom line: It's the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids, with a subtle, sophisticated design and good battery life, but this new genre is still in its early days. Specifications Display size/pixel resolution 18-inch, 1,920x1,080 touch screen PC CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3337U PC memory 8GB 1,600MHZ DDR3 SDRAM Graphics 32MB Intel HD Graphics 4000 Storage 1TB, 7,200rpm hard drive Optical drive None Networking Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 Operating system Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) Price $1,349.99 VS Asus Transformer AIO The Asus Transformer AIO delivers a fast Windows 8 all-in-one, a giant Android tablet, and an effective platform for using them in tandem.
But, Remote desktop technology makes using Windows 8 in tablet mode unreliable, and you might prefer to wait to buy until later this year when the category has matured.
The bottom line: You'd be smart to wait and see how the market develops, but Asus has used the freedom of the still-forming all-in-one/tablet hybrid category to create a compelling Windows 8/Android device in the Transformer AIO.
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3350P; 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 730M graphics card; 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive. Specifications
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8Google Android
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT730M
Price:$1,299.00 VS Sony Vaio Tap 20
By slapping a battery inside a 20-inch touch-screen all-in-one to make the Sony Vaio Tap 20, the company has given birth to a new PC category with great potential in tech-savvy homes.
But, The touch screen has some frustrating drag, and Sony made a few missteps among some otherwise reasonable sacrifices for portability and price.
The bottom line: A compelling experiment in tablet-desktop hybridization, the Sony Vaio Tap 20 is a great fit for home tech enthusiasts willing to try something new.
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M; 6GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB Intel HD Graphics 4000 (embedded); 1TB 5,400rpm hard drive Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U / 1.7 GHz
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8