HP Envy 23 A lower-end version of the Envy 23 would make a decent, if unremarkable touch-screen all-in-one.
But, This high-end review configuration has no distinguishing characteristics, leaving it outmatched next to its competition in this price range.
The bottom line: A bland effort, the HP Envy 23 has nothing to recommend it over other Windows 8 touch-screen all-in-ones.
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit; 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S; 16GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics card; 2TB 7,200rpm hard drive Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i7 3.1 GHz
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8 Pro
Optical DriveBD-ROM / DVD+/-RW combo
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 630M Price;$1,949
Apple iMac 27-inch A thin new design and a competitive, logical set of core component updates keep the top-end Apple iMac on elite ground.
But, The lack of HDMI input is frustrating, and Apple's continued reluctance to add a touch screen may bother some.
The bottom line: Apple sticks to the fundamentals with the new iMac, relying on design, strong features, and overall polish to maintain its leadership among high-end all-in-ones.
Apple OS X Mountain Lion 10.8; 3.4GHz Intel Core i7-3770; 8GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M graphics card; 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive, 128GB solid-state hard drive Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 3.2 GHz
Memory8 GB/ 32 GB (max)
Operating SystemApple Mac OS X Mountain Lion- English
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
Monitor TypeLCD display
Cache TypeL3 cache
Cache Size6 MB Price;$1,994.00 to $2,024.00
Acer Aspire 7600U Acer's new attention to look-and-feel shows in the Aspire 7600's clean appearance and responsive touch input.
But, The Aspire misses on price vs. performance, and Dell's 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution XPS One 27 makes 1,920x1,080-pixel screens like this one feel pedestrian.
The bottom line: Subpar computing components and a dominant high-end all-in-one from Dell hurt Acer's high-end, visually compelling Aspire 7600U.
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 768MB Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics card; 1TB 5,400rpm hard drive Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i5 3210M2.5 GHz
Memory8 GB/ 8 GB (max)
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Optical DriveDVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM / BD-ROM
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT640M
Monitor TypeLCD display
Cache Size3 MB Price;$1,699.99