Maingear aims for a premium all-in-one with the new Solo 21

The boutique PC maker focuses on customization with its new all-in-one.

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All-in-one computers (such as the Apple iMac) are the most visible part of the desktop market these days, thanks to excellent screen/PC hybrids from HP, Lenovo, and others. But these are largely mainstream machines, aimed at kiosk-like kitchen environments, or family video viewing.

Boutique PC maker Maingear is adding a different take, with its new Solo 21 all-in-one, which focuses on high-end multimedia. The company says:

The Maingear Solo 21 is the first fully upgradeable all-in-one today, including the ability to upgrade the motherboard to accommodate future technology advances. This powerful all-in-one PC features an optional vibrant LED backlit 10-point touch screen, a built-in Webcam, and supports a wide range of 32nm and 22nm Intel Core Processor to fit your needs and budget, and comes with a 32GB SSD caching drive for faster system response.

From what we've seen, this is a slick but still standard-looking all-in-one, with an all-black design (and honestly, looking a little on the thick side), with an adjustable kickstand on the back and a large speaker bar below the 21-inch screen.

The starting price is $999, which includes an Intel Core i3 CPU and 500GB 7200RPM HDD, but does not include the touch screen. Trading up to the touchscreen and a Core i5 adds a $228, and the upgrades continue from there.

There are no discrete GPU options, so this isn't being pitched as a gaming system, but it will eventually support Intel's next-gen Ivy Bridge CPUs, which are said to include improved on-board graphics.

The full $999 default specs are as follows:

  • Intel Core i3 2125 3.3GHz, upgradeable to Intel Core i7 2600S
  • Intel DH61AG motherboard supporting USB 3.0, SATA 6G, 32nm and 22nm processors
  • 4GB DDR3-1333, upgradeable to 16GB DDR3-1333 memory
  • 32GB SSD caching drive standard, featuring NVELO Dataplex software
  • 500 GB HDD, up to 2TB 7200 RPM SATA HDD
  • DVD burner
  • Intel 802.11n, Bluetooth wireless adapter
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The system is available to order today, with an estimated ship date of March 23.

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