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MSI AG270 is a rare all-in-one desktop PC built for gamingPacking high-end laptop parts behind a 27-inch touchscreen, this gaming rig is fun and unique.
Here's a question. Why don't we see more gaming all in one desktop? I'm Dan Ackerman and this is the MSI AG 270 it is a very rare beast indeed. It is a all in one desktop which means that it has all of the computer components and a big monitor built into one package. Kind of like Apple's iMac but it's targeted at PC gamers. Usually you see big bulky traditional desktops or even gaming laptops. You've certainly seen a lot of those lately, but we've very, very rarely, if ever, seen a dedicated gaming all-in-one. What we have in this case is essentially a very high-end gaming laptop because essentially laptop components. It's got a high-end Intel Core i7 processor, but a mobile version, and it's got a video, GeForce GTX 980M Graphics Card, and that's the high-end. NVIDIA graphics card right now but again, the mobile version, not the big bulky desktop version all packed into a 27-inch display. So you get performance that's on par with super high-end gaming laptops from ASUS or Origin or Alienware not really the same level as a dedicated gaming desktop, but I'll tell ya for playing current games at high settings at 1920 by 1080, the resolution of this display. It actually works out fine. There's a couple of other things I really like about this display. One, it's got a matte coating on it that's not overly glossy. So you're not gonna get a lot of glare from lights in the room. And it's got a nice kind of muted look to it. And it has a touchscreen something that you see in all-in-one sometimes. But you see on gaming systems rarely. Especially high end gaming systems. For the fact that I've got just a standard Windows 8 touchscreen interface here just adds a lot and makes this much more usable other than every day PC besides just a gaming system. Unlike things like the iMac which are very slim and light and put their screens on these delicate, you know, telescoping arms. This guy just sits flat on the desk. It's heavy, it's just got one big plastic kickstand. And you can tilt it back a little bit and forward a little bit, and that's about it. It does pack in a an optical drive. This particular configuration has a Blu-ray drive. And you get a standard set of ports and connections in the back, kind of like a tv would have. You've also got the same mounting screws you would need to mount let's say a flat screen tv, so you could put this. Up on a wall, if you wanted to. Now of course, all this unique charm does not come cheap, this particular configuration is twenty six ninety nine. But keep in mind it's got two terabytes of hard drive space, a separate two fifty six gig SSD, the blue ray drive the super high end. Processor and graphics card, you can knock down a few of those features, get it down closer to around $2000. A gaming all-in-one is not for everybody somebody very rightly described it as a gaming desktop you can never upgrade but I found it to be a lot of fun to use, especially because it combines. It's pretty high in gaming power, and a touch screen and a map display, all things I like to see and I very rarely get to see them together. I'm Ben Acklin and that is the MSI AG270. [MUSIC]