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MSI WindTop AE2400 review: MSI Wind Top AE2400

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The Good Decent all-round performance. Compact computing.

The Bad Speakers sound terrible. Keyboard is cheap and synchronises poorly. Windows 7 still isn't the ideal touchscreen environment.

The Bottom Line The Wind Top AE2400 is an all-in-one (AIO) PC that tries its hands at many fields but succeeds in few of them.

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7.5 Overall

Review Sections

Design

The Wind Top AE2400, in a field of AIOs, isn't all that much to get excited about, at least visually. The plain piano black of the review sample we looked at had a distinctive plastic sheen to it and like so many piano black products before it, just loved finger grease. This is a particular problem for the Wind Top, given that it's a touchscreen-capable computer and thus more prone to being jabbed at than other machines.

Like so many AIOs, the Wind Top's wireless keyboard and mouse are very ordinary indeed. When setting up the Wind Top, we couldn't get the keyboard to synchronise properly with the system, which meant we had to use the onscreen touch keyboard for all setup details. It was only once the system was fully operational that we could use the keyboard at all.

We've got to make special note of the Wind Top's power pack. Most AIOs tend to manage getting their adaptors internal, so that all you have to face is a power cord, but MSI's gone down the laptop route with an external and extremely heavy adaptor; we weighed it in at just over 900gm. Given you can get entire notebooks that weigh in at that level, this is a chunky system indeed.

Features

The review model submitted to CNET Australia ran a Pentium Dual Core E5400 2.7GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 600GB hard disk drive and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 565v with 1GB of its own onboard memory. Not a terrible mix of parts, but not exactly cutting-edge either, which is quite typical of most AIO machines. Again, you’re paying for the compact nature and style of the device rather than a stunning machine.

The Wind Top runs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition on a 23.6-in screen with a top resolution of 1920 x 1080. At the kind of distance you're likely to sit from the screen, full HD is a bit of a waste, but it's at least technically capable.

From a connectivity viewpoint, the Wind Top is Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n capable, with six USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA port, multi-card reader, DVB-T antenna socket and VGA output. The optical drive on board is a side-mounted DVD-Multi burner in a somewhat awkward position, especially given the tilt on the Wind Top's screen.

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