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Christmas Gift Guide

Clean and compact

Wide screen

Thin

Power and OSD

The underneath

Motherboard connections

Graphics card connectors

Display inputs

Display inputs

Deep recess

Accessible connectors

Venting

Inner glow

Off angle

Top vents

Camera plugs in

Webcam back

Cable management

Side view, just because

On the inside

Motherboard

The other side

One of the nice things about an all-in-one is the clean lines -- until you start attaching cables.

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The 34-inch curved display does fill your field of vision pretty well.

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The back of the display where the system components reside doesn't protrude much.

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The buttons for powering on the system and navigating the monitor's onscreen display feel loose and cheap given the cost of the system.

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What normally resides on the back of a desktop system -- the motherboard and graphics card connection panels -- is at the bottom of the display within a recess. That makes them really hard to get to. The motherboard is on the left, the graphics card outputs in the middle and the display inputs are on the right.

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The motherboard does offer a ton of connectors, including two 10 Gb/sec USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, two 3.1 USB ports earmarked for VR devices, plus two more USB ports -- which you'll note are blocked by the power cord.

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These, of course, will vary with your configuration.

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There are two HDMI, one DisplayPort, and a Mini DisplayPort input for the monitor, as well as an audio connector. You can see how the graphics cabling runs across the bottom, and there's no way to connect the HDMI's without looping the cable around awkwardly like you see here.

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It's not easy to get your fingers into the narrow area to plug in.

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You can see how deep the recess is. When the system is standing up, you definitely can't see the connectors and it's hard to go by feel because there are so many.

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On the back left of the display are USB 3.1, USB, headphone jack and mic input, as well as an SD card slot.

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There are vents in the back behind all the components with fans. I wish it were transparent. As it is, the case doesn't support any kind of lighting effects, and you can see how much dust and fingerprints it attracts.

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The Titan X proclaims itself from behind the vents.

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While you won't be sitting to the side while viewing, this gives you an idea of how the color and contrast shifts when you tilt the display up or down.

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The webcam plugs into a USB connector at the top of the system. It's a clever design -- you can use the top USB port for other devices as well.

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However, that location is awfully high.

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Unlike a typical monitor stand, there's no way to manage all the cables coming out the bottom (this is just the keyboard and power; imagine it with five audio as well.

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Everything's neatly laid out and accessible for easy replacement; getting inside requires the removal of about nine screws, not including the two for the stand. (I forgot to count.)

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Here's the motherboard and cooling system.

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You can see the motherboard, graphics card and storage here.

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