CNET First Look
Toshiba DX1210After a 10-year absence from the consumer desktop market, Toshiba makes a confident return with the DX1210-ST4N22, which offers an appealing combination of price, performance, and functionality.
Hi, I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for cnet.com. Today, we're gonna take a look at the Toshiba DX1210. This is the first desktop that we've from Toshiba in about 10 years. It decides to come back in the desktop game with an all-in-one and it actually done a pretty good job with the system. It goes for about $935 and for that you get a 21.5-inch screen, a wireless mouse and keyboard, relatively fast performance and a generally versatile system. It has a touch screen although there's no big touch application that sort of rounds up the touch experience. It's more like a series of apps that are pretty good. We also like that the system has an HDMI input which means you can use it to connect to external devices like the cable box. Now, that really makes the system useful in like smaller space like a dorm room or a den or you might have feel to have both the desktop and the stand-alone display. So, you can see this Toshiba has a fairly clean design. It's a basic black here in the front. There's some silver-gray accent down at the bottom here as well as a pedestal base and we can show the touch interface a little bit here. So, here we have this Toshiba real time app which essentially takes your recent application and document history and puts it into a carousel that you can control with your finger. Now, of course, the standard windows desktop is a touch-based and it works as expected. Here, you'll see is pretty simple. There's an SD card reader as well as a couple of analog audio outs and USB 3.0 jacks which is actually not very common on the old ones. So, that's a nice touch. And over here on this side, you can see there's a DVD burner right here. Now, in the upper portion on the side here, you can see various buttons that control the screen brightness, volume, as well as swap and video signal if you plug-in an HDMI component. Now, here on the back, here's the HDMI jack. It got a couple of the USB ports over here as well as an Ethernet jack and that's really about it for the inputs on the back of the system. There is one nice touch though. Behind this little door here is another USB port that has the wireless receiver for the wireless mouse and keyboard. Now, we'd like that this is hidden over here but yeah, that's still available. If you say don't want to use these devices, you can take out that receiver and you get another USB port. Now, the system doesn't quite hit the sweet spot for this price range. It has a relatively fast Core i5 CPU as well as 4 gigs of RAM and a 1 terabyte hard drive. That's pretty decent hardware load up. But the display is may be a little bit small for this price. We've seen 23-inch monitors, for example, in all-in-one app for under $1,000. There's also no Blu-ray drive which is not unheard of in all-in-one through on this price. If you're gonna improve the system, we'd probably get rid of the touch input and use that cost savings to either have a bigger monitor or may be have a faster CPU or some other feature that's may be more generally useful. Overall, the Toshiba has done a pretty good job configuring the system. We recommend it to anybody that needs an all-in-one for a day to day productivity as well as the convenience of an HDMI input. So, I'm Rich Brown and this is the Toshiba DX1210.