Dell announces Inspiron One 2320 touchscreen all-in-one

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen HP and Toshiba freshen up their all-in-ones, while Samsung made a belated jump into the market just last week. Today, it’s Dell’s turn — the company just announced an addition to its all-in-one lineup, the 23-inch Inspiron One 2320. Funnily enough, the new design reminds us somewhat of the PCs HP trotted out last month in that it has an easel-like display with enough space underneath to stow the keyboard, although this one doesn’t have a tilting screen. Spec-wise, it’s well-matched against the competition, with a 1080p touchscreen, Intel Wireless Display capability, optional NVIDIA GeForce GT525M graphics, six USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-in, a Blu-ray option and up to 2TB in storage. (For whatever reason, USB 3.0 didn’t make the cut.) That starting price of $950 will get you a Core i5-2400S CPU and 6GB of RAM, but if you have an extra $450 lying around you can step up to a Core i7-2600S processor with 8GB of memory. Wrapping it all up, the 2320 runs Dell’s touch-friendly Stage UI, the latest version of which lets you sync photos and other media across different devices. We’ve rounded up a few glossy press shots below, but hit the source link if you’re curious enough for the full spill.

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Samsung announces the Series 7 all-in-one, its first desktop for the US market

There must be something in the water: first Toshiba decides to give this all-in-one thing a whirl and a few months later, Samsung’s jumping on the bandwagon, too. The company just added a desktop to its Series 7 lineup, making it Sammy’s first all-in-one for the US market. It’ll be available in two configurations, but either way you’re in for a 23-inch, 250-nit display with 1080p resolution and support for two-finger gestures. Other specs include four USB 2.0 ports built into the base (along with one of the 3.0 persuasion), a 1TB 7,200RPM hard drive, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, Bluetooth 3.0 and dual four-watt speakers. And, depending on which config you choose, you’ll get either a 2.6GHz Core i3-2120T CPU and 6GB of RAM or a 2.7GHz Core i5-2390T processor with 8GB of memory. Sadly, both models cap the graphics off with Intel’s integrated option, which means this may or may not be the right choice for game-loving Samsung fans. Look for them on October 10th for $999 and $1,199, depending on the model. Oddly, the company isn’t issuing a press release until Monday (we’ll update this post when we see it) but for now, skip past the break for one extra pic.

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AMD A4-3300 and A4-3400 APUs ready to ship, take on Intel for your budget PC dollar


That’s right folks, AMD’s A4 APUs are here and ready to take on Intel in a battle for the bottom end of the mainstream desktop market. These dual-core desktop parts pack integrated graphics courtesy of the company’s Radeon line. Both also boast a 65W TDP and 1MB of L2 cache. The only difference here is speed and price: the 3300 clocks in at 2.5GHz with a 440MHz GPU for $70, while the 3400 moves on up to 2.7GHz and a 600MHz GPU for only $5 more. They’re not exactly speed demons, but should be able to hold their own against similarly priced Pentiums — especially if you don’t plan on buying a discrete graphics card. You can pick one up now at Amazon and other select retailers but, before you go, check out the PR after the break.

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HP announces an avalanche of all-in-ones, slims down its TouchSmarts (video)

At some point earlier this year, all-in-one desktops became a thing. Companies like Toshiba that had never before taken an interest in the space suddenly started selling ’em, beefing up a market that HP, Dell and Apple had owned for years. You could tell what HP executives were thinking. Months earlier, the outfit had announced its TouchSmart 610 — you know, the one with the sprawling, tilting display. It’s as if the company had to prove it’s the real deal when it comes to all-in-ones — or, at least, that it could come up with something that’ll eat up less desk space than the 610.

Okay, we just put a lot of words into HP executives’ mouths, but really, what else could this deluge of all-in-ones mean? The company just spat out seven new models for the US market, the highest-end of which have a markedly more minimalist look. The 20-inch TouchSmart 320, 21.5-inch 420 and the 23-inch 520 all boast the kind of free-standing display display you see in that photo up there — a screen that tilts 30 degrees, and leaves enough space underneath for you to stow the wireless keyboard. The lot have starting prices ranging from $600 to $800, with the highest-end 520 matching the 610, which will still be around for the foreseeable future. Moving along, HP also trotted out the similar-looking 7230, its first TouchSmart for the small business market, along with the Pro 3420, a non-touch model. That will start at $600, with the touchscreen pushing the 3420’s price northwards of $850. And, just to make sure it had its bases covered, the company introduced two plain-Jane models, the 20-inch Omni 120 and the 21.5-inch Omni 220, which steps up to Beats Audio, Sandy Bridge processors and a more striking design. These will each be available before the end of the month, starting at $400 and $800, respectively. Oodles of glossy press shots below and a short video after the break.

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Microsoft Exec Tries to Spin ‘Post-PC’ Era Into ‘PC Plus’

Microsoft isn’t too happy with the “post-PC” title Steve Jobs and others like to use for our increasingly tablet- and smartphone-centric world. With Jobs’ passion for everything sleek, thin and mobile, and consumers eating out of the palm of his hand, it seems like the PC giants of yore are being left in the dust.

“We’re not in the ‘post-PC’ era,” Microsoft VP of corporate communications Frank Shaw claimed in a recent blog post. “We’re in the ‘PC plus’ era.”

“In the past year, and again in the past few weeks, I’ve seen a resurgence of the term ‘post’ applied to the PC,” Shaw wrote. “Most of the time, new objects enhance and complement the things we’ve already got. They don’t replace them.”

Shaw believes that mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, set top boxes and e-readers are “highly optimized to do a great job on a subset of things any PC can also do.”

In recent years, the line between mobile and PC has blurred significantly. Although few have completely abandoned their notebooks or desktops, many people are relying on their mobile devices in more and more situations, especially when traveling. Some even factor in the iPad in notebook market share tabulations, since it’s increasingly use to replace notebooks.

But what exactly does the term “post-PC” mean? It’s a scary sounding word, especially to Microsoft. Redmond’s bread and butter is providing software to the personal computing platform. As that platform transforms from productivity to more entertainment and media, the company has struggled to stay relevant. For the first time this year, Apple overtook Microsoft in profits.

The shift towards the tablet platform has dramatically changed the way Microsoft and other PC-focused companies have had to think about computing. No mouse? No keyboard? Those have been staples Microsoft has included in their platform for about thirty years now.

In response to iOS and Android, Microsoft has made an about-face with its mobile operations. The company delivered Windows Phone 7, and partnered up with flailing Nokia for some solid hardware for the platform. And like Apple’s more “unified” OSX Lion, Microsoft is now bringing some mobile back to the desktop with its upcoming Windows 8. The company may even produce their own Windows 8 branded tablet, if rumors prove to true.

So it’s understandable that the company would want to spin the phrase around into something a bit more favorable towards their (historically) core product. But some analysts say Shaw doesn’t really need to fear the phrase. Not yet, at least.

“The post-PC era does not mean that older form factors of PCs — such as desktops and laptops — cease to exist,” Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps wrote in a May report. “It does mean, however, that those older form factors are joined by newer form factors that support consumers’ and workers’ desire for ubiquitous, casual, and intimate computing experiences. Today, those form factors include smartphones and tablets; tomorrow, wear-ables, accessories, and surfaces will contribute to the post-PC experience.”

So in a post-PC world, things like wireless connectivity and cloud-based storage allow us to do computing anywhere, anytime. We can take our computing devices on the go, filling the quiet moments of the day with personal, productive digital interactions: reading on a Kindle on our morning commute, pulling out our smartphone to decide where to grab dinner, a game of Angry Birds on the toilet. It’s a mix of technological advances (now our devices are small enough to carry around, and powerful enough to be worthwhile in doing so) and social behaviors (texting at dinner? A-OK!) have molded this change.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 seems to fit Rotman Epps’ bill for a “Post-PC” ecosystem: the touch UI and emphasis on apps for a personal experience, the elimination of a mouse and keyboard, the potential for a significantly speedier, ARM-based mobile product.

“Tablets are now a preferred vehicle for web browsing, media content and video watching,” says Randy Hellman, senior analyst with Resolve Market Research. “The position of the PC in the consumers’ device hierarchy is changing, but the raw power and utility of the PC – even if it is only a consequence of its form factor – will ensure it still plays an integral role in our device landscape going forward.”

In the blog post, Microsoft’s Shaw says that ‘non-PC’ objects do a good job of allowing people to communicate with one another and consume media in “innovative and interesting ways.” What they’re not good at, he says, is creation and collaboration. But one company is set on a mission to fix that: Apple.

When Steve Jobs announced the iPad 2, it wasn’t billed as just another device for consuming media. It was a device for creative content creation. “This is something you can use for real work,” Jobs said of GarageBand for iPad. But although apps like iMovie and GarageBand were ported over to the tablet form factor in order to foster tablet-based video and music development, there still remains a lot of room for improvement for the iPad to become a true tool for creation.

“Further on down the line as apps become more business capable, we should expect the PC form-factor and tablet ‘always-on’ experiences to converge for business users; making tablets and PCs one in the same,” Hellman says.

But for now, “Post-PC” definitely doesn’t mean no PC.

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Editorial: Engadget on the death of HP’s webOS devices

WebOS, where did things go wrong? One moment you’re worth a “double-down” investment by HP valued at $1.2 billion, and the OS of choice for future tablets, computers and even printers; the next, you’re discarded like yesterday’s crusty old oatmeal. Today, HP announced — among other things — that it’s chosen to discontinue operations for its webOS lineup, and that the company “will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.” So what does this all mean for the future of webOS? Have we seen the last of webOS? Join us past the break for our thoughts.

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Wireless Solar Keyboard Sucks Juice From Your Desk Lamp

The K750 soaks up ambient light and can run for months without new AAs or a plug-in charge. Photo courtesy of Logitech

Wireless keyboards are great for keeping your desk clutter-free. But no one wants to make a trip to the store for a fresh pack of Energizers when their keyboard dies.

Enter: Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, now available in a Mac-compatible model.

Essentially, it’s your high school calculator revisited. Solar cells lining the top of the unit use ambient light — desk lamps, fluorescent ceiling bulbs, and even sunlight for the old-school types — to charge the keyboard. Once set up, it runs without interruption so long as there’s at least some illumination. On a full charge, the K750 can run for three months in complete darkness.

The keyboard has the standard OS X layout with shortcut keys, and each key cap is slightly concave for pleasant typing patter. Choose either all black, or Apple white, with the option of three candy colors to accent the solar panels.

Along with eliminating all of that earth-killing battery waste, the K750 is made without PVC and arrives in a fully recyclable box. Mother Gaia would be proud of you.

Engadget’s back to school guide 2011: desktops

Welcome to Engadget’s Back to School guide! We know that this time of year can be pretty annoying and stressful for everyone, so we’re here to help out with the heartbreaking process of gadget buying for the school-aged crowd. Today, we’re settling down with desktops — and you can head to the Back to School hub to see the rest of the product guides as they’re added throughout the month. Be sure to keep checking back — at the end of the month we’ll be giving away a ton of the gear featured in our guides — and hit up the hub page right here!

Truth be told, if you only have the money to swing one computer, it should probably be a laptop. Better, we think, to have the option of relocating to the library when your hallmates launch an impromptu game of beer pong as you’re trying to wrap up that 10-pager on Othello. And yet, we can still appreciate why some of you might want to kick it old-school and opt for a desktop instead. Maybe you’re planning on using a netbook or tablet as your day computer, and can afford to leave a desktop parked in the dorm. Or perhaps you’re a gamer, and have long since sworn off mobile GPUs. Whatever your reasons for bucking the trend, we found a selection of towers and all-in-ones aimed at game fanatics, power users and folks trying their darndest to save money and space. Oh, and you haven’t forgotten about all of the other gear you need for the semester, have you? We’re giving away $3,000 worth of stuff to 15 lucky readers, and you can enter to win simply by leaving a comment below. So what are you waiting for, folks? Follow us past the break and see what made the cut.

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Dell’s Q2 earnings fall short of estimates: $890 million net income, $15.66 billion revenue

Shares of Dell were down nearly eight percent in after-hours trading after the Texas-based PC maker posted lower-than-expected second-quarter results. Still, the company’s revenue was up one percent over last year, totaling $15.66 billion, compared to $15.5 billion in Q2 2010. Net income jumped 63 percent, from $545 million to $890 million, over the year-ago quarter. Corporate and government orders were responsible for the jump in income, according to an AP report, but new sales predictions hint that orders may not be coming in as often as anticipated. Dell expects modest growth of one to five percent for the full year — citing “a more uncertain demand environment” — compared to previous estimates of five to nine percent growth. Jump past the break for the full rundown from Dell.

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Hands-On With the IBM 5150, Thirty Years Later

SAN JOSE, California — A white cursor blinks in the monitor’s top left corner. From beneath, a slab of machinery whirs, shudders and falls expectantly quiet.

Facing me is an original edition of the first IBM PC, a computer that made its debut the summer I was born. We ought to have some affinity for each other, I think. I want this relationship to work. But I’m not sure what to do. There is no mouse to shake and wake up the screen, no icon to click or touch.

Introduced 30 years ago, and once embedded in homes and offices across America, the IBM 5150 is the forebear of much of the technology I take for granted – the Mitochondrial Eve that eventually led to the sleek laptop computer on which I live so much of my life. As I sit at the IBM’s 80-column wide display, I half expect my fingers to know what to do with the machine’s clacky keyboard, guided by some subconscious aptitude distilled from living among the 5150’s distant offspring. Instead, the screen and I stare blankly back at each other, separated by decades of technological evolution.

“It has a 16 bit CPU, 8 bit memory bus, and ran at a solid 4.77 megahertz,” says Erik Klein from over my shoulder. “The original one had a motherboard which supported 16 to 64K. And you could put extension cards in it all the way up to 640K!”

Klein, 45, is a vintage computer collector, and Wired’s quest to lay hands on the first PC has led me to his suburban Silicon Valley home — one of the last places in the Bay Area where you can find a working 5150. Klein has three, two of which he’s lugged from his garage and set up in a living room otherwise dominated by his childrens’ art projects.

He has about 120 vintage computers in his collection. The 5150, though, holds a special place in his heart. As a young teenager in the early 80s, Klein saved his paper-route money to buy one of the original IBM 5150s for $2,700, with the help of his dad. This model that launched the PC revolution also launched Klein’s path into ubergeekdom, and today he’s a software developer.

The large, stately computers jockey for space in the room. The commanding, 65-pound machines, made of formed steel and heavy-gauge plastic, are all but bulletproof.

The enormous red on-off switch on the side is especially nice.

I’m still looking at the white blinking cursor.

“So you need to use command line code,” he says.

“Great. How do I do that?”

Klein knows the syntax well, so we begin. I hit Control-Alt-Delete — the 5150 introduced the three-finger salute, which remains one of its most enduring legacies. The DOS prompt “A>” shows up. To look at the directory, “Dir” and Enter.

A list of Basic programs appears on the display. They are tiny by today’s standards, but fully functional, some bylined by Bill Gates. We check out the calendar program. You can’t enter your appointments, ask to receive reminders, or share events. But you can print out blank calendars on your dot matrix printer.

Before I question the utility of his beloved 5150s, Klein reminds me that this computer still packs enough power to do much of what we need today: word processing, spreadsheet calculations and electronic mail. As the whole computer has enough capacity for about 1/30 of a full-sized digital photograph, however, manipulating large files would be out.

Remaining focused wouldn’t be a problem. No pop-up alerts. No multitasking. No playing music — the small, single-tone speaker can’t play anything you’d want to hear.

But as I work on the 5150, testing out the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, the WordStar version 3 and a few simple games, I begin to see this is a different breed of computing than I’m used to. My svelte, adored MacBook Air might do lots of things for me — the world seems to hover beneath my fingertips — but aside from buying it and installing some software, I’ve never done anything for it. I’ve never taught it anything; it has never taught me anything.

Klein began programming his 5150 the day it arrived. He’d already read the entire DOS and Basic manuals in advance. He had prewritten a few programs in longform. One of the first programs he wrote was a moon landing simulation, based on the Lunar Lander arcade game, to play with his brothers. To learn more advanced programming, he studied the code of other programs.

Klein’s 5150 made him a more capable thinker. My Air made me a faster consumer of media. I’m not about to trade in the Mac, but as I watch Klein’s easy competence while he replaces a blown video card and recalls his early programming days, I’m left with a slight twinge of jealousy. I wonder if technology hasn’t robbed me of some of its full experience in making things too easy for me.

He loads one of the original 5150 games for me: “Decathalon.” As it boots up tiny stick figures run and pole vault across the screen to a tinny little tune. These were once, I’m assured, mind blowing graphics. We pull up the 100-meter-dash. Pounding on the 1 and 2 keys moves your cursor across the screen. I bang away, but my lack of training shows.

“That was, uh, slow,” Klein says. “You could use some practice.”

Thanks to the Computer History Museum, The Vintage Computer and DigiBarn for helping us find a working IBM 5150.
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