MSI’s new AIO PCs aim to combine style with Core i7, Nvidia 800M-backed strength

msi reveals ag270 ag240 ag220 aio pc specs prices release dates

If you’re in the market for a stationary PC, but find traditional desktops to be unsightly and/or too bulky, MSI just announced a trio of all in one systems that might be just what you’ve been looking for.

The company announced three brand new systems in all: the AG220, AG240, and AG270. Though each system’s name suggests that they all hit spec tiers, they’re actually bunched much closer together on those fronts than one might think.

The AG220 sports an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor clocked at 2.4 GHz, with a Turbo Boost maximum of 3.4 GHz. It wears a 21.5-inch 1080p display with 10-point touch, and graphics processing is handled by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M card, which is a member of the GPU maker’s newest series of laptop-oriented graphics chips.

On the storage front, MSI pairs a 128GB mSATA SSD with a 1TB 7,200 mechanical hard drive. The 12GB of RAM that the system comes with will likely allow you to have an obscene amount of browser tabs open simultaneously without experiencing any slowdowns.

Wireless connectivity options include 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. A DVD burner is built in as well. Ports include a trio of USB 3.0s, along with a pair of USB 2.0 connections. HDMI is also available, and a 2-megapixel web cam, memory card reader, and a pair of 3-watt speakers are integrated into the rig.

The next higher rung on this ladder is the AG240, which includes the same CPU, GPU, and storage setup as the AG220. Though it also has a 1080p display, at 23.6-inches, the AG240’s is a bit larger. It ships with 4GB of extra RAM (for a total of 16GB), and instead of a DVD burner, it sports a Blu-ray burner.  The speakers also get an upgrade: they get bumped up from a pair of 3-watters, to two 5-watt speakers.

Finally, there’s the AG270, which significantly differentiates itself from MSI’s other two systems by offering an Intel Core i7-4860HQ running at 2.4 GHz (3.6 GHz with Turbo Boost), a 27-inch 1080p display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M or 880M graphics cards, and a pair of 128GB mSATA SSDs running in RAID 0. The SSDs are supplemented by a 2TB 7,200 rpm mechanical hard drive.

Like the AG240, the AG270 includes 16GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a Blu-ray burner. The speakers still generate 5-watts of power each, but are Yamaha branded. Port selection includes four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0, and HDMI-in/out. When it comes to ports, the only difference between the AG270 and its counterparts is the addition of an extra USB 3.0 connection.

All three models are covered in an amalgamation of glossy black plastic, brushed metal, and strips of red beneath their displays. MSI’s logo and insignia are mounted under the screens as well. The edges also feature some red trim, but the backs are dominated by a black finish that likely consists of plastic. Each of these MSI all in one desktops ships with a full QWERTY keyboard, along with a 3,500 dpi mouse. All are VESA-mountable as well, and each runs Windows 8.1.

Based on these specs, each of these systems is likely to benchmark quite well. However, whether you buy or not depends on how willing you are to shell out over $1,000 for a PC whose upgrade capabilities will likely be limited to RAM and storage.

This new series of all in ones will start at $1,249.99, and launch next week. You’ll be able to snag them from Amazon, Newegg, and other sites once they’re released. A precise release date is unavailable.

Product Review

Canon Pixma Pro-10 review

If you plan to put those digital high-resolution images you’ve shot with a DSLR onto paper, Canon’s Pixma Pro-10 will deliver gallery-quality prints. Just don’t expect it to be speedy.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 vs. GTX 1080

Should you upgrade from your GeForce GTX 1080 to the GeForce RTX 2080? Even if you won't take advantage of ray tracing, there are other benefits to the RTX series. We'll examine how each GPU performs to help you decide.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 vs. RTX 2080 Ti

Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti is a beast of a graphics card, packing in RT, Tensor, and CUDA cores to enhance your gaming experience. We'll compare the Ti variant to the standard RTX 2080, and we'll let you know which card to buy.

The best laptop deals for September 2018

Whether you're getting ready for a new school year, shopping for a special student, or just need a new computer, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going, from discounted MacBooks to an on-the-go gaming PC.

Gaming on a laptop has never been better. These are your best options

Gaming desktops are powerful, but they tie you down to your desk. For those of us who prefer a more mobile experience, here are the best gaming laptops on the market, ranging from budget machines to maxed-out, wallet-emptying PCs.
Virtual Reality

Walmart stocks its stores with VR training for its employees

Walmart will begin rolling out virtual reality training experiences to all of its stores this year with the power of Oculus Go. More than 6,300 stores will receive the new technology, helping the company train its employees.

Tap Strap wearable keyboard gains support for VR applications

TAP System's wearable keyboard gains support for virtual reality, now compatible with Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift, and HTV headsets. Type and tap for up to eight hours in VR without needing to look at a physical keyboard.

Wi-Fi vulnerability could allow attackers to steal your data on unencrypted sites

A 20-year-old security flaw in the design of the Wi-Fi standard and how computers communicate using the transmission control protocol could allow hackers to perform a web cache poisoning attack to steal your data and login information.

Walmart takes $380 off the MacBook Air for a limited time

Walmart is offering a steep discount on the MacBook Air. Though the $380 discount is lovely, this offer comes with an extra charger to sweeten the deal. If you're looking to pick up an Apple MacBook for less, now is an excellent time.

PDF to JPG conversion is quick and easy using these simple methods

Converting file formats can be an absolute pain, but it doesn't have to be. We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to convert a PDF to JPG, no matter which operating system you're running.

Documentation shows data recovery possible for Macs with T2 coprocessor

New documentation from Apple shows that data recovery is indeed possible for Macs with T2 Coprocessor thanks to internal diagnostics software, giving users of the 2018 MacBook Pro new hope in the event of a system failure.

Smart Reply not smart enough? Desktop Gmail users can soon opt out

Google will soon give desktop Gmail users the ability to opt out of Smart Reply. If you'd prefer to compose a short email the old-fashioned way, you can do so without seeing the auto-generated suggestions in the future.
Product Review

The powerhouse Alienware 17 R5 will leave your desktop in the dust

With a 17-inch display and a chassis weighing in at nearly 10 pounds, the Alienware 17 R5 is truly massive. Between its weight and its hardware, it’s certainly outfitted like a gaming desktop so let’s find out if it performs like one.

Edit, sign, append, and save with 12 of the best PDF editors

There are plenty of PDF editors to be had online, and though the selection is robust, finding a solid solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here, we've rounded up best PDF editors, so you can edit no matter your budget or OS.