Get your geek on

In the spirit of festive frivolity, and capricious consumerism, Brainstorm is profiling a selection of the season’s hottest desktops and laptops.
3 January 2012
HP 8200 All-in-One

Mobile may be where the sexiness in tech is at but desktops and laptops will always hold our geeky hearts, at least until they make a tablet that’s a good enough replacement. This month, Brainstorm  takes a peek at what’s in store for the festive season.

HP’s Pro 3420 AiO

HP’s All-in-One (AiO) range offers four models targeted at different user profiles. The HP Pro 3420 AiO is designed to enhance out-of-box productivity and collaboration with two microphones, built-in webcam and integrated stereo speakers.

Fujitsu's Esprimo Q900

The HP TouchSmart Elite 7320 AiO features a full HD 21-inch touchscreen and is useful where a mouse and keyboard are not required. The HP Compaq 8200 Elite AiO is geared for high-powered execs, and is available with 64-bit Windows 7 Professional, Intel’s Q67 chipset and a hard drive with up to 1TB storage capacity.


Fujitsu’s Esprimo Q900

Fujitsu’s Esprimo Q900 Desktop PC has a volume of 1.6 litres and weighs 1.4kg, but is a full-featured desktop PC, with low power consumption and ENERGY STAR certification.

Samsung's Series 7 Gamer

Other features include the latest Intel chipset and Core i processor technology, up to 8GB main memory, 500GB hard drive, USB 3.0, DisplayPort and DVI, and an optional multi-card.

Samsung’s Series 7 Gamer

The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is designed to deliver a smarter and richer gaming experience.

It has four different performance settings – Gaming, Balanced, Library and Green – all accessed via the mode dial. It features an Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor and AMD Radeon HD6970m 2GG GDDR5 graphics card.

Dell's Vostro V131

Furthermore, the notebook sports built-in speakers, subwoofer and Dolby Home Theatre surround sound system.

Dell’s Vostro V131

Dell’s Vostro V131 aims to deliver a mobile multimedia experience. Featuring a second-generation Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 7 Professional operating system, this notebook weighs a mere 1.82kg.

Its dimensions of 329,3x237,65x21mm make it one of the thinnest available. It also features digital array microphones, SRS Premium Voice Pro software, plus a six-cell battery that provides up to nine and a half hours of battery life, as well as the Intel Hyperbaric Cooling technology.