Maingears Solo 21 allinone is fully upgradeable including the motherboard

first_imgCustom PC manufacturer, Maingear, has added a new desktop to its arsenal in the form of an all-in-one media hub; a first for the tower PC and laptop builder.The Solo 21 has a display that offers 21.5-inches of 1080p HD goodness, with the option to turn it into a 10-point touchscreen for the added fee of $129. The chassis is black plastic with an easel stand, which may seem somewhat similar to Lenovo’s ThinkCentre all-in-one series.A base configuration costs $999 and comes with an Intel Core i3-2125 (3.3GHz) processor, integrated Intel HD graphics, 4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, and an 8x dual-layer DVD player. Some of the more luxurious features come in the form of a 32GB SSD cache drive, which works with the primary 500GB 7,200rpm drive without the hassle of having a dual-drive setup. User’s with this setup will see faster boot and application launch times–making for a more time-efficient system. The Intel Thin Mini-ITX motherboard also makes upgrades easier, if you’re the kind that likes to crack open a PC panel. But for those of you thinking of adding on a GPU, there’s no discrete graphics support, so you’ll be limited to whatever integrated graphics support the CPU offers.Software-wise the Solo 21 comes with your choice of 64-bit Windows 7 operating system, and that’s it–no bloatware, trial-ware, or proprietary software to worry about. It boots up and is ready to go out of the box; as all PCs should.The Solo 21 doesn’t come with any video inputs, which may be disappointing to college students or more thrifty users that want to utilize its 21.5-inch screen as a monitor to plug in their game console — it comes with DVI-I and HDMI video outputs instead. Additional ports include, eSATA, USB 2.0 ports (double as charging dock for any USB device), USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet, audio-in and -out, and a 6-in-1 media card reader. WiFi and Bluetooth wireless radios are on board. If you truly want to make this machine the ultimate media hub, Maingear gives you the option to add a TV Tuner for $229 and upgrade to a Blu-ray player for $220.If you’re interest is piqued then check out Maingear’s dedicated Solo 21 page to see more, or perhaps configure your own.last_img read more