MSI outs full range of powerful gaming All-in-Ones
By Chris Wood
May 30, 2014
MSI has revealed its full line-up of gaming focused all-in-one PCs, showing off brand new 22 and 24-inch models, as well as an update to its already-available 27-inch offering. The three size categories all feature Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M graphics solutions, making them a potent option for anyone looking for a more compact desktop gaming system.
All three of the new machines exhibit a similar sleek black and red design, and run on Windows 8.1. The three models are fitted with anti-glare matte displays, all of which output at a healthy 1920 x 1080 resolution and support 10-point capacitive touch input. The 22 and 24-inch models, known as the AG220 and AG240 respectively, are powered by Intel Core i7-4700HQ processors clocked at 2.4GHz (or 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost), backed up by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics cards.
The AG220 is fitted with 12GB DDR3L RAM, while the AG240 comes with a somewhat beefier 16GB offering. Both systems utilize a combination of a 128GB SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm HDD for storage.The AiOs feature both HDMI in and out, as well as a total of five USB ports (3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0).
Moving on to the 27-inch AG270, things start to get a little racier, with the 27-inch AiO offering a choice of more competent GeForce GTX 870M or 880M GPUs. The system packs an Intel Core i7-4860HQ CPU (2.4-3.6GHz) with 16GB DDR3L RAM and a 2x 128GB SSD (RAID 0) + 2TB 7200rpm HDD storage solution. The larger machine also provides one extra USB 3.0 port over its smaller siblings.
Being all-in-ones, the machines feature built in speakers, the output of which increases with the size of the machines. The AG220 and AG240 are fitted with 2x 3W and 2x 5W Sound Blaster Cinema setups, while the AG270 offers two 5W Yamaha speakers and an independent subwoofer.
Other specs include Killer E2200 networking cards across the board, 2MP Full HD webcams and 3-in-1 card readers. All three systems also ship with gaming keyboards, 3,500 dpi mice and mousepads. In addition to being able to connect external monitors to the systems, users will also be able to use the device as a display for other systems, even when the AiO is powered on.
With the increased size of the AG270 comes a slight trade-off, though it’s not one that’s likely to have a significant impact on a stationary piece of hardware – while the smaller models weigh in at 14.33 lb (6.5 kg) and 16.53 lb (7.5 kg), the larger system makes the jump to a significantly heftier 29.1 lb (13.2 kg). Similarly, the AG220 and AG240 come in at 1.38 inches (3.5 cm) and 1.3 inches (3.3 cm) thick, while the larger machine measures 2.6 inches (6.6 cm).
The three systems will be available from next week starting at USD$1,449.99 for the base AG220 model, scaling up to $2,599 for the top-of-the-range, GTX 880M-packing AG270.