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InFocus Intros Monster 55" AIO PC, the BigTouch

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Now that's a monster AIO PC... too bad its internals don't match its overall size.

InFocus Corp. launched on Tuesday the BigTouch, a 55-inch all-in-one PC packed with Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro and a meaty price tag of $4999 USD. It sports a five-point touch 1080p display for multi-person collaboration in classrooms, businesses and home theaters. It's beautiful, fast and fun, the company claims.

"Imagine interacting with virtually any content you want on a beautiful 55-inch high definition touch display," said Robert Detwiler, product manager at InFocus. "The BigTouch is for anyone who wants the Windows 8 touch experience on a large PC display."

This super-sized AIO PC features two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two HDMI ports, and six USB ports. Under the hood is an Intel Core i5 "Sandy Bridge" processor with Intel vPro Technology for embedded security and manageability, and a 120 GB SSD. There's also WiFi connectivity, and a wireless keyboard and mouse for computing from a couch or desk.

Unfortunately, InFocus is a little slim on the hardware details, and the product currently isn't listed on its website. However additional reports claim that the AIO actually comes with a detachable hardware unit that can be easily upgraded thanks to its Blade server-like design. This hardware unit itself is integrated with the 55-inch screen through a proprietary connector.

David Duncan, product manager at InFocus, said the company plans to roll out upgrades to Core processors based on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture in the future. Meanwhile, the touch screen itself supports the basic Windows 8 gestures such as slide, rotate, pinch and swipe, making navigation through Windows 8 on the large screen a real breeze.

To get the 55-inch BigTouch, consumers will need to find an InFocus retailer, or shop online via TigerDirect, CDW and other virtual retailers.

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    USAFRet , March 26, 2013 7:31 PM
    For classroom and business, as a fancy whiteboard...maybe. But we already have those.

    For a home theater? I have to get up and touch the TV to do things? I think not.
    Isn't that why we've had remotes for the last 40 years?
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    -Jackson , March 26, 2013 7:49 PM
    No matter which way you look at it, you can't justify the price-tag.
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    joytech22 , March 26, 2013 8:34 PM
    The HTPC system I built at home uses an E-450 and Windows 8.
    We also have a 42" plasma and installed infra-red touch sensors into a bezel that sits on top of the screen (about half a cm thick).

    The TV can register touch and everything.
    Overall the whole thing set me back $1200.

    Why is this system $5000 again?
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    kryojenix , March 26, 2013 9:00 PM
    1080p resolution on a 55" screen is going to look absolutely rubbish from touching distance...
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    Eman25th , March 26, 2013 9:15 PM
    neat article, my friend works at infocus(local company here) ive had a chance to play with the mondopad, their radio ads markets them towards businesses.
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    livebriand , March 26, 2013 9:42 PM
    kryojenix1080p resolution on a 55" screen is going to look absolutely rubbish from touching distance...

    It's already bad on 27" touchscreens. Manufacturers, can we please get higher resolution displays and better scaling (particularly with multiple monitors)? PLEASE? (at least there are some 1080p 13" machines out there, but desktops?)
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    alidan , March 26, 2013 10:29 PM
    would be a nice, but expensive d&d table
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    slomo4sho , March 27, 2013 12:28 AM
    So having a touchscreen laptop or desktop connected to a larger TV for half the price is too difficult to setup or something?
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    jn77 , March 27, 2013 5:48 AM
    4k monitors are around the corner.
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    f-14 , March 27, 2013 8:02 AM
    USAFRetFor classroom and business, as a fancy whiteboard...maybe. But we already have those.For a home theater? I have to get up and touch the TV to do things? I think not.Isn't that why we've had remotes for the last 40 years?



    this is a PC, think outside the TV you now have a 55" desktop and it's stuck at 1080p which sucks incredibly huge!

    not that these games will work with touch, i do not know, but think 5 player supreme commander on your table top PC and you and your friends can sit around it with each of you having single touch access or you can play 1 vs 1 with both of you having 2 touch access or you can play your sisters/wife and her friend and they have 2 touch access while you handicap yourself to single touch in an effort to not make them look like noobs.

    think Chess. if you're using it to watch movies then you must think papers only use is to write on with a pencil.
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    f-14 , March 27, 2013 8:11 AM
    i didn't even stress you can use microsoft paint and play with the kids, make and write music with the band, collaborate/brainstorm strategy and implementation at work during office meetings with your department or other departments.

    i know the program software probably isn't ready or there for this yet, but now it can happen.

    have an idea what you want to do with it, be an innovator and build it, this is your opportunity to become a millionaire or the next bill gates /oracle or what ever! you get the idea. stop being 'just a user' if you have an idea you want it to do.
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    f-14 , March 27, 2013 8:12 AM
    i can see using this for magazine lay outs and newspapers being designed every day assembling the pages with the whole team.
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    USAFRet , March 27, 2013 9:00 AM
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    USAFRetFor classroom and business, as a fancy whiteboard...maybe. But we already have those.For a home theater? I have to get up and touch the TV to do things? I think not.Isn't that why we've had remotes for the last 40 years?



    this is a PC, think outside the TV you now have a 55" desktop and it's stuck at 1080p which sucks incredibly huge!


    I have a large screen..a 61". Having to stand within arms reach of it to manipulate (play a game or something) would suck. If we lay it flat (tabletop) that would probably work for a multiplayer setup, but that would eat a large chunk of living room space. In an arcade or bar? Sure.
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    USAFRet , March 27, 2013 9:01 AM
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    i can see using this for magazine lay outs and newspapers being designed every day assembling the pages with the whole team.


    As said earlier..a fancy whiteboard. We have and use a large Smartboard at work. Its great for presentations. But I could not see trying to play any game on it. You're standing much too close.