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Acer Updates AIO PCs With Windows 10

Acer announced that some of its Aspire Z3-710 series of AIO PCs have been updated, and will now sell with Windows 10 pre-installed.

Although Windows 10 has been out for almost a month now, it takes time for companies to update its continuing product lines with the latest operating system. At the launch of Windows 10, Acer, Dell, HP, and a few others had some systems with Windows 10 pre-installed available, but the majority of PCs sold still had Windows 8.1.

It isn't always practical for companies to take finished, ready-to-ship products and update their software. The amount of resources to update all of these products quickly can negatively impact the company's production capabilities as well as its finances. The simplest solution is to sell out the stock of computers with the older OS, while producing new systems with the latest Windows.

Selling out the stock of systems with the older OS takes time, but as it starts to happen, we should expect to see the market shift as Windows 10 becomes the dominant force in the market.

"We're excited to offer advanced communications technology in the convenience of a slim all-in-one desktop to our customers in in the United   States," said Frank Chang, Acer America director of desktop product management. "We're confident they'll appreciate the superb audio and visual clarity that makes video-conferencing as well as movies and music very true to life."

Acer's Z3-710 series is comprised of three 23.8" AIO systems, two of which have now moved to Windows 10. All of the systems utilize the same 1080p display, 1 TB HDD, optical drive and connectivity support, and they all come bundled with the same keyboard and mouse. The systems are differentiated by the CPU and RAM utilized inside.

The two systems that are now sold with Windows 10 run Intel Core i3-4170T and Core i5-4590T chips with 6 GB and 8 GB of RAM, respectively. The Core i3 system also saw a price reduction, moving from $799.99 with Windows 8.1 (opens in new tab) to $749.99 with Windows 10.

The cheapest system in the Z3-710 series, which comes with an Intel Pentium G3260T and 4 GB of RAM, did not get the transition to Windows 10. This is potentially because this model still has Windows 8.1 systems in stock and will ultimately move to Windows 10 at a later date, but it could also be because the price drop on the Core i3 system makes them too competitive with this lower-end system.

The systems are now available from various retailers.

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Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.
  • AnimeMania
    Why is it that All-In-One computer manufacturers never build in the capacity to use their computer as a touch screen monitor for another computer. I think it would be extremely easy for them to do so and would make some of their older systems very desirable. Touch screen monitors are very expensive and having a monitor that can do computer functions independently of your main computer would be an added bonus. I believe many manufacturers allow the AIO to be used as a monitor but don't add the USB connection that provides the touch screen functions.
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  • Christopher1
    AnimeMania, the reason that they do not do that is because they do not want to cannibalize their own potential sales of ANOTHER touchscreen PC or tablet to you.
    Never going to offer that functionality out of the box. They MIGHT offer that functionality through an additional application that you have to install.
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  • AnimeMania
    16525039 said:
    AnimeMania, the reason that they do not do that is because they do not want to cannibalize their own potential sales of ANOTHER touchscreen PC or tablet to you.
    Never going to offer that functionality out of the box. They MIGHT offer that functionality through an additional application that you have to install.

    Once they allow AIO computers to be fully functioning smart touch screen monitors, nobody would buy regular touch screen monitors again (the prices are ridiculous). This would be a great way to reduce the inventory on outdated AIO computers. I think the demand for touch screen monitors is going to keep increasing and discontinued AIO computers would be a great way to fill that niche.
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