New Which? Best Buy all-in-one PCs unveiledAdvent Discovery MT1804 in test of all-in-one PCs
08 April 2011
The latest Which? test of all-in-one PCs features one model with some rather unusual characteristics - it looks like its built, in part, from a laptop.
The four all-in-one PCs we've tested include models from Dell and Lenovo and there's even one Best Buy. However, it was the Advent Discovery MT1804 that caught our eye.
Read the full, lab tested all-in-one PC reviews
All-in-one PCs are space-saving computers that do away with the need for a bulky computer tower and all the cables that go with it. All the bits that make the machine go are built in behind the screen.
While we expect to find all-in-ones with specifications that are closer to a laptop than a desktop PC, we were surprised (and a little amused) to find one that had even more in common with its portable cousins - Advent's Discovery MT1804 looks like it has the bottom half of a laptop bolted on the back.
Fake battery pack
Thanks to their large screens (typically around 20-22 inches) all-in-ones make fantastic multimedia machines and are great for viewing video. Many also sport built-in digital TV tuners so that, when connected to an aerial, you can catch up on your favourite programmes.
While they're slim and space-saving, they're still desktop computers and so spend their time plugged into the mains at home. It's no wonder, then, that we had a chuckle when we peered around the back of the Advent Discovery and spotted what looked suspiciously like a battery pack.
Further investigation revealed that it was a fake pack, inserted to fill the space where the battery would be if this were a laptop - which it isn't.
Back-to-front DVD drive
The oddities didn't stop there. All-in-one PCs have all the usual features you expect to see on a computer, including a disc drive for DVDs (and on higher-end models, Blu-ray discs).
The drive is typically found, within easy reach, on the side of the machine. Not so in the Advent Discovery's case. Reinforcing our suspicions about its laptop origins, the disc drive is right around the back.
Clearly, this can have a few drawbacks. For example, it looks like Advent has had to turn the drive around so that you can fit a disc in it. This leaves you with the awkward task of having to reach right around the behind the screen and fumble around to push the DVD in place from the back.
The Advent Discovery MT1804 certainly has a few quirks, but are they enough to mean you should steer clear? Read our all-in-one PCs reviews to find out.
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