Excerpt: When considering which PC to buy, the terms “all-in-one” and “performance” needn’t be mutually exclusive: Look no further than Dell’s XPS One, HP’s TouchSmart , or Apple’s iMac product lines for proof. These machines are outfitted with components that render them strong enough to keep up with most mainstream conventional desktop rigs. ViewSonic’s All-in-One VPC100 is a whole ‘nother kettle o’ bits, though.
Pros: Inexpensive; consumes little power; thin and wall-mountable; built-in DVD burner
Cons: Slow for all but the most basic tasks; tiny hard drive; wired (PS/2!) mouse and keyboard; DVD-decoder software not included
Excerpt: Unfortunately, to get to that point and hold the price down to £339 inc VAT, ViewSonic has taken a few shortcuts with the ViewSonic VPC100 All-in-One system's core functionality. It's a tough market for inexpensive all-in-one desktops. Limitations on applicable system components tend to average out these systems' general performance. That's what makes even the smallest of features critical to a system's success; or in the VPC100's case, its mediocrity.