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May 4, 2014

Gifts for Digital Age

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All-in-one desktop computers have finally hit their full stride with the advent of touch-screen interaction. This Asus unit is big and bold. It handled visually oriented tasks on my desktop effortlessly.

The display is a lush 23-inch full high-definition screen that delivers rich colors with crisp sharpness. At that size, it’s good to be sharp because there’s going to be a lot of video viewing and photo slideshow swiping going on.

The display houses all of the guts of the computer — the hard drive, processor, RAM, optical DVD-RW drive. It all rests on a circular, silver stand that can angle the screen for sight-level comfort. Looks aside, this is a powerful PC with an Intel Core i5 processor.

Moms are going to like launching simple pastime apps with the swipe of a finger and then settling down with the wireless keyboard and mouse for some home office productivity. I know I did.

Also tucked under the lower left of the screen is a six-in-one card reader, for camera memory cards and more. Near the top is a two-megapixel user-facing camera that makes for solid selfies and Skype chats.

I kept looking around for something AsusTek Computer Inc. forgot on this unit — some weak link in the chain of performance. If it’s there, I missed it.

ON THE WEB

Asus VivoTab Note 8 http://bit.ly/1gUAstZ

Lenovo Flex 15D http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/ideapad/flex/flex-15d

Asus All-in-One PC ET2322 http://bit.ly/1gUArWV

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