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NEXT Computing’s Radius is a real briefcase of a PC

All-In-One PCs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one unique feature which distinguishes them from traditional desktop-based PCs; the use of mobile/laptop components. So what is an aspiring OEM to do in ensuring that its AIO PCs can offer more horsepower? That’s right: make it resemble a desktop PC, complete with desktop-grade hardware.

Ask the common man on the street about his or her opinions of an All-In-One (AIO) PC and chances are that person will rattle off on things such as size, design and aesthetics. That is fine and all until one realizes that the list of qualities produced by said man-on-the-street generally has one key quality that is noticeably absent: raw performance.

Of course, such an omission is hardly surprising. After all, most AIO PCs usually sacrifice some degree of performance by using mobile hardware to achieve both a smaller form factor and lower heat output. But where does that leave users who crave an AIO PC that makes use of easily upgradeable and high-performing desktop-grade hardware? Well, that is precisely where NEXT Computing comes in to fulfill such a need with its Radius line of PCs.

That being said, the Radius PC resembles more of a typical desktop tower, with the only difference being that the tower’s side panel has been replaced with a “high-resolution, wide-screen HD display”, as shown below.

As we have stated before, the Radius line of AIO PCs make use of common off-the-shelf desktop hardware, and this fact alone grants the Radius two advantages over the competition. Not only does it have a performance lead over the average AIO PC in the market, it also means that hardware-savvy users can upgrade the Radius with any compatible off-the-shelf hardware to increase the machine’s life and usefulness.

Specs-wise, the hardware bundled into the Radius is also rather impressive. According to NEXT Computing’s website, users can choose to have Intel’s Core i7 or Xeon processors for the Radius, or go the AMD route with Phenom II processors. The company also offers configurations for up to 24GB of DDR3 memory and a choice of NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards among other options. However, no details relating to price has been announced: the only way to get a quote on the Radius is to actually request for one directly from NEXT Computing.

Granted, a ‘briefcase’ may not be the first thing that
comes to mind where AIO PCs are concerned, but it cannot be denied that it is just as portable as an actual AIO. After all, the Radius even has a dedicated handle to assist users in carting it from place to place. Now that is not something you often find on competing AIO PCs, right?

Source: NEXT Computing

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