Review: Toshiba All-in-One

Toshiba’s foray into the all-in-one PC market has begun in earnest with the PX30t.  A direct challenger to the once dominant iMac, the 23 inch touch screen offers plenty of quality for its price point. It’s combined cutting edge technology with an array of features and significant power.

By Eryk Bagshaw

 

Toshiba’s foray into the all-in-one PC market has begun in earnest with the PX30t.  A direct challenger to the once dominant iMac, the 23 inch touch screen offers plenty of quality for its price point. It’s combined cutting edge technology with an array of features and significant power.

 

The PX30t runs at full with HD 1920 x 1080p resolution and the one that we tested packed in a brand new 4th generation Intel-Haswell processor with 16 GB of ram, making it a very competent multi-media player.

 

With a touch screen device this large – you want your graphics card to be pretty solid. The customisable NviDia GeForce GT 740M did the trick as it transitioned smoothly between applications and the much maligned Windows 8 UI. While it probably won’t handle top-end game graphics, it’s more than enough for your casual gamer or multimedia user.

 

One of the biggest bonuses with this all-in-one is the 3TB of inbuilt storage; plenty of room for your average home’s music, video and data collection. It’s also got a Blu-Ray player, 4 x USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI input/output that can turn the whole PC into a secondary monitor or carry 4K content to an external display.

 

Surprisingly, just when broadband speeds have picked up enough to be able to stream online video content consistently, Toshiba have decided to include a digital TV tuner in the desktop. It’s an odd decision but no doubt Toshiba will pick up some extra sales in the casual browser category of PC shoppers.

 

There is one area though in which Toshiba has really picked up on consumer desires (or frustrations) depending on how you look at it. They’ve included a function through USB 3.0 that lets your computer sleep while it charges your smartphone. The powered USB hub will allow you to charge any smart device while your computer is off, handy for anyone who uses their computer as their main point of charge.

 

They’ve also picked up their game with voice and gesture controls, the PX30t was not only responsive but snappy throughout our testing. It’s still got a bit of work to do if it’s going to be a truly successful Siri-Kinnect hybrid, but they’re on the right track.

 

In the looks department it’s got a lot going for it. It’s housed in a black chassis with chrome trim – I’d hate to make the iMac comparison, but in terms of aesthetics it’s straight from the Apple style guide. It comes with a slim wireless keyboard and an unorthodox but stylish chrome wireless mouse.

 

In the sound arena the all-in-one also features a pair of Harman-Kardon speakers that are some of the most impressive internal speakers I’ve come across in a PC, the bass and treble carried convincingly across a mid-sized living room.

 

If you’re thinking of upgrading your PC to an all-in-one media centre then Toshiba’s PX30t is an affordable option. For the average family home it’s more than capable of all your word processing, web browsing and video watching functionality. The touch screen, speakers, storage, and sleep and charge elements are all significant bonuses for this machine.

 

If you’re a graphics heavy PC user then I’d be reticent to recommend it, but there’s little doubt that it will find its place in the family living room.  

4/5 Shacks
 

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