PC Of The Future: Burn your keyboard, the touchscreen Wind Top is here
If you saw Minority Report’s gesture-controlled computers and immediately added one to the imaginary Amazon wish list in your head, your’re in luck. While the MSI Wind Top isn’t as flash as the ones Tom Cruise used in the 2002 thriller, it is a fully touchscreen PC, housed in a monitor about the same width as a 20-inch iMac. Sure, HP’s Touchsmart may have got there first, but unlike that machine, you won’t need Cruise’s legal budget to afford this one. MSI has taken care to ensure that even newcomers to the touchscreen revolution can use it with no prior experience. This sleek, glimmering screen is a one-stop shop for all your web-browsing, email-sending, word-processing, and (basic) game-playing needs; all you need to do is fire it up and start tentatively prodding the touchscreen.
The menu is simplistic in the most laudable way. You select from Work, Tools, Fun and Web categories depending on waht you want to do. The icons are larger than you’d find on a normal PC, so you won’t need to use your fingernails or a makeshift stylus to select functions and the response time is just five milliseconds, which feels near enough instant to anyone who isn’t a man/fly hybrid. It’s easy to use, and this Wind Top AE1900 has pretty simple innards too. It runs Windows XP – that’s some serious diss to Vista, there – has Intel’s Atom 230 processor whirring inside and packs 2GB of RAM. The built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam handles video chat – use it at the same time as the touch interface and your friends will get to view some excellent footage of your big finger coming towards them. There’s a comfortable four USB’s and a card reader and, yes, there is a bundled keyboard and mouse for text entry and for old time’s sake. The only major shortcoming is the 160 GB hard drive which, like the AE1900’s styling and choice of OS, seems to have come from about 2003.
To seal the deal, the AE1900 is also highly eco-friendly, sucking just 45 watts of power in use. Tech energy-saving specialist 1E says the average desktop computer uses 52 watts without the monitor, so it’s well under the average. It also runs very quite – never more than 26 decibels when the HD isn’t whirring. Money-saving, eco-friendly, touchscreen tech at your service. Welcome to the future…..
Screen: 18.5 inches, 1440×900, 16:9 ratio LCD
Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230
Storage/Memory: 160GB/2GB maximum
Connectivity: 4xUSB, N Wi-Fi, ethernet, four-in-one card reader, DVD burner, 1.3 mega cam, audio in/out