Acer Aspire S 24
Looking for an all-in-one desktop PC to put in your kitchen that can display your family calendar, let you look up casserole recipes, and charge your phone? The Acer Aspire S 24 ($899.99) has a few tricks up its sleeve that will let you do all of those things in ways that weren’t possible a few years ago. The cutting-edge tech in this stylish, downright affordable PC makes it a great conversation piece for houseguests if you’re into showing off, but woefully flimsy peripherals and a sluggish hard drive mean it’s ultimately not a practical computer for everyday use.
A Gorgeous Display
With an Intel Core i5-8250U that mostly shows up in ultraportable laptops and an integrated graphics processor, the Aspire S 24$899.99 at Amazon isn’t designed to be a computing powerhouse, although its 12GB of RAM is nothing to sniff at. Instead, the main attraction is a 23.8-inch full HD (1,920-by-1,080) display. It’s gorgeous, with an incredibly thin border (known as a bezel) on the top and sides of the screen that is almost too small to see when you’re staring at the PC from across the room. The bottom border is slightly wider than the sides and top, with a gold accent that matches the stand that attaches the display to the Aspire S 24’s base.
The thinness of the bezel itself isn’t unique; other more capable and more expensive all-in-ones like the HP EliteOne 1000 and the Dell Inspiron 27 7000$999.00 at Dell have barely there bezels too. What sets the Aspire S 24 apart, though, is that the entire display is thin, not just the borders. At 0.23 inches, it’s so slim that it vaguely resembles a gigantic laptop, as if there should be a second half of a clamshell case containing a keyboard and touchpad below. There isn’t, of course, but the overall effect is arresting, and would certainly be at home in the most futuristic of kitchens or home offices.