AOC’s new all-in-one computers, the M222 series, are AOC’s second line of a-i-o machines. The M222A has a 21.5″ LCD attached to an Nvidia GeForce 9100 IGP, with an Intel Pentium Mobile T4200, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, 320 GB HDD, gigabit LAN, and 802.11b/g wireless. The M222T builds upon that, upping the processor to a Core 2 Duo T6600, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB HDD, and a touchscreen LCD. Both have seven USB ports and 2.1 audio, plus a 4-in-1 card reader. The M222T will be available in the second quarter for $599.
A really cool item from AOC is its LC22H0601 22″ television. On first glance, it appears to be a normal, smaller television. Then, it’s primary feature jumps out from its base: an iPod dock. Viewsonic was actually first to market with a television/monitor with an iPod dock, but that unit had only audio playback capability. AOC’s does audio and video. HD video. From an iPod.
It will be available in the first quarter of the year for between $299 and $320, but, unfortunately, not the United States. There is also a 19″ version which can do 720p. Both will have an ATSC tuner, HDMI input, and a USB port–more on the function of the USB port later. AOC is really ramping up its television business, especially with the new 42″ Prava series TV. The Pravas range from 19″ to 55″ (but the 55″ isn’t on the market yet). The entire series sports full 1080p HD and a USB port, plus an array of connectivity options. LEDs light the 36″ and greater models, and lighten the weight, as well as thin the device. A killer feature of the AOC televisions is the built-in ability to pause live TV, given some kind of storage medium. That’s the reason for the USB port! A thumbdrive with at least 512 MB is required, currently supporting up to 2 GB with 8 GB support in the pipeline. AOC calls it “TimeShift,” and it permits fast forward and rewind, too. All of AOC’s televisions are capable of this now.
Unfortunately, it can’t be set to record just quite yet, but we geeks home that such a thing would happen in the future. Imagine having a full-featured DVR built into your TV, only necessitating the addition of an external hard drive for recording.
Colin Dean has been a writer for ThinkComputers since 2006.