Aside from dedicated gamers or heavy design professionals, the need for a traditional desktop PC is diminishing. That gave way to the space-saving all-in-one PC movement, and that’s now giving way to PCs that are trying to position themselves as home media and entertainment hubs, not unlike smart televisions or the upcoming Xbox One.
The Toshiba PX35t tries to be one such device. The all-in-one PC is stuffed behind a 23” Full HD 1080p display with 10-finger multi-t0uch. The Windows 8 PC will run on Intel’s newly released Haswell processors – a 4th generation i3, i5, or i7 core processor – along with up to 16 GB of RAM. Inside, there’s a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD and voice recognition software. That last part will allow for voice commands, although Toshiba hasn’t detailed exactly how those will work, or what you will or won’t be able to do with just your voice. DTS Studio Sound comes out of two downward-facing Harman Kardon speakers.
On the backside, there are four USB 2.0 ports, two of which are USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI In. That last one is critical, because it’s how the PX35t aims to position itself as a media hub. Using the HDMI In port, you can connect a set-top box to the PC and use it as a television set.
The Toshiba PX35t will be released this month in stores and online, and will sell for about $1,030.