Maingear, a custom PC builder, is launching a redesigned all-in-one PC that — if this demographic actually bought all-in-ones — would appeal to a gamer. When I think of such computers, I think of PCs for the kitchen or living room that are for the family to use. But these devices are growing in popularity, and it’s not so crazy to think that gamers would buy them if they had the right design.

Enter Maingear’s Solo 21. This machine has sharp edges and a lot of black, red, and silver. The Kenilworth, N.J.-based company says it builds on its pedegree of upgradeability, no bloatware, and excellent service and support.

All-in-ones take up less space than full-sized desktop computers and don’t have as many wires or other connections. The new Solo 21 model has a “sleeker design,” the company says, and it will sport an Intel third-generation Core processor (i3 2125 3.3 gigahertz, upgradeable to Core i7 3770S), fast mSATA solutions, and optional vPro technology for enterprise customers. You could use it as a media hub or a reference computer in the kitchen. You can mount it on a wall as well.


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Options include an Intel Q77 chipset, including management technology, identity protection, and anti-theft technology. The system has four gigabytes of main memory and is upgradeable up to 16 gigabytes. It supports hard drives with up to 1 terabyte of storage. It starts at $899.

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