AIO computers offer many advantages that make them ideal for a variety of markets and usage models including a wide range of SMB industries, education segments, consumer markets, and specialty verticals such as digital signage. The standardization of the motherboard form factors used in today’s AIO’s which include Thin Mini ITX and new designs that support Intel NUC Compute Elements has helped to improve configuration options, enhance serviceability and reduce costs which are all key benefits for resellers.
AIO Market Segments
AIO systems are emerging in many markets due to their thin design and limited cables. While there are many applications and markets suitable for AIO systems a few worth mentioning are listed here.
Education – PC usage in today’s classroom is becoming more sophisticated with lessons incorporating online research, video editing and video collaboration. Space, manageability and security are also concerns, all of which can be solved with an AIO system. Since the PC and monitor are integrated together, the AIO takes up less desk real estate. With the camera, microphone, and speakers integrated in the unit (much like a notebook) as well as with support for wireless network connectivity and Bluetooth keyboards with mouse, the AIO system only has one cable to connect, allowing the systems to be used where the teacher feels is most suitable.
Ergonomics – As we spend more hours at work and at home using a computer, proper ergonomics becomes a greater concern to help prevent back or neck strain and other repetitive issues. With their fully integrated design, limited cables, and VESA mount support, AIO systems are ideal for use on monitor arms that allow for proper positioning of the computer screen as the user may change positions from sitting to standing as an example. Resellers can differentiate themselves and their product message by including an ergonomic option supported with AIO systems.
Digital Signage – The same reason that AIO systems are ideal for schools and ergonomic usages, they are also ideal for digital signage applications, particularly in small businesses. The ability to combine the PC and monitor into one unit and reduce the number of cables and utilize capabilities such as M.2 SSD to save power and reduce heat, along with the improved manageability of vPro, make AIO systems unique in the digital signage segment.
Finance – Perhaps one of the most unique models in ASI’s AIO line up is the Loop LP2385 which uses the Intel NUC Compute Element (Chandler Bay) and incorporates the security features of Intel vPro making it ideal for banks, accounting firms, brokers, credit unions, insurance agents and other markets where manageability are critical. In addition, the LP2385 has an adjustable stand that can tilt and pivot adding flexibility to viewing the screen.