Eurocom Uno 2.1 review

The Eurocom Uno 2.1 is a space saving all-in-one business desktop system that offers solid Core i7 performance and a massive storage drive.
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All-in-one desktop PCs are ideal for users who work in cramped quarters and need to maximize what little desktop real estate they have. With the Eurocom Uno 2.1 you get a Core i7 system that delivers solid productivity performance and is outfitted with a hybrid drive configuration with lots of storage capacity. Its 19-inch touch-screen is dwarfed by the competition, however, and it’s more expensive than better equipped AIO’s such as our Editors’ Choice, the Vizio 27-inch All-in-One Touch PC (CA27T-B1).

Design and Features
The first thing you’ll notice about the Uno 2.1 is its diminutive 1,440-by-900-resolution touch-screen display. It’s only 19 inches (diagonally), which is relatively small when compared with the massive 27-inch touch screen used on the Vizio 27-inch All-in-One Touch PC (CA27T-B1) or even the Toshiba PX35t-A2306′s 23-inch screen. The Uno’s resistive 10-point touch-screen is responsive and accurate but the display’s thick black bezels do nothing for the system’s aesthetics and are not Windows 8 friendly. Moreover, looking at the screen’s shiny coating is like looking into a mirror. Color quality is good, however.

The system is supported by a silver L-shaped stand that lets you make tilt and height adjustments but it doesn’t support swivel or pivoting, nor does it allow you to lay the panel flat like you can with the Dell XPS One 27 Touch. The foot of the base provides room to store a keyboard, if you have one. Our review unit did not come with a keyboard or a mouse, although you can order both for an additional $39. The Uno can be removed from its base and mounted on a wall or in a kiosk using the four VESA mounting holes and an optional mounting bracket.

Beneath the bottom bezel are a power switch, a menu button, up and down arrow keys, and an input select button. The on-screen menu is limited; it toggles Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the 2.0 megapixel webcam embedded in the upper bezel. Here you can also adjust screen brightness and speaker volume. The two down-firing speakers are nothing to write home about; they don’t get very loud and lack bass, but they are adequate for business use.

On the left side of the cabinet are three USB 3.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, an SD card reader, and an ExpressCard 54 slot. A tray loading DVD multi-drive sits alone on the right side of the cabinet. On the bottom, facing downward, are two RS-232 serial ports, a LAN port, a VGA video port, an eSATA port, and two USB 2.0 ports. Missing are HDMI and DisplayPort connections.

You can configure the Uno 2.1 with a variety of Mobile Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs and up to 32GB of RAM. There’s room for up to three hard drives and you can have a blu-ray drive installed as well. Our system was configured with a 2.4GHz Mobile Core i7-3630QM processor, 8GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, a 120GB mSATA drive and a 1.5TB, 5,400rpm storage drive, and an Intel 802.11 a/g/n and Bluetooth Wi-Fi adapter. It also came with Windows 7 Professional, although you can have any version of Windows 7 or Windows 8 preinstalled. Thankfully, the system is free of bloatware.

Eurocom covers the Uno 2.1 with a standard one-year warranty with one year of technical support. A two-year plan costs an additional $165, and a three-year plan goes for $295.

Performance
The Uno performed admirably on our PCMark 7 productivity benchmark test. Its score of 5310 led the pack, with the Vizio 27-inch All-in-One Touch PC coming in second. Results were similar on our Cinebench R11.5 CPU test; the Uno racked up a score of 6.41 to the Vizio’s 6.09, while the Asus ET2701INKI-B046C led with a score of 7.08, thanks to its faster CPU. When it came to our video and photo encoding tests the Uno went toe-to-toe with the Vizio AIO with only one second separating the two on both the Handbrake and Photoshop tests. Graphics performance was on par with other AIO’s that use Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 4000 solution.

The Eurocom Uno 2.1 offers up solid productivity and multimedia performance but it’s overpriced for a 19-inch all-in-one desktop. Granted, you get 1.5TB of storage as well as a speedy 120GB mSATA drive, but it’s hard to recommend this AIO over a similarly priced system like the Vizio 27-inch All-in-One Touch PC, which offers similar performance and comes with a much larger touch-screen and a better selection of I/O ports. Thus, the Vizio 27-inch All-in-One Touch PC remains our Editors’ Choice for mid-range all-in-one desktop PCs.

Specifications
Touchscreen Yes
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Storage Type HDD, SSD
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 4000
Type All-in-one
RAM 8 GB
Processor Family Intel Core i7
Monitor Type LCD
Primary Optical Drive DVD+/-RW (Plus Minus)
Screen Size 19 inches
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 1.62 TB

Verdict
The Eurocom Uno 2.1 is a space saving all-in-one desktop system that offers solid Core i7 performance and a massive storage drive. However, it's a bit pricey considering it uses such a small display and lacks a keyboard and mouse.
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