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There have been many attempts by a variety of manufacturers to hit the all-in-one media computer sweet-spot, but none have come close, until now.

The Toshiba DX1210 is an excellent computer and multi-media device for a small home or studio apartment, albeit with a few shortcomings / limitations.

Offering an Intel Core i5 processor at 2.3GHz with 6GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive and Windows 7 Home Premium edition, this 21.5 inch touch-screen PC (with wireless keyboard and mouse) would be an attractive prospect even without the built-in media PC components.  The fact that all of the 'PC' components are embedded in the back of the monitor makes this a very stylish unit.

On the media side of things, there's a Blu-Ray player (which also does service as a dual-layer DVD burner) and a fully-integrated Analog/Digital TV tuner.  Of course there's also the expected webcam and microphone for the all-important skype video calls.

From a connectivity perspective, there's a 1Gb/s Ethernet port, 802.11 (b/g/n) wireless, 2 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI-in port and there's also support for DLNA.

The DX1210 is provided with a full-featured remote control (just like any media player) which operates the device when in media mode.

Enough of the features; how is it in actual usage?

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David Heath has over 25 years experience in the IT industry, specializing particularly in customer support, security and computer networking. Heath has worked previously as head of IT for The Television Shopping Network, as the network and desktop manager for Armstrong Jones (a major funds management organization) and has consulted into various Australian federal government agencies (including the Department of Immigration and the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence). He has also served on various state, national and international committees for Novell Users International; he was also the organising chairman for the 1994 Novell Users' Conference in Brisbane. Heath is currently employed as an Instructional Designer, building technical training courses for industrial process control systems.

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