At IFA today in Germany, Samsung kicked off its announcements by refreshing its lineup of All-in-One PCs with new Series 5 and Series 7 models, all running Windows 8. The new devices, which we first saw at Computex in June come in three sizes: the Series 7 has 27-inch and 23-inch display options, and the Series 5 features a 21.5-inch screen. All are 1080p panels with ten-point multitouch, and the machines also come with USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and Ethernet, and just about every other port you could want. Design is paramount for the new devices — the Series 5 is meant for use in the kitchen, and has space underneath where you can slide the keyboard and mouse in case, as reps told us, you need more room for cutting. All have attractive metal stands and small bezels, and look more like TVs than computer monitors.
The 27-inch Series 7 starts at $1,699 and comes with a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive — it also has discrete AMD Radeon HD 7850M graphics, and is meant as a gaming and media machine. The 23-inch model will cost $1,099 and up, and the base model has a Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, and Intel integrated graphics. The smaller Series 5 drops those specs to Core i3, 4GB of RAM, and integrated graphics — but at $749, the price is definitely right. Touch-enabled All-in-One PCs make more sense than ever thanks to Windows 8, and we'll be able to put them to the test when they're available in October, "alongside Windows 8." Circle the 26th on your calendar for a big product launch day, folks.