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LG shows iMac-like all-in-one with passive 3D, touch

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Mon May 30, 2011

LG V300 all-in-one brings passive 3D, touch

LG kicked off its turn at Computex with a new all-in-one specially designed with the help of Intel. The V300 is the Korean company's first all-in-one PC and borrows a design cue from the iMac but uses LG's expertise in displays. The 23-inch, 1080p panel brings passive glasses 3D that keeps the cost down but also supports multi-touch and uses a color-accurate IPS screen much like on its Apple equivalents.

The PC appropriately uses custom LG touchscreen apps on top of Windows 7, along with native support for DLNA media sharing and Intel's WiDi for broadcasting video to a nearby TV.

LG is backing away from an emphasis on speed and focusing more on size. The V300 can have up to a Core i7 processor but is limited to 2.5-inch notebook hard drives up to 750GB and at most uses a Radeon HD 6650M for graphics. In return, the main body is about 1.76 inches thick, or as much as 65 percent thinner than "other leading models," LG said. Whether this included Apple wasn't mentioned.

The V300 should ship to Korea starting in July and will expand to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East later on. LG hasn't talked about a US launch but does bring some of its PCs to at least Canada.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. kerryb

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    +17

    touch this

    I might be biased by Apple's approach of having the "touch" action off the vertical screen and on a touch mouse or track pad is better. Does anyone know somebody that owns a touch screen PC and likes it? I'm curious if the novelty of it last more than a week.

  1. SmokyFrosty

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    +4

    Are they...

    allowed to do this? Do they not see how unoriginal that is.. sure they added the crude glasses 3D and a touch screen but does that really help to used at all?? Nice one...

  1. msteffer

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    +7

    Double take...

    That computer is VERY much like the iMacs. The base is similar. The color is similar. They even went as far as to make the mouse and keyboard white like Apple does. Check out the desktop - the corner even peels back like in the iOS Maps app. So much for originality! Also, how cheesy is this photo? If you didn't already know it was 3D, then you'd be saying, "Why the h*** is that girl holding those glasses?"

    I don't think touchscreen desktops are going to catch on enough to completely eliminate the mouse or keyboard. Who wants to hold their hands up to a screen while typing an email, much less a document. It could be ok for simple functions like web browsing or any single click function, but not much else.

  1. BlueGonzo

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    touching verticaly sucks

    I don't know what's the big deal with touch on a desktop. Everyone (except Apple) tries to sell this as a "feature" to consumers. This doesn't work because after a while the hands start to fatigue. Touch on desktop only works if the screen surface is horizontal.

  1. eldarkus

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    +15

    Vertical touch = Gorilla Arms

    From Wikipedia

    The Jargon File dictionary of hacker slang defined "gorilla arm" as the failure to understand the ergonomics of vertically mounted touchscreens for prolonged use. The proposition is that the human arm held in an unsupported horizontal position rapidly becomes fatigued and painful, the so-called "gorilla arm". It is often cited as a prima facie example of what not to do in ergonomics. Vertical touchscreens still dominate in applications such as ATMs and data kiosks in which the usage is too brief to be an ergonomic problem.

    Worst idea ever... And Gorilla Arm is not a new finding. This has been documented for years, yet they still ignore it? this is a major fail.

  1. chas_m

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    +7

    Call the Lawyer Squad!

    Rarely have I seen such an obvious begging for a trade-dress lawsuit.

    As for the touch-screen -- even ignoring the "gorilla arm" effect, unless LG has achieved a breakthrough in oliophobic coatings, the novelty of a touchscreen computer will wear off in less than five minutes.

    Has nobody at LG ever seen the screen of a demo iPad?

  1. gprovida

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    +7

    Is There No Imagination?

    Between the iPhone and iPad copycats and now [Macbook and Macbook Air] yet another copycat design of the all in one iMac with stand, aspect ratio, mouse, and keyboard!!!! The disturbing lacking of invention, innovation, and design creativity is appalling across the entire PC community.

    It is hard to believe the recent PC diminished sales, low margins, etc. will be solved by copying Apple's designs. At a minimum, Apple will keep moving the goal posts driving these copycats to always be a bit late and out of fashion further dramatizing the copying.

    Imitation is one thing, but this is really getting out of hand, all they are missing is an Apple like logo to complete the picture.

    At a minimum this creates an even poorer image of these companies and diminishes their value to consumers and ultimately themselves. I hope this is merely a short term trend, but I fear not.

  1. Gazoobee

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    +11

    Hey!

    Let's throw every recent gimmick and do-dad anyone ever heard of into a computer and see if it sells okay?!

    3-D? check!
    Touch? check!
    Ohs, and make it look like an Apple computer, they look superfine! double-check!

    Okay now, stand it up with a pretty girl pointing at it ... that always works!

  1. jfgilbert

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    +9

    Bad move

    Pathetic attempt at relevance.
    Electronista should not dignify these knock-offs with an article. Especially not one that calls this "iMac-like" or refers to its "Apple equivalents."
    When LG starts shipping with OS/X and when they hire their own designers, we can talk about iMac-ness or equivalence. Until then, it's nothing but a race to the bottom, cutting costs by eliminating the design, the software development, the support (Best Buy will take care of that), and differentiating by adding a gimmicky 3D. It is sad.
    This may actually cost them more than they think because they don't realize how much damage they are doing to their brand.

  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

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    Congrats LG

    Congrats LG. I hope you have a big budget for your lawyers. Apple is going to trash you to dust.

    On another note, you get the prize for the best copy job out there. You even beat M$ the master of this game.

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