Samsung has announced that it has started shipping its Ativ One 7 Curved All-in-One PC this weekend in the US, but is so far silent on UK pricing and availability for the eye-catching design.
Capitalising on consumer interest in curved displays, which are decried by critics as little more than gimmicks even as fans lay claim to significantly improved immersion, the Ativ One 7 Curved builds on Samsung's previous all-in-one Ativ family design but with a screen that wraps around a curve. Unveiled ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show late last year
, the Ativ One 7 Curved has now finally begun shipping in the US - meaning we get a look at finalised specifications and pricing.
As expected, the all-in-one design features a 27" curved display. It's eye-catching, there's no doubt about that, but it comes at a cost: unlike other Ativ One designs, there's no support for touch and it's limited to a Full HD 1,920x1,080 resolution - low for a 27" PC display. Behind the panel is the PC itself, powered by an unspecified Intel Core i5 processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU. 8GB of DDR3L memory is included as standard, with no hint that the user can upgrade post-purchase, and a 1TB hard drive with embedded flash cache provides storage onto which a Windows 8.1 64-bit installation is pre-loaded.
The machine, finished in the unfortunately-named 'Rusty Black,' also includes dual 10W stereo speakers, a Full HD webcam, two each of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and an SD card reader. As promised at CES, the machine hits the US priced at $1,299 and began shipping to the first eager consumers on Sunday. Thus far, however, Samsung has not released UK pricing and availability for the machine.