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MSI Wind Top AE2712G review - a touchscreen all-in-one PC with a tempting price tag

£1,199 inc VAT

Manufacturer: MSI

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

MSI’s 27in Wind Top AE2712G is a low-cost, touchscreen all-in-one with a quad-core processor, discrete graphics processor, Blu-ray and a built-in Freeview TV tuner. Read our MSI Wind Top AE2712G review.

MSI Wind Top AE2712G

MSI’s 27in Wind Top AE2712G is a low-cost, touchscreen all-in-one with a quad-core processor, discrete graphics processor, Blu-ray and a built-in Freeview TV tuner. See all all-in-one PC reviews.

The MSI Wind Top AE2712G features a 2.9GHz Intel Core i5-3470S low-power quad-core processor with 4GB of memory and a 1TB hard drive. Performance in this configuration was adequate, if a little lacklustre. PCMark 7 recorded a score of 3138 points and it’s worth noting that Medion’s considerably less expensive Akoya P2002 scored higher. Also see: group test - what's the best all-in-one PC?

An nVidia GeForce GT630M graphics processor powers the graphics, but even with 2GB or video memory it provides little advantage over Intel’s integrated graphics when it comes to games. The MSI Wind Top AE2712G is a few frames per second faster than the Medion’s Intel HD Graphics 2500. But ultimately it still falls far short of playable speeds, and is actually slower than the HD Graphics 4000 built into the the latest Haswell processors such as used by Chillblast.

There are plenty of connectivity options available, mostly situated at the MSI Wind Top AE2712G's rear, but aligned parallel to the ground and close to the left side of the screen. This makes them much more accessible than on some other systems where they point directly downwards and are obscured by the stand.

HDMI in and out ports are included and, unusually, the input can be configured with a full on-screen display. This allows for all the adjustments you would usually get on a standalone monitor, such as colour tweaks and selecting aspect ratios. Unfortunately, the MSI Wind Top AE2712G's display controls are perilously close to the power switch. 

We were aware of some level of fan noise at all times while using the MSI Wind Top AE2712G. Although reasonably quiet when idle, the cooling fans start to become noticeably louder when the system is placed under load. 

The display features a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and performed well in our tests, producing accurate colour and good contrast. The MSI Wind Top AE2712G falls far short of the sharpness delivered by the 2560 x 1440 screens of the iMac and Dell XPS however. 

Overall, the MSI Wind Top AE2712G has a distinctly plastic feel, although the high gloss finish goes some way to improving its looks. The screen comes in “anti-glare” and “glare” versions, and it’s the “glare” version we had to test, which comes with a high-gloss reflective finish.

MSI Wind Top AE2712G Expert Verdict »

2.9GHz Intel Core i5-3470S
Windows 8
1TB 7200rpm HDD
MSI AF111, Intel H61 chipset
27in (1920x1080) tilt-adjustable touchscreen
nVidia GeForce GT 630M, 2GB VRAM
2x USB 3.0
4x USB 2.0
gigabit ethernet
Blu-ray/DVD combo drive
stereo speakers
onboard sound
wireless keyboard and mouse
card reader
2Mp webcam
Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Norton Internet Security 60-day trial
DVb-T tuner
2-year collect-and-return warranty
PCMark 7 score: 3138
Stalker scores: 5/6/17fps
power consumption: 44W idle, 110W full load
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 5 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

This is the least expensive 27in all-in-one PC we've reviewed of late and offers a correspondingly lower specification with somewhat lacklustre performance. The nVidia graphics are particularly disappointing. However, you do get a Blu-ray player and a built-in tuner with the MSI Wind Top AE2712G.

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