After notebooks got the budget treatment and turned into cheap, simple netbooks, now we're seeing the same thing happen to desktops, such as the new all-in-one from MSI.

The 18.5-inch Wind NetOn AP1900 has just been officially announced by MSI a month after it first appeared at CES, and it looks every inch the contender.

Lightweight package

Most impressive about the AP1900 is its size – just 35 mm deep and weighing 4kg all in. By comparison, the latest 20-inch iMac weighs 9.1kg and is over 50mm deep.

Running Windows XP, the AP1900 fills that space with an Intel Atom N270 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB HDD, a multi-card reader, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and a DVD writer.

Power savings

Additionally, MSI is also claiming the 'world's slimmest all-in-one PC' saves power compared to similar PCs from other makers. It claims 35W are sufficient at peak usage, which – MSI's notes state – is 86 per cent less than normal desktops.

There's absolutely no word on the price in any part of the world yet, but we expect the A1900 to come in at £300 - £350 at an early-spring launch.