We think it's sensible that MSI has opted for the base Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 2100 processor for the Wind Top AE2210. This is the second generation of Core i3 processors, and comes with the enhanced integrated HD Graphics 2000. And when we say "enhanced", we mean not utterly useless. This gives what is a relatively affordable all-in-one computer a solid dose of CPU grunt and a base level of 3D performance, although it's only DirectX 10.1 capable.
In many ways, the specification for the MSI Wind Top AE2210-031UK model that we reviewed feels far above the price tag, because it offers 1TB (1,000GB) of hard drive storage and 4GB of DDR3 memory.
As we'd hoped, Windows 7 Home Premium is the 64-bit version, so you can take full advantage of the installed 4GB of memory.
MSI hasn't skimped on the connections, providing two USB 3.0 ports on the side. So you can easily get high-speed external storage with a further four USB 2.0 ports at the back. Not available to your average user, there are two mini-PCIe slots inside. One's used for the digital TV tuners, but the other is potentially available for anyone wielding a screwdriver.
MSI has been diligent in equipping the system for entertainment. A digital TV tuner is included for TV reception, there's the integrated Media Center remote, a 1.3MP webcam with microphone and integrated speakers, which are Lucasfilm THX certified.
We also have to mention the 21.5-inch screen with an impressive 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. As this is a smaller sized screen, this results in a high pixel density for impressive detail.
It's also a full touchscreen. If you're planning to use it as a media jukebox, this enables simple control in almost every way possible. It also seems to have an oleophobic coating that helps to keep it fingerprint free, but this tends to drag on your fingertip during use.
Connectivity on the MSI Wind Top AE2210 is also good, with the basics covered by the wireless N capabilities and wired Gigabit LAN. A side-mounted six-in-one memory card reader is provided alongside the standard DVD rewriter.