Maingear Solo 21 receives a makeover, $899 all-in-one PC is now fully upgradable

Back in March, Maingear entered the world of the all-in-one PC with the utilitarian Solo 21. Even though the unit is now only five months old, it's being replaced with a model that's more attractive, more functional and that carries a lower price. We're most excited that the redesigned Solo 21 is now fully upgradable -- and yes, this includes the Mini-ITX motherboard itself. Available from $899 on up, the baseline configuration includes a 3.3GHz Intel Core i3 2125 CPU (Ivy Bridge), 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, a DVD burner, Bluetooth, WiFi and Windows 7 Home Premium. The Solo 21 also supports mSATA SSD storage and can also be outfitted with Blu-ray in place of the standard DVD configuration. You'll also find it supports the VESA mount, should you decide to throw the PC on your wall. If you'd like to become a bit better acquainted with Maingear's latest refresh, you'll find the full PR after the break.

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The redesigned MAINGEAR Solo 21 upgrades its performance and its looks from the first boutique builder to offer upgradeable all-in-one PCs.

Kenilworth, New Jersey – August 28th , 2012 – MAINGEAR, an award-winning custom PC builder known for custom built desktop, laptops and workstation, and the first to add upgradeable all-in-one PC solutions, is proud to show off the redesign of the Solo 21. The MAINGEAR Solo 21 All-in-one builds upon MAINGEAR's pedigree of upgradeability, no bloatware, and excellent service and support that they are known for.

With more consumers looking for a full-size desktop computer without the hassle of wires and other connections, the new MAINGEAR Solo 21 gets a face lift and new technology under the hood. With a new, sleeker design, the Solo 21 also gets some serious performance upgrades with Intel's 3rd Generation Core technology, fast mSATA solutions from Crucial, and optional vPro technology for enterprise customers looking for a manageable solution.

Sleek Elegant Design:
With clean lines and attractive silhouette, the MAINGEAR Solo 21 can fit in any room in the house. It can be in the living room wall as a media hub or use it in the kitchen for reference and it's still powerful enough to play the latest and greatest PC games. With a VESA mount, you can hang it in your bedroom and use Windows Media Center to pull in content from your main PC or even plug in a digital cable tuner and use it as a stand-alone entertainment system.

Enterprise Focused Configuration Options

The Solo 21 can be equipped with the Intel Q77 chipset, bringing vPro and other Intel technologies to the table for enterprise professionals that need stability, reliability, and manageability in an all-in-one factor. The Solo 21 with the Q77 chipset option supports the latest AMT 8.0 and is equipped with Intel Identity Protection Technology, as well as Intel Anti-Theft Technology. It also features a dual gigabit Intel LAN subsystem to enable link aggregation to improve Ethernet throughput, and Intel Smart Response Technology for optional SSD caching. The Solo 21 outfitted with the Q77 chipset also supports the Stable Image Platform Program and Extended Life Program.

Advanced Technology:
Since the MAINGEAR Solo is completely upgradable, it features support for a wide range of processor and also supports 22nm next generation processors. In addition, it conforms to Intel Thin Mini-ITX standards, meaning even the motherboard is upgradeable, a first in the PC industry. The MAINGEAR Solo 21 All-in-One offers up to 16GB of DDR3-1600 memory and supports full size hard drives up to 1TB of storage, an mSATA SSD up to 256GB for maximum storage performance, and optional eSATA for fast external storage. The MAINGEAR Solo 21 is equipped with up to four USB 3.0 ports and two additional high current, fast-charging USB ports keep your mobile devices ready to go.

"The redesigned MAINGEAR Solo 21 is the perfect PC to meet the increased market demand of having an all-in-one PC that is more versatile for business or entertainment use. MAINGEAR continues to be an innovation leader with the release of this unique all-new all-in-one, which offers premium features, stylish design and upgradability that no one else offers," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR.

MAINGEAR Solo 21: (Default specs)
• Intel® Core™ i3 2125 3.3GHz, upgradeable to Intel® Core™ i7 3770S
• Intel® DH61AG motherboard supporting USB 3.0, SATA 6G, 32nm and 22nm processors
• Optional Intel® DQ77KB motherboard support USB 3.0, SATA 6G, Intel SRT and vPro
• 4GB DDR3-1333, upgradeable to 16GB DDR3-1600 memory
• Up to 256GB Crucial M4 mSATA SSD
• 500 GB HDD, up to 1TB SATA HDD
• DVD burner, with Blu-ray optional
• Intel 802.11n, Bluetooth wireless adapter
• Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• Starting at $899

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