Samsung is re-entering the UK desktop market with a pair of all in one touchscreen computers, the U250 and U200 which will be exclusive available through DSGi's PC World (and possibly Dixons and the likes).
The U250 is a 23-inch 1920x1080 Full HD model while the U200 one is a HD-ready model with a screen resolution of 1600x900 pixels. Both will be available in May 2010 and come with Windows 7 Home Premium and a front facing webcam.
Details are very scarce at this point and two separate sources have mentioned that the smaller model would come with an Intel Pentium Dual Core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB RAM, 320GB hard drive and a 512MB Geforce G310M video module.
The other one will get a Core 2 Duo rated at 2.2GHz, 3GB RAM, the same video card and a 500GB hard disk drive. Surprisingly, both systems will be different visually. The U250 comes with a stand and looks like a normal computer monitor.
It is also bundled with a chiclet keyboard and a mouse, both of them wireless. The U200 on the other hand has a monitor with a thick white border and wired keyboard and mouse. Samsung will face some serious competition from the likes of Acer, Asus, HP and Dell.
I still sincerely believe that touchscreen computers are seriously OTT. They are nice gadgets but for serious work, nothing can really beat a keyboard and a mouse (and perhaps a digitizing tablet). Furthermore, Samsung's pair is unlikely to be as cheap as buying a separate base unit, a monitor and the keyboard/mouse bundle.