Best All-in-One Desktops

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 25, 2019
If you want to have a high-performing yet compact PC, you should think of getting one of the best all-in-one desktops. These PCs have all the components in the monitor itself, so they take little space and require no tiresome assembly. Check our best all-in-one desktops review! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The computer comes equipped with a built-in wireless charger for smartphones. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics card will provide you with a decent framerate on the monitor's native QHD 3440 x 1440 resolution. The curved panel immerses you in the action. 

CONS

The mouse has a peculiar design that may take some time to get used to. 

OUR VERDICT

The latest installment of the HP Envy line takes all-in-one desktop computers to the next level. Unlike its predecessors and the model's peers, it is able to do everything a powerful high-end build can do, from running the most hardware demanding applications to presenting the most deeply engaging picture.

detailed parameters
Screen

34" QHD (3440x1440), Curved

CPU

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-8700T (Up to 4 GHz)

RAM: 16 GB

Memory: 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD

Graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1050 (4 GB)

Operating System

Windows 10

Interfaces

5x USB 3.1, 1x Thunderbolt™ 3, 1x HDMI Out, 1x HDMI In, 1x LAN port, Headphone and mic combo jack, SD card slot

Extras

Built-in wireless charger for smartphones, Wi-Fi, BT, Webcam, Built-in speakers, Wireless keyboard and mouse included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Delivering powerful quad-core, eight-way processing performance, the Intel® Core™ i7-8700T (up to 4 GHz) CPU will allow you to tackle casual 3D rendering, financial/scientific modeling, video encoding, data mining, etc. The screen incorporates ten touchpoints. 

CONS

The webcam doesn't work too well in low-light conditions. 

OUR VERDICT

The Dell Inspiron 23.8" is an excellent workstation. The model will be able to handle major loads. As far as multitasking is concerned, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything more suitable within the same price range. The supplied peripherals are pretty good too.

detailed parameters
Screen

23.8" Full HD (1920x1080), Touchscreen

CPU

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-8700T (Up to 4 GHz)

RAM: 12 GB

Memory: 1 TB HDD

Graphic card: Intel UHD Graphics 630

Operating System

Windows 10

Interfaces

4x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI Out, 1x HDMI In, 1x LAN port, Headphone and mic combo jack, SD card slot

Extras

Wi-Fi, BT, Webcam, Built-in speakers, Wireless keyboard and mouse included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The monitor is packed with eye-care solutions, including Acer VisionCare™, BlueLightShield™, and Flickerless™, with the latter two reducing the exposure to blue light and eliminating screen flickering. The external webcam with a USB connection makes the model more ergonomically sound.

CONS

Some users find the Bluetooth range a tad limited. 

OUR VERDICT

The Acer Aspire C24-865-ACi5NT is one of the more well-rounded all-in-one desktops. Considering all of the monitor's eye-care technologies, the model will prove to be particularly suitable for people with vision problems or those who would like to keep their eyes from harm's way.

detailed parameters
Screen

23.8" Full HD (1920x1080)

CPU

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-8250U (Up to 3.4 GHz)

RAM: 12 GB

Memory: 1 TB

Graphics card: Intel UHD Graphics 620

Operating System

Windows 10

Interfaces

2x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI Out, 1x LAN port, Headphone and mic combo jack, SD card slot

Extras

Wi-Fi, BT, Webcam, Built-in speakers, Wireless keyboard and mouse included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model's brightness averages 249.4 nits, which is really impressive as far as mid-range displays are concerned. The Acer Color Intelligence tool does an excellent job optimizing the screen's color calibration to suit your particular tastes. The screen's matte finish work wonders cutting down the glare from nearby lights and windows.

CONS

The stand isn't all that stable. 

OUR VERDICT

The Acer Aspire (Z24-890-UA91) is everything budget all-in-one computers are supposed to be and delivers everything these things are supposed to deliver. It offers robust desktop experience at the most reasonable price. The DVD optical drive is a nice touch for people with a large physical movie collection.

detailed parameters
Screen

23.8" Full HD (1920x1080)

CPU

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-9400T (Up to 3.4 GHz)

RAM: 12 GB

Memory: 512 GB SSD

Graphic card: Intel UHD Graphics 630

Operating System

Windows 10

Interfaces

4x USB 3.1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI Out, 1x HDMI In, 1x LAN port, Headphone and mic combo jack, SD card slot

Extras

DVD optical drive, Wi-Fi, BT, Webcam, Built-in speakers, Wireless keyboard and mouse included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The 512GB SSD will be able to streamline your interactions with the computer as well as decrease load times. It will boot the PC up in seconds, transfer major files in minutes, and let you enjoy a much snappier overall experience compared to non-SSD rigs.

CONS

The keyboard and mouse are wired. 

OUR VERDICT

The HP Pavilion (24-Xa0032) offers a pretty much perfect blend of form and function. The ultra-slim profile looks sleek and stylish. The aluminum stand is as durable and reliable as they come. The integrated pop-up webcam safeguards what matters most, so you'll be able to create, work, and play with confidence.

detailed parameters
Screen

23.8" Full HD (1920x1080), Touchscreen

CPU

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-9400T (Up to 3.4 GHz)

RAM: 12 GB

Memory: 512 GB SSD

Graphic card: Intel UHD Graphics 630

Operating System

Windows 10

Interfaces

5x USB 3.1, 1x HDMI Out, 1x HDMI In, 1x LAN port, Headphone and mic combo jack, SD card slot

Extras

Wi-Fi, BT, Webcam, Built-in speakers, Wired keyboard and mouse included

Warranty

1 year

HP Envy (3LB85AA#ABA)

Immersion Taken to the Next Level

All-in-one computers are usually pretty cheap. That isn't necessarily the case with this iteration of the HP Envy line. Right now, it goes for more than 2 thousand bucks, hardly a modest price. But that's not because the folk at HP suddenly decided to forego their usual marketing strategies and ask their customers for as much money as possible. This thing costs over $2,000 because it is worth over $2,000.

First and foremost, the product includes the most impressive 34-inch QHD (3440 x 1440p) curved monitor. Generally speaking, a monitor like that alone will cost you close to a thousand dollars. And for a very good reason because its curved profile produces a much more immersive visual experience, engulfing you in the action and making it feel like you're up there in the middle of the events and developments happening on your screen.

On top of that, the level of detail a 3440 x 1440 panel is capable of reproducing is uncanny. Thanks to its QHD resolution, you'll be able to enjoy the crispest, most authentic, and dynamic picture.

Plus, this is an all-in-one desktop computer we're talking about, so you aren't just getting your usual monitor. No, you're also getting quad front-facing speakers as well as a pair of passive radiators from Bang & Olufsen. The speakers deliver the richest, most vibrant, and dynamic audio to match the equally impressive visuals.

By the way, these speakers also incorporate audio dials. Using these dials, you'll be able to utilize Amazon Alexa's voice services. You can ask the virtual assistant to check your calendar, answer questions, play music, create lists, control your smart home, and do so much more than that.

Review of HP Envy (3LB85AA#ABA) 34" Curved QHD AIO Desktop (Core i7-8700T, GTX 1050, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD)

The Hardware to Match

As impressive as the monitor is, the display alone wouldn't be enough to justify a price like that. But add to that the NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1050 4 GB graphics card and you can certainly see where the people at HP were coming from with their price. This GPU, along with the Intel® Core™ i7-8700T processor, will allow you to do what very few all-in-one desktops can do - play the latest visually rich and graphically demanding games.

Sure, you won't get hundreds of frames per second on a QHD resolution. But tone it down to 1080p and you'll be able to enjoy somewhere around 50-60 fps in practically every single game out there. Of course, a GPU like that also gives you the ability to do visually demanding design work with fewer slowdowns.

Other than that, this product packs nothing out of the ordinary except for the built-in wireless charger for smartphones, a nice little touch that truly cements this rig as an all-in-one solution.

Taking all of that into account, the latest installment of the HP Envy line takes all-in-one desktop computers to the next level. Unlike its predecessors and the model's peers, it is able to do everything a powerful high-end build can do, from running the most hardware demanding applications to presenting the most deeply engaging picture.

HP Envy (3LB85AA#ABA) 34" Curved QHD AIO Desktop (Core i7-8700T, GTX 1050, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD) in the use

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Dell 23.8" Touch-Screen

Ten Touchpoints and Audio to Boot

The Dell Inspiron 23.8" is big-time. This thing is packed with solid hardware and just about every component here is pretty impressive. But the biggest selling point is definitely the monitor. There are many little details here concerning the monitor that make the display the model's biggest strength.

First and foremost, we're dealing with an IPS panel here, meaning high contrast ratio with superior blacks, high color accuracy with less washed-out colors, and very little color shift when you change the viewing angle.

The company's anti-glare tech here does an excellent job reducing glare and mirror-like reflections. The narrow bezel borders allow for seamless multiscreen setups.

The full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution is the perfect fit for the model's 23.8" panel, showcasing your favorite games and movies with sharpness and clarity.

Last but not least, the monitor here incorporates touchscreen tech, making this all-in-one computer excellent for different design work and kids too. Equipped with ten touchpoints, the screen allows for the most interactive and streamlined experience.

As impressive as the visual part here is, the audio part is no joke too. Waves MaxxAudio® Pro works wonders boosting volume and clarifying every tone, letting you experience studio-quality sound. At the same time, the SmartByte tech channels maximum available bandwidth to your video/music for the most seamless, stutter-free experience.

Review of Dell 23.8" Touch-Screen AIO Desktop (Core i7-8700T, 12GB DDR4, 1TB HDD)

Multitask to Your Heart's Content

Setting the monitor aside, the model's most defining characteristic is its Intel® Core™ i7-8700T (up to 4 GHz) processor. Delivering powerful quad-core, eight-way processing performance, the CPU will allow you to tackle casual 3D rendering, financial/scientific modeling, video encoding, data mining, etc. The Intel Turbo Boost tech delivers that dynamic extra power when you need it most, all while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.

Another little multitasking-friendly detail is the 12GB system memory that offers enough high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run major photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs simultaneously.

Finally, the model comes equipped with a built-in media reader for streamlined photo transfer. The reader supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card formats.

Bottom line, the Dell Inspiron 23.8" is an excellent workstation for home use. The model will be able to handle major loads. As far as multitasking is concerned, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything more suitable within the same price range. The supplied peripherals are pretty good too.

Dell 23.8" Touch-Screen AIO Desktop (Core i7-8700T, 12GB DDR4, 1TB HDD) in the use

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Acer Aspire (C24-865-ACi5NT)

Keep Your Eyes Safe

The best thing about AIO desktop computers is that they're inherently well-rounded, providing the perfect middle-ground solution between an orthodox desktop PC and a laptop. And the Acer Acer Aspire C24-865-ACi5NT represents this idea better than the absolute majority of its competition.

For a particularly affordable price, you will get yourself a perfectly capable computer. As it is always the case with AIO desktops, you won't have to deal with a bunch of wires or spend your time trying to connect the latter and set it all together. You can just plug it in and enjoy the show.

One of the things we liked most about it is the monitor. It might not seem like much on paper but there's a lot more to it than it lets on. First, this is an IPS panel, with all of the advantages that this type of panel always entails, including great color reproduction, outstanding maximum brightness, and great viewing angles.

On top of that, there are all of the technologies that prioritize your eye safety, including Acer VisionCare™, BlueLightShield™, and Flickerless™, with the latter two reducing the exposure to blue light and eliminating screen flickering.

Review of Acer Aspire (C24-865-ACi5NT) 23.8" AIO Desktop (Core i5-8250U, 12GB DDR4, 1TB HDD)

A Touch of Elegance

Aside from the monitor's performance, we also liked its design. The borderless part of it makes for a much more immersive experience and the ultra-thin construction saves on space and gives your room that extra touch of elegance that makes all-in-one desktop computers so attractive in the first place.

Of course, it isn't just the design with its elegance aspect but also the fact that these computers already come equipped with every necessary detail for your everyday browsing and computing tasks.

The 1-megapixel webcam will not necessarily translate the most detailed picture of you and your surrounding to your friends and colleagues. But its external design with a USB connector will allow you to place it wherever you want. The latest 802.11ac iteration of Wi-Fi technology ensures a smooth Internet experience without any cables cluttering your workplace.

As for the hardware, the 8th generation of Intel® Core™ i5-8250U that can utilize the Turbo Boost technology to give you up to 3.4 GHz of clock speed isn't as great at multitasking and video rendering as the i7 but is just as good when it comes to handling a more limited number of the most demanding applications.

All in all, the Acer Aspire C24-865-ACi5NT is one of the more well-rounded all-in-one desktops. Considering all of the monitor's eye-care technologies, the model will prove to be particularly suitable for people with vision problems or those who would like to keep their eyes from harm's way.

Acer Aspire (C24-865-ACi5NT) 23.8" AIO Desktop (Core i5-8250U, 12GB DDR4, 1TB HDD) in the use

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Acer Aspire (Z24-890-UA91)

The Looks and the Performance Too

The Acer Aspire (Z24-890-UA91) is, right now, the most affordable all-in-one computer on the list. Considering the price tag, there isn't much here to complain about. The stand that supports the screen could use some improvement. We're not saying that the stand is unstable, but we're not saying the opposite either. Apart from that, we only have good things to say about the product in general.

Generally speaking, these all-in-one computers often need to be all things to every family member, from incorporating learning tool for kids to photo- and video-editing capabilities to managing different work projects.

The model is able to hit most of these marks at a very reasonable price. Just like any other AIO PC, this computer will not be able to provide the right hardware for serious gaming endeavors but it shouldn't have any issues with just about everything else.

Let's start with the looks. The Z24 is relatively sleek and attractive, featuring that black-and-silver color scheme that we like to see in our electronics in general. The model measures svelte 17.3 x 21.3 x 1.4 inches, making the Acer Aspire Z24 pretty much the same size as the 21-inch Apple iMac despite the model's larger, 24-inch display. This all-in-one computer is able to do that thanks to the narrowest bezels within its price range.

Review of Acer Aspire (Z24-890-UA91) 23.8" AIO Desktop (Core i5-9400T, 12GB DDR4, 512GB SSD)

Reducing Glare

The screen is solid. Its matte finish work wonders cutting down the glare from nearby lights and windows. The model's brightness averages 249.4 nits, which is really impressive as far as mid-priced displays are concerned.

The color reproduction wasn't as impressive though, producing no more than 95.1% of the sRGB color spectrum. The color accuracy's pretty good though. Hitting the Delta-E rating of 1.32, it is not perfect but much better than just about anything within this price bracket. Besides, the Acer Color Intelligence tool does an excellent job optimizing the screen's color calibration to suit your particular tastes.

The hardware here is passable. The Intel® Core™ i5-9400T (Up to 3.4 GHz) CPU is solid but will not be able to tackle multiple major applications at the same time. You should, however, be able to open 10-15 browser tabs and stream HD video simultaneously. The model's 12-gigabyte RAM build will improve immensely helpful in that regard.

Long story short, Acer Aspire (Z24-890-UA91) is everything budget all-in-one computers are supposed to be and delivers everything these things are supposed to deliver. It offers robust desktop experience at the most reasonable price. The DVD optical drive is a nice touch for people with a large physical movie collection.

Acer Aspire (Z24-890-UA91) 23.8" AIO Desktop (Core i5-9400T, 12GB DDR4, 512GB SSD) in the use

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HP Pavilion (24-Xa0032)

Responsive Touch Experience

The HP Pavilion (24-Xa0032) is all about these little details that separate the model from its competition within the same price point. Its hardware is no joke but it is nothing to write home about too. As much as it matters, it is really the screen that sells this PC.

The monitor's narrow bezels will let you seamlessly incorporate multiscreen setups into your daily life.

The full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution will be able to produce the most detailed, crisp, and subtle imagery.

The IPS panel offers comparatively high contrast ratio, excellent blacks, solid color accuracy, and the best viewing angles.

The WLED-backlit panel will prove equally comfortable in different environments (lighting-wise).

In addition to everything else, the monitor comes equipped with touchscreen functionality. Its 10-point touchscreen setup is able to distinguish all fingers separately, allowing for the most responsive and interactive touch experience.

All-in-one computers seldom deliver in the sound department. That's not the case here though. The model's Bang & Olufsen speakers will be able to deliver that cinematic sound that separates quality movie experience from boring imagery paired with an unimpressive audio track. These dual-speakers provide rich, authentic audio that really immerses you in the on-screen action.

Review of HP Pavilion (24-Xa0032) 24" Touch Screen AIO Desktop (Core i5-9400T, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD)

Streamlined Interactions

There's not much we can say about the hardware. The Intel® Core™ i5-9400T (Up to 3.4 GHz) processor is alright but nothing we haven't seen before. It will let you dabble in small-time 3D rendering (the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU will bottleneck any major operations), financial/scientific modeling, different compression/decompression tasks, etc.

The model's 12-gigabyte RAM setup will definitely not bottleneck anything. The i5 CPU won't let you juggle multiple demanding applications at the same time but whatever it will let you tackle, the RAM here will definitely be able to support and elevate that.

As far as storage space is concerned, the model comes equipped with a 512-gigabyte SSD. The SSD is an excellent addition to the build because it will be able to streamline your interactions with the computer as well as decrease load times.

On the downsides subject, the only thing here that will likely disappoint your average customer is that the keyboard and mouse are wired.

Apart from that, the HP Pavilion (24-Xa0032) offers a pretty much perfect blend of form and function. The ultra-slim profile looks and feels sleek. The aluminum stand is as durable and reliable as they come. The integrated pop-up webcam safeguards what matters most, so you'll be able to create, work, and play with confidence.

HP Pavilion (24-Xa0032) 24" Touch Screen AIO Desktop (Core i5-9400T, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD) in the use

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What Is an All-In-One Desktop?

All-in-one desktops combine the compactness of laptops with the performance of PCs. You might take a usual all-in-one computer for a computer monitor, so you don't need space for placing a system unit. Therefore, using an all-in-one PC saves a lot of space and requires no cables that usually connect a system unit to a monitor and peripherals. No wires and cables mean they won't be on your way, you will never trip over them, and washing floors will be easy. If you choose a model with a wireless keyboard and mouse, a power cord will be the only cable your all-in-one desktop will need. Next, all-in-one PCs are rather performing and they can easily compete with full-size desktops. Manufacturers do their best to squeeze all the hardware into a compact housing of a monitor. Thus, an all-in-one desktop is a stunning device for homes and offices.

However, if you want the top-rated performance, make sure to check out our shortlist of the best Gaming PCs, whereas if compactness is your priority - consider getting one of Mini PCs.

What Features to Compare

Screen and Image Quality

When you are about to choose an all-in-one desktop, start with the screen and image quality. If a conventional PC allows you to switch a monitor quite easily, an all-in-one computer doesn't give you such an opportunity, unless you carry your device to a professional service center where a panel itself will be replaced. So, start with picking the right size (i.e. diagonal of the screen). If you are looking for an all-in-one PC for an office, a college classroom, or a lab - a screen size of 22'' will be enough. However, if you want a device for yourself - pick a bigger screen (24-27''). A large screen allows you to edit graphics with the top comfort. As usual, a screen of a typical 22'' or 24'' all-in-one PC supports Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels), which is required for comfortable watching movies, pictures, web pages, etc. Bigger screens (27'' and more) may also support 2K HD resolution (2560x1440 pixels) or even Ultra HD (3840x2160 pixels), but the best screens allow you to enjoy an outstanding 5K resolution (5120x2880 pixels). Such an extra-wide resolution is perfect for creating and editing graphics, for example. Next, find out what type of panel is used in every all-in-one computer. We recommend you to choose models with cutting-edge IPS or PLS panels that boast wide viewing angles and real-life color reproductions. Cheaper models come with TN panels that provide excellent brightness. Some all-in-one desktops come with touchscreen displays.

Performance and OS

The next step for you to make is to consider the performance and OS of an all-in-one desktop. It depends on hardware and the core of the hardware is the central processing unit (CPU). The more powerful it is, the faster your all-in-one computer works. In general, if you are looking for a decent office computer, a low-performing Celeron or A4 CPU and 2-4 GB RAM will be enough. But if you need a computer for some really hard tasks like editing 3D graphics or playing cutting-edge PC games, you should get an all-in-one desktop with the latest-generation CPUs like Core i3/i5/i7 from Intel and at least 4 GB RAM. Don't forget to make a reasonable choice of storage capacity. No need to say, your all-in-one desktop should have no less than 500 GB if you are going to store a lot of data. Most devices have hard disk drives (HDDs), so check the spindle speed (measured in RPM) - the higher it is, the higher transfer rate is. However, solid-state drives (SSDs) are better regarding data transfer rate, so some all-in-one computers have SSDs instead of HDDs. Also, don't forget to consider the operating system (OS) installed on every all-in-one desktop. iMacs, for example, come with Mac OS X, which is believed to be fast, reliable, and lag-free. Other manufacturers offer Windows while ChromeBase all-in-one computers have Chrome OS designed for active browsing. All modern operating systems automatically update to the latest versions and have built-in anti-viral protection, while Mac OS X is immune to virus attacks.

Interfaces and Convenience

Finally, consider interfaces and convenience of the best all-in-one desktops on our shortlist. Any computer must offer a variety of ports and slots to connect all kinds of gadgets and peripherals to it. Thus, the best all-in-one desktop should have at least one USB 3.0 port (which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0). Apple all-in-one computers have Thunderbolt 2 interface, which ensures the maximum data transfer rate of 20 Gbps, so transferring files takes seconds. Also, check out what type of WiFi signal is supported - they are different and if you want to enjoy the fastest Internet possible, choose the device with 802.11 a/c support. An all-in-one desktop should also have a good webcam and sounds system, so that you can participate in video conferences, etc. Moreover, some all-in-one desktops come with a wireless keyboard and mouse, which is a major advantage - no need to buy wired ones. Some all-in-one touchscreen desktops allow you to adjust the tilt or can even be placed horizontally, providing the utmost convenience.

Advantages and Disadvantages of All-in-one Desktops

Most people view the so-called AIO computers as the perfect middle-ground between an orthodox desktop PC and a laptop. And we would say that it is more or less an accurate description. Nevertheless, a computer like that is still its own thing, with its very own advantages and disadvantages. So we decided to sum the bulk of them for you and compare an AIO computer to a standard desktop PC.

A Lot More Space to Work With

Of course, the advantage of size sort of goes without saying and we have already briefly covered this aspect in our What Is It section. That said, when talking about the advantages of an AIO computer, it is next to impossible to stress enough how much less space it requires compared to a typical desktop computer. By excluding an always sizable system unit from the equation, the former computer will allow you to save a lot of space. You can delegate that newfound free space to anything you want, from a heater to a couple of plants.

Nobody Likes Wires

We're sorry, wires, we know you play an important role and you have served (and continue to serve) our society quite well. But given the opportunity, nine out of ten people will ditch the wires the instant they have the chance. Since an all-in-one desktop requires next to no wire connections, your workspace will look a lot less cluttered. Plus, you won't have to buy all the extra wires and configure your computer. With an AIO desktop, all you have to do is plug it in and you're ready to go.

A Better Look

Even the most powerful desktop computer worth a few thousand bucks looks massive, bulky, and ungraceful. An AIO desktop, on the other hand, has a much more sleek aesthetic. It will give your working place a modern look, the sort of look that gives off a professional vibe but the one that also presents a much more pleasant sight.

More Cost-Efficient Than You Would Think

If you look at it strictly from a performance standpoint, an all-in-one desktop may seem like a less sensible investment. But we beg to differ. Sure, performance is the most important aspect of a computer, but there's a lot more to it that you may not be taking into consideration. First of all, most of these computers that we're talking about come with a built-in camera for video conferencing purposes. So you won't have to buy one separately. They also consume noticeably less electrical power than your average desktop PC, so they'll save you some money in the long run.

It may sound obvious, but most people compare an AIO computer to just system units of those desktop PCs, but you ought to remember that the former type already comes with a monitor, while the latter will have you buy one separately. Finally, though it doesn't have anything to do with cost, AIO computers generate less heat, so they're better for the environment.

It's Not All Sunshine and Rainbows

Having said all of that, all-in-one desktops do have their disadvantages too. We don't feel like focusing on the negatives here since this isn't the point of our review but we would be remiss not to mention a few obvious downsides of these systems. First of all, buck for buck, they still lose to standard desktop computers, especially if you build it yourself. Other than that, the systems in question also trail behind in terms of upgradability. With your average desktop PC, you can easily replace a broken or old part for a new one. That simply isn't the case with AIO computers. If you find yourself dissatisfied with the performance of the latter, you will have to make a considerable investment and purchase a new rig.

How to:

FAQ:

Q: Which OS is better for an all-in-one desktop: MacOS or Windows?

A: The choice depends mostly on your preferences, but there are still some important differences between these two operating systems. Because Apple is in full control over the software and hardware for their gadgets, MacOS is immune to viruses, provides customers with a dedicated support, and offers a more attractive and user-friendly interface. Windows is more flexible, affordable, and better for gamers.

Q: What is RAM? How much RAM should a good computer have?

A: RAM stands for the random access memory. It's one of the most crucial parts of any computer. RAM is the main memory of the computer which programs can use. The more RAM your computer has, the more programs can be installed on your device. For instance, if your computer features 4 GB RAM, it means that 4 GB is available precisely for programs, including the operating system itself. Though the majority of computers offer 8 or 12 GB RAM, the most powerful modern ones have up to 32 GB RAM. Yet, 16 GB is the optimum choice.

Q: When do I need a memory upgrade?

A: There are several cases when you have to upgrade your memory. Before you decide to upgrade your operating system, it's important to upgrade your memory because new OS usually requires more space than the previous version. Before networking your computer it's also recommended to upgrade your memory. In addition, if you notice that your system starts to work slowly, especially when you work on the Internet or run several programs simultaneously, it's the signal that you have to upgrade your memory.

Q: What is stored on a hard drive?

A: If RAM is used by the programs, hard drive stores various personal users' files such as music, videos, photos, folders with documents, etc. Older models possess hard drives of several hundred MB (megabytes) or GB (gigabytes), while modern computers have hard drives of several TB (terabytes).

Q: Can I enlarge the storage space for my files?

A: If you want to get more space for your files, the best idea is to purchase an external hard drive. Their latest models can store the data of several TB which is very useful if you have lots of big files like films or images. The external hard drives are compact and portable and can be connected to your computer with the help of USB or eSATA cable. It's a convenient and affordable way to extend your storage space.

Q: Which extras does my all-in-one desktop need?

A: The computer should be equipped with a microphone, speakers, and a webcam so that you can take part in video conferences or simply communicate with friends using Skype. If your all-in-one computer has a wireless mouse and a wireless keyboard, this will eliminate the need to search for these accessories additionally as well as help you save your money.

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