Best All-in-One Desktops

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 21, 2017
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 require little space and require no tiresome assembly. Check our best all-in-one desktop review! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS
Fantastic 5K Retina display ensures state-of-the-art picture quality thanks to natural colors and incredible pixel density. This stunning all-in-one desktop is ultra thin (just 5mm). Thunderbolt 2 ports ensure super-fast data transfer rate.
CONS
The HDD on this iMac isn't the best in terms of data transfer rate.
OUR VERDICT
A cutting-edge and high-performing GPU along with a 5K display and a high-performing CPU yield stunning 3.7 TFLOPS of processing power. All the parts are encompassed into a thin all-aluminum casing. This model can perfectly cope with most present-day tasks.
detailed parameters
Screen
27", Retina, 5K 5120x2880 pixels, LED-backlit
CPU
Intel Core i5 Quad-Core 3.2GHz
RAM
8 GB
GPU
AMD Radeon R9
Storage
1 TB HDD
Operating System
Mac OS X
Interfaces
WLAN, LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 2xThunderbolt 2, 4xUSB 3.0, 1xSDXC Card Reader, 1xHeadphone out
Extras
Stereo speakers, FaceTime HD webcam, Microphone, Wireless Magic keyboard, Wireless Magic mouse 2
PROS
Sound system provided by B&O PLAY ensures amazing sound quality. IPS display boasts rich and deep colors, so watching movies or pictures is nothing but pleasure.
CONS
This model comes with no optical drive due to slimness.
OUR VERDICT
Graphics may use up to 4 GB from RAM, so the hardware is performing enough to make difficult calculations, work with graphics, and play games. A large screen size and wide viewing angles make using this device really convenient.
detailed parameters
Screen
27", Touch IPS, Full HD 1920x1080 pixels, LED-backlit
CPU
Intel Core i5 Quad-Core 2.2GHz
RAM
12 GB
GPU
Intel HD Graphics
Storage
1 TB HDD
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Interfaces
WLAN, LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 1xHDMI, 2xUSB 3.0, 4xUSB 2.0, 1xCard Reader, 1xHeadphone Out / Mic in
Extras
Stereo speakers, Stereo microphone, HD webcam, Wireless keyboard, Wireless mouse, DVD-Writer
PROS
Dell all-in-one desktop has a brilliant FullHD display that will help you enjoy an incredible image quality, perfect for movies and graphics editors. Easy setup: connect it to the power and get started.
CONS
No wall-mounting capability.
OUR VERDICT
Dell is a well-balanced all-in-one desktop that offers a sufficient hardware performance and a fantastic screen, which is perfect for videos and web surfing. This all-in-one desktop is perfect for students and white-collar workers.
detailed parameters
Screen
23.8'', IPS, Full HD 1920x1080 pixels, LED-backlit
CPU
Intel Core i3 Dual-Core 2.3GHz
RAM
8 GB
GPU
Intel HD Graphics
Storage
500 GB HDD
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Interfaces
WLAN, LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 1xHDMI, 2xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, 1xCard Reader, 1xHeadphone out
Extras
Stereo speakers, Microphone, HD webcam, Wireless mouse and keyboard, Tray load DVD drive (reads and writes DVD and CD)
PROS
A hybrid disk drive, this all-in-one PC has, significantly reduces the system boot speed and the time required to run and install software. 2 HDMI ports allows for connecting a monitor and streaming the image from another device to the screen of this all-in-one desktop.
CONS
This all-in-one desktop has no built-in CD/DVD writer.
OUR VERDICT
The hardware this HP Envy all-in-one desktop is rather powerful, so it can cope with the demanding tasks like video rendering, 3D images creating, and even playing the newest PC games.
detailed parameters
Screen
24", Touch IPS, UHD 3440x2160 pixels, LED-backlit
CPU
Intel Core i5 Quad-Core 2.2GHz
RAM
8 GB
GPU
AMD Radeon R9
Storage
1 TB SSHD
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Interfaces
WLAN, LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 1xHDMI, 4xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, 1xCard Reader, 1xHeadphone out / Mic in
Extras
Stereo speakers, Microphone, HD webcam, Wireless keyboard and mouse
PROS
Acer all-in-one desktop gives you access to BYOC cloud storage where all of your most important docs are kept safe. You can easily choose the best tilt of the screen owing to the adjustable stand.
CONS
You cannot upgrade this unit for RAM, but can choose 8 GB version.
OUR VERDICT
It's a good desktop for any office job. Sending emails, using messengers, browsing the web, creating docs and presentations will be easy.
detailed parameters
Screen
21.5", TN, Full HD 1920x1080 pixels, LED-backlit
CPU
Intel Celeron Quad-Core 1.6GHz
RAM
4 GB
GPU
Intel HD Graphics
Storage
500 GB HDD
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Interfaces
WLAN, LAN, Bluetooth 4.0 + LE, 1xHDMI, 1xUSB 3.0, 2xUSB 2.0, 1xCard Reader, 1xAudio out
Extras
Stereo speakers, Microphone, HD webcam, Wired keyboard, Wired mouse, SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive

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

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.

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.

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.

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Apple iMac MK462LL/A Retina 5K

Screen and Image Quality

Apple iMac all-in-one desktop has a screen that is a real masterpiece of modern technology. The diagonal of the display is 27'' and the maximum resolution is record-high - stunning 5120x2880 pixels. Pixel density is so high that you can't see a pixel unless you zoom it in. The image quality is second to none and you enjoy every frame as if it was real. Retina screen displays 25% more colors than competing panels. The Retina technology means that screen has a full lamination of a cover glass, which makes the screen 75% more reflective than usual LED-backlit displays. It makes watching movies extremely pleasant and you can feel total involvement into what's happening on the screen. The picture always remains natural thanks to the built-in Photo Alignment and Compensation Film technologies. Finally, the screen is encompassed in the aluminum housing.

Performance and OS

Despite a really thin housing (5mm), Apple iMac all-in-one desktop shows impressive performance thanks to the latest-generation hardware. First of all, iMac has a new Intel quad-core i5-6500 CPU that runs at a frequency of 3.2 GHz per each core. Just like any other Core i5 CPU, this one can run in a boost mode and the frequency reaches 3.6 GHz. RAM capacity is 8 GB running at a frequency of 1867 MHz, so the RAM is very performing. Also, you can upgrade RAM to 32 GB, though the capacity you have is sufficient. Unlike most other all-in-one computers, iMac has a dedicated graphics card from AMD - Radeon R9 M380 with 2 GB GDDR5 video memory. Thus, the overall system performance is fantastic. Apple iMac desktop can cope with any tasks you might need to carry out - editing graphics, surfing the web, creating presentations and videos, etc. The HDD has the capacity of 1 TB, so you have plenty of space to store your documents, pictures, movies, music, etc. It goes without saying that this all-in-one desktop operated on Mac OS X software, which is known for its stable operation. If you don't think the current specification of iMac isn't suitable for you, check out other models on Amazon - they differ in the hardware only.

Interfaces and Convenience

IMac has all interfaces a common user needs. First of all, there are 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports for transferring data at the superb speed (up to 20 Gbps). You can connect cameras or external storage devices to them as well. Moreover, a Thunderbolt 2 port also acts as a mini DisplayPort, so you can connect an external monitor to this all-in-one desktop without any difficulties. There are 4 USB 3.0 ports for flash drives and external HDDs. No wonder, iMac all-in-one desktop has a card reader that reads SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. This device is extremely convenient in use - a wireless (Bluetooth) keyboard and a wireless mouse are included, so you don't need to spend money on them. Next, iMac has a rather good webcam and, of course, a microphone, so you can always set up a video conference and discuss business issues with your partners or, for example, talk to your family and friends. Unlike many other all-in-one PCs that have just 802.11 b/g/n support, Apple iMac's WiFi adapter is 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, so the maximum wireless data transfer speed is as high as possible. IMac comes with Apple's branded FaceTime HD web camera with an integrated stereo microphone, so you can shoot high-quality videos with the best sound quality.

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HP 27-a030 Pavilion All-in-One

Screen and Image Quality

HP Pavilion all-in-one desktop has a 27'' screen that supports Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels). The display is based on an IPS panel, which ensures top image quality - the colors are vivid and natural. LED backlighting adds contracts and supreme brightness to the screen. In all, HP's display is good enough for everything: work, games, entertainment and particularly for watching movies. The viewing angles are 178 degrees, so the colors remain natural no matter from what part of a room you look at the screen. Finally, this HP all-in-one desktop has a touchscreen with 10-point multi-touch technology, which allows you to enjoy using the PC.

Performance and OS

HP Pavilion all-in-one desktop is a truly performing PC that boasts the latest generation quad-core Intel Core i5-6400T CPU that runs on the maximum frequency of 2.2 GHz, but Intel's unique Turbo Boost technology increases it to 2.8 GHz (however, the CPU consumes more energy in this case). The graphics card is integrated with the CPU and it's rather performing. The maximum frequency of the GPU normally is 350 MHz but can go up to 950 MHz. The GPU uses RAM memory and can take up to 4 GB. The total RAM capacity this all-in-one desktop has is 8 GB, which is enough for any tasks and any entertainment (games, surfing, etc.). HP Pavilion has a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD), which ensures a huge data transfer rate thanks to a high-speed spindle (7200 RPM). Despite the huge performance, this HP all-in-one desktop is very energy-efficient - it's Energy Start rated, which means the unit consumes 20% less energy than its competitors. The PC comes with a pre-installed official Windows 10 Home, so you need to configure it a bit and that's all. No difficulty installation or troubles with drivers are required.

Interfaces and Convenience

HP Pavilion all-in-one desktop looks awesome - the housing is quite thin and it looks very stylish. Also, you don't need a lot of space to put this PC on - a usual desk will be enough. The stand is made of aluminum, so it's very durable and will never break. HP all-in-one desktop has a lot of interfaces for connecting any device. First of all, there's a WiFi adapter that supports 802.11 ac version - the fastest one (the frequency is 5 GHz). Peripherals are connected via Bluetooth 4.0. It goes without saying, it's possible to connect this best all-in-one desktop via an Ethernet cable. The back panel of this PC has 4 USB 2.0 ports, and an HDMI port with the help of which you can connect the second monitor, for example. There are also 2 USB 3.0 ports for connecting external HDDs or flash drives. This all-in-one desktop has an Ultra Slim Tray SuperMulti DVD Burner, which helps you read or burn CDs and DVDs. If you want to have a PC that ensures a high-quality audio playback, this all-in-one desktop is surely for you: HP uses B&O PLAY technology, which creates rich and natural sound and immerses you into music. Of course, there's no need to buy such peripherals as a microphone or a webcam. This HP all-in-one desktop has an amazing HP TrueVision HD webcam with a 1.3MP sensor, so you can shoot HD videos.

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Dell Inspiron 24 3000

Screen and Image Quality

Dell Inspiron all-in-one desktop computer has an IPS display with the diagonal of 23.8 inches and the Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Since the display has an IPS panel, the image quality is very high - the colors are vivid, bright, and quite natural. Moreover, the viewing angles are extra wide - 178 degrees (both vertically and horizontally), so you can be sure that the picture will remain accurate no matter where you are looking at the screen from. The Full HD resolution is the benchmark for nearly all modern movies, so Dell all-in-one desktop will give you pleasure in watching movies.

Performance and OS

Dell is a well-balanced computer that combines all of the latest technologies. This very all-in-one desktop has the Intel Core i3-6100U central processing unit; the CPU has 2 cores and each of them is running at 2.3GHz. The CPU boasts an amazing energy efficiency! As far as the graphics card is concerned, this desktop has an Intel HD Graphics 520 and if the name tells little to you, we will help you - it's a GPU integrated into a CPU. This combo is powerful enough to give the computer a lag-free video performance, quick Internet browsing, etc. Of course, this Dell all-in-one desktop computer performs enough for playing PC games, even at low and medium settings. The RAM capacity of this desktop is 8GB but if you think it's insufficient (however, we think it's enough), there's still an empty slot for an additional RAM card. Now, let's say a few words about storage - this desktop computer has a 500GB HDD, so you will be able to store all your files, music, and movies. Dell all-in-one desktop computer is operated by Windows 10 Home - one of the most popular and cutting-edge operating systems. We assure you, this OS will give you the full functionality for work, web surfing, and entertainment.

Interfaces and Convenience

The package this all-in-one desktop computer comes with includes a wireless keyboard and mouse that are very convenient in use - no cables means no mess on your desk. Moreover, you can control the pointer and type some text even a couple of meters away from the computer! Dell has an adjustable stand - you can tilt it and choose the best angle for you. But remember if you wish to preserve your eyesight, you should sit comfortably in front of the computer. Now let's pay attention to the ports and slots this computer has. First of all, there are 4 USB ports: 2 of them are USB 2.0 and 2 are much faster USB 3.0. If you wish to connect the second monitor, there's an HDMI port. Of course, there's a headphone out port, so you can connect your headphones and listen to music without disturbing people around. As most computers, this Dell all-in-one desktop has a 4-in-1 card reader. No doubt, any modern computer should be capable of connecting to the Internet and Dell has a WiFi support (802.11 ac signal type). Still if there's no wireless network, you can go online by plugging an Ethernet cable into the LAN port. Also, this all-in-one desktop computer has a Bluetooth 4.0 adapter for wireless connection of various devices. Though many people think that discs are outdated, they are still quite widespread and that's why Dell engineers have equipped this all-in-one desktop with a tray load DVD drive (which can read and write DVD and CD discs). In the end, if you like chatting with relatives or friends online, you will definitely appreciate having the HD webcam.

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HP 24 Ultra HD

Screen and Image Quality

This HP all-in-one desktop has a truly outstanding screen. First of all, the screen size is fairly big - 27''. You surely wouldn't need a TV if you had this device! The maximum resolution the display supports is UHD or, in other words, 3440x2160 pixels. The image you see on the screen is always clear and highly detailed even during the most dynamic actions. As for the panel type, it's IPS and no more words need to be said. As you know, IPS is one of the most high-end panel technologies that provides awesome image quality and extra-wide viewing angles (178 degrees!). But that's not all! It's a touchscreen panel that supports 10 simultaneous touches. Therefore, you can control your computer by just touching the screen.

Performance and OS

HP Envy AIO is among the most high-performance all-in-one desktops owing to the cutting-edge 6th-generation quad-core Intel Core i5-i5-6400T CPU. This is one of the newest CPUs by Intel and it's clocked at 2.8GHz. What's more, the Turbo Boost technology can increase this frequency up to 2.8GHz for the most demanding tasks. The CPU is incredibly performing thanks to the Hyper-threading technology: the load on each core is divided in 2 separate thread so that the CPU can cope with a larger number of tasks. The RAM capacity of this all-in-one computer is decent - 8GB. And let us also mention the stunning graphics card this unit has - AMD Radeon R9 A365 (with 4GB memory). The GPU can cope even with the hardest tasks: you can work in graphic editors, create 3D images, and even play the latest computer games. Aside from gaming, this all-in-one PC is great for designers, engineers, and so on. HP all-in-one desktop has an unusual disk drive - it's a hybrid of a conventional HDD and a small SSD. The use of this technology boosts the system performance. As for the OS, this HP model is operated by one of the most widespread versions of Microsoft Windows - Windows 10 Home. No need to say, all the necessary updates are fully automated.

Interfaces and Convenience

The stylish design helps this HP all-in-one desktop stand out from the crowd of other similar devices. The 2 metal legs allow you to adjust the tilt of the computer (from -5 to 35 degrees), so you can pick the most comfortable position. HP has a built-in WiFi module (compatible with all modern standards of this wireless protocol) that supports dual-band connection (at 2.4GHz and 5GHz). Thus, you can be sure this desktop will provide the highest data transfer rate possible. If you have a LAN cable only, you can set the Internet connection via the LAN Gigabit port. This unit has a Bluetooth 4.0 support that allows you to connect certain peripherals without any wires at all. There are 2 HDMI ports, so you can use one of them for connecting a monitor and another one for connecting any source of a digital signal. As for the data transfer, there are as many as 6 USB ports: 4 of them are ultra-fast USB 3.0 and 2 of them are USB 2.0. Some USBs are on the backside and some are on the front lower panel (so, they are easily accessible). Also, the lower panel accommodates a card reader for the following memory cards: SD, SDHC, and SDXC. Of course, if you like listening to music, you will appreciate a headphone out / mic in port. And the last thing we'd like to mention is the HD webcam thanks to which you can make video calls and conferences.

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Acer Aspire Full HD All-in-One

Screen and Image Quality

Acer all-in-one desktop has a 21.5'' Full HD Widescreen that boasts sufficient picture quality and color rendering. The manufacturer uses TN panel in this device with Edge-to-edge LED-backlighting for enhanced brightness and saturated colors. Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels) is perfect for watching movies in high quality, though you can also enjoy games and browsing. Of course, the picture quality isn't as good as IPS (and similar) panels provide, but Acer all-in-one PC surely shows a decent result. Touchscreen model is also available.

Performance and OS

Acer Aspire all-in-one desktop is an affordable model, so it has Intel Celeron CPU, which, however, has 4 cores and the maximum frequency of 1.6 GHz (up to 2.08 GHz with Intel Burst Technology). RAM capacity of this computer is 4 GB - enough for video and audio playback and for web surfing. There's a 500 GB hard disk drive, which is nearly noiseless thanks to a low spindle speed (5400 RPM). Thus, you have enough space for storing your data. This model comes with Windows 10 Home operating system, so you need to fulfil initial customization and off you go using this all-in-one desktop. Windows 10 is the latest version of the world's most popular software and no installations are required - everything is ready for work and fun. But that's not all - this excellent all-in-one desktop has a wide range of models that differ in hardware and software (either Windows 10 or Windows 8), so you can pick the best one for your needs. You can choose model with another hardware: Intel Core i3, Intel Pentium , 8GB RAM or with 1TB HDD.

Interfaces and Convenience

Acer all-in-one desktop has an 802.11 b/g/n WiFi adapter and Bluetooth 4.0, so you can easily connect it to the Internet and connect different peripherals via Bluetooth. Unlike many other devices, this one has an 8X DVD SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive, so you can listen to music (from your old CDs) and watch videos (from DVDs). Of course, you can plug all of your flash drives and external HDDs via one of USB ports (2xUSB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0). If you need a second monitor for work - use an HDMI port to connect it. Moreover, some people prefer going online via a cable connection and this Acer all-in-one desktop has a LAN port. As of convenience, this device has everything users need - both a keyboard and a mouse are supplied in a package (though, they are wired). The unit has an adjustable stand, so you can control the tilt of the screen and even use the device as a large portable DVD player. Also, this all-in-one desktop has an integrated HD webcam, so you can chat with your friends, take snapshots, etc.

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