Best All-in-One Desktops

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 3, 2018
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 desktop review! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics card will provide you with a decent framerate on the monitor's native QHD 3440 x 1440 resolution. The 256 GB SSD will boot up the applications in a matter of seconds. The computer comes equipped with a built-in wireless charger for smartphones.

CONS

The mouse has a specific design that you'll have to get used to. 

OUR VERDICT

The HP ENVY 34-b010 is one of the very few all-in-one desktops on the market with the sort of hardware that will allow you to compete in Esports and explore the most demanding triple-A titles. But if you do not care for gaming, the powerful rig has plenty to offer to customers from all walks of life.

detailed parameters
Screen

34" QHD (3440x1440), Curved

CPU

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700T (Up to 3.8 GHz)

RAM: 16 GB

Memory: 1 TB

Graphics card: AMD Radeon RX 460 with 4 GB GDDR5

Operating System

Windows 10

Interfaces

4x USB 3.0, 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

The 7th generation quad-core CPU with its eight-way processing performance and the ability to boost up to 3.8 GHz excels at video editing and rendering. The microphone's sensitivity will allow you to use voice command programs like Cortana from a 15-feet distance.

CONS

The wireless keyboard eats up batteries rather quickly. 

OUR VERDICT

The Lenovo IdeaCentre 520-27IKL is an all-in-one desktop computer for graphic designers and people who dabble in video and photo editing. The WQHD will make your job a lot easier. It will also allow you to enjoy your favorite movies and TV series with an outstanding level of clarity.

detailed parameters
Screen

27" QHD (2560x1440), Touchscreen

CPU

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7700T (Up to 3.8 GHz)

RAM: 8 GB

Memory: 1 TB

Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 630

Operating System

Windows 10

Interfaces

2x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI Out, 1x HDMI In, 1x LAN-port, Headphone and mic combo jack, SD card slot

Extras

Wi-Fi, BT, DVD-RW drive, 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 monitor incorporates a 10-point edge-to-edge multi-touch functionality. It is great at recognizing every tip, tap, and touch. Along with the touch gestures and functions of Windows 10, you should be able to further improve accessibility and increase your and your kids' productivity. 

CONS

The light finish of the case and the stand is easily soiled. 

OUR VERDICT

You can definitely put HP Pavilion 27-a230 in an office and get some good use out for it. But the model is much more suited for a family person, the kind of individual who would appreciate a flexible and versatile computer equally suitable for adults and kids, work and entertainment.

detailed parameters
Screen

27" Full HD (1920x1080), Touchscreen

CPU

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-7400T (Up to 3.0 GHz)

RAM: 12 GB

Memory: 1 TB

Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 630

Operating System

Windows 10

Interfaces

1x USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI Out, 1x LAN-port, Headphone and mic combo jack, SD card slot

Extras

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

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The IPS panel boasts wide viewing angles and great color reproduction, turning a bunch of pixels into a vivid and rich picture. The built-in webcam features a pop-up design that will allow you to hide it until you're ready for a video conference or feel like taking a selfie. 

CONS

The fans can get a bit loud under max load. 

OUR VERDICT

For its price, Dell-Inspiron is outstanding. Without costing you an arm and a leg, it will let you declutter your workspace, tackle a number of applications, and quickly finish your projects. For general browsing purposes, multimedia consumption, and your everyday computing tasks, this is the model to go for.

detailed parameters
Screen

23.8" Full HD (1920x1080)

CPU

Processor: AMD™ A6-9225 (Up to 2.6 GHz)

RAM: 8 GB

Memory: 1 TB

Graphics card: Radeon R4 Graphics

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

HP 34-b010

The Fastest Buck Around

Generally speaking, all-in-one desktops are not suited for gaming purposes. An unfortunate but no less actual fact is that the hardware that they're usually packing just doesn't cut it when it comes to those demanding triple-A titles.

On that note, we would like to introduce the HP ENVY 34-b010. You have to give credit where credit is due, the marketing department at HP have always been particularly good at coming up with sleek names for their products. Yeah, with a rig like that, there's a good chance people might start feeling envious towards you. It isn't the cheapest option out there but it is also one of the very few all-in-one desktops that will allow you to explore everything that the gaming world has to offer.

With an Intel Core i7-7700T and AMD Radeon RX 460 on board, you will get decent framerates in those demanding AAA titles at the monitor's native QHD 3440 x 1440 resolution. And if you're willing to lower that resolution to the Full HD, you'll be able to play the latest installments of your favorite video games with 60 frames per second.

Generally speaking, RAM doesn't matter that much as far as video gaming is concerned, but that isn't the case when we're talking about some of the more demanding games or certain titles that work with a lot of units or NPCs, like MMORPGs and RTS games. So the model's 16 gigabytes of RAM will definitely come in handy in that department. But, as it is always the case with RAM, it will also allow you to run multiple applications at the same time, without slowing your powerful computer down.

Review of HP 34-b010 34" Curved AIO Desktop (Intel Core i7-7700T, AMD Radeon RX 460, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 256GB SSD)

Equally Impressive Audio and Video

Aside from its high performance, the most salient characteristic of this gaming PC is definitely the monitor. First of all, it looks absolutely gorgeous, with a massive, micro-edge curved design that immerses you in the on-screen action, delivering the most authentic gaming experience.

The aforementioned 3440 x 1440 resolution provides the most detailed picture, the colors are vibrant and rich, so the image you'll get to work with will be sharp and dynamic. The big screen, along with the model's specs, make this rig great not just for gaming and entertainment purposes but also for photo editing and video rendering.

Speaking of dynamic, the quad front-facing speakers from Bang & Olufsen are there to match the outstanding visual experience with an equally impressive audio component.

Other than that, we're dealing with a high-end curved all-in-one computer, so we don't feel it's necessary to describe and point out those elements and features of this PC that you'd get from just about any computer like that. But we would probably be remiss not to mention the built-in wireless charger for smartphones, a nice little addition to the already cutting-edge rig.

All things considered, the HP ENVY 34-b010 is one of the very few all-in-one desktops on the market with the sort of hardware that will allow you to compete in Esports and explore the most demanding triple-A titles. But if you do not care for gaming, the powerful rig has plenty to offer to customers from all walks of life.

HP 34-b010 34" Curved AIO Desktop (Intel Core i7-7700T, AMD Radeon RX 460, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 256GB SSD) in the use

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Lenovo 520-27IKL

Flagship Panel

The people at Lenovo advertise the Lenovo IdeaCentre 520-27IKL as their flagship all-in-one computer and you can certainly see their point.

One of the most important parts of a rig like that is always the screen. And, in this case, the screen is arguably the model's strongest suit. The WQHD 2560 x 1440 panel with its three and a half millions of pixels offers the sort of clarity and detail that you simply wouldn't get from a full HD panel. The colors are vibrant and crisp. Its color performance, along with the WQHD resolution, add subtlety and make for a brilliant multimedia experience.

But its specs and resolution aren't the only impressive aspects of this display. The one that probably stands out the most is its 10-point multi-touch capabilities. Needless to say, the latter is a great thing for all kinds of graphic designers. People who work with photo editing software will also be able to appreciate this feature. But if you do not count yourself among that group, there are plenty more applications for this touchscreen monitor and you'll certainly be able to find some good use for it.

By the way, some find the technology obsolete, but the model also comes equipped with a DVD-RW drive. It doesn't work with Blu-ray (the drive will play and read them but won't write on Blu-ray discs) but you can use the burner to read and write to a number of different media formats.

Review of Lenovo 520-27IKL 27“ AIO Desktop, 2560X1440 Touchscreen (Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, WiFi, BT)

Processing Power up the Wazoo

Now, we've been raving about the monitor, and it certainly isn't just an integral part of this all-in-one desktop but one of its biggest advantages. But you cannot, in good faith, talk about the model's advantages without bringing up the Intel® Core™ i7-7700T processor with an up to 3.8 GHz clock speed.

The 7th generation quad-core CPU with its eight-way processing performance will be able to do a lot of good for you. Most importantly, the powerful processor excels at rendering videos. The number of cores is crucial but the clock speed also plays a huge role as it will allow you to work with some of the more demanding software and applications.

Aside from the hardware, we would also like to talk about the model's peripherals. The wireless mouse and keyboard that come with it are nothing to write home about but we quite liked the webcam. It streams video in HD and its microphone's sensitivity will allow you to use voice command programs like Cortana from a 15-feet distance.

In short, the Lenovo IdeaCentre 520-27IKL is an all-in-one desktop computer for graphic designers and people who dabble in video and photo editing. The WQHD will make your job a lot easier. It will also allow you to enjoy your favorite movies and TV series with an outstanding level of clarity.

Lenovo 520-27IKL 27“ AIO Desktop, 2560X1440 Touchscreen (Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, WiFi, BT) in the use

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Acer 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 C24-865-ACi5NT AIO Desktop, 23.8" Full HD (Intel Core i5-8250U, 12GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Wireless Keyboard and Mouse)

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 C24-865-ACi5NT AIO Desktop, 23.8" Full HD (Intel Core i5-8250U, 12GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Wireless Keyboard and Mouse) in the use

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HP 27-a230

Family-Friendly Computer

The HP Pavilion 27-a230 is a good product for a lot of different reasons. Just about any of its aspects will be a good place to start but the brain of any computer is its processor, so we'll begin with that.

The model comes equipped with the 7th generation Intel® Core™ i5-7400T processing unit. Its base clock speed caps at 2.4 GHz but, as any 7th generation Intel processor, it will allow you to enable the Turbo Boost technology that will take that clock speed up to 3.0 GHz.

With this quad-core CPU, you will receive access to powerful multitasking performance, as well as 4K playback capabilities. It isn't as impressive as an intermediate i7 as far as video editing goes but it is just as good (or even better) at handling a more limited but no less demanding number of applications.

But our favorite part of this all-in-one desktop computer has got to be the monitor. Its large, 27" panel provides a particularly immersive experience. The borderless design, with no bezels around the display, doesn't just look sleek but also allows for a seamless multi-monitor set-up.

The Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution doesn't offer the level of detail that you would get out of a 1440p panel. But, considering the size of the monitor, it is the most fitting resolution that will provide you with a crisp and clear image. On top of that, the 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio will make everything happening on the screen look more dynamic and engaging.

Review of HP 27-a230 27" Touchscreen AIO Desktop (Intel Core i5-7400T, IntelHD Graphics 630, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD)

Edge-to-Edge Multi-Touch Screen

One last thing before we move on from the monitor and talk about the rest of the computer's aspects is its 10-point edge-to-edge multi-touch functionality. The monitor is superb at recognizing every tip, tap, and touch.

Along with the touch gestures and functions of Windows 10, you should be able to further improve accessibility and increase productivity. Among other things, a monitor like that is particularly great at introducing little kids to technologies and bringing their creative ideas forward.

When talking about multitasking performance, RAM is just as important as the CPU. And with the model's 12GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM, you'll be able to juggle a number of different applications. It will also allow you to quickly access those frequently used files and programs.

All of the other elements of this all-in-one desktop don't really stand out that much. Well, aside from the 720p webcam that comes equipped with dual integrated microphones, boasting equally impressive audio and video qualities.

In short, you can definitely put the HP Pavilion 27-a230 in an office and get some good use out for it. But the model is much more suited for a family person, the kind of individual who would appreciate a flexible and versatile computer equally suitable for adults and kids, work and entertainment.

HP 27-a230 27" Touchscreen AIO Desktop (Intel Core i5-7400T, IntelHD Graphics 630, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD) in the use

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Dell i3475-A802BLK-PUS

One Hell of a Deal

You cannot talk about the Dell-Inspiron AIO desktop without talking about its price first. At the moment, the model comes with a 450-dollar price tag. Again, for about 450 bucks, you will get not just a perfectly capable rig but a single piece of technology that includes just about everything you need to get started — computer, monitor, and speakers, all in one. On top of that, you will also get a wireless keyboard and a mouse, so, again, there isn't anything you will have to buy separately in order to complete the setup.

Of course, a rig like that won't allow you to set the virtual world on fire. You won't be able to play most of the latest games on it. But then again, aside from the most expensive high-end all-in-one desktops that cost 5 times more than this model, most of these computers are bad for gaming purposes.

For its price, the 7th generation AMD™ A6-9225 processor work wonders. With up to 2.6 GHz on board, it will allow you to tackle a number of tasks and get every project finished faster with its snappy performance. The computer's 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM will let you increase your productivity. It will provide you twice the speed and bandwidth of DDR3, even with multiple applications running in the background.

Review of Dell i3475-A802BLK-PUS AIO Desktop, 23.8-inch FHD Display (AMD A6-9225, Radeon R4, 8GB DDR4, 1 TB HDD)

Everything You Need to Get Started

When it comes to the monitor, the all-in-one desktop from Dell features a 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 panel. More specifically, an IPS panel, which is pretty impressive considering the aforementioned modest price of the model.

The viewing angles are wide as ever. The color reproduction features that usual IPS quality that brings the images to life, turning a bunch of pixels into a vivid and rich picture. As for design, it doesn't look as sleek as other monitors in this review but the narrow bezel border and the overall look gives off a modern and professional vibe.

Just like most of these all-in-one desktops, the model in question comes with a built-in webcam. We particularly like its pop-up design that will allow you to hide it until you're ready for a video conference or feel like taking a selfie. The computer features no shortage of ports and interfaces. Thanks to 802.11 AC, the latest installment of Wi-Fi technology, you won't have to establish a wired Internet connection.

Some people feel conflicted about Windows 10 but we would say that it is the perfect operating system for this type of computer. The only real downside of this model that we feel like could've been avoided is the fans that tend to get a bit loud under maximum load.

Other than that, for its price, Dell-Inspiron is outstanding. Without costing you an arm and a leg, it will allow you to declutter your workspace, tackle a number of applications, and quickly finish your projects. For general browsing purposes, multimedia consumption, and your everyday computing tasks, this is the model to go for.

Dell i3475-A802BLK-PUS AIO Desktop, 23.8-inch FHD Display (AMD A6-9225, Radeon R4, 8GB DDR4, 1 TB HDD) 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 Roses

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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