The 8 Best All-In-One PCs to Buy in 2018

See our picks for the best all-in-one computers

All-in-one PCs provide consumers with a single stop solution for those looking for a personal computer to be used in a home environment without the need for a separate case and display. Gone are the days of cords connecting your monitor to your tower underneath your desk. Now it’s all about better-looking hardware that’s equally as functional. Setting up an all-in-one is as simple as putting it on your desk, plugging it in and starting to work. Here are our selections for the best all-in-one computers for all budgets, both large and small, and for all needs, both work-heavy and casual.

Best Overall: Dell Inspiron 3464 i3464-3038BLK-PUS

With a simple, yet sleek design, Dell’s Dell Inspiron 3464 i3464-3038BLK-PUS series is a superb choice for anyone looking for a wallet-friendly all-in-one. Right off the bat, the front-facing speaker grill offers great sound for media consumption, with all the essential ports tucked away on the back. Outfitted with 802.11ac, a 23.8-inch full HD wide-angle display and Intel Core i3 processor with 8GB of RAM, performance is more than good enough for day-to-day work. This isn’t the computer you’d buy if Photoshop is your main task, but it is a great computer for the whole family to do homework on, balance the checkbook and surf the Web.

Budget-pricing does mean some tradeoffs, but the fortunate news is that overall performance isn’t one of them. There’s just 500GB of hard drive space as opposed to the semi-default standard of 1TB. Additionally, there’s no touchscreen, which may or may not is a deal breaker. At the sub-$650 price point, Dell still includes a wireless mouse and keyboard and that makes it even more attractive.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Asus Zen Z240

Asus is a brand more often associated with affordable laptops, but after scouring their offerings, we were able to find a premium all-in-one configuration that's a strong contender — even when pitted against industry giants like Apple and Dell. The Z240 comes with a Core i7 processor that offers speeds of 2.4 GHz, and turbo boost capabilities up to 4.0 GHz. There’s 32GB of Ultra Performance RAM onboard, plus a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce graphics card with its own 5GB of RAM. Basically, that all amounts to a lightning-fast machine at a respectable price.

There’s plenty of onboard storage with a 2TB standard hard drive and 512GB of solid-state storage, giving you speed, capacity and versatility. Keep in mind that the nearly 24-inch display is also a touchscreen, giving it a major leg up on a couple of the others on the list. Additionally, an HD camera, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth, and plenty of physical inputs and outputs (one USB 3.1 Type-C, four USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 and two HDMI out) round out the machine's versatility. 

Best Apple: iMac Core i5

This sleek iMac rivals nearly any mid-range all-in-one computer on the market now. One look at this machine and it’s clear that the Steve Jobs legacy of design elegance is alive and well.

The 21.5-inch display is the focal point here and it delivers with a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. It isn’t quite as crisp as the retina display on Apple laptops, but for a desktop computer, it’ll give you enough pixels to work with for most applications. The display also offers IPS tech that gives you great viewing angles, meaning truer colors throughout the screen. It comes with a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor for plenty of oomph, and with 8GB of RAM, it supports those with multi-tab preferences. The hard drive offers 1TB of storage and an Intel Pro 5200 graphics protocol for plenty of headroom and even better graphics performance. Oh, and when you unbox it, you'll also find a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. 

Best Gaming: Lenovo Ideacentre 700

While Lenovo’s IdeaCentre 700 may be a great all-in-one computer, it’s an equally great gaming computer. There’s plenty of power to offer with a 6th generation intel Core i5 2.7GHz processor and the inclusion of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950A GDDR5 graphic card. Throw in 8GB of RAM, 1TB of hard drive space plus an 8GB SSD drive and you’ve got a ready-made gaming machine that won’t break the bank. Not to mention, the 23.8-inch ultra-high definition 2840 x 3160 LED-backlit LCD allows for an immersive experience. At 19 pounds, Lenovo has crammed in outstanding gaming credentials for a price tag that’s likely to cause sticker shock (and in a good way).

Lenovo also purposefully built the 700 to be upgrade-friendly, with RAM expandable to 16GB (and you're also able to update the storage and graphics card down the road). The computer also features a depth-sensing RealSense camera, stereo speakers and a five-degree tilt forward or a 25-degree backward tilt.

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Best Power: Microsoft Surface Studio

When Microsoft initially announced its iMac competitor, it was with equal parts skepticism and intrigue. Could they really go toe-to-toe with Apple? Well, we’re going to cut to the chase here — from a processing perspective, the Surface Studio is an absolute behemoth. With upright-to-flat swivel tech and innovative on-screen dial, there's a lot of lovable features for the Surface fans out there.

This particular option wows with power alone, giving you an absolutely unthinkable 32GB of RAM and a cutting-edge Core i7 processor set, which ultimately means you’d have to throw a ton of data at the PC to choke it up. The display is nothing to turn your nose up at, either, with Windows’ impressive PixelSense resolution giving you a whopping 3.5 million pixels to play with. Add that to the aforementioned dial and included Surface pen and this machine is a beast for creatives, designers and producers alike.  

Best Design: HP Envy 34

Curved displays might not be all the rage, but it’s hard to deny that HP’s Envy 34 display all-in-one PC isn’t a beautiful piece of hardware. It may be a bit pricey, but it does offer one of the largest all-in-one displays on the market. Fortunately, the display is supported by outstanding hardware, thanks to a Core i7 4.00GHz processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB SSD drive and a NVIDIA GeForce 960A graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory.

Still, as much of a workhorse as the Envy is, it’s the 3440 x 1440 display  LED-backlit display that is jaw-dropping. Of course, with any good display, you’ll need good sound and the inclusion of Bang & Olufsen speakers makes watching movies or listening to music a joy. Additionally, there is a slew of ports and inputs on the rear of the computer, and a wireless keyboard and mouse are included.

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Best Splurge: Apple iMac Pro 27"

If you’re going to spend nearly five grand on a computer, it might as well be from Apple. Though the brand is often regarded as an overpriced player in the tech space, in this case, the iMac Pro delivers an impressive set of specs to match its eye-popping price tag.

This particular configuration places a 3.2 GHz eight-core Xeon W processor at the center for breakneck speeds under basically any circumstances. The 27-inch 5K (5120 x 2880) display is next-level crisp — though likely wasted on anyone who isn't streaming 4K video all day and night. Packed onboard is a massive 1TB of storage that’s even solid-state, which further boosts the speed that this machine is capable of.

The iMac Pro is also equipped with 32GB of RAM, too, just in case you somehow max out the processing and need to multitask even further. The machine's sleek space gray design is unique to the iMac Pro model, and they’ve even added an ultra-exclusive black keyboard and mouse to match.

Best Alternative: Acer Chromebase

While Windows 10 and Apple’s Mac certainly rule the roost, Google’s Chrome OS isn’t lying down and, with the addition of Android apps earlier this year, the platform is ramping up to be a true contender. Released in mid-2016, Acer’s Chromebase offers a change of pace from the software you’ve known for years with something that’s arguably far easier to learn and perfect for both new and older computer users. Based on Google’s Chrome browser, the Chromebase is powered by an Intel Celeron 3215U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. Unlike Windows and Mac, the Chromebase strength is in the cloud, so the lack of hard drive memory is rarely a concern.

The 1920 x 1080 23.8-inch Full HD edge-to-edge display offers 10-point touch and a variety of ports on the rear, including USB 3.0. The included HD conferencing camera helps Acer position the Chromecase as perfect for the boardroom or the home with video options like Google+ and, ultimately, Skype through the inclusion of Google’s Android apps. The two stereo speakers provide more than enough volume to be heard on a conference call, as well as play movies or YouTube clips without missing a beat, while the four microphones make sure the other side hears you just as clearly. Ultimately, the Chromebase provides an interesting conundrum. Can you do your work or personal stuff in a browser? For some, the lack of dedicated apps like they’ve grown accustomed to on Windows or Apple’s hardware for years will be hard to give up, but for others, the simplistic approach with just a browser to rely on may be enough to do everything they need without spending a fortune.


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