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An all-in-one PC is handy for people that need a big screen and a desktop's capability for productivity and browsing, but don't want a big, bulky desktop tower sitting on their desk. An AIO packages everything together, putting the motherboard, processor, RAM, GPU, and inputs all into a single, slim unit usually attached to the screen or the computer stand. This saves you desk space, is easier to setup and use, and usually has some handy accessories to boot. We've researched and reviewed the some of the best AIO's on the market to suit your needs.
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TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise-grade security
Microsoft's Surface-branded computers have come to be renowned for their premium build quality and first-rate user experience, and the Surface Studio 2 is no exception. Easily the best All-In-One PC available out there, it comes with a massive 28-inch "PixelSense" display that's a sight to behold. Having a resolution of 4500x3000 pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio, the touch-enabled panel (with support for both Surface Pen and Surface Dial) is ideal for split-window multitasking and other productivity-centric tasks.
The machine is powered by a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7820HQ CPU, along with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Our recommended configuration also includes NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of DDR5 memory, allowing you to run (almost) all modern gaming titles and resource-intensive software programs without any issues. Wireless connectivity is handled by Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1, and on-board I/O options span everything from USB (Type-A and Type-C) to Gigabit Ethernet. Among other notable features of Microsoft Surface Studio 2 are a 5MP front-facing camera (with Full-HD video capture), dual microphones, and 2.1 stereo speakers with Dolby Audio support.
Has dedicated GPU for gaming
Depth sensing camera and five-degree tilt
Some quality control issues
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. With a computer of these capabilities, you'll understand why the desktop PC isn't dead.
1080p edge-to-edge display
Includes HD camera for conferencing
Supports Google Android apps
Not much internal storage
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.
Brilliant display and audio
It's hard to deny that HP’s Envy 34 display all-in-one PC is 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. This display is also 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.
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.
Beautiful 5K display
Powerful specs and multitasking
Includes flagship accessories
For fans of Apple, the iMac 27-inch desktop model is your best bet. Sure, there are other, more powerful all-in-one PCs, but if you’re looking for a sleek computer with Apple’s operating system, this is the way to go.
With a beautiful LED Retina 5K, 5120 x 2880 pixel display, photos and videos will look crisp and sharp on the screen. Under the hood, the most powerful option comes with a 4.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz). It’s plenty of processing speed if you need to run heavy-duty video and photo editing software. For multi-tasking, it offers up to 64GB of built-in RAM. You’ll have to pay more for the extra RAM and that i7 processor, but if you’re looking for a high-end competitor, those costs are worth considering. Plus, the storage options go up to 2TB (solid state or Fusion Drive), so professionals with tons of large files have a place to store it all.
The computer also comes with some of Apple’s flagship accessories, like a wireless keyboard, a Bluetooth mouse, and a huge trackpad so you can use all of the same gestures you use on a Mac laptop. If you’re in the market for an all-in-one PC and are already an Apple user, this is a great option.
"The gorgeous 5K display and solid specs makes the iMac ideal for both productivity and creative uses." — Ajay Kumar, Tech Editor
Slim, elegant design
Built-in wireless charging pad
Not powerful enough for intensive tasks
All-in-one PCs are expected to fulfill a wide variety of computing needs, both personal and professional, and the Acer Aspire S24 aims to meet these expectations with an everyday computer wrapped in an ultra-slim, elegant package. Running on an Intel Core i5-825OU, it contains 12 GB of RAM, UHD 620 graphics, full HD resolution, and a wireless keyboard and mouse. The built-in Qi wireless charging pad allows you to power up your devices with little effort.
The screen’s in-plan switching technology will reduce the glare of ambient light and offer wide viewing angles, though 4K and touchscreen options are not available. Instead, expect features including Flickerless, which cuts down on screen flicker, and the Bluelight Shield, which reduces blue light at night that can interfere with sleep. The stylish black-and-matte-gold display can be tilted between -5 and 25 degrees. Bear in mind that this is not the computer for someone seeking a powerhouse: the hard drive might be spacious, but it can be sluggish when running apps.
Good productivity computer
Easy to upgrade
Dual 1080p webcams
Won't handle more intensive tasks
HP’s EliteOne 800 G4 is a solid workplace computer. Operating on Windows 10, the EliteOne comes outfitted with an Intel Pentium Gold G5400 Processor, an Intel UHD Graphics 610 card and 8GB of RAM. The display is large — it measures 23.8 inches with 1920x1080 resolution — which should suit most office needs. The computer also comes with two Full HD webcams (one front-facing and one rear-facing) for video conferencing. For its size, the desktop is surprisingly slim and light, weighing only 19.68 pounds. It’s a reliable all-in-one at a lower price tag than an iMac.
But if you’re looking for more power, the EliteOne can be easily upgraded. You can configure it with a more powerful Intel Core i3-8300 Processor, an Intel UHD Graphics 630 card, and up to 32GB of RAM. The ability to upgrade makes the EliteOne versatile to use in industries such as health and manufacturing. Overall, the EliteOne has everything workplaces need in a solid all-in-one desktop, as long as you're happy running Windows.
Great for artists and creatives
Crisp 4K display
Includes wireless charging mat
Lenovo's Yoga A940 is a fantastic creative solution for artists and similarly creative individuals, as it's one of the most feature-rich all-in-one PCs on the market. Taking cues from Microsoft's Surface Studio line, the A940 features a stunning 27-inch 4K touch display, a Precision Dial to quickly undo and redo items in applications, a full-size wireless keyboard and mouse, and a surprisingly thin (and unobtrusive) body on which the display rests.
It's a compelling package made only more salient by its 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8700 hexa-core processor, 16GB of DDR-2666MHz RAM, dedicated AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 256GB Samsung PCIe M2 SSD, and 1TB Seagate HDD. It even includes a wireless charging mat, so you can juice up additional gadgets while at your desk. It has everything you could ever need from a productive workstation, and then some, all wrapped inside a slick-looking package.
Immersive audio output
All major connectivity options included
Somewhat dated hardware
If you're the kind of person who likes to watch a lot of movies and TV shows on their computer, Dell's XPS 27-7760 is the perfect All-In-One PC for you. It sports a gorgeous 27-inch 4K display with a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The panel covers 100 percent of Adobe RGB color space, resulting in lifelike visuals and accurate colors at all times. However, the true star of the show is the machine's ten-speaker sound system, comprising two tweeters, four full-range drivers, two passive radiators, and two down-firing full-range speakers.
Designed in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer Jack Joseph Puig, it delivers a sound output that you have to hear to believe. The Dell XPS 27-7760 is powered by Intel's sixth-generation Core i7-6700 processor, paired with 16GB of RAM and a 2TB HDD. It also gets AMD's Radeon R9 M470X GPU with 4GB of DDR5 memory for handling games and resource-heavy tasks. There's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity, while I/O ports include USB (Type-A and Type-C), HDMI, DisplayPort, 3.5mm audio, and Gigabit Ethernet.
The best AIO for general usage is the Dell Inspiron 3464. The specs aren't the strongest, but they're good enough to handle general productivity usage like spreadsheets and word processing. The low price also means it's a good option for a front desk check-in device. If you're looking for a gaming rig, that doesn't mean you need a big RGB box. The Lenovo Ideacentre 700 is compact compared to a full rig, has a dedicated GPU, and is upgrade-friendly.
Ajay Kumar is Tech Editor at Lifewire. With over seven years in the industry, he's previously been published on PCMag and Newsweek. He's reviewed thousands of products over the course of his career, including PCs, laptops, 2-in-1's, phones, and other devices. He likes the 5K iMac for its great high-resolution screen and uses for both productivity and video/photo editing.
Alice Newcome-Beill is Associate Commerce Editor at Lifewire. She's previously been published on PCMag, PC Gamer, and GamesRadar, so she's intimately familiar with desktop computers in all their iterations. She liked the Dell Inspiron for its affordable price and ability to use for desk check-in.
A technology journalist with over six years (and counting) of experience, Rajat Sharma has tested out numerous PCs and laptops having all kinds of hardware configurations. He also has quite a bit of experience in taking computers apart and putting them back together.
Screen size - With regular desktop PCs, you can just buy a new monitor if you need more screen real estate. The convenience of all-in-one PCs is a double edged sword, since you’re stuck with the size you choose. Make sure that the screen you get is big enough and has a high enough resolution.
Touch input - In addition to a mouse and keyboard, some all-in-one PCs also have touchscreens. This is a great option to look for if you prefer a touch interface, but it can also allow your PC to double as a drawing tablet if you’re a creative type. Some all-in-ones are even designed from the ground up for this purpose.
Connectivity - Since upgrading an all-in-one is usually difficult or impossible, it’s important to make sure that it has all of the ports and other connectivity you’ll ever need. Choose one with WiFi if connecting to your router via ethernet isn’t an option. Look for one with HDMI ports if you want to connect a second monitor, and don’t forget about USB ports, card readers, headphone jacks, or anything else you might want to connect to your all-in-one in the future.