Best All-In-One PCs

Selection of All-In-One Computers for Various Uses and Budgets

Jul 20 2016 - 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 of a separate case and display. This can reduce cable clutter and also enable the use of a computer in a much smaller space. Here are my selections for the best all-in-one desktop personal computers for different features and budgets based upon my research and experience.

Best Overall - MSI Gaming 27T 6QE

MSI Gaming 27T 6QE 27-inch Gaming Desktop All-In-One PC
Gaming 27T 6QE. ©MSI Computer Corp

The MSI Gaming 27T 6QE system is desktop to be used as a 27-inch gaming all-in-one PC but it can be used for so much more than that. The 27-inch display features a nice high 2560x1440 resolution that offers it excellent detail and color. The reason it stands out though is the inclusion of a 256GB solid state drive that helps make this system feel faster even though is uses a quad core mobile processor. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M graphics also help it accelerate applications beyond just games. Both of these are things that many other manufacturers could do but they overlook. Of course, you will have to be willing to live up with the red color of the cabinet. Pricing is quite high on this as well.

Honorable Mention: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display - In many ways, Apple's 27-inch iMac is better thanks to the higher resolution display and a desktop quad core processor. The MSI edges it out though thanks to the solid state drive and the faster graphics subsystem that makes it a bit more flexible in terms of uses. Buy from Amazon »

Best Value - ASUS Zen AiO Pro 23.8-inch

ASUS Zen AiO Pro 23.8-inch All-In-One Desktop PC
Zen AiO Pro. ©ASUSTeK

There are plenty of low cost all-in-one systems on the market that can be found for around $500. The problem is that many of these systems don't really offer anything more than a larger display and performance no better than a laptop costing the same. The best value tends to off a nice balance of performance and features, something that the Zen AiO Pro from ASUS does well and for under $1000. It uses an quad core i5-6400T desktop processor with 8GB of DDR4 memory. The 23.8-inch screen may not be as large as many others but it offers at full 1080p HD touchscreen display. One nice addition is the inclusion of a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M graphics processor which many lower cost options lack.

Honorable Mention: Lenovo IdeaCentre A700 - If you want to spend a bit less for a system that has nearly the same level of features in it, then Lenovo may be something to look at. Just be warned it is not as stylish or as slim. Buy from Amazon »

Best Large Display - Apple 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K

Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display
Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display. ©Apple

With the price drop to just $1999, the Apple iMac with 5K Retina has become an even better deal for anyone looking at getting a truly exceptional display. It offers four time the resolution of pretty much every other 27-inch all-in-one system that is using the 2560x1440 resolution and is higher than even standard 4K PC Displays. It is only a bit more expensive than Dell's stand alone display with the same resolution. The system may have an incredible screen but it still features some solid performance as well with a desktop class Intel Core i5 quad core processor and 8GB of memory plus an AMD Radeon R9 M380 graphics processor. The system is very compact and stylish too even with its larger display. About the only major issue with it is the fact that the peripheral ports are fairly difficult to reach on the back of the display.

Read the full review of the Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina Display

Honorable Mention: Dell XPS 27 - Frankly there is no real competition for Apple but if you don't need such a super high resolution display, there are a number of alternatives. If the quality of the display is critical for your, then the Dell XPS 27 is probably the best alternative even if it may be a bit dated when it comes to some of the internal components. Buy from Amazon »

Hybrid All-In-One - Acer Aspire Z3 Portable

Acer Aspire Z3 Portable All-In-One Desktop PC
Aspire Z3 Portable. ©Acer

A hybrid all-in-one essentially offers the size of a traditional desktop class system but with the ability to be used away from the desktop almost like a large tablet computer. The problem with most of them is that they are often too big and lack running time when used in their tablet form. They did not really catch on with consumers so the options are fairly limited. If you really want to try out such a computer, you might want to check out the Acer Aspire Z3 Portable. It offers a 17.3-inch display with a 1920x1080 resolution. Battery life is rated at up to five hours but consumers should assume less than that. It is a fairly basic PC using just a Pentium N3700 that is best suited to basic computing rather than anything serious. Buy from Amazon »

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