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: HP Pavilion

HP’s newest Pavilion all-in-one desktop packs everything you could want or need (and then some) in a stylish design. Between the quad-core 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB drive, there’s more than enough power to get through a full day’s worth of work and play. Powerful specs aside, the real catch of the Pavilion is the 23.8 inches 1920 x 1080 edge-to-edge IPS display. Where it counts is HP’s claim that there’s 75 percent less bezel than a typical edge-to-edge display, which means there’s more real estate on the display to work with daily. That’s great news for multi-taskers and people who enjoy working in full-screen mode.

Beyond looks, the Pavilion also features Bang & Olufsen PLAY with integrated speakers right beneath the edge-to-edge display, and they sound fantastic whether on YouTube or playing the Rogue One movie trailer. Additionally, HP includes both a wireless keyboard and mouse, which remains a rarity in today’s PC market.

Best Apple: Apple 21.5-Inch iMac

Apple’s iMac needs no introduction and, while the latest model was released in October of 2015, it stands up to today’s models with the overall best software experience. The rich 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit IPS display showcases Apple’s Sierra software (requires a free update), which offers the most rounded and well-regarded OS software on the market. Supported by 8GB of RAM, a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and 1TB of hard drive space, there’s more than enough power to get the job done. Whether you’re creating a spreadsheet or editing a movie, the iMac is built for every type of user.

Beyond power, Apple’s iMac may best be known for its ultra-thin, aluminum and glass design that for years has led the pack in maintaining a low footprint when placed on a desk. Paired with the separately purchased magic keyboard and magic mouse 2, the Apple ecosystem works perfectly in sync. Cables are also a thing of the past, as Apple tucks away the power cable behind the monitor and sneakily runs it down to a power outlet. Beyond cables and design, the iMac only requires a few simple steps to set up, connect to the Internet and begin using the computer. Pound for pound, the best all-in-one PC you can purchase.

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 Hybrid: Yoga Home 900

Lenovo’s half-PC, half-tablet Yoga Home 900 is the best hybrid all-in-one combination on the market today. Perfect for the family, the 27-inch 1920 x 1080 10-point multi-touch display can be laid flat on any table in the house to offer up a slew of virtual game boards, digital coloring books and so much more. The system also features an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD drive and a NVIDIA GeForce 940 graphics card. Calling the Yoga Home 900 an oversized tablet might work on paper, but it doesn’t do it justice especially when you factor in all this power is packed in a .77-inch thin body.

Lenovo also packs in USB 3.0 port, 802.11ac connectivity and an HDMI-in for utilizing the Yoga as a monitor. There’s a total of 22 apps included out of the box including Risk, Chess and Scrabble and more available through the Aura store. As it’s the lone all-in-one on this list that offers an onboard battery, the included two hours of play time as a tabletop isn’t lengthy, but considering that a hybrid form factor is relatively new, it’s still impressive. Battery life aside, this PC/tablet combo is perfect for play, work and family time. And that’s the real meaning of an all-in-one device.

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 5K Retina

Apple’s 27-inch iMac 5K Retina display desktop is handily the best splurge when it comes to all-in-one computers. The gorgeous 5120 x 2880 display is absolutely beautiful and with 27 inches of screen real estate to work with, there’s enough room for both work and play. In addition, there's also a 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM (upgradeable to 32) and a 2TB fusion drive. As if the drives didn’t already impress, the inclusion of an AMD Radeon R9 M395 graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory means this display isn’t just good for video editing, but gaming as well.

Apple’s beloved Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, both with a stunningly slim design, are class-leader accessories in their own right. However, if the included accessories don’t impress, the semi-hidden speakers are ready for some bass and, with video editing as a potential use case, there’s plenty for audiophiles to love. Even though it was released in 2015, this iMac still leads the field with an immersive display and awesome software experience courtesy of Apple’s Sierra operating system. Last but not least is Apple’s still-stunning aluminum design that has long been the driving force of proper design in the competitive space. It’s just that good.

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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