Desktop towers are great, but perhaps you don’t want all the associated bulk on your desk or floor. Laptops are great, but they target work-on-the-go functionality rather than brain-melting performance. That’s where an all-in-one PC comes in: It crams your desktop computer and monitor into one unit so you have more room to breathe and play.
Our favorite all-in-one PC is the , with its fantastic hardware selection and premium styling. But there are plenty of other great models to choose from. Here’s our list of the best all-in-one computers you can buy right now.
- Best overall: HP Envy 32
- Best for illustrators: Microsoft Surface Studio 2
- Best for Mac lovers: Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display
- Best budget AIO: Acer Aspire Z24
- Best for families: Dell Inspiron 27 7000
- Best AMD Ryzen all-in-one: HP Pavilion 24 All-in-One
Designed as a true competitor to Apple’s iMac, the HP’s Envy 32-inch AIO PC features a 10th-gen Intel Core processor, starting at a six-core i5-10400 chip but upgradeable to a 10-core i9-10900 CPU if you need maximum performance. You also have an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 to manage graphics and base 16GB of memory that you can upgrade as you please. Storage options blend hard drives and SSDs for plenty of space while giving fast boot times and snappy Windows operation.
Its hardware configurations make the HP Envy 32 a solid system for both gaming and productivity, and the customization options make it an excellent pick if you want to choose specs for a certain task — plus the UHD display can handle the details if you work in design or editing.
This system has a comfortable, luxurious design with great build quality, a fantastic display, and surprisingly capable speakers. We loved the, and since HP continues to upgrade this line with the latest tech, it remains one of the best all-in-ones on the market.
Microsoft was a newcomer to the all-in-one market when it released the Surface Studio in December 2016. The current Surface Studio 2, launched in late 2018, maintains the same design and 28-inch touch-capable display. However, this second-generation model packs better options for graphics along with higher memory and storage amounts.
In our review of the Surface Studio 2, we lauded its exceptional design and build quality, graphics performance, and superfast SSD. Unfortunately, the hardware is a bit outdated in 2020, as it includes Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7-7820HQ CPU and options for a full-sized GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics chip. Despite the aging technology, it’s still a great option for serious content creators, designers, and anyone who wants an all-in-one PC that packs a powerful punch.
Other goodies crammed into theinclude up to 32GB of system memory, up to 2TB on a speedy SSD, multiple connection options, Surface Dial compatibility, and the included Surface peripherals. It even ships with the Surface Pen!
Apple’s 27-inch Retina display iMac introduced the first 5K display. Its stunning, 5,120 × 2,880 screen delivers crystal-clear images and sharp text while boasting powerful internal specs. Apple refreshed the 5K iMacs in 2020 with new 10th-generation six- and eight-core Intel processors. There’s even an option for Intel’s 10th-generation Core i9 10-core processor for optimal performance.
The latest iMac maintains Apple’s familiar stylish design, reveling in a gap-free front panel and rounded corners that complement the glass-and-aluminum build. The $1,799 and $1,999 configurations include the discrete Radeon Pro 5300 GPU. The $2,299 model starts with the Pro 5500 XT but can be configured with the 5700 or the 5700 XT.
For those with deeper pockets, thePro upgrades the internal configuration with components like Intel’s 18-core Xeon W CPU, up to 256GB of RAM, and an AMD Vega 64X graphics card for astounding performance. It starts at $5,000, however, making it out of reach of most potential all-in-one buyers.
If money is tight, Acer’s Aspire Z24 is your ticket to decent performance at a decent price. It’s powered by Intel’s ninth-generation Core i5-9400T six-core chip released in 2019, offering a base speed at 1.8GHz and a maximum turbo at 3.4GHz. Not too shabby, actually.
The Aspire Z24-890 sports a 23.8-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution, 178-degree viewing angles, touch support on specific models, and rich colors backed by Acer’s Color Intelligence tech. Configurations include 8GB of system memory (up to 16GB) and either a 512GB SSD or a 1TB hard drive. There’s even a DVD writer packed into the right side.
Other goodies crammed into theinclude Wireless AC and Bluetooth connectivity, a handful of ports, and even two HDMI ports (input and output) for a $599 starting price. It looks good too, sporting slick slim bezels and a classy silver stand.
The Inspiron 27 7000 model from Dell is perfect if you need an AIO PC that the whole family can enjoy. It’s slightly more than our budget option, but its appearance is top-notch, and it offers lots of up-to-date high-performance hardware for every family member.
Dell’s most recent Inspiron AIO PC showcases an HD 27-inch InfinityEdge screen that transitions to a more compact display and slender bezels. Behind this display are the most current Core i7-1165G7 processor by Intel, memory up to 12GB, and a PCIe NVMe SSD with a storage capacity of 512GB. The configurations also include Nvidia’s subtle GeForce MX330 GPU.
This computer is ideal for those who need lots of connectivity. It has four USB-A ports, one USB-C port, and HDMI output and inputs. It also features an SD card reader, wired Ethernet, Bluetooth version 5.1, pop-up webcam, and Wi-Fi 6(2×2), making the Dell Inspiron 27 7000 an outstanding PC for your family.
If you have your heart set on a Ryzen processor, HP has answered the call with the Pavilion 24 with a six-core AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor and AMD Radeon GPU. The Full HD computer also comes with 15GB of RAM, and like our top HP Envy pick, it offers a combination of 1TB HDD storage and a 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD for faster performance when necessary (plus two memory slots for potential upgrades).
Connections for the all-in-one include USB-A USB-C, and HDMI in/out. The model supports Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5, although note that the included mouse and keyboard are both wired models. The 24-inch screen is a touchscreen IP with a maximum brightness of 250 nits.
This Pavilion works on two levels: It gives users Ryzen processing power for those who prefer AMD whenever the brand is available, and it’s a very affordable alternative to pricier models like the Envy 32 — as long as you’re willing to compromise a little on display size.
- What is an all-in-one computer?
- What are the advantages to all-in-one computers?
- What are the disadvantages to all-in-one computers?
- Should I buy an all-in-one computer or a desktop?
- What should I look for in an all-in-one computer?
These computers combine the PC “tower” — where the integral chips, cards, and drives of the computer reside — with the monitor display. The result looks a lot like a hefty monitor but does not require a PC tower to operate. This is great for saving on space and getting everything in one box, but you give up the ability to upgrade specific parts of the computer like the monitor or certain performance aspects. The iMac is a classic example, but as you can see from our list, many brands produce all-in-one models.
They are compact computers that help save on space, especially if you don’t really have the space for a PC tower. Since the tower and monitor are combined, there are also fewer cables to manage. If you are in a situation where you need to move your desktop computer around frequently, it’s much easier to move an all-in-one.
You’re generally stuck with the display that the computer comes with, and upgrading the display typically means buying a new computer entirely. A PC tower allows users to choose their own upgrades for specific components and is designed to make those upgrades as effortless as possible. But on an all-in-one, upgrading specific components may be difficult or impossible. There’s also no room for adding or improving cooling systems, another reason they aren’t common gaming computers.
All-in-one computers make great whole-household computers or workstation computers for straightforward tasks and larger display for multitasking. They can also handle demanding software if you choose models with the appropriate specs. As you can see with picks like the Studio 2 or 5K iMac, they are popular options for artists and designers, too.
However, if you prefer to upgrade your computer components over time or want a more specialized display, pick a traditional desktop instead. That means all-in-ones aren’t for gamers, users who need true ultrawides, or those who want to keep their PCs for as long as possible. They also may not be the best choice for entertainment center PCs.
- Look for a large, detailed display. This is one of the great advantages of all-in-ones, especially if you have specific visual requirements for your work/play. Look for around 24 to 27 inches to start with, and a 4k resolution if you have any interest in a higher resolution. Some are touchscreen, but this feature isn’t always important on an all-in-one.
- It’s better to go big on specs. A powerful processor and extra RAM will help the all-in-one stay useful for a longer lifespan. If you’re doing any video editing or similar tasks, make sure you have a capable GPU as well. Remember, all these specs are hard or impossible to upgrade on an all-in-one, so you keep what you buy.
- Don’t worry as much about storage: A good external hard drive makes a great accessory for an all-in-one for both backups and extra storage.
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