All-in-one PCs are a great middle ground for those seeking a great home computer — they take up less room than traditional towers, and offer more screen space than most laptops. These unique PCs pack their components, ports and monitors into a single unit, allowing you to easily prop one onto your desk, plug in and get to work (or play).
There's an all-in-one for just about everyone — Apple's premium 5K iMac, the upcoming iMac Pro and Microsoft's artist-friendly Surface Studio are perfect for creative professionals, while companies such as Asus and Lenovo offer a variety of options that are ideal for entertainment and basic family use.
Plus, with the Windows 10 Creators Update out, it certainly won't hurt to have a big interactive screen to take advantage of the operating system's new painting, gaming and communication features. Here are our top all-in-one picks in every category.
How We Test All-in-One PCs
Every all-in-one we review goes through a variety of benchmark tests in Purch Labs as well as long hours of real-world use. As with our laptop reviews, we use a colorimeter to measure the brightness, color accuracy and color gamut of each all-in-one's display.
For performance, we use the Geekbench 4 test to measure a system's overall processing abilities. We also run a custom spreadsheet test to see how long a PC takes to match 20,000 names to addresses. To evaluate each system's hard drive speed, we measure how long it takes to copy 4.97 worth of files.
If an all-in-one has discrete graphics, we run it through many of the same benchmarks we use for gaming PCs. That includes 3DMark Fire Strike, as well as the built-in benchmark tools of games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Hitman and Grand Theft Auto V. If an all-in-one is made to support virtual reality, we'll also run the SteamVR Performance Test.
Most importantly, we spend a ton of time simply using each all-in-one PC for everyday activities. We watch movies, do work, play games, and blast music on the speakers, all to get a better sense of which ones are worth your money.
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