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. Our top pick is the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IE because it packs a gorgeous 4K display and discrete graphics into a sleek design. Other great options include Apple’s even sharper 5K iMac, the great sounding Dell XPS 27 and the gaming-ready Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910. If you're looking for something less expensive, the Lenovo IdeaCentre 520S-23IKU offers a decent all-in-one PC for under $1,000.
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.
All-in-One PC News
New all-in-one systems are right around the corner that feature powerful new hardware and premium designs.
- Starting at $749, the new HP Pavilion All-in-One redesigns HP’s entry level model with an edge-to-edge display design and improved sound with B&O Play audio.
- Coming this December, Apple iMac Pro puts the workstation-class power of the compact Mac Pro desktop into the sleek all-in-one design of the iMac.
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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