Our top pick for all-in-one PCs is the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IE, which packs a gorgeous 4K display and discrete graphics into a sleek design. If you're looking for something less expensive, our value pick is the Acer Aspire S 24, which offers a decent all-in-one PC for under $1,000.
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).
Latest News and Updates (May 2018)
- New all-in-one systems are right around the corner that feature powerful new hardware and premium designs. If you're after a bargain, the Acer Aspire S 24 proved itself one of the best inexpensive all-in-ones around, from the head-turning slim display to the unexpectedly premium feature set.
- We've done the tests and the results are in: The Apple iMac Pro is the most powerful all-in-one we've ever reviewed. If you're a professional looking for serious horsepower, the iMac Pro is worth the price.
- Acer has announced the new Aspire S24, it’s slimmest all-in-one ever. Measuring less than a quarter of an inch thick, the new PC boasts a 1080p IPS display with ultra-thin bezels, and a design that puts the PC hardware in the base of the monitor stand. With multiple configurations available the starting model features an Intel Core i5 processor, 12GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, along with built in Qi wireless charging.
- Acer will be adding Amazon Alexa support to its all-in-one PCs (as well as laptops) this spring.
- Asus has announced two new all-in-one systems, the Vivo AiO V272 and the Vivo AiO V222, which have 27 and 22-inch displays, respectively. The larger Vivo AiO V272 will be available with up to an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics. The 22-inch Vivo AiO V222 boasts a a frameless Full HD display, and will be offered with Intel Celeron and Pentium processor options. Both systems will come with Asus’ ZenAnywhere app, which offers remote access to storage, remote wake of the PC and live access of the webcam.
How Much Do All-in-One PCs Cost?
All-in-One PCs run the gamut from affordable to premium pricing. Budget-friendly systems can be found for less than $1000, but will generally be limited to full HD resolution displays and low-powered Celeron and Pentium processors. Premium desktops can cost $2,000 or more, and boast 4K displays, the latest Intel Core i7 processors and discrete graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD.
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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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