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 (October 2018)
- The Microsoft Surface Studio is finally getting an update. While pricing has yet to be announced, we do know that the Surface Studio 2 will feature Intel's 8th-Gen processors, Nvidia's Pascal graphics, and a 28-inch PixelSense touch screen that offers Surface Pen support.
- Acer's upcoming all-in-one will give you a choice in which assistant you talk to. Starting at $899, the Aspire Z 24 offers support for both Amazon's Alexa or Microsoft's Cortana, and the far-field microphone array that uses four mics can pick up voices from a little more than 13 feet away. Support for multiple voice assistants is one of the features built into Intel's new 8th Gen Core CPUS, which just so happen to power the Z 24. You'll also get a 23.8-inch full HD IPS screen with a 178-degree viewing angle and minimal bezels. Look for the Aspire Z 24 to reach the U.S. in October.
- The upcoming MSI Pro 24X 7M is made for getting things done. The 24-inch all-in-one is designed for the office, with an IPS display, Kaby Lake processors and up to 32GB of memory. It also boasts support for Intel Optane storage, an accessible drive bay for swapping HDDs and plenty of other work-friendly features. The MSI Pro 24X 7M is now available for preorder, with the Core i5 model starting at $799.
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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