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 (January 2019)
- Lenovo's newest all-in-one PC is rich on features, but it's not as pricey as Microsoft's Surface Studio 2. The Lenovo Yoga A940 features a re-positionable 27-inch 4K touch screen, smooth Active Pen support, and Lenovo's Precision Dial. The Yoga A940 will start at $2,199 later this spring.
- It's time for CES 2019, and that means computer manufacturers large and small will be announcing new products. We expect new desktops announcements from Dell, HP, Lenovo and other manufacturers in the coming week, so watch our show coverage for details.
- You may know the MSI brand for its gaming PCs, but the slim and stylish MSI Pro 24x 7M is all business. This sleek all-in-one desktop puts productivity into a monitor-like design, and adds an upgradeable hard drive to sweeten the deal.
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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