Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IE
The Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IE delivers potent processing, discrete graphics and a lovely 4K touch screen, all in a stylish, yet affordable design.
Acer Aspire Z24
The Acer Aspire Z24 packs a punch for under $1,000, delivering strong processing and decent all-around performance for the whole household, along with built-in Amazon Alexa support.
Apple iMac with 5K Retina Display (27-inch)
The Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display is a must for photo and video editors, thanks to its stunning display and potent performance, but it's also a great choice for anyone who wants a capable desktop.
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 Z24, 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 (August 2019)
- Dell is reimagining the all-in-one PC with the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, which combines a clever all-in-one design with a modular mini PC for professional-grade power and unbeatable upgradability.
- The Acer Aspire Z24 is our new favorite value in all-in-one desktops, delivering powerful processing and overall capability for under $1,000. Read our full review to learn more.
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.
Since these units are always plugged in, you might want to also invest in a good surge protector to make sure your all-in-one stays in good shape.
Best Overall All-In-One
The Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IE delivers potent processing, discrete graphics and a lovely 4K touch screen, all in a stylish, yet affordable design. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700T processor and Nvidia GeForce 1050 graphics card, this stylish all-in-one delivers strong performance, a gorgeous 4K display and a healthy feature set.
Best Value All-in-One
The Acer Aspire Z24 offers a surprising amount of power and some unexpected features, all for under $1,000. The sleek-looking all-in-one packs a punch, delivering strong processing thanks to a six-core Intel Core i7 processor, backed up with plenty of memory and storage, including 16GB of Intel Optane memory.
The end result is decent all-around performance for the whole family. But the Aspire Z24 has one more trick up its sleeve,with built-in Amazon Alexa support and integrated far-field microphones, giving you a whole range of voice-interaction features.
Best for Photo/Video Editing
The Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display is a must for photo and video editors, thanks to its stunning display and potent performance, but it's also a great choice for anyone who wants a capable desktop. Movies and photos look stunningly true-to-life on the iMac's 27-inch, 5120 x 2880 screen, and with a powerful 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and AMD Radeon Pro graphics inside, there's plenty of performance muscle to power any of your editing duties. Even with its new upgrades, the latest iMac retains its stunningly slim design, and includes Apple's Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard.
Best All-in-One for Artists
The Microsoft Studio 2 ($4,199 as tested) is the best thing around for anyone who does digital art, thanks to a gorgeous touchscreen that drops down low for comfortable touch and pen use. The better-than-4K display looks amazing, the touch screen supports both the Surface Pen and Surface Dial and the design is top-notch.
Best All-in-One for Pros
When it comes to all-in-one systems, they just don’t come more powerful than this. The Apple iMac Pro reclaims to Pro title with way more power than any consumer will ever need, making it the perfect addition to the video studio, the audio engineering booth or the architect’s office. Equipped with a 10-core Intel Xeon processor, workstation grade graphics and a mind-bending 128GB of RAM, this machine is pure power.
Best All-in-One For Audio
The Dell XPS 27 7760 makes an encore as the best sounding all-in-one around. This sweet sounding all-in-one has a 27-inch 4K display, potent Intel Core i7 processing, AMD’s latest Radeon RX 570 graphics card and a built-in, 10-speaker soundbar that will blow you away. If you want big, bright sound without an external speaker set, this is the PC to get.
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.