Desktop towers are great, but you might not want all of the bulk on your desk or floor. Laptops are great, but they are aimed more at work on the go than the performance that melts the brain. This is where an all-in-one PC comes in: It packs your desktop and monitor into one unit, so you have more space to breathe and play.
Our favorite all-in-one PC is this , with its fantastic hardware selection and premium design. But there are plenty of other great models to choose from. Here is our list of the best all-in-one computers you can buy right now.
The best all-in-one computers
Overall best: HP Envy 32
The HP Envy 32 AIO PC was developed as a real competitor for the iMac from Apple and has a Core i5 or Core i7 Intel CPU of the ninth generation with up to eight cores, a choice of Nvidia GTX or RTX graphics (up to an RTX 2060) and 16 GB of storage. The storage options combine hard drives and SSDs for a lot of storage space and at the same time ensure fast start times and fast Windows operation.
Its hardware configurations make the HP Envy 32 a solid system for gaming and productivity tasks. While it doesn't offer the Core i9 CPU options of high-end systems like the iMac, it certainly makes up for its limited CPU range elsewhere.
This system has a comfortable, luxurious design with excellent build quality, a fantastic display and surprisingly powerful speakers. We loved thatand with a price starting at $ 1,599, we bet lots of other people will too – which is probably why it's hard to find right now.
Best for illustrators: Microsoft Surface Studio 2
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Microsoft was new to the all-in-one market when it released Surface Studio in December 2016. The current Surface Studio 2, which was introduced in late 2018, retains the same design and 28-inch touch-enabled display. However, this second generation model offers better options for graphics, as well as higher memory and storage amounts.
In our test of the Surface Studio 2, we praised the exceptional design and processing quality, the graphics performance and the super-fast SSD. Unfortunately, the hardware is a bit dated in 2020 as it includes Intel's seventh generation Core i7-7820HQ CPU and options for a full-size GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics chip. Despite the aging technology, it's still a great option for serious content creators, designers, and anyone looking for an all-in-one PC that offers a big punch.
Other goodies crowded into itIncludes up to 32 GB of system memory, up to 2 TB on a fast SSD, multiple connectivity options, Surface Dial compatibility, and the included Surface peripherals. It even comes with the Surface Pen!
Best for Mac lovers: Apple iMac with Retina 5K display
Apple's 27-inch retina display iMac introduced the first 5K display. The impressive 5,120 × 2,880 screen delivers crystal clear images and sharp text, as well as powerful internal specifications. Apple updated the 5K iMacs in 2020 with new sixth generation Intel processors with six and eight cores. There is even an option for the 10th generation Intel Core i9 10-core processor for optimal performance.
The latest iMac retains Apple's well-known, stylish design and features a seamless front panel and rounded corners that complement the glass-aluminum construction. The $ 1,799 and $ 1,999 configurations include the Radeon Pro 5300 discrete GPU. The $ 2,299 model starts with the Pro 5500 XT, but can be configured with the 5700 or the 5700 XT.
For those with deeper pockets this is thePro updates internal configuration with components like Intel's 18-core Xeon W CPU, up to 256GB of RAM, and an AMD Vega 64X graphics card for amazing performance. However, it starts at $ 5,000, making it out of the reach of most potential all-in-one buyers.
Best budget AIO: Acer Aspire Z24
When money is tight, Acer's Aspire Z24 is your ticket to decent performance at a reasonable price. It is powered by Intel's ninth generation Core i5-9400T six-core chip, released in 2019, with a base speed of 1.8 GHz and a maximum turbo of 3.4 GHz. Not too shabby, actually.
The Aspire Z24-890 has a 23.8-inch IPS display with Full HD resolution, 178-degree viewing angles, touch support for certain models and rich colors supported by Acer's Color Intelligence technology will. The configurations include 8 GB of system memory (up to 16 GB) and either a 512 GB SSD or a 1 TB hard drive. There's even a DVD burner on the right.
Other goodies crowded into itThat includes wireless AC and Bluetooth connectivity, a handful of ports, and even two HDMI ports (input and output) for a starting price of $ 599. It also looks great with sporty, sleek bezels and a classy silver stand.
Best for families: Dell Inspiron 27 7000
If you want an AIO PC for the whole family, the latest Inspiron 27 7000 from Dell is the ideal solution. It just looks great, and at a slightly higher starting price than our "Budget" pick, you get a ton of cutting-edge hardware that offers plenty of performance for everyone in the house.
The latest Inspiron AIO PC from Dell has a 27-inch InfinityEdge Full HD display that translates into a smaller chin and thin bezels. Behind the screen you will find configurations with up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, up to 12 GB of storage and up to 512 GB of storage on a PCIe NVMe SSD. Configurations can also include Nvidia's GeForce MX330 discrete GPU.
If you need a lot of connectivity, there are plenty. You'll find both HDMI in and out, as well as four USB-A ports and a single USB-C port. Bluetooth 5.1, W-Fi 6 (2 × 2), wired Ethernet, an SD card reader and a popup webcam, all of which add up to thisAn excellent AIO PC for the whole family.