Best All-In-One Computers for 2015
All-in-one (AIO) computers have emerged as a good choice for both PC and Mac home users. The minimalist form factor, with most components hidden inside a vertical monitor, is attractive and saves space on your desk. Here's what you need to know, and some all-in-one models to consider…
Which All-in-One is Best for Me?
All-in-one computers look great, but concerns about expandability, repairability and price have kept many people away. But in the past few years, concerns about expandability have diminished, as hardware costs have fallen and everything one could possibly want comes bundled in one slim box at an affordable price.
Unless you have a digital hobby that requires specialized, souped-up hardware, there’s no reason to clutter up your desktop (or kitchen counter) with bulky towers, external components and all those wires and cables. And they're portable, too.
Expandability is not really a concern these days. Today’s AIOs contain everything the average user needs in a sleek, minimalist base and display chassis. Generally speaking, the all-in-one you buy is going to be the one you trade in a few years from now.
Prices have fallen, too; you can buy a decent 19-inch AIO for around $300 now. It won’t include a touchscreen, which makes Windows 8 navigation a bit annoying. But who wants fingerprints all over their screen, anyway?
A Few AIO Models to Consider
Of course, you can still pay $2500 or more for a top-of-the-line AIO, like the Apple iMac with a 27-inch 5K Retina display. Yes, “5K,” as in 5,120-by-2,880 resolution, which translates into an unheard-of 14.7 million pixels. State-of-the-art 4K (3,840-by-2,160) videos can be played full-size with room to spare for the toolbars and menus of video editing software, although editing 4K video will be quite a strain for the iMac. The CPU is a 3.5GHz Intel Core i5-4690 processor and the standard 8 GB of RAM can be expanded to 32 GB. This iMac also comes with a hybrid Fusion Drive incorporating 1 TB of magnetic media and 120 MB of SSD storage.
The Dell XPS 18 (1820) is a $1500 portable AIO with an 18-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 resolution and 10-point touch display. This Windows 8.1 computer can draw power through a magnetic connector in its adjustable stand, or directly from an AC adapter, or from a built-in battery rated for five hours. When detached, the device can be used like a large tablet or propped at several angles on its built-in kickstands. The XPS 18 (182) come with wireless keyboard and mouse linked via Bluetooth. On the downside, it only has a headset jack, an SD card reader, and two USB 3.0 ports for connectivity. An Intel Core i7-4510U processor with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 and 8GB of memory are standard. The $1500 model comes with a 256 GB SSD, but hybrid drives are also available and cheaper.
Moving down the price scale, the $479 Lenovo C260 Touch sports a 19.5-inch touch screen, 500GB hard drive, and 4GB of RAM memory. The 2.41 GHz Pentium processor is no speed demon, but will run Windows 8.1 just fine. There's an HDMI port for connecting to your TV, and the angle of the display is adjustable with an arm attached to the back of the unit. The C260 is currently on sale for $399 at the Microsoft Store, and on Amazon for a few dollars more.
The Gateway ZX4270-UB31 sells for as little as $300 on Amazon. It has no touch capability, which may be OK with diehard mouse users. It comes with a 500 GB hard drive, 1,600 by 900 resolution 19-inch display, a quad-core AMD A4-5000 processor with built-in AMD Radeon HD 8300 graphics, 4GB of memory, and a lot of pre-loaded “bloatware” you’ll probably want to uninstall first thing. This is an entry-level AIO system, ideal for someone who is finally giving up their Windows XP machine.
For home users who want simplicity, AIO is the way to go, and it seems every PC manufacturer has gone that way. There are dozens of different models, most of which can be customized with CPU, file storage, and RAM options to fit every preference.
Do you love your all-in-one computer? Thinking of buying one? Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 17 Feb 2015
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