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The best all-in-one desktop PCs for 2022

Before we give you some tips and advice on what to look for with an all-in-one computer, let’s have a look at five of the most popular models!

Acer Aspire C24-1650 All-in-One PC -Intel Core i5-1135G7, 8GB, 512GB SSD, 23.8 inch Full HD Display

The Acer Aspire C24-1650 all-in-one desktop is a slim and stylish home PC that provides plenty of performance in a thin body. The 23.8″ Full HD IPS screen of the C24-1650 displays plenty of fine detail as well as vivid colours, plus you get wider viewing angles, perfect for if you want to watch a movie together or need to help your child with their homework.

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Apple 27″ iMac with Retina 5K Display Core i7 10th Gen 8GB RAM 512GB SSD – 2020

Everything looks better on a Retina display, with its one billion colours and 500 nits of brightness. Photos and graphics leap off the screen. Text is supersharp. And for the first time, the 27‑inch iMac features True Tone technology for a more natural viewing experience and a nano-texture glass option to reduce glare to the barest minimum.

From crystal clear video calls and voice recordings to music and movies that fill the room, iMac is an all-star for communications and content. The 27‑inch iMac now features a 1080p FaceTime HD camera and a studio-quality three-mic array.

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Apple iMac 24″ 4.5K Retina Display M1 8 Core Chip 8GB RAM 256GB SSD 8 Core GPU Apple Mac OS, Green – MGPH3B/A

See it all in sharp, glorious detail on the immersive 24‑inch 4.5K Retina display. The P3 wide colour gamut brings what you’re watching to life in over a billion colours. Images shine with a brilliant 500 nits of brightness. Industry-leading anti-reflective coating delivers greater comfort and readability. And True Tone technology automatically adjusts the colour temperature of your display to the ambient light of your environment, for a more natural viewing experience. So whether you’re editing photos, working on presentations, or watching your favourite shows and movies, everything looks incredible on iMac.

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HP ProOne 400 G6 20″ AIO Core i5 10th Gen 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Win10 Pro Desktop PC

Easy to deploy, sleek, and feature-rich, the HP ProOne 400 All-in- One PC features a contemporary design with business-class performance, collaboration, security, and manageability features.

Get the exceptional combination of responsive performance, connectivity and speed with a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processor that lets you launch, create, and connect fast and reliably.

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HP EliteOne 219B4ET All-in-One PC/workstation 68.6 cm (27″) 1920 x 1080 pixels 16 GB 512 GB SSD

There’s elegance and power in this remarkably thin 27-inch diagonal HP EliteOne 800 All-in-One which grabs your attention with its stunning design. Elevate your expectations of what an AiO can do with this powerful, secure, no-compromise solution for those on the front lines of business.

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All-in-one desktop PCs for 2022

Remember when computers were so big that they needed to be housed in their own underground cave? Ok, we’re exaggerating a bit. But there was time when they were so big that they needed their own room. These days a desktop has an integrated monitor, along with everything else from ports to peripherals), and can sit on a small desk causing no clutter or wires weaving everywhere. Just add a mouse and keyboard and you’re away!

Let’s just take a second to run through the key benefits. Firstly, an all-in-one takes up way less space, and is also much cheaper than buying all the components and putting them together separately. They are useful as a family computer and convenient if you have children. They also look great because they’re slimline and contemporary. They almost act as piece of furniture.

But are they as customisable as standard PCs? Or for that matter, as functional as a laptop? Are they as up-to-date, fast, and packed with computing power as other PCs on the market? And, can you get 4K or 1080p display in an all-in-one computer?

We’re going to answer all these questions for you. We’ll consider the pros and cons to help you to decide if you want an all-in-one computer or a traditional desktop with all the commonly-known pieces and spread-out parts. Armed with this info, you should be able to make a considered choice!

What is an all-in-one computer?

An all-in-one PC (“AIO” for short) is a kind of desktop computer that integrates a chassis (including internal microprocessor, motherboard, hard disk and other components), speakers, cameras, and displays into one unit. So, when it is positioned on your desk, it looks just like a thin monitor with a keyboard and mouse in front of it. No bulky computer box anywhere to be seen.

A bit of history

The first AIO computer was developed by Apple and it has since launched several all-in-one computers on the market, such as the original Macintosh in the 1980s and the iMac from the 1990s to the present. Later, in 2009 The Atom, a low-cost CPU launched by Intel led to the mass production of AOI computer models. All the leading brands such as Apple, Microsoft, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, HP and more have all launched all-in-one computers with great success.

What’s so good about AIOs?

The reason they exist at all is that they were designed to save space. And not only do they save you space, but they can also be moved around the office or house without much trouble.

Because of their modular design, there’s also another advantage, and that is that replacing parts such as an HDD or SSD for instance requires much less work than would be needed for something with a proper CPU unit of its own. And a keyboard and mouse can be plugged in and used straight away.

Energy saver

An all-in-one computer generates less heat than desktop computers and also uses less electricity. This combination means that your computer is more efficient, saves you money and is also better for the environment. Greta will be so pleased!

AIO computers have a webcam, speakers and microphones, just like most standard laptops. They are great value for money too, and some cost less that you might pay for a premium monitor! Therefore, for the whole family, they represent great value for money, not just great convenience.

They look the part

In an office setting, the uniform and contemporary look, along with their affordability, makes them an excellent choice for displaying in rows if you have a decent size office. The whole place will look totally professional and up-to-the-minute, which will give a great impression to visitors. They free-up space, making the area less congested and easier to manage. The set-up also allows for easy desk-hopping, which is becoming more popular with companies.

The Disadvantages of an All-in-One Computer

Even though AIO computers are really easy to set up and use, upgrading could be harder than for a CPU where all the spaces for options pre-exist. However, we’re being a bit picky here and it shouldn’t prove to be an issue.

If you are the sort of person who wants to upgrade by swapping components rather than buying a new computer every few years, then you need to bear in mind that it’s near-impossible to upgrade anything other than the RAM, and apart from the replacement and repairs of HDDs, the modular design makes maintenance difficult. Optical drives may be absent, restricting users to only USBs.

Also, depending on the model you choose, if you buy an AIO which is basically for the whole family it may be that as everyone needs more space for gaming and video content, AIO’s are not as convenient as they seemed initially. However, most people just buy a new computer, as they are only built to last for a few years anyway.

Upgrading all-in-one computers

As we’ve already mentioned, upgrading can be more difficult if you have an all-in-one computer. It’s possible to upgrade the random access memory (RAM), and replace and repair hard disk drives (HDDs), but apart from that, when you outgrow the computer, you’ll need to replace the entire machine. Not many people actually upgrade their devices – even though with YouTube, there are always instruction videos to follow.

If you decide to buy an all-in-one computer which is in the low-to-medium price range, you are basically getting a laptop on a stand. The components used are the same as you’d find in a laptop – which is fine. But if you are after specific components, then you might prefer to build your own – if you’re that way inclined!

Laptops are always going to be the best option if you need to move things around the office, but AIOs are also great for their agility and convenience. If you’re looking for computers for your business, then a managed service provider can help you select the best solution. Ebuyer has a team of business specialists ready to advise on different options.

And finally…

All-in-one computers are sort of ‘in the middle’ when it comes to choices. If you’re a programmer or a gamer, you’ll be looking for more power. And if you’re looking for a portable device which offers a bit of everything then a laptop can give you pretty much what you need. PC aficionados will usually need control and the ability to customise their machines, and all-in-ones just don’t offer that option.

However, for an office environment or for in the family home they are ideal because they take up little room, look good and are super-efficient. They’re also great as a back-up device.

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