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An all-in-one desktop works by accommodating all the typical desktop components into a single unit, that is the monitor. Hardware components such as processors, memory, hard-drives, video cards, optical drives and external ports are packed together making the system compact. The best all-in-one desktops do not take much space, allow portability and are easy to set up at any corner of your home. These all-in-one desktop computers have usage in multimedia, everyday computing, home and business.

Monitors:
All-in-one desktops will have a screen size more than 21 inch for viewing the content comfortably. Be sure to pick an all-in-one desktop having a screen resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels for a vivid display quality. Large and full HD screen are appropriate for watching movies and at times playing games. At present, some all-in-one desktops running Windows 8 come with touch capability.

Operating Systems:
At present, the operating systems deployed on the topmost all-in-one desktops are Windows 8 and Mac OS X. Both have their respective advantages and you can choose between them accordingly. If you want to personalize the system and are looking for lots of software and free games, you can opt for Windows. If your priority is a desktop with user-friendly layout and control, Mac OS X can be the right choice.

Processors:
The best all-in-one desktop are configured with either an Intel Core i5, Core i7 or AMD processor. If you are interested in video editing and casual gaming, Core i7 desktops should be your pick. AMD processors have CPU and integrated discrete-level GPU which deliver good performance in 3D games, however there are fewer all-in-one desktops with these processors.

Memory and Storage:
It would be better to opt for at least 4GB RAM for running multiple applications simultaneously. Larger the internal memory, better the performance. Storage is of high importance for keeping all your music, videos, movies and photos in one place. Considering this, look for hard drive capacity of 500GB or more in these all-in-ones.

Other features:

  • All-in-one desktops might have Bluetooth keyboards and mice in order to avoid the troublesome tangled cables of the traditional keyboards. Apart from this, a touchscreen all-in-one desktop has an onscreen keyboard and mouse but still for more productivity external ones would be required.
  • With the presence of HDMI ports, DVD burners, blu-ray players, TV tuners and remote controls, you can get complete home entertainment in your all-in-one desktops.


Options from manufacturers:
Currently, the topmost all-in-one desktops are from Dell and Apple with a monitor size as large as 27 inch. If you are ready to incur high cost, Apple desktops can provide you an extra advantage as it is possible to run Windows and its applications easily on Mac OS X. Other major manufacturers of the top rated all-in-one desktops are HP, Sony, Lenovo, Acer and Gateway.

Furthermore, all-in-one desktops come mostly with warranty period. We present here a listing of the best products in order to help you choose the most reliable all-in-one desktop.

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Apple iMac

Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop


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Apple iMac 27-inch (2013)
Lenovo IdeaCentre C345
Dell XPS 18
Vizio CA27T-B1
Dell XPS 27 Touch 2720
Apple iMac 27-inch 3.2 GHz Core i5 Desktop
Lenovo Ideacentre C345 20.0-Inch All-In-One Desktop
Dell XPS 18 Desktop
Vizio CA27T-B1 All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop
Dell XPS 27 Touch All-In-One
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
May 2013
May 2013
Form Factor
All-in-one
All-in-one
All-in-one
All-in-one
All-in-one
Display
27-inch LED-backlit display with IPS technology
20in LED
18.4 in. LED Backlit Touch Display with IPS/Truelife
27 in. Full HD touchscreen
27
HDD Size
1024.0 GB
500.0 GB
500.0 GB
1024.0 GB
2032.0 GB
Installed Memory
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
4GB DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
8 GB (DDR3-SDRAM)
8GB
Operating System
OS X Mountain Lion
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8
Processor
Intel Core i5
AMD E2-1800 1.7 GHz
Intel Core i3-3227U 1.9 GHz
i7-3630QM Quad-core 2.4GHz
Intel Core i7
Recommended Use
Business
Business, Home Use
Business, Home Use
Business

  • Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades.


  • Though it's mainly a speed bump, the inclusion of the latest 4th-generation Intel Core i5 quad-core processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M Kepler graphics bump the Apple iMac 27-inch (Intel Core i5-4670) back to the top spot on our high-end all-in-one desktop list.

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    You'll buy the iMac for its beautiful display and robust performance, not the thickness of the bezel.


  • Lenovo IdeaCentre C345 is a computer of mediocre performance yet excellent value. It's extremely affordable considering the fact it comes with monitor, keyboard and mouse. It's a true All-In-One computer solution for casual users and families alike.


  • A great in one desktop PC for those with less funds, but have needs for rich features to produce computing and internet based tasks, easy to accomplish. May well have the bells and whistles like those available from the Apple iMac MD093LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop, however it has all the key features you'll want a fantastic computing experience.


  • Finally, Lenovo IdeaCentre C345 has a lot of things to offer to us all. We will surely not regret once we have decided to purchase this device. Keep your eyes open as you experience real satisfaction with this All-in-One Desktop.


  • It's the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids, with a subtle, sophisticated design and good battery life, but this new genre is still in its early days.


  • The Dell XPS 18 fulfills a niche somewhere between a large screen ultrabook and a dedicated all-in-one desktop PC. It mostly works, though the market for such a product is still in its beginning stages.


  • The Dell XPS 18 fulfills a niche somewhere between a large screen ultrabook and a dedicated all-in-one desktop PC. It mostly works, though the market for such a product is still in its beginning stages.


  • Vizio's top-of-the-line 27-inch touch all-in-one gets a modest update but stays traditional compared with detachable, convertible alternatives.


  • With its great feature set and lots of performance, the Vizio 27-inch All-in-One Touch PC (CA27T-B1) is a system that can deliver on the promises made by its futuristic design.


  • Vizio's latest all-in-one looks good and performs well, but Vizio needs to up its peripherals game.


  • The Dell XPS 27 Touch All-in-One (2720) all-in-one desktop updates the best Windows 8 PC around with Intel's latest hardware, and comes up a winner.


  • While we have a few minor quibbles with the Dell XPS 27 Touch's design, we think this is the best all-in-one on the market today.


  • With fresh components, a touch layer, and a much-improved stand, Dell's XPS 27 is the best Windows-based AiO we've seen. With a starting price less than AppleĆ¢??s competing offering, it may gain some iMac converts.