1 August 2013 by

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.

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.

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.

Apple iMac 27-inch 3.4 GHz Core i5 Desktop


1. Apple iMac 27-inch (2013)    $1,680

Lenovo Ideacentre C345 20.0-Inch All-In-One Desktop


2. Lenovo IdeaCentre C345   

Dell XPS 18 Desktop


3. Dell XPS 18    $679

Vizio CA27T-B1 All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop


4. Vizio CA27T-B1   

Dell XPS 27 Touch All-In-One


5. Dell XPS 27 Touch 2720    $1,979

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