THE all-in-one PC is a great way to get a large-screen computer without the inconvenience of a full desktop system. Since they are more mobile than traditional desktops and offer more screen space than most laptops, all-in-ones provide a cosy middle ground for those seeking a reliable computer. These unique PCs pack their components, ports and monitors into a single unit, allowing you to easily prop one onto your desk, plug in and get to work (or play).
All-in-ones make great home entertainment PCs too, often featuring better internal speakers than laptops and providing HDMI inputs to allow you to hook up external devices such as Blu-ray players, games consoles, set-top boxes or media players such as a Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV.
Apple iMac 21.5
OFFERING a combination of strong performance, useful software and elegant aesthetics, the desktop’s Haswell processor and OS X Mavericks operating system help you easily to blaze through tasks, and included apps like GarageBand and iMovie help bring out your inner artist. And while some all-in-ones can be an eyesore, the iMac’s razor-thin aluminium design will make it one of the centrepieces of your living room.
Dell XPS 27 Touch
THE XPS 27 Touch comes with one of the best Windows-based AiO. The plastic backside may feel a bit flimsy compared to most premium machines, but the 2,560 x 1,440 touchscreen gleams with detail and reclines to better accommodate tapping and swiping on a 27-inch screen. The machine also showcases robust audio with a subtle heaping of bass, along with a fourth-generation (Haswell) Core i7-4770S CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 2TB hard drive for performing demanding productivity tasks and the stereotypical media crunching.
Lenovo Horizon 2s
LIKE its Horizon 2 big brother, the Lenovo Horizon 2s all-in-one provides an array of fun table top touch games and apps while doubling as a solid everyday PC. The 19.5-inch 2s is the sleekest and most compact Horizon yet, making it easy to enjoy its crisp full HD and engaging Aura touch interface in any room in the house. Whether you want to play some virtual air hockey, stream some movies on Netflix or just surf the Web, Lenovo’s latest family all-in-one delivers plenty of entertainment.
HP Z1 G2
THE HP Z1 G2 is the only all-in-one of its kind, giving you a beefy workstation within a conveniently customizable frame. Boasting a beaming, 27-inch, 2650 x 1440 display with a zippy Intel Xeon processor and Thunderbolt 2.0 support, this touch screen workstation is ideal for engineering work, intensive graphic design, 4K video transfers and any other task that the average PC can’t handle. And with this machine’s easy-open shell, it only takes a few seconds to swap out your G2′s components for a setup that better suits your work needs.
Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved
SAMSUNG has brought curved displays to the TV, the smartphone and now the all-in-one PC. The ATIV One 7 is the world’s first curved all-in-one, boasting an eye-catching 27-inch, 1080p display within a slick design that’s signature Samsung. This PC has more than looks going for it, though, with full Side Sync support for controlling your Galaxy phone remotely as well as a Music Play feature that lets the desktop function as a Bluetooth speaker, even when in sleep mode. With a 1TB flash drive, an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, this stylish PC has plenty of muscle for work and play.
Asus Eee Top ET2321IUTH-B013Q
THE Asus Eee Top ET2321IUTH is a stylish and affordable all-in-one PC with a unique Freeview TV capability, but at £799 it’s up against the somewhat bulkier Acer Aspire AZ3-615 which comprehensively outperforms it at the same price. However, if you can’t afford an iMac and want something unobtrusive yet effective, this Asus PC may be a sound purchase.
Acer Aspire AZ3-615
THE Acer Aspire AZ3-615 is a mid-priced all-in-one PC with decent features including ten-point multi-touch, discrete graphics, great sound and much better than average performance. As such it makes a good family all-in-one PC, although there are slimmer, more attractive options available. It offers reasonably powerful graphics, but if gaming is your thing, you’ll have to spend more than this to get the performance you need.
LG 22CV241 Chrome base
THIS capable all-in-one basks in a modern simplicity akin to the Chromebooks before it, capitalizing on an accurate colour palette and lighting within a rounded aesthetic. The base model ships with an Intel Celeron 2955U dual-core CPU and 2GB of DDR3 RAM, which is more than adequate at performing tasks other than gaming, and the entire system relies on the Web-based Chrome OS for barebones functionality. The bundled peripherals are also solid and you can even use the display as an external monitor.
HP Envy Beats 23-n001na All-in-One
THE HP Envy Beats All-in-One 23-n001na is a great looking, and great sounding PC, with eight integrated speakers and a selection of music software included. It features a fast Intel Core i7 processor and feels responsive, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it should have performed much better than it did in our performance tests. If you’re not interested in its audio capabilities, then the price is also rather high.
Apple iMac with Retina display
THE new iMac with Retina display does, indeed, pack a whopping 5120 x 2880 pixels. The sexiest all-in-one on the market is now also the sharpest, with a stunning 27-inch, 5K display that makes every day apps like Calendar and Safari look just as immersive as ultra-high-res video. The Retina iMac’s gorgeous screen is backed by some serious power, packing up to a 4.0-GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8TB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive and an AMD Radeon R9 R295x GPU.