All-in-one PCs are desktop computers that combine the computer (CPU), monitor and some peripherals into one unit. Leaving your area clutter-free of wires and cables, all-in-one PCs usually have speakers, wireless networking, a microphone and a webcam built-in to the unit. The keyboard and mouse are still separate but all-in-one PCs do boast a nice sized touch screen.
- Compact and easy to set up
- Leaves you with a clutter-free desktop, as most things are built into the one unit
- More economically friendly, using less electricity and saving you money
- Good for watching videos or doing creative work
- Good range of connections for hooking up cameras, printers, external hard drives and other devices
- Since the all-in-one PC is so compressed, it leaves little room for upgrading hardware and most hardware parts won't be compatible
- Usually more expensive than an equivalent PC and monitor
Things to consider when buying an all-in-one computer:
Screen: If you want your PC to use the internet, send email and write letters a 19 or 20-inch model should be fine, but go for larger if you want to watch films or play games. Also, some all-in-one computers have touchscreen abilities.
Processor: A dual core processor has enough power for most programs but go for more cores if you're using your PC for creative work with video, 3D or graphics.
Memory (RAM): Look for 4GB or more to keep all your applications running smoothly.
TV Input: An all-in-one PC with a TV tuner enables you to watch TV and record Freeview.
DVD rewriters: A great way to back up photos and share home videos. A few all-in-one PCs have Blu-ray drives installed, so you can watch HD films on an HD screen without buying a Blu-ray player for your TV.
When all-in-one PCs were first introduced, people argued that they weren't speedy enough due to them being so compact, but as technology grows so does their capabilities. If you look at their current technical specifications you'll find that they can possess a 3 GHz processor, 4 GB of RAM, 1 TB of hard drive space and a decent graphics card - which is ample enough for the average computer user.
The all-in-one PC saves you buying lots of extra peripherals and leaves you with a cleaner looking working space. Hopefully we've introduced you to what you need to look for when choosing a perfect all-in-one PC that you really connect with. We wish you a long and happy relationship together.