Remember the days when your desk had space for your computer, monitor, mouse and keyboard? There’s a good chance that your desk had little space for anything else. Today’s all-in-one computers are more streamlined, so you don’t need to reserve a large space for your setup.
From Apple to HP, many all-in-one computers combine your monitor and computer tower to save space without sacrificing performance. Check out our list of the best all-in-one computers of the year before you buy your next desktop.
The best all-in-one computers
- Best overall: HP Envy 32
- Best for illustrators: Microsoft Surface Studio 2
- Best for Mac lovers: Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display
- Best budget AIO: Acer Aspire Z24
- Best for families: Dell Inspiron 27 7000
Best overall: HP Envy 32
Designed as a true competitor for Apple’s iMac, the Envy 32 features a ninth-generation Core i5 or Core i7 Intel CPU with up to eight cores, a choice of Nvidia GTX or RTX graphics (up to an RTX 2060), and 16GB of memory. Storage options blend hard drives and SSDs for plenty of space while giving fast boot times and snappy Windows operation.
Its hardware configurations make the HP Envy 32 a solid system for both gaming and productivity tasks. Although it doesn’t offer the Core i9 CPU options of higher-end systems like the iMac, it certainly makes up for its limited CPU lineup elsewhere.
This system has a comfortable, luxurious design with great build quality, a fantastic display, and surprisingly capable speakers. We loved the Envy 32 review model, and with a price that starts at $1,599, we bet a lot of other people will too — which is probably why it’s currently hard to find.
Best for illustrators: Microsoft Surface Studio 2
Microsoft was a newcomer to the all-in-one market when it released the Surface Studio in December 2016. The current Surface Studio 2, launched in late 2018, maintains the same design and 28-inch touch-capable display. However, this second-generation model packs better options for graphics along with higher memory and storage amounts.
In our review of the Surface Studio 2, we lauded its exceptional design and build quality, graphics performance, and superfast SSD. Unfortunately, the hardware is a bit outdated in 2020, as it includes Intel’s seventh-generation Core i7-7820HQ CPU and options for a full-sized GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics chip. Despite the aging technology, it’s still a great option for serious content creators, designers, and anyone who wants an all-in-one PC that packs a powerful punch.
Other goodies crammed into Microsoft’s AIO PC include up to 32GB of system memory, up to 2TB on a speedy SSD, multiple connection options, Surface Dial compatibility, and the included Surface peripherals. It even ships with the Surface Pen!
Best for Mac lovers: Apple iMac with Retina 5K display
Apple’s 27-inch Retina display iMac introduced the first 5K display. Its stunning, 5,120 × 2,880 screen delivers crystal-clear images and sharp text while boasting powerful internal specs. Apple recently refreshed the 5K iMacs with new eighth-generation six-core Intel processors. There’s even an option for Intel’s ninth-generation Core i9 eight-core processor for optimal performance.
This all-in-one maintains Apple’s familiar stylish design, reveling in a gap-free front panel and rounded corners that complement the glass-and-aluminum build. The onboard Radeon Pro 570X, 575X, or 580X graphics chip can’t handle games at full 5K, but it’s sufficient for many at 1440p. There is, however, an option for the much more powerful Radeon Pro Vega 48 graphics, but only on the Core i9 model.
For those with deeper pockets, the iMac Pro upgrades the internal configuration with components like Intel’s 18-core Xeon W CPU, up to 128GB of RAM, and an AMD Vega 64 graphics card for astounding performance. It is $5,000, however, making it out of reach of most potential all-in-one buyers.
Best budget AIO: Acer Aspire Z24
If money is tight, Acer’s Aspire Z24 is your ticket to decent performance at a decent price. It’s powered by Intel’s ninth-generation Core i5-9400T six-core chip released in 2019, offering a base speed at 1.8GHz and a maximum turbo at 3.4GHz. Not too shabby, actually.
The Aspire Z24-890 sports a 23,8-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution, 178-degree viewing angles, touch support on specific models, and rich colors backed by Acer’s Color Intelligence tech. Configurations include 8GB of system memory (up to 16GB) and either a 512GB SSD or a 1TB hard drive. There’s even a DVD writer packed into the right side.
Other goodies crammed into this AIO include Wireless AC and Bluetooth connectivity, a handful of ports, and even two HDMI ports (input and output) for a $599 starting price. It looks good too sporting slick slim bezels and a classy silver stand.
Best for families: Dell Inspiron 27 7000
If you want an AIO PC enjoyed by the entire family, Dell’s latest Inspiron 27 7000 model is an ideal solution. It simply looks great, and at a slightly higher starting price than our “budget” pick, you get lots of current hardware packing plenty of performance for everyone in the house.
Dell’s latest Inspiron AIO PC features a 27-inch InfinityEdge Full HD display, which translates to a smaller display “chin” and thin bezels. Behind the screen, you’ll find Intel’s 10th-generation processors — the Core i5-10210U or Core i7-10510U — complemented by an optional discrete GeForce MX110 graphics chip. System memory is up to 12GB while storage ships in two configurations: A single 512GB SSD or a 256GB SSD paired with a 1TB hard drive.
If you need loads of connectivity, there’s plenty. You’ll find both HDMI input and output along with four USB-A ports and a single USB-C port. Bluetooth 5.0, Wireless AC, wired Ethernet, an SD card reader, and a pop-up webcam round out an excellent AIO PC for the entire family.