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Best all-in-one PCs 2019: top compact AIO desktops

TechRadar logo TechRadar 08/04/2019 Kevin Lee
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Unlike your traditional desktop towers, the best all-in-one PCs have the displays built into the chassis of the computer. You’ll often find a mix of desktop and laptop components in an all-in-one PC, and while that does make it harder to upgrade, there are certainly advantages to this approach.

One of the biggest advantages you’ll experience with one of the best all-in-one PCs is they don’t take up much space – you don’t need extra space for the tower, monitor and all the peripherals and cables. Plus, due to the lower amount of cables (only one power cable), you won’t find yourself tripping over errant cables.

This makes the best all-in-one PCs perfect options for offices that want to maintain a sleek and professional image. It’s no coincidence that all-in-one PCs are favored by professionals in the creative industry, especially the Surface Studio 2 or iMac Pro. On the flipside, the best all-in-one PCs are often the most affordable desktops, and they’ll give users plenty of power and a decent screen paired together in one package.

Below are the best all-in-ones PCs handpicked and regularly updated in traditional TechRadar fashion.

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Back when the original Surface Studio hit the streets, it was a game changer for artists and content creators alike. And, even in 2019, the sequel still stands in a league of its own. The Surface Studio 2 doesn’t just feature the same gorgeous display and unique functionality, but it also ups the power significantly, making it a much more future-proof device. It’s still extraordinarily expensive, but if your use case is right for the Surface Studio 2, then, it’s hard to think of a better all-in-one PC.

Read the full review: Surface Studio 2

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The iMac Pro, more than any other computer on this list, is aimed squarely at professionals – and it has the hardware to back it up. Packed with up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor and up to 128GB of RAM, there isn’t a single thing you could throw at the iMac Pro to slow it down. And, while it is, without a doubt, outrageously expensive – it doesn’t really matter. If you’re the type of person that needs this level of power (you know who you are) then the price is absolutely justified. 

Read the full review: iMac Pro

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The Dell XPS 27 AIO sits on top of an awesome articulating stand, and it comprises a mix of a massive 4K Ultra-HD touchscreen display with six ear numbing speakers. Not only is it an attractive device, but it’s also top-notch when it comes to delivering powerful specs. Whether you’re making your own beats or vibing out to someone else’s; watching movies or editing your own, the Dell XPS 27 AIO is easily one of the best all-in-one PCs, and should be at the top of your list when shopping for a new PC. 

Read the full review: Dell XPS 27 AIO

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Not to be shown up by the 5K iMac or new Dell XPS AIO, HP has its own unique take on the all-in-one desktop. Though it also has all its components stored in its base like the Surface Studio, the HP Envy Curved All-in-One also adds in a booming speaker bar. Add in the ultra-wide curved screen and this is one of the best and most immersive PC for enjoying movies.

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Apple’s iMac with Retina 5K display is one of the most beautiful computers around, but the high price makes it inaccessible to many people. However, if the price tag doesn’t scare you away, there’s no greater macOS machine than this – especially now that it’s been updated for 2019. It packs Apple’s sharpest 27-inch 5K Retina display, excellent quality and beefy specks. It’s also durable, and a fine option for productivity work, watching movies and can even handle light gaming.  

Read the full review: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

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