Choosing an All-in-One Computer
All-in-one computers are a type of computer where the screen and processing components are together in one slim design. This type of desktop computer is great if you have limited work space, you want to get rid of messy cables, or you just feel happier with everything in one place. With the components integrated into the back of the screen, you only need a power cable and a couple of peripherals.
All-in-one desktops are not overtly technical, and are easy to set up and use. Most modern all-in-ones include tablet-like touch capabilities.
Is an All-in-One Computer Better Than a Tower Desktop?
All-in-one desktop computers are quick and easy to set up. Compared to tower and screen PCs, everything is lighter and easier to transport. Although components are typically less robust than their full-sized tower counterparts, the overall power consumption is substantially lower. Also, unlike traditional desktops, all-in-ones such as the Microsoft Surface Studio desktop computer support pen and touch, turning your computer into an unlimited canvas.
How to Choose an All-in-One Computer
If you're a gamer, an all-in-one PC such as the Dell Precision will handle average graphics and 4K video. You can upgrade to more RAM and a better graphics card if you like playing resource-intensive games. The Apple iMac is an industry leader for creative design, and a solid choice for video editors familiar with Final Cut Pro (with an iMac mini to back it up). If you're a creative sort that loves the Windows OS, consider Microsoft's Surface Studio, an all-in-one touchscreen computer. Its rotatable screen and pen support combine with enough computing power to handle virtually any task.
In the office, all-in-one computers keep your desk neat and make tasks more interactive with touch capabilities. If you'll be handling numerous documents, a model such as Dell's OptiPlex desktop computer will match you perfectly—it's sleek, secure, and packs enough performance to allow online gaming during an extended lunch break. If your budget is a little tight, Lenovo's ThinkCenter M series computers are affordable and pack enough performance for almost any office task.
What's a PC on a Stick?
A stick PC is precisely that—a computer on a stick. However, it's not strictly part of the all-in-one computer category because the stick lacks a display. Computer components such as the RAM, CPU, and motherboard are mini, and assembled into a "stick" that's a little bit bigger than an average USB flash drive. Plug it into the HDMI port of your TV or computer screen and use it as a basic desktop computer.
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