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Best All-In-One PCs

A Selection of All-In-One Computers for Various Uses and Budgets

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Jan 31 2014 - All-in-one PCs provide consumers with a single stop solution for those looking for a personal computer to be used in a home environment without the need of a separate case and display. This can reduce cable clutter and also enable the use of a computer in a much smaller space. Here are my selections for the best all-in-one desktop personal computers for different applications and budgets based upon my research and experience.

Best Overall - HP ENVY Recline 23

HP ENVY Recline 23
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HP continues their trend for making solid all-in-one systems with the new ENVY Recline 23 which gets its name from the stand that allows a wide range of adjustments to use the 23-inch touchscreen display. Its use of a desktop class processors, a solid state hybrid drive and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 730A graphics processor give it an edge in the performance over other systems as well. There are a couple of drawbacks to the system including the lack of an optical drive which is not as uncommon now as it was a few years ago and some awkward placement of some of the peripheral ports. Pricing is roughly $1000 to $1000.

HP ENVY Recline 23 Review

Best Value - ASUS ET2322IUKH-01

ASUS ET2322
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A price of $800 might seem a bit high for those on a budget but the ASUS ET2322 offers some solid features if you don't mind giving up a  few things. For instance, it comes with a wired keyboard and mouse and just 4GB of memory but all the remaining features are similar to many other products found for around $1000. The system is quite stylish with a very thin profile thanks to its mobile parts which may affect some but is plenty fast for most users. For those that need an even more affordable machine, the HP Pavilion 23 can be found for under $600 and even features a quad core processor but does not feature a touchscreen or HDMI ports.

ASUS ET2322IUKH-01 Review

Best Large Display - Lenovo IdeaCentre A730

Lenovo IdeaCentre A730
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If you want a very large display all-in-one, then you are likely going to be using it for more than just computing. Lenovo's IdeaCentre A730 is a surprisingly good value with pricing starting around $1500. This comes with a 27-inch display with 2560x1440 native resolution, a quad core processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M graphics processor. Its multimedia capabilities are bolstered by the inclusion of a Blu-ray compatible drive and an HDMI input connector. The only downside is that the drive does hamper performance. If you don't mind spending more, then the Dell XPS 27 Touch does offer higher performance but the pricing is significantly higher for an equivalent set of media features.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 Review

Hybrid All-In-One - Dell XPS 18

Dell XPS 18
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 A hybrid all-in-one essentially offers the size of a traditional desktop class system but with the ability to be used away from the desktop almost like a large tablet computer. The problem with most of them is that they are often too big and lack running time when used in their tablet form. Dell's XPS 18 may offer a bit less performance but its smaller 18-inch display, thin profile and 5-pound weight make it much more suited to the hybrid. The four and a half hour running time on batteries is also very respectable. Pricing starts around $899 and goes up to over $1500. An alternative for those that would like a larger display can move up to the Sony VAIO Tap 21 with its larger and higher resolution display but it does weigh twice as much and offer half the battery life.

Dell XPS 18 Review

Best Non-Touchscreen - Apple 2013 iMac 21.5-inch

Apple iMac
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While touchscreen computing is convenient, it also has the drawback of the need to frequently clean your display screen and the fact that it does generally lead to increased costs. If you don't necessarily want this feature, then the Apple iMac still retains its top spot. While the price is still hig hat $1299, it still offers one of the best performing systems on the market thanks to its desktop quad core processor with the new IRIS Pro graphics from Intel. The display panel is one of the best on the market and the ultra-thin bezel display and design are top notch. For added performance, you can even add in the Fusion drive feature.

Apple 2013 iMac 21.5-inch Review

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