Updated: 5 Best all-in-one PCs

Updated: 5 Best all-in-one PCs

All-in-ones aren't your father's PC. They're desktops with integrated displays, often complemented with laptop-grade parts. As such, they've inherited an unfair reputation for poor performance compared to their full-on desktop tower brethren.

However, all-in-ones do have their advantages. These self-contained PCs typically occupy less space than a giant full-size tower, and they also don't create a nest of USB and display cables for pets to gnaw at. What's more, some all-in-ones are rocking bezeless displays such as the HP Pavilion All-in-One with Micro-Edge Display, which also boasts a privacy-centric hidden webcam technology.

Thanks to the convergence of the display and the computer itself, PC makers are finally able to rethink their design strategies, which only benefits us in the end. So, without further ado, here are the best all-in-ones we've reviewed.

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Apple iMac with 4K Retina display

Bigger doesn't always mean better

Sure, the 5K iMac is tempting, but what if you don't need or have room for a 27-inch display? Enter the iMac with 4K Retina display, featuring similar specs as the 5K variant but at a lower cost. Sure, you won't get discrete graphics or the 3.2GHz Intel Core-i5, but surely less pixels makes up for the performance difference. Plus, the 4K iMac's Iris Pro graphics aren't the Intel HD graphics you remember. They're substantially more capable and come wrapped in a gorgeously compact form factor with a crisp P3 display. For the money, what more could you really ask for from an Apple computer?

Read the full review: Apple iMac with 4K Retina display

Dell XPS 18

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An 18-inch tablet-PC you can take on the go

The Dell XPS 18 blows away any notion that all-in-ones are hulking great machines tied to desks. Essentially a massive touch-operated tablet that turns into a monitor when slipped into its stand, the 18.5-inch device is designed to be used all around the house and is a great choice for online TV addicts. It's a capable PC too thanks to its Intel Core i7 CPU, Intel HD 4400 graphics and 8GB of RAM at the top end.

iMac with Retina 5K display

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An expensive luxury, that might just be worth it

While Apple's iMac with Retina 5K display is one of the most impressive all-in-ones around, its price places it out of the reach of most people. Apple's older 27-inch iMac possesses many of its best qualities without the wallet-intimidating price tag. Apple redesigned its iMac line in 2013 to give it an attractive slimline chassis that houses a sharp 27-inch IPS display with a respectable 2,560 x 1,440 pixel-resolution. Excellent build quality means it's a PC built to last, and a fine option for productivity work, watching movies or light gaming.

LG Chromebase

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A Chrome OS desktop with simplicity in mind

The LG Chromebase's biggest strength is its simplicity. Essentially a Chromebook crammed into a 21.5-inch 1080p IPS display, the Chromebase runs Google's ChromeOS that lets you do basic PC tasks using Chrome's growing list of web apps. If you have no need for the bells and whistles that come with Windows 8.1 and OS X and don't mind relying on the internet to get things done, the LG Chromebase is an attractive, affordable and convenient all-in-one.

MSI AG240 All-in-One

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Gaming performance in an all-in-one package

All-in-ones tend to be advertised as family-friendly alternatives to desktop PCs due to their suitability for the living room, but the MSI AG240 isn't interested in that. The 23.6-inch AG240 is a gnarly gaming PC in an all-in-one's chassis, combining an Intel Core i7 CPU with a powerful Nvidia GeForce GT860M GPU that's backed up by 16GB of RAM. If you're hankering for a large touchscreen display with the innards of a gaming PC, the dare-to-be-different AG240 fits the bill.

HP Envy 34-1090na

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A tyrant in video production, a spectacle in everything else

One of the best in the business of making luxury entertainment monitors, HP's Envy 34-1090na combines the WQHD matte panel of the impressive HP Envy 32 display with a built-in computer toting some mighty impressive specs. Featuring a Skylake i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a discrete GeForce GTX 960A GPU and the marriage of a 128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive, the Envy 34-1090na takes the concept of an all-in-one and adds a curve. That's right, the Envy 34 packs a wide-angle curved display with all the inputs and outputs needed to put your creativity to the test – mouse, keyboard and speakers included.

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Witness the new Raspberry Pi interface, shiny and Chrome

Witness the new Raspberry Pi interface, shiny and Chrome

There's some good news for the many millions of Raspberry Pi owners out there, and indeed those about to pull the trigger on a purchase, as they'll benefit from a fresh new interface which has been dubbed Pixel.

Pixel (which is an acronym for the rather clumsy full name: 'Pi Improved Xwindows Environment, Lightweight') is the desktop that will ship with Raspbian by default going forward, and it adds some neat features including a nifty new web browser.

Of course, the first thing that will strike you is the redesigned interface – everything looks far better, starting from the new splash screen that appears during boot (and doesn't impact performance, we're assured).

UI elements have been rejigged such as the icons across the taskbar, file manager, and menus, with the design philosophy being to hit a comfortable balance between businesslike and pleasant aesthetics (with a touch of 'playfulness', according to the blog post from Simon Long, UX engineer).

And the introduction of wallpaper further jazzes up the appearance of the desktop, with a selection of some 16 images included (and rather smart looking pics they are, too).

Fonts have also been smoothed over, and the look of a window has been improved with subtle touches like rounded edges – basically, everything looks more modern and nicely streamlined.

Chromium for Pi

Better browsing

But possibly the most important change is to the web browser – Epiphany has been jettisoned in favor of a first version of Chromium for Raspberry Pi.

Long notes that the new browser makes use of hardware acceleration when it comes to playing streaming video, and he says that it is "much more demanding" in terms of resources than its predecessor Epiphany.

However, he's mainly underlining the point that it might not run very well on the original Raspberry Pi or the Pi Zero – it performs nicely on the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3, though.

A couple of extensions are included by default, one of which ensures that YouTube serves up videos in a format that plays nice with the Pi's hardware acceleration, and the other is the uBlock Origin ad blocker.

Pixel VNC

Aside from the custom version of Chromium, other apps bundled with the desktop environment include RealVNC's server and viewer applications, allowing for remote operation of your Pi.

If you already own a Raspberry Pi, you can grab the new version of Raspbian with Pixel from the download page here.

Don't forget that earlier this month, we witnessed the launch of the official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.

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