The Best All-in-One Computer

The Best All-in-One Computer

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Our pick

HP All-in-One 24-df1036xt

HP All-in-One 24-df1036xt

The best all-in-one desktop PC

This basic HP all-in-one combines a surprisingly good 24-inch 1080p screen with good enough performance for web browsing, videoconferencing, light gaming, and the other things most people use a computer for.

Buying Options

$650 from HP
Processor: Quad-core Intel Core i5-1135 G7 Screen: 23.8-inch 1080p IPS
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe graphics (integrated) Storage: 256 GB NVMe SSD, 1 TB HDD
Memory: 8 GB Webcam: 720p

The HP All-in-One 24-df1036xt has an 11th-generation Intel Core i5 processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics that are fast enough for day-to-day browsing, document and spreadsheet editing, and even light photo editing or gaming—something that hasn’t always been true of Intel’s integrated graphics processors. The screen is just as good as the standalone 1080p budget monitors we recommend, and it has better contrast and color accuracy than the screens of the other 24-inch all-in-ones in our test group. The included 720p webcam is good enough for Zoom or Google video calls, and the system offers the ports you need for connecting USB accessories or a second monitor.

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Runner-up

Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3 (AMD)

Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3 (AMD)

Better performance, not as good a screen

The IdeaCentre AIO 3, another 24-inch 1080p all-in-one, runs on an AMD Ryzen processor that provides enough performance for light gaming and even photo and video editing. But its screen isn’t quite as colorful or accurate and suffers from uneven backlighting.

Buying Options

$677 from Amazon
Processor: Six-core AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Screen: 23.8-inch 1080p IPS
Graphics: AMD Radeon graphics (integrated) Storage: 512 GB SSD
Memory: 16 GB Webcam: 720p

If our main pick is unavailable, or if you want somewhat better performance but don’t mind a lesser screen, buy Lenovo’s IdeaCentre AIO 3 (AMD). Its AMD Ryzen chip offers better processor and graphics performance than the chip in the HP model, and the configuration we recommend comes with 16 GB of memory, which will be useful if you edit photos or video or regularly open dozens of browser tabs. It also includes a larger, 512 GB SSD, though because it doesn’t have an additional hard drive, it offers less storage overall than the HP model does. Its main drawback lies in its screen, which looks decent but has worse contrast and color accuracy than our pick’s display. Its backlighting is much less even than on the HP model’s screen, too, something you’re likely to notice especially during dark scenes in movies, TV shows, or games.

Upgrade pick

Apple iMac (5K, 27-inch, 2020)

Apple iMac (5K, 27-inch, 2020)

Exceptional but expensive

Apple’s biggest iMac has a sharper screen, better performance, and faster graphics than most Windows all-in-ones. But you pay triple the price of our other picks.

Buying Options

$2,000 from Apple
Processor: Six-core Intel Core i5-10600 Screen: 27-inch 5K IPS
Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300 Storage: 512 GB NVMe SSD
Memory: 8 GB Webcam: 1080p

Apple’s 2020 5K iMac costs a lot more than our other picks, but its high-resolution 27-inch screen is larger, sharper, and more colorful, making it an ideal choice for photo and video editing. Our recommended configuration’s Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon GPU, and 512 GB of storage will all feel fast for years, and though its 8 GB of memory is merely serviceable, you can easily upgrade that yourself or have a repair shop handle that after you buy the computer, for much less money than Apple charges. But Apple is replacing all the Intel and AMD chips in its Macs with “Apple silicon” chips that offer better performance and lower power consumption, and we expect a new Apple-silicon iMac to be released at some point in 2021. You wouldn’t be unhappy with the 2020 iMac, but if you don’t need a new computer right now, it might be a good idea to wait.

Hafta Ichi
Source: The NY Times
Keyword: The Best All-in-One Computer

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