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We chose the products on this list by searching through actual customer reviews to find what real users say are the best of the best. We compared those reviews with information from professional reviewers to ensure we can give you confidence in the quality of these products. For the budget all-in-one PC, we set our price bar at $500. The midrange all-in-one PC maxed out at $1,000 with no price limits set for the rest of our selections.
It's tough to find a reviewer or owner that doesn't give the Apple iMac a high rating. Whether you check out user reviews and ratings, or read what tech experts have to say, the iMac represents many years of constant refinement resulting in an all-in-one PC that is perhaps best described as "boringly good".
Apple offers the iMac in two display sizes with 21.5- and 27-inch options. Depending on your budget, you can choose a 10th generation Intel Core i9 processor, up to 128GB of memory and as much as 8TB of SSD storage as well as a number of different discrete graphics card options. If the iMac isn't enough, then there's the iMac Pro which goes even further. Optioning one of those to the max will cost you as much as a decent car.
The smaller, 21.5-inch comes with either HD or 4K displays while the 27-inch has the same 5K display as the iMac Pro. The only complaint about the display is that while it's tilt-adjustable, altering the height will require either a stand or a couple of thick books.
The iMac can run Windows 10, Linux or almost any other operating system either directly or using third party virtualisation software. Our only complaint is that the design is getting pretty stale with the thick bezels and big "chin" under the display looking like 2015's PC instead of one from 2020.
Although the recommended price for the HP 24-F0035A is a little over our price range for a budget model, the street price is over a $100 less than HP's suggested price. With a solid review rating of around 4/5 from a number of sources, this model is a solid option for those whose computing needs aren't extreme and are looking for an everyday workhorse for email, web browsing and light tasks such as word processing.
It's worth noting that HP offers this model to different resellers using different model numbers with slightly different specs – a trick most major PC makers use in order to give major retailers an "exclusive" version. But all boast an AMD processor, 4GB of memory and a capacious 1TB hard drive – not a faster SSD. The 23.8-inch HD display has a webcam at the top and the integrated mic and speakers help reduce the desktop clutter.
Although the HP 24-F0035A comes with some compromises such as slower HDD and USB 2 rather than the newer USB 3 and USB-C, it will tick the box for a low-cost, clutter-free PC for those who don't need the latest and greatest.
With solid scores from both purchasers and professional reviewers, the Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 340 Desktop delivers a powerful and elegant PC that won't break the bank or cover your desk with a bunch of messy cables. Average scores of around 4.5/5 from over 400 user reviews indicate that there are a lot of happy customers.
The 23.8-inch HD multi-touch display sits in front of a 9th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a roomy 512GB SSD. That drive, along with the fanless design results in almost silent operation – something many owners comment on. Lenovo includes a wireless mouse and keyboard to keep your desk uncluttered. If you're looking to save a few dollars, there are versions with less powerful processors available as well.
Aside from some owners complaining about the "bloatware" that comes installed on this, as well as many other PCs, the lack of screen height adjustment and a sub-par webcam are the most common complaints from owners.
Lenovo has put together an attractive and powerful all-in-one PC with the IdeaCentre AIO 340 Desktop. It's powerful, quiet and is great for work, some gaming and watching movies.
Choosing an all-in-one for gaming is tricky. Most gamers prefer to hand pick components and give themselves the option of being able to swap parts in and out as new options become available. That said, the Dell OptiPlex 7470 offers fast CPUs, plenty of memory, lots of storage and a discrete graphics card. It's well regarded by reviewers and owners alike, with scores in excess of 4/5 and 9/10 common.
Keen gamers know that the quality of their experience largely rests on their PC's graphics capability. Dell offers the OptiPlex 7470 with a discrete graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of memory. That's not a high-end card but it's pretty good in the world of all-in-one PCs where integrated graphics are the norm. There's a 4K option on the display as well as heaps of ports for adding external peripherals and a second screen to complement the 23.8-inch display.
Depending on your budget, you can order the OptiPlex 7470 with a 10th generation Core i9 processor, 2GB of memory, multiple hard drives and super-fast SSDs and Intel Optane memory.
If you're looking for a great gaming machine but don't have the space for a large tower, then the Dell OptiPlex 7470 is an excellent option.
Small form factor PCs are incredibly useful. Whether you're looking for a small media player system for the lounge room, a gaming rig that's easy to transport or an office workhorse where space is limited, a small form factor PC is a great option. The Intel NUC 9 Extreme Kit can be the foundation for any one of those, and a myriad of other applications.
With strong ratings around the 4.5/5 mark from purchasers and reviewers alike, it's clear that Intel's foray into portable desktop computing strikes a chord. Gamers and high-end users can load one of these up with a Core i9 processor, discrete graphics card, a fast SSD and plenty of memory. Those with more modest needs can choose less pricey parts. It supports up to three 4K displays.
The computer's need for airflow to remain cool means it has to stand upright on its side which may be an issue for some. And, owing to the small size, you may find some graphics card options aren't going to fit. But that's only likely to be a problem for those looking to pack the Intel NUC 9 Extreme with the fastest possible components.
Intel's NUC 9 Extreme packs a lot of potential into a tiny package. Although it's not cheap, it's the peak in what you can expect from a small form factor PC.
Apple’s upgraded Mac Mini packs in a lot of power within its tiny frame, but you need to carefully select the right model for your needs.
The Mac Studio is way too much computer for everyday users, but if you constantly shuffle around large data sets, work with high resolution video or have hundreds of RAW images to sort, select and tweak, its power and flexibility make it a compelling computer.
The most radical redesign of the iMac in years brings with it plenty of processing power, although the MacBook Air remains our pick for the M1 Mac that most people should buy.