The Best All-in-One Desktop Computers?

By that, I mean the All-in-One Desktop Computers that offer the best performance, features and reliability at various prices.

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Summary

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The Best All-in-one Desktop Computers:

  1. Best for the Family and the Office
  2. Best All-in-ones for professionals
  3. Best All-in-One for gaming
  4. Apple iMacs

Upgrade your PC:

  1. Upgrade the RAM
  2. Upgrade the hard drive to a larger/faster model or to a SSD
  3. The Best WiFi Routers, WiFi Adapters and Bluetooth Adapters

Best for the Family and Basic Office Machines

Note that while there are All-In-One Desktops PCs that are available at lower prices, none of them offer a good experience due to low performance and sub-par components.

Simply put, there are a LOT of All-in-One PCs to avoid.

You either get a laptop-class or low-power entry-level CPU, which are underpowered and will struggle anytime you push them a bit, 4GB of RAM which simply isn’t enough in 2017 if you want to run more than a few web browser tabs at once or more than one program at once, slow as molasses 5400rpm hard drives that will make the PC unresponsive and feel sluggish, not what you expect out of brand new PC.

Sometimes the hardware specification looks good, but the reliability is unacceptable.

That is why my first recommendation starts at $600.

Lenovo Ideacentre 510:
Intel Core i3 Dual-Core/ Core i5 Quad-Core + 1TB Hard Drive

– Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $619.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
– $619.99 at Newegg

About the Lenovo 23″ Ideacentre 510-23

At this price point, there is no other All-in-one that offers what the Lenovo Ideacentre 510-23 offers.

It’s a great entry-level all-in-one PC, offering fairly good performance with the Intel Core i3-6100T CPU, with 8GB of RAM which is enough to handle everyday tasks such as document writing, web browsing, streaming music and videos and much more without any problem.

Its 23″ touchscreen offers wide viewing angles and a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. You get a 1TB hard drive so that you get a decent amount of storage to store all your files.

If you are looking for a model that offers a better performance and that can handle heavier workloads, this model is also available with a much more powerful Intel Core i5-6400T Quad-Core CPU, that you can get from Amazon, B&H ($725.29) or Newegg ($719.99)

Pros:

  1. Great cost for what this model comes with.
  2. Decent CPU: Intel Core i3-6100T Dual-Core + Hyper-Threading 3.2GHz
  3. Available with the more powerful Intel Core i5-6400T 2.8GHz Quad-Core CPU
  4. Touchscreen 23″ display with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
  5. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  6. 1TB hard drive
  7. Hard drive is a 7200rpm model, so it’s faster than slower 5400rpm hard drive variants.
  8. Wireless adapter: 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4/5GHz
  9. Bluetooth 4.0
  10. DVD drive
  11. Ethernet RJ45 port.
  12. Bezel-less display screen
  13. Webcam
  14. SD card reader
  15. 3 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 ports.
  16. VGA and HDMI video outputs
  17. Windows 10
  18. Wireless keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. While the display offers wide angles, it’s not an IPS display panel meaning less than average color reproduction.
  2. CPU could be more powerful
  3. 8GB of RAM isn’t enough if you intend on running multiple heavy applications
  4. No SSD storage, only a hard drive, so it takes longer to boot and the computer isn’t as responsive as models with a SSD.
  5. Stand allows only for tilt adjustments.

Lenovo Ideacentre 510
Intel Core i7 Quad-Core + 128GB SSD + 1TB Hard drive

– Click here to see the price on Amazon

Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 510

Similar to the model above, except with an even more powerful Intel Core i7-6700T Quad-Core CPU.

You also get a 128GB SSD which greatly improves this model’s responsiveness and booting speed compared to models with only a hard drive.

Don’t worry though, it also comes with a 1TB hard drive for additional storage.

That way, this All-In-One can handle most demanding tasks such as photo and video editing, although its 8GB of RAM could be limiting if you like to run many applications at the same time. You could add 8GB of RAM yourself if you’re comfortable with the process.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a powerful Intel Core i7-6700T Quad-Core Hyper-Threading 2.8-3.6GHz CPU
  2. Touchscreen display
  3. Memory can be easily upgraded to 16GB by adding another 8GB of DDR4 RAM.
  4. 1TB hard drive storage capacity.
  5. 128GB SSD that improves responsiveness and booting speed.
  6. 802.11ac WiFi
  7. Bluetooth 4.0
  8. Optical drive
  9. Ethernet RJ45 port.
  10. 720p HD Webcam
  11. Full HD 1920 x 1080  resolution
  12. SD card reader
  13. 3 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 ports.
  14. HDMI video output.
  15. Windows 10
  16. Wireless Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. Only one type of video output : HDMI. No VGA or Displayport.
  2. 8GB of DDR4 RAM could become limiting if you run many heavy applications.
  3. Single stick of RAM means single-channel memory, not dual-channel. Expect a small (average 5%) performance hit compared to dual channel. Add a second stick (preferably same capacity) for optimal RAM performance.

Lenovo – Yoga Home 900

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Lenovo – Yoga Home 900

This model is ideal if you are looking for a model that has an integrated battery, so that it doesn’t need to be plugged in to work, which means you can carry it around from one room to another or even bring it outside, thanks to its matte screen which doesn’t reflect light.

You also get a 256GB SSD which is much faster than a regular drive and also greatly improves the computer’s responsiveness and booting speed.

It is equipped with a Intel Core i5-5200U which is an older generation CPU and isn’t as powerful as the CPUs found in our other recommended All-in-ones, but it is still perfectly capable of handling everyday tasks such as browsing the internet, writing documents and emails and watching movies. Just don’t expect to be able to run heavy video editing or 3D rendering on this computer without slowdowns.

Finally, you get a dedicated Nvidia Geforce 940 graphic card with 2GB of VRAM which makes this All-in-one capable of handling light gaming.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a decent Intel Core i5-5200U Dual-Core + Hyper-threading 2.2-2.7GHz CPU.
  2. Touchscreen display
  3. 256GB SSD that improves responsiveness and booting speed.
  4. 8GB of RAM so you can handle multiple programs at once.
  5. Dedicated graphic card : Nvidia Geforce 940 with 2GB of VRAM.
  6. 1920 x 1080 Full HD Display resolution
  7. 802.11ac WiFi
  8. Bluetooth 4.0
  9. Ethernet RJ45 port.
  10. HD Webcam
  11. Full HD 1920 x 1080  resolution
  12. Integrated battery which allows you to move it from one room to another.
  13. Stand can be adjusted so the screen can be tiltted at different angles.
  14. SD card reader
  15. 3 x USB ports
  16. HDMI video output.
  17. Windows 10
  18. Wireless Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. Although there is an integrated battery, it has a very short life (3 hours).
  2. 8GB of DDR4 RAM could become limiting if you run many heavy applications.
  3. No optical drive

HP 27-b010 ENVY

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HP 27-b010 ENVY

Want an All-in-One computer with a large 27″ screen and enough power to handle pretty much anything?

With the Intel Core 6700T Quad-Core CPU and 16GB, this PC is capable of handling heavier workloads and multi-tasking without any problems.

Combine its performance with a Quad-HD 2560 x 1440 resolution display with an IPS panel, this model is the perfect tool for photo editing with heavier files and other similar tasks.

There is a 128GB SSD which greatly improves the overall responsiveness and booting speed and a 1TB hard drive so you get a good storage capacity.

You also get a dedicated graphic card: the Nvidia Geforce 950m with 4GB of VRAM. This makes your All-in-one capable of doing heavier video and 3d rendering with a possibility of playing video games at a lower 1366 x 768 resolution with a decent FPS rate.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a powerful Intel Core i7-6700T Quad-Core Hyper-Threading 2.8-3.6GHz CPU
  2. 16GB of DDR4 RAM which makes it capable of handling heavy multi-tasking.
  3. 1TB hard drive storage capacity.
  4. 128GB NVMe m.2 SSD that improves responsiveness and booting speed.
  5. Dedicated graphic card : Nvidia Geforce 950m with 4GB of VRAM.
  6. Thin bezel
  7. IPS panel for vibrant colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  8. 802.11ac WiFi
  9. Bluetooth 4.2
  10. Ethernet RJ45 port.
  11. HD Infrared Camera
  12. Quad-HD 2560 x 1440 resolution
  13. SD card reader
  14. Volume dial to adjust sound.
  15. 4 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C) ports.
  16. 1x HDMI output and 1x HDMI input.
  17. Windows 10
  18. Wireless Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No optical drive

HP 34-b010 ENVY Curved
– Click here to see the price on Amazon

HP 34-b010 ENVY Curved

If you are looking for an All-in-one that offers even higher performance and that has a larger and curved display screen, the HP ENVY 34-b010 Curved is what you want.

It is equipped with a newest 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700T Quad-Core which is slightly more powerful than the CPU in my previous recommendation. It also comes with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for improved responsiveness and booting speed.

You get a large 32″ curved Quad-HD  3440 x 1440 resolution Display for impressive visuals and a dedicated graphic card, the AMD Radeon RX 460 with 4GB of VRAM which can handle gaming at a 1600 x 900 resolution or less with a decent FPS rate although for newer and more demanding games you might need to adjust details to lower settings.

As far as ports and inputs go, this model is the same as my recommendation above, the HP 27-b010 ENVY.

Best All-in-ones for professionals

HP Pro One

Core i5-4590S: – Click here to see the price on Amazon
Core i7-4790S: – Click here to see the price on Amazon

About the HP Pro One

If you are looking for a low cost All-in-one for your office without sacrificing performance, this is a great option.

It is equipped with an older but still quite powerful Intel Core i5-4590S or Core i7-4790S Quad-Core CPU and 16GB of RAM so this model can handle a relatively heavy workload without any problem.

The display offers a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution and an IPS panel for more accurate colors, better contrast and large view angles.

If you are looking into entry-level photo or video editing on a budget, this model is ideal.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an Intel Core i5-4590S Quad-core 3.0-3.7GHz CPU
  2. IPS panel for vibrant colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  3. Full HD 1090 x 1080 resolution
  4. 7200RPM hard drive that’s faster than a 5400RPM drive
  5. Matte screen that doesn’t reflect light.
  6. Windows  7 Professional
  7. 16GB of RAM allows you to run multiple applications without any problem.
  8. Available slots for 2 more storage drives 1 SATA and 1 mSATA slot to add an extra hard drive or SSD.
  9. Displayport video output.
  10. SD card reader
  11. 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 ports.
  12. HD Webcam
  13. Password manager for extra security.
  14. RJ45 Ethernet port
  15. Includes USB keyboard and mouse
  16. 3 year warranty

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. Only one type of video output : Displayport. No VGA or HDMI.
  3. No integrated WiFi
  4. No Bluetooth
  5. No SSD

Lenovo Ideacentre Signature Edition

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About the Lenovo Ideacentre Signature Edition

This is a good option if you are looking for an All-In-One that comes with a large very high resolution 4K (3820 x 2160) 27″ touchscreen with an IPS panel.

It’s a great option for companies that need a powerful All-in-One to handle heavier workloads, such as photo and video editing.

It’s considerably more powerful than the model above: It is equipped with the high-performance Intel Core i7-6700 3.4-4GHz Quad-Core CPU and 16GB of RAM, so it will offer great performance even under an heavy workload and multi-tasking.

It comes with a 192GB SSD that makes your computer more responsive and greatly improves the booting speed. You also get a 2TB hard drive for additional storage.

It’s a Windows 10 Signature Edition PC, so there’s no bloatware and no freeware to uninstall that slows down your PC.

You also get the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950A 2GB dedicated graphic card, which can speed up Adobe applications if you do photo and or video editing.

It is not ideal for gaming though, it is only capable to handle games with decent frame rates at a 1366 x 768 resolution, let alone 1920 x 1080, so it’s not going to look great on a 4K screen with the scaling.

If you want an All-in-One PC to play video games, see the best gaming all-in-one section further down in this article.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-core Hyper-Threading 3.4-4GHz CPU
  2. Dedicated graphic card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 950A 2GB
  3. Touchscreen display with a 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution
  4. IPS panel for vibrant colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  5. Windows 10 Signature Edition: No bloatware and no freeware to uninstall that slows down your PC.
  6. 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM allows you to run multiple applications without any problem.
  7. 192GB SSD that improves responsiveness and booting speed
  8. Large 2TB hard drive for a great amount of storage
  9. Easy maintenance : removable back panel to gain acess to RAM and storage.
  10. HDMI port.
  11. SD card reader
  12. 3 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 ports.
  13. Intel RealSense 3D camera
  14. 802.11ac WiFi
  15. RJ45 Ethernet port
  16. Bluetooth 4.0
  17. Includes wireless keyboard and mouse

Cons:

  1. No optical drive

ASUS 23.8″ Z240IE Multi-Touch

– $asusallinonegaming1799.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the ASUS 23.8″ Z240IE Multi-Touch

If you are looking for an All-In-One Desktop that looks fantastic and that is powerful enough to handle photo/video editing, the ASUS AiO Pro Z240IE, crafted from solid aluminum with a gold finish, is a great pick.

This model is equipped with a powerful Intel Quad-Core i7-7700T CPU combined with 16GB of RAM so it can handle heavy workloads and multi-tasking easily.

Its 23.8″ touchscreen is great for photo and video editing, with a very high 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution, high-quality IPS panel, so you get wide viewing angles, great contrast and more colors, with a wide color gamut of up to 82% NTSC, 85% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB. If you need 100% Adobe RGB, see our recommendation below.

It comes with a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 4GB dedicated graphic card, which is powerful enough to accelerate Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere Pro and handle 4K video editing.

It is not ideal for gaming though, it is only capable to handle newer games with decent frame rates at a 1366 x 768 resolution, let alone 1920 x 1080, so it’s not going to look great on a 4K screen with the scaling.If you don’t mind the scaling and/or play older video games, it can be done though.

When it comes to storage, the ASUS Z24oIE has a 128GB SSD which greatly improves its responsiveness and booting speed. On top of that, you get a 1TB HDD so that you get a good amount of storage space.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a Intel Core i7-7700T Quad-Core 2.9-3.8GHz Hyper-threading CPU
  2. Great video card: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 4GB.
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. Touchscreen display
  5. 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution
  6. 128GB SSD for an improved responsiveness and booting speed.
  7. 1TB Hard drive for a good amount of storage
  8. 1 USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0 and 1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C) ports.
  9. HDMI output and HDMI input
  10. Easily log with Windows Hello, using face recognition
  11. Six-speaker stereo configuration with 16-watt output should sound pretty good for an AiO
  12. 802.11ac WiFi
  13. Bluetooth 4.1
  14. SD card slot
  15. Windows 10
  16. Wireless Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No optical drive

Dell 27″ XPS 27 7760
dellxps27– $2799.99 at B&H (Worlwide Shipping)

About the Dell 27″ XPS 27 7760

Compared to the ASUS, the Dell has an older but higher performance Intel Core i7-6700 CPU combined with twice the RAM, at 32GB, so it can handle heavy workloads with multiple demanding programs, a lot of web browser tabs, etc. without running out of memory.

The 3840 x 2160 27″ display covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color palette which means you get better color reproduction. This is ideal for photo and video editing.

Storage wise, you also get large 2TB Hard drive with an SSD cache, which means you get plenty of storage space for larger files and you also get a faster booting speed than with a regular hard drive.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core 3.4-4GHz Hyper-threading CPU
  2. Decent video card : AMD Radeon R9 with 4GB of VRAM
  3. 32GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. Adjustable stand
  5. Screen covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color palette
  6. IPS panel for accurate colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  7. 3840 x 2160 resolution
  8. Large 2TB Hard drive with a 32GB SSD cache.
  9. 2TB Hard drive for a good amount of storage
  10. 2 USB 3.1 (Type-C)¸ and 5 x USB 3.0 ports
  11. HDMI and Displayport and Thunderbolt 3 video output
  12. 802.11ac WiFi
  13. RJ45 Ethernet port
  14. Bluetooth 4.0
  15. Great sound system with 6 front facing speakers.
  16. SD card slot
  17. Windows 10
  18. Wireless Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No webcam
  3. Glossy screen which is prone to fingerprints

Microsoft 28″ Surface Studio

Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, GTX 965m 2GB, 128GB SSD, 1TB Hard drive

microsoft-surface-studio– $3499.00 at B&H ( Worldwide Shipping )

Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, GTX 980m 4GB, 128GB SSD, 2TB Hard drive

– $4199.00 at B&H ( Worldwide Shipping )

About the Microsoft 28″ Surface Studio

The Microsoft Surface Studio is a great choice for artists thanks to its adjustable stand which makes this computer usable in Desktop mode for regular use or Studio mode for creative professionals.

Its large 28″ display screen has a very high 4500 x 3000 resolution and an adjustable stand, allowing you to tilt the screen until it’s almost flat, which makes it ideal to draw on.

You also get a powerful 6th Gen Intel Core i7 Quad-Core CPU with either 16GB or 32GB of RAM for heavy workloads and multi tasking.

The Nvidia graphic card is capable of running professional-grade software like SOLIDWORKS, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Autodesk.

On top of that, you get the surface pen, mouse and keyboard included on purchase.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core 3.4-4GHz Hyper-threading CPU
  2. Nvidia Geforce GTX 965M 2GB or 980M 4GB depending on the configuration.
  3. 16GB or 32GB of DDR4 RAM depending on the configuration
  4. 2 different stand options : Studio mode to use for creative work such as design and photo editing and Desktop mode to use as any other computer.
  5. Matte screen that doesn’t reflect light.
  6. IPS panel for accurate colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  7. Amazing 4500 x 3000 display resolution
  8. 128GB SSD for an improved responsiveness and booting speed.
  9. 2TB Hard drive for a good amount of storage
  10. 4 USB 3.0 ports
  11. Mini DisplayPort ouput
  12. 1080p Webcam
  13. 802.11ac WiFi
  14. RJ45 Ethernet port
  15. Bluetooth 4.0
  16. SD card slot
  17. Windows 10 pro
  18. Surface Keyboard, Mouse, and Pen included.

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. No HDMI port or regular size Displayport. This can be bothersome and you will probably need a cable or adapter to plug your screen on displays with HDMI and regular Displayport inputs.
  3. Quite expensive
  4. No USB type C or Thunderbolt ports.

Best All-in-one for gaming

Lenovo 27″ IdeaCentre AIO Y910

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070:
– $1899.00 at B&H (Worlwide Shipping)

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080:

-Click here to see the price on Amazon
– $2199.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the Lenovo 27″ IdeaCentre AIO Y910

Are you looking for an All-in-one desktop to play video games? The Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910 has what you need to handle the latest video games maxed out at the native 2560 x 1440 resolution of the 27″ IPS monitor.

With this All-in-One, you get a choice of either a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 8GB or a Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB graphic card.

In both cases, either cards can easily run the latest games at a 2560 x 1440 resolution with a great FPS rate, with the GTX 1080 achieving higher FPS of course.

This model is equipped with a Intel Core i7-6700 CPU combined with 16GB of RAM that makes it able to handle heavy workload and multi-task with ease.

You also get a 256GB PCIe SSD, which are some of the fastest SSDs on the market up to this date. They give you a great responsiveness and booting speed.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with a Intel Core i7-6700 Quad-Core 3.4-4GHz Hyper-threading CPU
  2. Great video cards: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 8GB or Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB .
  3. 16GB of DDR4 RAM
  4. Matte screen that doesn’t reflect light.
  5. IPS panel for accurate colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  6. 2560 x 1440 resolution
  7. 256GB PCIe SSD for an improved responsiveness and booting speed.
  8. Easy maintenance : removable back pannel which make RAM and storage accesible
  9. 2TB Hard drive for a good amount of storage
  10. 4 USB 2.0 and 3 x USB 3.0 ports
  11. HDMI video output
  12. Optical drive
  13. Webcam
  14. 802.11ac WiFi
  15. RJ45 Ethernet port
  16. Bluetooth 4.0
  17. SD card slot
  18. Windows 10
  19. Keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. Screen isn’t touch.

Apple iMacs

The Apple iMac is available in 3 main configurations, each of which can be customized with different CPUs

  1. 21.5″ display with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution.
  2. 21.5″ Retina display with a 4K 4096 x 2304 resolution.
  3. 27″ Retina display with a 5K 5120 x 2880 resolution.

– The 21.5″ model comes with lower performance CPUs and is only available with an integrated graphic card. The 1920 x 1080 model is fine if you want to do web browsing, edit documents and most tasks, outside of photo, video editing and 3D rendering. The Retina model is better suited for photo/video editing, although the 27″ model, with more powerful CPUs and dedicated graphic cards, does offer better performance in demanding professional applications.

– The 27″ model is available with more powerful CPUs and dedicated graphic cards. Ideal for creative professionals, for professional photo or video editing, 3D rendering and any other demanding tasks. This is the model that you want if you want a powerful iMac.

Apple 21.5″ iMac (Late 2015) 1920 x 1080 display

imac2015CPU:
If you only do do web browsing, edit documents, stream music/movies and other lightweight tasks, the entry-level dual-core Intel Core i5 1.6-2.7GHz is a viable option that makes the iMac more affordable.

However, if you want an iMac that’s more future-proof and that can handle heavier workloads, I then recommend that you get a configuration that feature the more powerful Intel Core i5 Quad-Core 2.8-3.3GHz CPU.

RAM:
It’s available with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. 8GB is fine for web browsing, document editing and some multi-tasking, while 16GB is more future-proof and will allow you to run heavier applications, such as photo/video editing and like as well as do some heavy multitasking.

Storage:
The base model with the 5400rpm hard drive is the least expensive model, but you get what you pay for: It’s slow, there’s no way around it. Expect a computer that takes longer to boot, programs that are slower to launch and a computer that’s less responsive overall. If you can live with that, in order to spend less, then it’s a viable option.

Personally, I recommend either a 1 or 2TB Fusion Drive which is an hard drive with a SSD cache, meaning you get a better booting speed and responsiveness than a regular hard drive, but don’t be fooled: It’s no where as responsive as a SSD. It’s basically a good comprise: You get a large amount of storage that’s faster than a regular hard drive without the additional cost and smaller storage capacity of a SSD.

If you want a maximum responsiveness, booting speed and the ability to work smoothly on heavy photos and videos, I would recommend going for a 256GB SSD configuration and using a external drive for additional storage.

Display:
The display isn’t a very high resolution Retina display, but it still offers a very respectable 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution and its quality is what you’d expect from a Mac: IPS panel, calibrated to offer accurate colors and of course, wide viewing angles.

If you want an higher resolution display, see the Retina 4K 21.5″ or the Retina 5K 27″ models below.

Pros:

  1. Quad-Core model: Fairly powerful Intel Core i5-5575R Quad-Core 2.8-3.3GHz CPU
  2. 8GB or 16GB of DDR3 RAM, depending on your configuration.
  3. Smooth performance thanks to Mac OS X which is also a very user friendly operating system.
  4. Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
  5. IPS panel for accurate colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  6. Depending on your configuration, you get either a 1TB, 2TB Fusion drive or a 256GB SSD.
  7. Great design and nice look, in my opinion.
  8. Solid aluminum build
  9. 4 USB 3.0 ports
  10. 2x Tunderbolt 2 with Displayport
  11. SD card reader
  12. RJ45 Ethernet port.
  13. 720p HD webcam
  14. Bluetooth 4.0
  15. 802.11ac WiFI, 3×3 design

Cons:

  1. Dual-Core model: Underpowered laptop-class Intel Core i5-5250U Dual-Core + Hyper-Threading 1.6-2.7GHz CPU
  2. No optical drive
  3. Glossy screen can be prone to fingerprints and reflects light.
  4. RAM is soldered and cannot be upgraded.

Get the Apple iMac 21.5″ (Late 2015)

Intel Core i5 Dual-Core models:

1TB 5400rpm drive, 8GB of RAM: – $999.00 at B&H
1TB Fusion drive, 8GB of RAM: – $1199.00 at B&H
256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM: – $1299.00 at B&H
1TB 5400rpm hard drive, 16GB of RAM:  – $1299.00 at B&H
1TB Fusion drive, 16GB of RAM : – $1399.00 at B&H
256GB SDD, 16GB of RAM : – $1499.00 at B&H

Intel Core i5 Quad-Core models:

1TB 5400rpm drive, 8GB of RAM: $1199.00 at B&H
1TB Fusion drive, 8GB of RAM : – $1399.00 at B&H
256GB SSD , 8GB of RAM : – $1419.00 at B&H
2TB Fusion drive, 8GB of RAM : – $1599.00 at B&H
1TB 5400rpm drive, 16GB of RAM: Same price as the better 1TB Fusion drive model, not recommended.
1TB Fusion drive, 16GB of RAM : – $1499.00 at B&H
256GB SDD, 16GB of RAM : – $1699.00 at B&H
2TB Fusion drive, 16GB of RAM : – $1799.00 at B&H

Apple 21.5″ iMac (Late 2015) Retina 4096 x 2304 display

imac2015CPU:
You have two options here:
1. The Intel Core i5-5675R 3.1-3.6GHz Quad-Core
2. The Intel Core i7-5775R 3.3-3.8GHz Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading

Obviously, the Core i7 offers better performance, especially in applications that are well multi-threaded which will benefit from Hyper-Threading.

Which one should you pick? Well, anything that’s very demanding, such as photo/video editing or 3D rendering will benefit from the higher-performance Core i7.

For less demanding applications, the quad-core Core i5 is no slouch either and will do the job just fine.

RAM:
It’s available with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. 8GB is fine for web browsing, document editing and some multi-tasking, while 16GB is more future-proof and will allow you to run heavier applications, such as photo/video editing and like as well as do some heavy multitasking.

Storage:
The base model with the 5400rpm hard drive is the least expensive model, but you get what you pay for: It’s slow, there’s no way around it. Expect a computer that takes longer to boot, programs that are slower to launch and a computer that’s less responsive overall. If you can live with that, in order to spend less, then it’s a viable option.

Personally, I recommend either a 1 or 2TB Fusion Drive which is an hard drive with a SSD cache, meaning you get a better booting speed and responsiveness than a regular hard drive, but don’t be fooled: It’s no where as responsive as a SSD. It’s basically a good comprise: You get a large amount of storage that’s faster than a regular hard drive without the additional cost and smaller storage capacity of a SSD.

If you want a maximum responsiveness, booting speed and the ability to work smoothly on heavy photos and videos, I would recommend going for a 256 or 512GBGB SSD configuration and using a external drive for additional storage.

Display:
This is the very high resolution Retina display, with a 4096 x 2304 4K resolution and its quality is what you’d expect from a Mac: IPS panel, calibrated to offer accurate colors and of course, wide viewing angles.
If you want an even higher resolution display, see the 27″ model below, with its 5K 5120 x 2880 display.

Pros:

  1. Two Quad-Core CPUs: Intel Core i5-5675R Quad-Core 2.9-3.6GHz or Intel Core i7-5775R 3.3-3.8GHz Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading
  2. 8GB or 16GB of DDR3 RAM, depending on your configuration.
  3. Smooth performance thanks to Mac OS X which is also a very user friendly operating system.
  4. Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
  5. IPS panel for accurate colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  6. Depending on your configuration, you get either a 1TB, 2TB Fusion drive or a 256GB SSD.
  7. Great design and nice look, in my opinion.
  8. Solid aluminum build
  9. 4 USB 3.0 ports
  10. 2x Tunderbolt 2 with Displayport
  11. SD card reader
  12. RJ45 Ethernet port.
  13. 720p HD webcam
  14. Bluetooth 4.0
  15. 802.11ac WiFI, 3×3 design

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. Glossy screen can be prone to fingerprints and reflects light.
  3. RAM is soldered and cannot be upgraded.

Get the Apple iMac 21.5″ 4K Retina (Late 2015)

Intel Core i5-5675R 3.1-3.6GHz Quad-Core models:

Intel Core i7-5775R 3.3-3.8GHz Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading models:

Apple 27″ Retina iMac (Late 2015): Starting at $1699.00 at B&H

This is the laimac2015test Apple iMac 27″ model. Its display is a class-leading 5K (5120 x 2880) “Retina” display with an IPS panel for accurate colors, good contrast and large view angles.

The 27″ iMac can be customized with different CPUs, RAM, graphic card and storage options available.

Choose between three CPUs:
In order of performance, lowest to highest:
1. Intel Core i5-6500 Quad-Core 3.2-3.6GHz
2. Intel Core i5-6600 Quad-Core 3.3-3.9GHz
3. Intel Core i7-6700K Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading 4.0-4.2GHz

These are all high-performance CPUs. For web browsing, document editing and other lightweight tasks, you won’t see any difference.

Now, if you do photo/video editing, especially with high-resolution photos or 4K videos, your workflow will benefit from choosing the fastest Core i7-6700K.

RAM: 8GB, 16GB or 32GB
It’s available with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of RAM. 8GB is fine for web browsing, document editing and some multi-tasking, while 16GB will allow you to run heavier applications, such as photo/video editing and like as well as do some multitasking. If you intend on running multiple heavy applications at the same time, with very heavy files, do loads of multitasking and just want to make sure to always have enough RAM, opt for 32GB.

Equipped with a push-button mechanism to allow easy access to the RAM panel, you can upgrade the RAM of 27″ iMac yourself. It is equipped with 4 RAM slots, so you can have up to 64GB (4x16GB).

Choose between four dedicated graphic cards:
In order of performance, lowest to highest:
1. AMD Radeon R9 M380 2GB GDDR5
2. AMD Radeon R9 M390 2GB GDDR5
3. AMD Radeon R9 M395 2GB GDDR5
4. AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4GB GDDR5

Do you plan on playing video games? Then the more powerful the graphic card is, the better. Now, don’t expect to be able to play at a 5K resolution, you’ll have to scale down to 1920 x 1080 to achieve good frame rates.

Now, graphic card performance isn’t only about playing video games. Most Adobe applications will use the graphic card to accelerate some parts of the workflow. 3D rendering, Photoshop, Lightroom and Premeire Pro will all benefit from higher performance graphic cards.

Now, if you work with 4K video, I highly recommend the AMD Radeon R9 M395X, with its 4GB of memory, for optimal performance.

Choose between seven storage options
– The base option is a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive.
– The next step up is the Fusion drive, available as a 1, 2 or 3TB drive. The fusion drive is basically an hard drive combine with a 24GB SSD, which will cache the most often used applications, reducing boot and program launch time, as well as improve overall responsiveness.
– Still, it’s no where as good the next step up, the SSD flash drive, available with 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage capacity.

For heavy photo/video editing or any workload with heavy files, you’ll greatly benefit from getting a SSD drive.

Pros:

  1. Powerful CPUs: Intel Core i5-6500, Intel Core i5-6600 or Intel Core i7-6700K
  2. Available with 8, 16 or 32GB of high-frequency, high-performance 1867MHz DDR3 RAM
  3. RAM can be upgraded to 64GB (4x16GB 1867MHZ DDR3 SODIMM)
  4. Push-button mechanism allows easy access to the RAM panel
  5. Smooth performance thanks to Mac OS X which is also a very user friendly operating system.
  6. Outstanding 5120 x 2880 5K resolution display.
  7. IPS panel for accurate colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  8. 1TB Hard drive, 1-3TB Fusion Drive or 256GB-1TB SSD storage
  9. Great design and nice look, in my opinion.
  10. Solid aluminum build
  11. SD card reader
  12. 4 USB 3.0 ports
  13. 2x Tunderbolt 2 with Displayport
  14. SD card slot
  15. RJ45 Ethernet port.
  16. 720p HD webcam
  17. Bluetooth 4.0
  18. 802.11ac WiFI
  19. Magic mouse and keyboard included.

Cons:

  1. No optical drive
  2. Glossy screen can be prone to fingerprints and reflect light.
  3. Difficult maintenance : The storage on this device wasn’t intended to be upgraded. Hard to access and I wouldn’t recommend trying to do so unless you have experience.

Apple 27″ iMac: Starting at $1699.00 at B&H

With three CPUs options, three RAM options, four graphic cards options and 7 storage options, it would just take too much time to link to all possible configurations. Configure your iMac as you wish on B&H.

Upgrades

Want to upgrade the memory (RAM)?

Visit The Best Computer Memory (RAM) For Your Money article

Want to upgrade your hard drive to a larger capacity or to a SSD?

Visit the Best Internal 2.5″ and 3.5″ Hard Drives article and or The Best SSDs (Solid State Drives) For Your Money article.

Want a WiFi adapter or router?

Visit The Best WiFi Routers and Adapters article.

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on the best All in one Desktop Computers.

Do you have any feedback or any questions? Are you unsure which one is the best one for you?

Please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.