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. 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 $450.

Dell 23.8″ Inspiron 24 3000:

– $449.00  at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)

About the Dell 23.8″ Inspiron 24 3000

This is the most inexpensive model you can get that offers a decent performance at a reasonable price.

It is equipped with a Intel Pentium N3700 Quad-Core CPU, which is by no means a powerhouse but it is ideal for everyday tasks such as Microsoft Office, e-mails and web browsing.

You also get 8GB of RAM, which is ideal for some multi-tasking.

One of the best perks of this model is that despite it being a budget All-in-one, you get a beautiful Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution screen with an IPS display panel which offers a vibrant color reproduction, great contrasts and large view angles.

Pros:

  1. Great cost for what this model comes with.
  2. Touchscreen 23″ display with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
  3. IPS display panel : vibrant colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  4. Matte screen that doesn’t reflect light.
  5. 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  6. 1TB hard drive for a good amount of storage
  7. Wireless adapter: 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4/5GHz
  8. Bluetooth 4.0
  9. DVD drive
  10. Ethernet RJ45 port.
  11. Webcam
  12. SD card reader
  13. 2 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. CPU could be more powerful
  2. 8GB of RAM isn’t enough if you intend on running multiple heavy applications
  3. Hard drive is a 5400RPM drive, which aren’t that fast compared to 7200RPM drives.
  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.
  6. Only 1 display output: HMDI. No Displayport or VGA.

Lenovo Ideacentre 510:
Intel Core i3 Dual-Core + 1TB Hard drive

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– $697.99 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
– $694.99 at Newegg

Core i5 Quad-Core + 2TB Hard Drive

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– $779.00 at B&H (Worldwide Shipping)
– $779.99 at Newegg

About the Lenovo 23″ Ideacentre 510

This is the newest version of the Lenovo Ideacenter 510.

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

It is now equipped with the newest Intel 7th gen Kaby Lake CPUs. This means that compared to previous models, you get a slight performance boost.

The model that is equipped with the Intel Core i5 also now has double the amount of storage space: 2TB.

Last but not least, this model is now equipped with an IPS display panel, this means that compared to the previous model, you get more vibrant colors, better contrasts and larger view angles.

It’s a great entry-level all-in-one PC, my base recommendation offers a fairly good performance with the Intel Core i3-7100T 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 better performance and additional storage space, I suggest going for the model that has the Intel Core i5 instead.

Pros:

  1. Great cost for what this model comes with.
  2. Decent CPU: Intel Core i3-7100T Dual-Core + Hyper-Threading 3.4GHz
  3. Available with the more powerful Intel Core i5-7400T 2.4-3GHz Quad-Core CPU
  4. Touchscreen 23″ display with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
  5. IPS display panel : vibrant colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  6. 8GB of DDR4 RAM
  7. 1TB or 2TB hard drive, depending on your configuration
  8. Hard drive is a 7200rpm model, so it’s faster than slower 5400rpm hard drive variants.
  9. Wireless adapter: 802.11ac Dual Band 2.4/5GHz
  10. Bluetooth 4.0
  11. DVD drive
  12. Ethernet RJ45 port.
  13. Bezel-less display screen
  14. Webcam
  15. SD card reader
  16. 3 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0 ports.
  17. VGA and HDMI video outputs
  18. Windows 10
  19. Wireless keyboard and mouse are included

Cons:

  1. 8GB of RAM isn’t enough if you intend on running multiple heavy applications
  2. 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.
  3. Stand allows only for tilt adjustments.

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

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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.

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
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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 Compaq ELITEONE 800G1

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About the HP Compaq ELITEONE 800G1

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 i5-4570S and 16GB of RAM so this model can handle a relatively heavy workload without any problem.

The matte display offers a beautiful 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.

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

This model is refurbished, meaning it has been restored to work and look like a new product. This also means you only get a 90 days warranty.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an Intel Core i5-4570S Quad-core 2.9-3.6GHz CPU
  2. Full HD 1090 x 1080 resolution
  3. 7200RPM hard drive that’s faster than a 5400RPM drive
  4. Matte screen that doesn’t reflect light.
  5. Windows  10 Professional
  6. 16GB of RAM allows you to run multiple applications without any problem.
  7. Displayport video output.
  8. SD card reader
  9. A total of 6 USB 3.0 ports : 2 on the front panel and 4 on the back pannel
  10. RJ45 Ethernet port
  11. WiFi
  12. Includes USB keyboard and mouse
  13. Optical drive

Cons:

  1. Only one type of video output : Displayport. No VGA or HDMI.
  2. No Bluetooth
  3. No Webcam
  4. No SSD

HP Pavilion AIO 24

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About the HP Pavilion

This is a nice step up from the HP ELITEONE recommended above as you get a more recent CPU, the Intel Core i7-6700T Quad-Core CPU which offers a better performance for any type of workload.

You also get a better display that is touchscreen and equipped with an IPS panel. This means you get more vibrant colors, better contrasts and larger view angles.

This is ideal when looking into edition work such as photo and video editing.

Pros:

  1. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-6700T Quad-core, Hyper-Threading 2.8-3.6GHz CPU
  2. Touchscreen display
  3. Full HD 1090 x 1080 resolution
  4. IPS display screen for vibrant colors, great contrasts and large view angles
  5. 7200RPM hard drive that’s faster than a 5400RPM drive
  6. Matte screen that doesn’t reflect light.
  7. Windows  10
  8. 8GB of DDR4 RAM which can be upgraded to 16GB by adding a 8GB stick.
  9. HDMI video output.
  10. SD card reader
  11. A total of 4 USB ports : 2 USB 3.0 (Type A), 1 USB 3.0 (Type-C) and 1 USB 2.0
  12. RJ45 Ethernet port
  13. 802.11ac WiFi
  14. 720p HD webcam
  15. Includes USB keyboard and mouse
  16. Optical drive

Cons:

  1. No SSD
  2. Only one type of display output : HDMI. No Displayport or VGA.

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

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.

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. 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 with a choice of 2 dedicated graphic cards, although the 27″ model, with more powerful CPUs and even more powerful 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.

Mid 2017 models : What’s new?

  • All models have gone from 5th generation Intel Broadwell CPUs to the newest 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake CPUs which offer a significant performance increase.
  • All models now have higher performance and more energy efficient DDR4 RAM
  • 21.5″ Retina display models and 27″ models now have an upgraded maximum memory capacity : 32GB for the 21.5″ Retina model and 64GB for 27″ models
  • Models that have SSDs now have SSDs that are 50 percent faster than previous generation Imacs, according to Apple.
  • 1TB SSDs and 2TB SSDs are now available.
  • Retina 21.5″ models now have a choice of 2 discrete graphics dedicated GPU: The AMD Radeon Pro 555 and the AMD Radeon Pro 560.

Apple 21.5″ iMac (Mid 2017) 1920 x 1080 display

imac2015CPU:
The CPU is the main update that this model gets from the new 2017 improvements. Instead of having a entry-level dual-core Intel Core i5 1.6-2.7GHz, you get a newest generation entry-level dual-core Intel Core i5 2.3-3.6GHz. This means you get higher frequencies and a better performance for executing any task.

If you only do do web browsing, edit documents, stream music/movies and other lightweight tasks, this model 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 the 4K Retina configuration that feature a selection of more powerful Intel Core i5 Quad-Core CPUs.

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 a 1TB 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. 8GB or 16GB of DDR4d RAM, depending on your configuration.
  2. Smooth performance thanks to Mac OS X which is also a very user friendly operating system.
  3. Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution
  4. IPS panel for accurate colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  5. Depending on your configuration, you get either a 1TB Fusion drive or a 256GB SSD.
  6. Great design and nice look, in my opinion.
  7. Solid aluminum build
  8. 4 USB 3.0 ports
  9. 2x Tunderbolt 2 with Displayport
  10. SD card reader
  11. RJ45 Ethernet port.
  12. 720p HD webcam
  13. Bluetooth 4.0
  14. 802.11ac WiFI, 3×3 design

Cons:

  1. Dual-Core model: Intel Core i5-7360U Dual-Core + Hyper-Threading 2.3-3.2GHz 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″ (Mid 2017)

Intel Core i5 Dual-Core models:

1TB 5400rpm drive, 8GB of RAM: – $1099.00 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

Apple 21.5″ iMac (Mid 2017) Retina 4096 x 2304 display

imac2015CPU:
You have three options here:
1. The Intel Core i5-7400 3.0-3.5GHz Quad-Core
2. The Intel Core i5-7500 3.4-3.8GHz Quad-Core
3. The Intel Core i7-7700 3.6-4.2GHz 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 or 32GB of RAM. 8GB is fine for web browsing, document editing and some multi-tasking, while 16GB or 32GB 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.

GPU:
Compared to the previous Late 2015 models, you now get a choice of 2 dedicated discrete GPU, the AMD Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of video memory, and the AMD Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB of video memory, depending on your configuration.

In other words, you get a much more powerful machine for professionals in the 21″ Imac then before.

If you are looking into more demanding and heavy tasks such as 3d rendering. I would go for the AMD Radeon Pro 560 due to the 4GB of VRAM, this will make your Imac much more responsive and faster while executing these heavy tasks.

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 a 1TB 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. Three Quad-Core CPUs: Intel Core i5-7400 Quad-Core 3-3.5GHz, Intel Core i5-7500 Quad-Core 3.4-3.8GHz or Intel Core i7-7700 3.6-4.2GHz Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading
  2. 8GB, 16GB or 32GB 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. 4K 4096 x 2304 resolution
  5. Depending on your configuration, you get either a Dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 555 GPU with 2GB of VRAM or a AMD Radeon 560 GPU with 4GB of VRAM
  6. IPS panel for accurate colors, great contrasts and large view angles.
  7. Depending on your configuration, you get either a 1TB hard drive, 1TB Fusion drive, 256GB or 512GB SSD.
  8. Great design and nice look, in my opinion.
  9. Solid aluminum build
  10. 4 USB 3.0 ports
  11. 2x Tunderbolt 2 with Displayport
  12. SD card reader
  13. RJ45 Ethernet port.
  14. 720p HD webcam
  15. Bluetooth 4.0
  16. 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 (Mid 2017)

Intel Core i5-7400 3.0-3.5GHz Quad-Core, AMD Radeon Pro 555 models:

Intel Core i5-7500 3.4-3.8GHz Quad-Core, AMD Radeon Pro 560 models:

Intel Core i7-7700 Quad-Core, Hyper-Threading 3.6-4.2GHz models: Starting at $1599.00 at B&H

With this CPU, you get a choice in between the two dedicated GPUs and multiple storage and RAM options. It would just take too much time to link to all possible configurations. Configure your iMac as you wish on B&H.

Apple 27″ Retina iMac (Mid 2017): Starting at $1779.00 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 four CPUs:
In order of performance, lowest to highest:
1. Intel Core i5-7500 Quad-Core 3.4-3.8GHz
2. Intel Core i5-7600 Quad-Core 3.5-4.1GHz
3.Intel Core i5-7600K Quad-Core 3.8-4.2GHz
4. Intel Core i7-7700K Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading 4.2-4.5GHz

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 i7-7700K.

RAM: 8GB, 16GB or 32GB
It’s available with 8GB, 16GB 32GB or 64GB 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 or 64GB.

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 three dedicated graphic cards:
In order of performance, lowest to highest:
1. AMD Radeon Pro 570 4GB GDDR5
2. AMD Radeon Pro 575 4GB GDDR5
3. AMD Radeon Pro 580 8GB GDDR5

Do you plan on playing video games? With the AMD Radeon Pro 570 or 575, you can play most games at a 1920 x 1080 resolution with high details a decent framerate.

With the AMD Radon Pro 580, you can play most games at a 2560×1440 resolution with high details and a decent framerate.

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 pro 580 with its 8GB 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, 1TB or 2TB 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 i5-7500, Intel Core i5-7600, Intel Core i5-7600K or Intel Core i7-7700K
  2. Available with 8, 16, 32 or 64GB of high-frequency, high-performance 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
  3. RAM can be upgraded to 64GB (4x16GB 2400MHZ DDR4 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-2TB 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 $1779.00 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.