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Advice about All-in-One computers

I am offering this advice about All-in-One computers because a reader sent a question asking “how can [the manufacturer] fit an entire computer into a monitor?”

I have also received similar questions about All-in-Ones so I decided to write all about All-in-One computers and give my own opinion.

OK, let’s get to it. Here’s some insider advice about All-in-One computers:

It’s important to understand how All-in-One computers are a built. Today’s All-in-One PCs have laptop components mounted in the back of a computer monitor. That’s beneficial because laptop computers are engineered to run more efficiently and create less heat. Heat is a critical issue in a condensed package.


However, All-in-One computers are not intended for demanding applications or gaming. Laptop components are engineered for efficiency and low heat, not for power. Powerful desktop computers don’t have the same limitations with heat and efficiency.

Ultimately, an All-in-One computer is a compromise between a portable laptop and a powerful desktop PC. It is neither portable nor powerful. Like many compromises, you might end up with the worst of both worlds.

“Ultimately, an All-in-One computer is a bad compromise between a portable laptop and a powerful desktop PC. It is neither portable nor powerful.”

Having the right tool for the job makes life easier. Which computer do you need?

If you use a computer at home for remote work, or if you need a computer in your workplace, then reliability is critical. This calls for a business-grade computer. All-in-One computer are not designed for workplace duty. I strongly advise against purchasing an All-in-One computer. I have seen countless problems with All-in-One computer in a workplace.

If you use your home computer for web browsing, spreadsheets and emails, then an All-in-One computer might be the right fit for you.

If you are an Engineer, Accountant, Architect or power user, you need the ultimate power and reliability of a true workstation. A workstation is essentially a server with a purpose-built graphics card. There’s much more to it but that’s a whole other subject.

More flexible choices

The choice is different for everyone, but if you want my advice about purchasing an All-in-One computer, my recommendation is to consider a smaller-sized regular desktop PC instead.

Select some matching monitors of the size you want and that fit your usage. Some monitors have a  very fast refresh-rate for gaming,  some are shiny and  sharp for watching videos while others are basic with a lower price. Some have a non-reflective screen. You can’t choose your monitor with an All-in-One computer.

One last bit of advice; if you do buy an All-in-One computer, make sure it has a solid state drive and not a hard disk drive. The difference is performance is substantial.