All-in-One (AIO) PCs
Having a desktop PC doesn’t have to mean having a separate box, monitor, and the endless cables that run between the two. Whether you’re tight on space or just looking for something simpler and more elegant, the All-in-One PC could be the right choice for you. And fortunately, there are some great All-in-One Windows PCs, like the HP Envy 34, which tops our list of best All-in-One PCs.
Best overall: HP Envy 34
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That includes a full-fat Intel Core i7 or Core i9 CPU, not the slimmed-down versions you often find inside an All-in-One or a laptop, and it’s paired with either NVIDIA GTX or RTX dedicated graphics. You might not be buying one of these as a gaming rig, but you bet it can tear up the latest titles when you’re done doing serious work.
The Envy 34 also boasts a massive 34-inch ultrawide display, with both 5K resolution and HDR and a neat anti-reflective finish, which makes it so much nicer to sit in front of for long periods. The speakers are tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and there’s even a wireless charging pad built into the base and an included webcam. It really is a PC for everyone.
- 34-inch 5K ultrawide display
- GTX or RTX graphics
- Core i7 and Core i9 CPUs
- Included webcam
- Built-in wireless charger
- Easily add more RAM
- Display limited to 60Hz
Surface Studio alternative: Lenovo Yoga A940
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It has an articulating hinge reminiscent of the Surface, which means for the creative folks out there, grab the pen and get to some comfortable drawing on a massive sketch pad. It’s not just creators and designers who will enjoy it, though.
The big, beautiful 4K display is attached to some pretty exciting hardware, including a full desktop-class Intel Core i7, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and an AMD RX 560 GPU. It’s also got Thunderbolt 3, an essential desired in modern high-end computers. Perhaps most amazing, though, is that you can upgrade some components on this machine, meaning you can keep it up to scratch for much longer.
- Plenty of ports, including Thunderbolt 3
- 4K touch display with excellent color
- Robust hardware options
- Loud, full, front-firing audio
- More powerful GPU options would be welcome
- Fan is quite loud
Best for creators: Microsoft Surface Studio 2
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The Surface Studio 2 is an amazing PC, but it comes alive when you’re a creator. That massive display is all-touch with pen support, so it’s an incredible digital canvas. Throw on the Surface Dial, and you’ve got a killer toolset at your fingertips. It isn’t cheap, but at the upper levels, you can get fairly capable dedicated graphics from NVIDIA that will even be OK for some modest gaming.
The real draw to the Studio 2 is the articulating display, though. It’s still largely unmatched, and the biggest drawback to it right now is that the Surface Studio 2 remains very expensive and, at this point, is probably due for a refresh. But the experience it delivers is still absolutely superb.
- Unique drawing and touch experience
- Gorgeous display
- Decent graphics horsepower
- Fast SSD storage
- Hardware starting to get outdated
- Very expensive
- No Thunderbolt 3
Best budget: Dell Inspiron 24 5000
It’s not lacking on hardware, either. Inside, you’ll find a range of Intel 10th Gen processors, up to 16GB of RAM, options for speedy NVMe SSD storage, and even a front-facing soundbar to make your music and movies sound great. There’s also a pop-up webcam for those important calls to relatives. Or work colleagues.
There are options to suit all budgets, including a very affordable entry-level model, but you’ll have to make do with sluggish HDD storage at this level as a compromise. All spec levels come with a 1080p display, though, making for a well-equipped, stylish family computer.
- Gorgeous design with almost no bezels
- Space-efficient stand
- 10th Gen Intel processors
- Options to suit all budgets
- Pop-up webcam
- Entry model fairly slow
- No dedicated graphics
- No Thunderbolt 3
The bottom line
Choosing an All-in-One PC can be difficult, not least because they’re not the most popular type of machine, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of hot hardware from which to choose. HP’s Envy 34 is the cream of the crop, and for many good reasons. It really is one of the best desktop PCs in any category.
It ticks just about every box you could think of. You get a big, beautiful display, high-end hardware inside that includes actual gaming-class graphics from NVIDIA, stunning design, and some thoughtful features.
Not only does it include a webcam, but even a wireless charger for your phone in the base. It’s also one of the few ultrawide All-in-One PCs, which admittedly does add to the price, but it’s so worth it.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you’ll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Daniel Rubino is the executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. F5ollow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.
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