All-in-one computer



An all-in-one computer is a type of computer which contains the casing of the computer with other hardware components such as the monitor and speakers. An example of an all-in-one computer is Apple’s iMac desktop which features a compact design with the monitor alongside a keyboard and mouse without the use of a traditional desktop tower.


Some of the advantages of all-one computers include the following:

  • They often take up less space than a desktop tower
  • They can sometimes be cheaper than a desktop with a tower
  • Can be quieter and use less power


Whilst they offer some advantages they also have some potential drawbacks including:

  • Reduced performance in comparison to a desktop with a tower
  • Limited opportunities to upgrade components. This is particularly relevant for gamers who will want to be able to upgrade the CPU, GPU and RAM as newer games come out.
  • Harder to access components for repairs

Factors to consider

When selecting an all-in-one computer some factors which you may wish to consider may be:

  • How important is your ability to upgrade parts?
  • How much money do you wish to spend for a desktop or all-in-one
  • What kind of computer performance do you require


All up all-in-one computers do have their advantages most notably their smaller size and form-factor however if your a power user or gamer then it is always better to go for a tower for added performance as well as the ability to upgrade later on which will greatly extend the lifespan of your system.

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