Besides a traditional PC or PC with a desktop computer, laptop or even an Ultraportable and a workstation, there are other possibilities such as the 2-in-1 and convertible PC, too, not to forget All in one computer which is otherwise referred to as All-in-One.
By definition, an All-In-One is a device sandwiched between a desktop computer and a laptop with a single case for assembling the monitor and CPU components, as well as the audio system. The uses can vary, ranging from office automation to the creative side, especially with a touch screen which can facilitate use in such a context.
With the advantage of saving space and space compared to more bulky traditional PCs, All-in-One PCs are a screen-to-computer fusion. To equip yourself with an all-in-one computer, the proposals have evolved significantly over the years and many manufacturers have been present in this place (Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, MSI, etc.).
From Apple’s iconic iMac to Microsoft’s Surface Studio
Among all-in-one computers, there is undoubtedly a programiMac from Apple. For the Apple brand, the iMac followed the move to Apple Silicon with the M1 chip that allows the latest 24-inch iMac to ditch the curved back in favor of a more compact and particularly thin design. The next iteration of the iMac could go directly to the M3 chip.
Microsoft also entered the all-in-one business with the launch of Microsoft Surface Studio. The Surface Studio 2 – already announced in 2018 – is being promoted as a commercial workstation and as a creative studio with accessories like the Surface Pen and Surface Dial. To see if Microsoft will try to turn the test around this year with the Surface Studio 3.
Among all the other brands that offer all-in-one computers, the Chinese manufacturer Lenovo recently decided to renew the Yoga AIO 7. With a flexible hinge to tilt 5 degrees in the front and even 15 degrees in the back, it has the originality of being equipped with a swivel screen that can be rotated 90 degrees. It is sufficient to allow orientation in landscape or portrait mode.
Points for viewing all in one
The monitor will be a very important element to consider when choosing an All-In-One PC. With different types of panels and definition up to 4K, the screen size can exceed 27 inches for better user convenience. This necessarily plays on the mess with the computer. However, a size of at least 23 inches diagonally appears to be the primary option for this type of device.
Depending on the type of intended use, another point to look at is whether your All-In-One has a dedicated graphics card. This is not often the case, although it would have an impact if the video game aspect was not left out. However, the issue of making an all-in-one computer will not be a solution for gamers in general.
For the rest of the components, the choices are ultimately the same as for other types of PCs depending on the power required (with the amount of RAM and SSD storage), knowing that all-in-one PCs tend to use more powerful processors than laptops. It will be necessary to monitor the connection and remember that scalability is rarely required.
This aspect of not scalability could argue against an all-in-one solution compared to a desktop PC, just as portability – or portability – would logically go in the direction of choosing a laptop. However, there is no mystery, the higher the user’s demand regarding the desired configuration and the more inflated the bill. For Apple’s 24-inch iMac with the M1 chip, the price range starts at 1,450 euros and can go over 2,800 euros without counting peripherals and accessories.
In its forecast to 2025 for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region, research firm IDC forecast a decline in all-in-one PC delivery. However, it should be less conspicuous than the decline of traditional PCs, while the shipments of ultra-fast and transformative mobile devices should be on the rise.