Whether it is for space saving reasons, or to eliminate all of the extra wires, computer users have found the appeal of an all-in-one system. It’s hard to say when the first all-inclusive device arrived on the scene, especially if you consider early dumb terminals and Apple computers; yet, all-in-one computers have been around for quite some time, and they continue to increase in popularity. Naturally, over the years, as traditional computers evolved, so did the all-in-one. Early incarnations certainly had the reputation of being a cheaper low budget model of a comparable desktop. Today, however, even with low-cost budget models available, the right all-in-one can in fact be a very trustworthy and powerful system. Here are some top rated systems that are definitely worth considering.
As of late, there is quite a bit of buzz about the latest iMac incarnation. Similar to its predeccesor, the iMac Summer 2010 edition takes the same externals as found on the already popular 2009 iMac and gives the internals a complete overhaul. New to the Summer 2010 machines are Intel i3 – i7 series CPUs (over Intel Core 2 Duo), faster RAM, a new memory card slot, and more. However, this doesn’t mean the older iMacs are obsolete or not worth the while. PCMag.com, for example has published a recent roundup of all-in-one’s, with both the new and the old iMacs making the list in several configuration flavors. These systems come in two sizes based on screen size: 21.5″ and 27″.
If a compact and powerful computer for under $1,000 is the goal, then the new HP Pavilion All in One 200-5020 should be on order. Taking some style for the iMac, the 20-5020 is easily classified as an all-purpose, basic home computer geared towards everyday computing. This means common and popular tasks such as Internet use, audio and media entertainment, and productivity applications are a breeze. Even casual gaming won’t be much of a chore for this all-in-one; however, 3D performance has been reported as very sluggish, so high end gaming is likely out of the question.
It is important to note; HP does have other offerings in the all-in-one arena for those seeking a powerhouse device. The HP Touchsmart Quad Series of are near 5 star consumer rated systems. Featuring the latest Intel i7 quad core CPUs, these systems are built for the ultimate high-powered computing experience. The integrated touchscreen HD widescreen monitor also provides users with the increasingly popular user interface of the future.
Also making some waves in the all-in-one market are the Lenovo ThinkCentre series of computers. With an array of models available, Lenovo offers mainstream computing with choices of some of the most recent to the latest in CPUs. Admittedly not as stylish as some of the other compact systems around, the Lenovo offers great performance for a great price. For great style in an efficient package – check out Lenovo’s Essential line of everyday desktops that come equipped with power saving CPUs at “budget friendly prices.”
HP Touchsmart All-in-One
Apple iMac Summer 2010
PCMag.com: All-in-One Desktop PCs Keep it Simple