Why Your Uncle's Next PC Might Be an All-in-One System



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I would love to replace my low-end SFF desktop and 27 inch 1440p monitor with an AIO with similar specs, but to get that I am paying more than I want for hardware that is faster than I need. An AIO with the sort of display I mentioned that has cheap hardware (low end i3 or low end AMD APU) would be ideal, but I have not found one like that yet.

If money were no object, there are some very nice options out there.



As many here agree; I want the monitor of my choice at home for my desktop. there are only a few AI1's that come with large monitors. I'm 76; need easy to read graphics. I can put up; with my Ultrabook when traveling; but, want the biggest and best monitor when I'm at home which is most of the time. Touch is fine for portable PC's; not here at home with all kinds of room and plenty of time--I like to sit back and mouse-it. Another issue is maintenance and lack of SSD's on AI1's; My next desktop will definetly have an SSD---love that lightning fast Ultrabook--getting spoiled.



When they can build a PC into a small VESA mount that allows me to affix the monitor of my choice, I'll probably buy one. When they add provisions for external graphics boards, I'll probably stop buying conventional desktops without any remorse whatsoever.



IMO all in one units make sense for the kind of person who would typically purchase a band name PC (your mom or grandmother) because they serve all the basic needs and have much less wires. On the other hand I as a gamer still would never seriously consider one.


John Pombrio

This is right back in the bad old days of companies building proprietary PCs with non standard connectors and goofy riser board slots. Just consider an AIO as a laptop and you will not be disappointed.

BTW, I AM an uncle (and even a great uncle or a granduncle) and I certainly will not buy a All In One!



" I asked several companies if my MB breaks can I order a new one - the answer was NO"

This is also one of the main reasons I hate AIO machines myself. We have had several come into the shop and each one that had a serious issue I couldn't simply replace the part be aok. I had to tell they would have to replace the whole system as I can't find one part that is integral for the system to function.

Each company has their own way of making these AIO machines so it's always a crap-shoot to figure out what goes where and what does what (not saying this is loss as it's learning experience).



remember when all in ones were a novelty and not mainstream like they are now? I remember a few ~2007 Sony VAIO all in ones that caused me quite a bit of disassembly heartache!



I looked long and hard at AIO PC's during the last month. In the end I am sticking with my home built tower PC. Very few had the power and specs that I wanted. The other problem I encountered is that the new fad in AIO's is that most all tilt up at about 5 degrees. You can't adjust them to be vertical. That's good for using the touch function but it is hard to use in the non-touch environment. Lastly, I don't have control over component replacement if something breaks or needs to be upgraded. I asked several companies if my MB breaks can I order a new one - the answer was NO. This is consistent with the move to throw away devices and computers. This is good for THEIR business models but not good for us. In the end I will keep my upgradable tower and Win7, maybe till 2020.