An All-in-one PC is basically a trimmed-down desktop computer. Unlike a desktop where the processor and hard drive are in a separate unit from the monitor, the all-in-one combines the monitor and processor/hard drive into one unit. Some all-in-ones have touchscreen monitors for easy navigation.

  • Sleek: Because the hard drive and processor are housed in the same unit as the monitor, all-in-ones are generally smaller than desktops. They can fit into a smaller space and reduce clutter since there is no separate hard drive unit or cables to connect. An all-in-one looks like a monitor and keyboard. Like desktops, they have larger screen sizes - generally around 20 inches or bigger – and they must be plugged into a power source to work. They are not easily portable.
  • Powerful: All-in-ones are generally faster than laptops and other portable computers, though not as fast as top-of-the-line desktops. Hard drives start at around 500GB, storing more than most laptops and portables, though not as much as higher-end desktops.
  • Multiple Ports: Like desktops, all-in-ones tend to have enough ports to make it easy to plug in a number of devices. All-in-ones come with USB ports, an SD card reader slot and HDMI port. Almost all have a built-in CD/DVD drive for listening to music, watching movies and backing up files.
  • Internet Connectivity: An Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection is standard. Many also connect wirelessly.

All-in-one PCs are made for a home office but are more compact than desktops. They are easy to set up and can be used for almost any computer task - from playing games to browsing the Internet to doing work.