All-in-one PCs

All-in-ones are the ideal multimedia hub for the whole family. They are just as suited to entertainment as they are to school and college work. They combine the screen and base unit to save space, so can be used in even the cosiest home.

All-in-ones are available with either Windows or OS X operating systems. Apple iMacs are the only all-in-ones that feature OS X – they also come with powerful processors, beautiful LED screens and are built from premium materials.

There are powerful Windows-based all-in-ones too, so you can work and create on the same PC the rest of the family use for school work, games and web browsing. Look out for touchscreen all-in-ones for a fun and intuitive way to navigate your PC.

Things to consider when buying an all-in-one PC

Screen Type

All-in-ones are available with different screen sizes and types, ranging from a compact 21.5" to a huge 29". Smaller screens are great if space is at a premium, while the larger ones are ideal for streaming TV and playing games.

If you're into films, look out for PCs with Full HD screens for media streaming that can rival your TV in terms of quality and detail.

Windows 8 is the first version of the popular operating system to be designed around touchscreen. While you can still navigate with a mouse and keyboard, touchscreen control is quicker, easier and much more enjoyable.

Dedicated graphics

If you love watching films or streaming catch up TV, dedicated graphics will improve your experience with more much detail and smoother playback.

You can’t add dedicated graphics to all-in-one PCs at a later date, so it’s worth considering if you or your family plan on using your PC as a media hub or as an additional screen when the mains TV is taken.


If the whole family is planning on using the computer, we recommend a large amount of onboard storage. A 1 TB hard drive offers plenty of room for every user to store their files, photos and documents. You should consider a 2 TB hard drive or bigger if you know everyone in the household likes downloading films and music.

Look out for solid-state hybrid drives (SSHD). These drives combine the capacity of a full-size hard drive with the performance of a solid-state drive (SSD) for faster booting and smoother all-round computing.


The processor powers your PC, and is primarily responsible for how fast it works. Typically the more expensive all-in-ones have faster processors, although lower-priced PCs are more than capable of everyday computing.

Intel® Core™ i3 and AMD A8 processors offer a good mix of performance, efficiency and price and are ideal for most families. Look for Intel® Core™ i5/i7 or AMD A10 processors for more speed.

Best value

LENOVO C260 19.5" All-in-One PC

Everything you need for great-value family computing in one compact and convenient package.

  • Windows 8.1
  • Screen: 19.5"
  • Processor: Intel® Premium® J2900
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 1 TB

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Best hi-spec all-in-one

ACER Aspire U5-630 23" All-in-One PC

A powerful PC with Full HD visuals, intuitive touchscreen control and a unique foldable design.

  • Windows 8.1
  • Screen: 23" Full HD touchscreen
  • Processor: Quad core Intel® Core™ i7-4702
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
  • Storage: 1 TB solid-state hybrid drive

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Best screen resolution

APPLE iMac with Retina 5K display

A seriously high performance all-in-one with an incredible 5K display that has 5X the detail of a normal PC.

  • OS X Yosemite
  • Screen: 27" 5K Retina display
  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M290X
  • Storage: 1 TB Fusion Drive

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