by Cami Hughes
What is an All-in-One PCThe All-in-One PC has advantages and disadvantages when compared to other computer options. To start this off, a little explanation of the difference between All-in-One PCs, desktop PCs and laptops is in order. Although they all serve people differently, each has its own benefits.
As most people know, a PC is composed of three main components. A monitor, a CPU (the box under your desk) and the peripherals (keyboard, mouse, etc.) are the basics. The laptop is a compact, commuter version of the PC, and the All-in-One is somewhere in the middle.
Advantages of an All-in-One PC
The All-in-One PC is perfect if you need to free up space on your desk. You only have to deal with the power cable, and it generally has a bigger screen than a standard laptop. Touch screen software is also a big plus for people who like cool gadgets on their PC.
Drawbacks of All-in-One PC
When it was first introduced, the All-in-One PC was much slower than its counterparts. Even today some of the low-end versions are slower and don't come standard with all the bells and whistles that PCs generally have.
Most of the drawbacks are limited to the lower end of the spectrum on this product. However, the manufacturers still have not completely worked out some problems. A few to keep in mind are:
. All-in-One PCs are not easy to upgrade. You don't have a box to open up to add memory or other hardware. The components in this type of PC are smaller, like a laptop's components.
. Unless you're willing to spend more money on a high-end model, you will not have the speed that you are used to having with a desktop PC. Most laptops are very fast these days, so you may consider one of those instead if you are looking to free up desk space.
. If gaming is your thing, you may have a problem here as well. You will need to spend the bigger bucks on an upgraded graphics card if you plan to use your All-in-One for that purpose.
Lenovo C200 and iMac All-in-One PCIn a review of the Lenovo C200 All-in-One PC by the University of Oregon, College of Arts & Sciences, they noted that opting for the upgraded graphics card was a must. They went on to say that this particular model, starting at $399 at the time of the report, was a great buy.
The iMac is still the leader in this category, though. Its sleek design and powerful capabilities outshine other PC manufacturers' versions. The iMac has an amazing screen: 27 inches with 1920x1080 screen resolution and gorgeous color. The iMac is at the high end of the budget scale as well.
Why you should consider buying an All-in-One PC
If you are mainly going to use your All-in-One for web surfing, email and word processing, you're good to go. You won't have to deal with a mess of cables and a box under your desk. The multi-touch screen option is also an interesting feature, if you opt for that.
Cami Hughes is a tech writer and social media advocate.