Best All-in-One PCs in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 1, 2020
If you want to have a high-performing yet compact PC, you should think of getting one of the best all-in-one desktops. These PCs contain all the hardware in the monitor itself, so they require little space and no tiresome assembly. Check our best all-in-one desktop review! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen
CPU
RAM
GPU
Storage
Interfaces
Operating system
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

Supporting the P3 colour gamut, the screen is able to display multiple billion colours. Featuring the Radeon Pro 560X graphics card, the PC will let you comfortably run the latest biggest titles at medium/high settings@~60fps. The entire setup looks sleek and elegant. 

CONS

The RAM is hard to upgrade (there's no panel on the back that lets you access the RAM slots).

OUR VERDICT

Apple iMac (2019) is an easy choice to make. If you don't mind paying extra for the Apple brand and believe that the brand entails quality and long-term performance, this is the all-in-one PC for you. There's nothing you won't be able to do with this rig.

detailed parameters
Screen

21.5", Retina 4K 4096 x 2304 P3 display

CPU

Intel Core i5 (3.0 GHz to 4.1 GHz with Turbo Boost)

RAM

8 GB, 2666 MHz, DDR4, configurable up to 32 GB

GPU

Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of VRAM

Storage

1 TB Fusion Drive

Interfaces

1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack, SDXC card slot, 4 x USB 3.0 ports (compatible with USB 2), 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) ports, Wi-Fi

Operating system

macOS Sierra

Extras

FaceTime HD camera, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, Stereo speakers

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The screen basically has no borders, except for the relatively thin chin and the top frame. The cable collector built into the screen's stand lets you keep the desk neat and organized. The TrueBlock Privacy Shutter covers the camera, making sure that you've complete and absolute privacy when necessary.

CONS

The hard drive's capacity is relatively limited. 

OUR VERDICT

The Lenovo IdeaCentre A340-24IWL AIO Desktop PC is all about uncluttering the workspace and streamlining the workload. At the same time, the ~24-inch IPS screen is more than good enough for streaming and enjoying Full HD content. Also, the stand is completely adjustable.

detailed parameters
Screen

23.8", IPS WLED, 1920 x 1080, Backlit 

CPU

Intel Core i5-8265U (1.6 GHz to 3.9 GHz with Turbo Boost)

RAM

8 GB, 2666 MHz, DDR4 SODIMM

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 620

Storage

256 GB HDD

Interfaces

2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi

Operating system

Windows 10 Home 64-bit edition

Extras

Adjustable stand, Built-in speakers, Camera and mic, Keyboard and mouse

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The monitor's native full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution provides a crisp and detailed image. The anti-glare technology will let you maximise your efficiency, even with the monitor facing the sun. It also features tilt and swivel functions.

CONS

The mouse isn't as responsive as it could be. 

OUR VERDICT

The Lenovo V410z is definitely one of the more balanced all-in-one desktop computers in its class. Its slim and stylish profile won't look out of place and might even add style to your room or workspace. The hardware and the monitor make it a solid rig for your everyday office work.

detailed parameters
Screen

21.5" TN+Film widescreen 1920 x 1080 LED-backlit with anti-glare

CPU

Intel Core i5-7400T (2.4 GHz to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost)

RAM

4 GB, 2400 MHz, DDR4 SDRAM

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 630

Storage

500 GB HDD, 7200 RPM

Interfaces

2 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 2.0, Headphone/mic combo, HDMI out, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi

Operating system

Windows 10 Professional 64-bit edition

Extras

Camera on a rotating rod, Speakers, Keyboard and mouse 

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The panel's ultra-slim profile features just 10 mm of thickness towards the edge. It includes multitouch capabilities, so it doubles as a tablet as well. The computer comes with a pre-installed copy of Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition, which is impressive considering its price. 

CONS

The software isn't up to date. 

OUR VERDICT

The Fusion5 A7 doesn't really compete with high-end all-in-one desktops. But it doesn't need to. This is a device for education. A great computer for kids. It makes for a nice replacement or a secondary PC. And it is definitely one of the most portable AIO rigs we've seen so far.

detailed parameters
Screen

17.3" multitouch 1600 x 900 LED-backlit

CPU

Intel Apollo Lake N3350 (Celeron 2.4GHz (Burst Frequency))

RAM

4 GB, DDR3

GPU

Intel HD Graphics 500

Storage

500 GB HDD, 32 GB eMMC 

Interfaces

HDMI, USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Operating system

Windows 10 Home 64-bit edition

Extras

HD webcam, Microphone, Speakers, Keyboard and mouse 

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The company's chrome V base complements the display's slim and elegant profile, making sure that you're able to place this device anywhere you want without worrying about aesthetics. The virtually non-existent frames make the setup look streamlined on-screen action even more engaging.

CONS

The keyboard feels somewhat awkward. 

OUR VERDICT

The iOTA Base 2520 is up there with the best budget all-in-one PCs you can find. Though the PC has its downsides, considering the <250-quid price tag, there's nothing to complain about here. You'll be able to browse any and all websites, stream any content, carry out basic computing tasks, and more.

detailed parameters
Screen

21.5", 1920 x 1080

CPU

Intel Quad-Core (1.6 GHz to 2.24 GHz with Turbo Boost)

RAM

4 GB, DDR3 SDRAM

GPU

Intel HD Graphics

Storage

64 GB eMMC Storage, Flash Memory Solid State, 4 GB Maximum Memory supported

Interfaces

3 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, micro SD, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Operating system

Windows 10 Home

Extras

Built-in speakers, Keyboard and mouse, Camera and microphone

Warranty

1 year

Apple iMac (2019)

The Apple Approach

Though Apple iMac is technically an all-in-one desktop PC, we all know the product's line is very different compared to most AIO rigs. Of course, the price reflects that too. This setup is pretty expensive compared to most AIO PCs. The price makes more than enough sense though, even considering that you're still paying some for the biggest brand in the tech world.

First things first, all-in-one PCs are unable to run modern games more often than not. That's not the case here. The new-and-improved Apple iMac can run them all. Sure, you shouldn't be expecting 100+ fps at ultra-high settings, especially considering the screen's native 4K Ultra HD resolution.

Having said that, you'll be able to play pretty much any triple-A titles. Featuring the Radeon Pro 560X GPU, the device will let you comfortably run the latest biggest titles at medium/high settings@~60fps. You'll be able to play less demanding games like Fortnite and League of Legends at the highest graphics settings.

Of course, Apple products always look good, iMacs always look good too, so the product's sleek profile comes as no surprise. We've seen thinner bezels before and the chin's somewhat tall. Nevertheless, the PC still looks as elegant and streamlined as Apple products come. The curved back allows the screen to blend with the surroundings, all whilst elevating/enriching the living space.

Review of Apple iMac (2019) 21.5-inch Retina 4K Display (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)

P3 Colour Gamut

The screen is outstanding. Supporting the P3 colour gamut, the screen is able to display multiple billion colours. Creative professionals will find the display as impressive and beneficial as iMac screens have always been.

Apple's peripherals have always looked good too. Have they always been practical though? That's entirely subjective. The mouse's pretty sensitive and its shape is fairly unique, so you'll either love or hate this peripheral. The keyboard is, in most ways, the same standard Apple Magic Keyboard. We like the keyboard. It is sleek, accessible, and compact.

Apart from that, the new Apple iMac is somewhat pedestrian. The 3.0GHz six-core i5 CPU is pretty good but you won't be breaking any record with this processor. The standard 8GB DDR4 RAM won't be bottlenecking any operations but, again, won't let you punch above the rig's weight too.

In short, Apple iMac (2019) is an easy choice to make. If you don't mind paying extra for the Apple brand and believe that the brand entails quality and long-term performance, this is the all-in-one PC for you. There's nothing you won't be able to do with this rig.

Apple iMac (2019) 21.5-inch Retina 4K Display (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD) in the use

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Lenovo IdeaCentre (A340-24IWL)

Idea Centre

Idea Centre is an excellent name, pretty much telling you everything you need to know about the latest Lenovo IdeaCentre A340-24IWL AIO Desktop PC. Of course, we'll gladly elaborate because the description's still somewhat vague.

First, the stand and the base look interesting, to say the least. Sure, we wouldn't necessarily call the setup elegant but we're more than willing to go with creative, inventive, and space-saving.

The screen basically has no borders, except for the chin and the top frame, which is brilliant for enjoying different shows, streaming various media content, jotting down all kinds of ideas, and/or simply scrolling through websites with remarkable aesthetics and convenience.

When you connect the smartphone, backup drive(s), and different peripherals to the PC, the setup starts to look cluttered, messy, and unappealing. That's not the case with this all-in-one desktop PC though. The cable collector built into the screen's stand lets you have the most organized, clutter-free desk.

Next to that collector, you'll find every necessary port in the book, including an HDMI output to connect any second screen, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port for various devices/gadgets/peripherals, and even this 3-in-1 card reader that will let you access different cards.

The aforementioned top frame features this more or less standard webcam. The difference here is the company's TrueBlock Privacy Shutter. Simple yet elegant, this shutter covers the camera, making sure that you've complete and absolute privacy when necessary.

Review of Lenovo IdeaCentre (A340-24IWL) AIO Desktop (Core i5-8265U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

3.9GHz Turbo Boost

The computer's hardware is pretty standard compared to its mid-range AIO desktop peers. The Intel Core i5-8265U with its 1.9 GHz factory clock speed won't let you juggle multiple demanding applications at the same time but the Turbo Boost that makes the clock cap at 3.9 GHz might just be able to do that.

The 8GB 2666 MHz DDR4 SODIMM (~RAM) will make sure you're able to run multiple programs simultaneously without limiting the CPU's already limited potential.

The 256GB hard drive won't let you store too much but you can always connect external hard drives and solve this issue.

Bottom line, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A340-24IWL AIO Desktop PC is all about uncluttering the workspace and streamlining the workload. At the same time, the ~24-inch IPS screen is more than good enough for streaming and enjoying Full HD content. Also, the stand is completely adjustable.

Lenovo IdeaCentre (A340-24IWL) AIO Desktop (Core i5-8265U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) in the use

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Lenovo V410z

The Right Hardware

For the most part, the Lenovo V410z presents a fairly balanced build. It definitely has its flaws but the advantages of this AIO computer far outweigh its shortcomings. The said advantages start with the hardware. The biggest and probably the most expensive part of this product (along with the monitor) is its processor.

Equipped with an Intel® Core™ i5-7400T CPU, the model is great for multitasking and will let you juggle a variety of demanding applications. The processor features 6 megabytes of cache and a 2.4GHz frequency that you can get to 3.0GHz with Turbo Boost. Add to that 4 gigabytes of DDR4 SDRAM with an insane 2400 MHz clock speed and you have all the computing power you need for tackling just about any non-gaming related task.

Of course, some things here aren't that impressive nor are they always necessary. We definitely like the addition of a DVD burner but, truth be told, a modern computer can do without it. The 7200 RPM 500 GB hard disk drive is just what you'd expect from an all-in-one desktop computer like that, nothing more and nothing less.

HDDs don't really go higher than 7200 revolutions per minute, so you get a decent transfer speed. A small SSD with at least 128 gigs of storage space wouldn't hurt but it would be a bit too much to expect from a solid-state drive from such an affordable AIO rig.

Review of Lenovo V410z 21.5-Inch All-in-One PC (i5-7400T, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD)

Customise Your Experience

One of the most important parts of any computer, let alone an AIO PC, is always the monitor. Here, the monitor is mostly impressive. Sure, the TN panel doesn't give you the same viewing angles or colour reproduction that an IPS does. But its borderless design looks sleek, modern, and professional.

The 22-inch panel is just the right size for work and a little entertainment. The display is LED-backlit, making it a suitable choice for people who prefer to work with the lights off. Its native full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution provides a crisp and detailed image.

Focusing on your work with the sun staring right at your monitor can be difficult. Fortunately, this panel solves its issue with an effective anti-glare technology. Finally, the monitor comes equipped with tilt and swivel functions, so you can customise it the way you see fit. Plus, it makes the display great for collaborating.

Speaking of collaborations, the webcam that comes with the computer stands on a rotating pod. You can rotate it away from yourself when you wish for some privacy and rotate it back to you whenever the need arises.

To sum it up, the Lenovo V410z is definitely one of the more balanced all-in-one desktop computers in its class. Its slim and streamlined profile won't look out of place and might even add style to your room or workspace. The hardware and the monitor make it a solid rig for your everyday office work.

Lenovo V410z 21.5-Inch All-in-One PC (i5-7400T, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) in the use

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Fusion5 A7

From Work to Education and Entertainment

There's a lot to like about the Fusion5 A7. But, more than anything else, it is definitely the price tag that the product comes with. For less than 300 pounds, you get yourself a fully functional PC, ready for work. It is a great computer for educational purpose and not the worst choice as far as entertainment is concerned. Of course, given its price, you can't really expect a state-of-the-art rig with top-of-the-line performance. But what you get in return for that very modest price is nothing short of impressive.

For starters, the computer comes with a copy Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition already installed. It may be nothing to write home about for your average desktop or even for a budget all-in-one desktop, but keep in mind that it costs somewhere around 100 quid on its own. Considering the latter fact, we wouldn't recommend taking that Windows copy for granted the way we usually do.

Review of Fusion5 A7 17.3-Inch Ultra Slim All-in-One Desktop PC (N3350, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD)

Ultra-Slim Profile

The 17.3-inch panel is a little smaller than most of its competition. But it has its advantages too. For one, it takes far less space. The monitor's ultra-slim profile features just 10 mm of thickness towards the edge. Without the mouse and keyboard, this all-in-one desktop computer weighs just 2.2 kilograms, so you can carry it around the house or take it to work like a laptop. Considering its size, you should be able to easily fit it in your backpack. It features LED backlighting so that you'd be able to comfortably work in the dark.

Despite the relatively small size of its panel, the monitor features a 1600 x 900p resolution, a little lower than your typical full HD display but just the right fit for a panel like that. A resolution like that produces a realistic image with subtle and sharp details. On top of everything else, the monitor includes multitouch capabilities, so it doubles as a tablet as well.

As far as hardware goes, the Fusion5 A7 packs just what you'd expect from a super budget all-in-one desktop computer. The Intel Apollo Lake N3350 Celeron with its 2.4GHz frequency and the Burst Frequency technology won't let you crack the proverbial enigma code but it should be enough for your everyday tasks, as long as those everyday tasks do not involve juggling multiple resource-intensive simultaneously.

That said, the 4 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM will let you dabble in some light multitasking, so you won't be quite as limited in your options as you'd think.

Long story short, the Fusion5 A7 doesn't really compete with high-end all-in-one desktops. But it doesn't need to. This is a device for education. A great computer for kids. It makes for a nice replacement or a secondary PC. And it is definitely one of the most portable AIO rigs we've seen so far.

Fusion5 A7 17.3-Inch Ultra Slim All-in-One Desktop PC (N3350, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) in the use

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iOTA Base 2520

Elegant and Tasteful

The iOTA Base 2520 looks so elegant and tasteful that the product's price tag is somewhat hard to believe. Of course, the price makes sense partially because the company's name is as obscure as they come, so keeping the price low is the best and, sometimes, the only way these no-name companies can compete with huge brands like Apple and Lenovo.

Sure, there are other downsides to the product too. Otherwise, these specs that you can see above simply wouldn't be making any sense relative to the <250-quid price tag. These downsides include the TN screen and the fact that there's no hard drive here. Of course, the TN screen is expected because IPS monitors cost more than that alone.

Storage-wise though, the setup incorporates this 64 GB eMMC flash memory solid-state-esque unit. The memory boots the system and different applications in a flash (apologies, we had to) but, needless to say, you won't be able to store many applications because 64 gigabytes is not that much.

Having said that, you can find ports galore on the screen's back. There are three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a micro SD slot, an HDMI output to connect any second screen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. As you would imagine, you'll be able to use these ports to connect many different devices and peripherals, so you'll basically be able to fix the computer's limited shortcomings whenever you want.

Review of iOTA Base 2520 21.5" AIO Desktop (Intel Quad Core, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC)

Increasing Productivity

Now, we've referred to this all-in-one PC as elegant and tasteful but haven't even remotely elaborated on these statements. We don't necessarily have to though, right? The images above basically tell the whole story. The company's chrome V base complements the display's slim and elegant profile, making sure that you're able to place this device anywhere you want without worrying about aesthetics. The virtually non-existent frames make the setup look streamlined on-screen action even more engaging.

The keyboard and mouse that come supplied with this all-in-one desktop PC look pretty good too. Some might find the keyboard slightly awkward though because the keys feel somewhat weird, offering barely any tactile response.

Generally speaking, the pre-installed Windows 10 goes without saying these days but, again considering the product's price, we should not be taking this OS for granted. Its sleek, easy-to-use interface will increase productivity and the system's performance on many fronts.

Taking everything into account, the iOTA Base 2520 is up there with the best budget all-in-one PCs you can find. Though the PC has its downsides, keeping the price tag in mind, we've no complaints at all.

iOTA Base 2520 21.5" AIO Desktop (Intel Quad Core, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC) in the use

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What Is an All-in-One PC?

All-in-one desktops combine the compactness of laptops with the performance of PCs. You might even take a usual all-in-one computer for a computer monitor, so you don't need space for placing a system unit. Therefore, using an all-in-one PC saves a lot of space and requires no cables that usually connect a system unit to a monitor and peripherals. No wires and cables mean they won't be on your way, you will never trip over them, and washing the floors will be easy. If you choose a model with a wireless keyboard and mouse, a power cord will be the only cable your all-in-one desktop will need. Next, all-in-one PCs are rather performing and they can easily compete with full-size desktops. Manufacturers do their best to squeeze all the hardware into a compact casing of a monitor. Thus, an all-in-one desktop is a fantastic device for homes and offices.

If you wish to use compact computers for web browsing, we recommend you to consider our reviews of the best Chromeboxes and Chromebooks.

What Features to Compare

Screen and Image Quality

When you are about to choose an all-in-one desktop, start with the screen and image quality. If a conventional PC allows you to switch a monitor quite easily, an all-in-one computer doesn't give you such an opportunity, unless you carry your device to a professional service centre where a panel itself will be replaced. So, start with choosing the right size (i.e. diagonal of the screen). If you are looking for an all-in-one PC for an office, a college classroom, or a lab - a screen size of 22'' will be enough. However, if you want a device for yourself - pick a bigger screen (24-27''). A large screen allows you to edit graphics with the top convenience. As usual, a screen of a typical 22'' or 24'' all-in-one PC supports Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels), which is required for comfortably watching movies, pictures, web pages, etc. Bigger screens (27'' and more) can also support 2K HD resolution (2560x1440 pixels) or even Ultra HD (3840x2160 pixels), but the best screens allow you to enjoy an outstanding 5K resolution (5120x2880 pixels). Such an extra-wide resolution is perfect for creating and editing graphics, for example. Next, find out what type of panel is used in every all-in-one computer. We recommend you to choose models with cutting-edge IPS or PLS panels that boast wide viewing angles and real-life colour reproductions. Cheaper models come with TN panels that provide excellent brightness. Some all-in-one desktops come with touchscreen displays.

Performance and OS

The next step for you to make is to consider the performance and OS of an all-in-one desktop. It depends on hardware and the core of the hardware is the central processing unit (CPU). The more powerful it is, the faster your all-in-one computer works. In general, if you are looking for a decent office computer, a low-performing Celeron or A4 CPU and 2-4 GB RAM will be enough. But if you need a PC for some really hard tasks, like editing 3D graphics or playing cutting-edge PC games, you should get an all-in-one desktop with the latest-generation CPUs like Core i3/i5/i7 from Intel and at least 4 GB RAM. Don't forget to make a reasonable choice of storage capacity. No need to say, your all-in-one desktop should have at least 500 GB of storage space if you are going to store a lot of data. Most devices have hard disk drives (HDDs), so check the spindle speed (measured in RPM) - the higher it is, the higher transfer rate is. However, solid-state drives (SSDs) are better in terms of data transfer rate, so some all-in-one computers have SSDs instead of HDDs. Also, don't forget to consider the operating system (OS) installed on every all-in-one desktop. iMacs, for example, come with Mac OS X, which is believed to be fast, reliable, and lag-free. Other manufacturers offer Windows while ChromeBase all-in-one computers have Chrome OS designed for active web browsing. All modern operating systems automatically update to the latest versions and have built-in anti-viral protection, while Mac OS X is immune to virus attacks.

Interfaces and Convenience

Finally, consider interfaces and convenience of the best all-in-one desktops on our shortlist. Any computer must offer a variety of ports and slots to connect all kinds of gadgets and peripherals to it. Thus, the best all-in-one desktop should have at least one USB 3.0 port (which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0). Apple all-in-one computers have Thunderbolt 2 interface which ensures the maximum data transfer rate of 20 Gbps, so transferring files takes seconds. Also, check out what type of WiFi signal is supported - they are different and if you want to enjoy the fastest Internet possible, choose the device with 802.11 a/c support. An all-in-one desktop should also have a good webcam and a sound system so that you can participate in video conferences, video chat with your friends, etc. Moreover, some all-in-one desktops come with a wireless keyboard and mouse, which is a major advantage - no need to buy wired ones. Some all-in-one touchscreen desktops allow you to adjust the tilt or can even be placed horizontally, providing the utmost convenience.

Sources:

1. Lee Koo Would you buy an all-in-one desktop computer? CNET. June 19, 2015.

2. Joel Santo Domingo How to Buy an All-in-One PC, PCMag. January 28, 2015.

3. Matt Smith 3 REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T BUY AN ALL-IN-ONE, Digital Trends. August 19, 2015.

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