Best all-in-one PCs 2019: top compact AIO desktops

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All-in-ones look pretty different these days

Unlike your traditional desktop towers, the best all-in-one PCs have the displays built into the chassis of the computer. You’ll often find a mix of desktop and laptop components in an all-in-one PC, and while that does make it harder to upgrade, there are certainly advantages to this approach.

One of the core advantages of the best all-in-one PCs is that they take up far less space than the best PCs usually do – you don’t need to set aside space for a tower, a monitor and all the assorted peripherals and cables. And, because you’re using fewer cables (only one power cable, no display cables), you won’t find yourself tripping over errant cables.

This makes the best all-in-one PCs perfect options for offices that want to maintain a sleek and professional image. It’s no coincidence that all-in-one PCs are favored by professionals in the creative industry, especially the Surface Studio 2 or iMac Pro. On the flipside, the best all-in-one PCs are often the most affordable desktops, and they’ll give users plenty of power and a decent screen paired together in one package.

Below are the best all-in-ones PCs handpicked and regularly updated in traditional TechRadar fashion.

1. Surface Studio 2

An artist’s dream come true

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 - GTX 1070 | RAM: 16GB – 32GB | Storage: 1TB - 2TB SSD | Display: 28-inch 4,500 x 3,000 PixelSense display

Powerful
Nothing like it
Very expensive

Back when the original Surface Studio hit the streets, it was a game changer for artists and content creators alike. And, even in 2019, the sequel still stands in a league of its own. The Surface Studio 2 doesn’t just feature the same gorgeous display and unique functionality, but it also ups the power significantly, making it a much more future-proof device. It’s still extraordinarily expensive, but if your use case is right for the Surface Studio 2, then, it’s hard to think of a better all-in-one PC.

Read the full review: Surface Studio 2

2. iMac Pro

The most powerful Mac

CPU: 10-18 core Intel Xeon W | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 - Vega 64 | RAM: 32GB - 128GB | Storage: 1TB - 4TB SSD | Display: 27-inch 5K (5,120 x 2,880) Retina display

Extraordinarily powerful
Beautiful Retina display
Very expensive

The iMac Pro, more than any other computer on this list, is aimed squarely at professionals – and it has the hardware to back it up. Packed with up to an 18-core Intel Xeon processor and up to 128GB of RAM, there isn’t a single thing you could throw at the iMac Pro to slow it down. And, while it is, without a doubt, outrageously expensive – it doesn’t really matter. If you’re the type of person that needs this level of power (you know who you are) then the price is absolutely justified. 

Read the full review: iMac Pro

3. Dell XPS 27 AIO

A well-rounded jab at Apple’s ageing iMac

CPU: Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630; AMD Radeon RX 570 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Storage: 1TB HDD – 2TB SSHD; 512GB SSD | Display: 27-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,160) display

Handsome display
Virtually unparalleled built-in sound
Relatively expensive
No HDMI in

The Dell XPS 27 AIO sits on top of an awesome articulating stand, and it comprises a mix of a massive 4K Ultra-HD touchscreen display with six ear numbing speakers. Not only is it an attractive device, but it’s also top-notch when it comes to delivering powerful specs. Whether you’re making your own beats or vibing out to someone else’s; watching movies or editing your own, the Dell XPS 27 AIO is easily one of the best all-in-one PCs, and should be at the top of your list when shopping for a new PC. 

Read the full review: Dell XPS 27 AIO

4. HP Envy Curved All-in-One

A spectacle in everyway

CPU: Intel Core i5 - Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GTX 950M - AMD Radeon RX 460 | RAM: 8GB - 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSHD, 1TB - 2TB HDD; 256GB SSD | Display: 34-inch WQHD (3,440 x 1,440)

Enveloping ultra-wide display
Full-bodied audio
Privacy-minded pop-up web camera
Exceptionally bulky

Not to be shown up by the 5K iMac or new Dell XPS AIO, HP has its own unique take on the all-in-one desktop. Though it also has all its components stored in its base like the Surface Studio, the HP Envy Curved All-in-One also adds in a booming speaker bar. Add in the ultra-wide curved screen and this is one of the best and most immersive PC for enjoying movies.

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5. iMac with Retina 5K display

An expensive luxury, that might just be worth it

CPU: Intel Core i5 - Core i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8GB - 64GB | Storage: 1TB HDD - 3TB SSD | Display: 27-inch Retina 5K (5,120 x 2,880)

Bright IPS screen
Few wires or cables
Tough to upgrade

While Apple's iMac with Retina 5K display is one of the most impressive all-in-ones around, its price places it out of the reach of most people. However, if you're up for the expense there's no greater MacOS machine than this -- that is until the iMac Pro arrives. It comes with Apple's sharpest 27-inch 5K Retina display. Excellent build quality and hardy specs, also makes it a PC built to last, and a fine option for productivity work, watching movies or light gaming.

Read the full review: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

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