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

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Best all-in-one PC: top PCs compared
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.

The best all-in-one PCs have one huge advantage over your traditional tower: they don’t take up much space. You won’t need to set aside extra room for the tower, monitor and all the peripherals. And, since there’s just a power cable, you won’t find yourself tripping over a tangled mess of cables. 

This makes the best all-in-one PCs a perfect option for anyone working in an office that wants to maintain a clean and professional workspace. 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 offer more than enough power to get everyday users through daily tasks, while paired with a decent screen in the same 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 comes with this amazing articulating stand, and it comprises a mix of a massive 4K UHD resolution touchscreen with six ear-numbing speakers. Not only is it an attractive design, but it’s also top notch when it comes to power. Whether you’re making your own beats or listening 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.

5. iMac (27-inch, 2019)

Everyone’s favorite all-in-one

CPU: Intel Core i5 - Core i9 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 570X - Radeon Pro 580X | RAM: 8GB - 64GB | Storage: 2TB SSHD - 2TB SSD | Display: 27-inch Retina 5K (5,120 x 2,880)

Beautiful screen
Plenty of power
Expensive

We went all of 2018 without a new iMac, but it looks like the wait was worth it. And, while the new iMac looks exactly like the 2017 model, it’s what’s inside that counts. Apple’s all-in-one PC has been refreshed with all new components, including 9th-generation Intel desktop processors, Radeon Pro graphics and faster SSDs. And, because that luxurious 5K Retina display is still there, it’s a no brainer for all the Apple fans out there. 

Read the full review: Apple iMac (27-inch, 2019)

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