Best All-in-One Desktop Systems

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The mainstream desktop market has been changing more quickly than almost any other segment of the consumer tech industry, save perhaps for smartphones and tablets. The boring beige boxes of yesteryear have been replaced with stunning designs, wild lighting, and razor-thin all-in-ones. 

We’ve picked some of our highest rated desktops, as well as a few that tickled our first impressions. 

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#1 Dell XPS One 27

Dell XPS One 27

It’s clear that Dell has taken inspiron for the new line (both XPS and Inspiron) from its industrial team’s business offerings – the XPS One 27 is reminiscent of their business displays, only significantly refined. At the bottom of the front is a speaker bar, offering what Dell promises is high-quality audio. We didn’t have a chance to test it, but I’m hopeful, given some of the other products I saw, that Dell isn’t too far off the mark with this one.

On the sides and back, you’ll find the standard complement of inputs and ports…and then some.

Dell’s new XPS One 27 is a gorgeous piece of industrial design, and after getting to play around with it, one thing is certain – it’s the first real competition to Apple’s big-screen iMac that we have seen.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10

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#2 Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

There are a lot of touch-capable all-in-one desktops, and we’ve seen just about every one. Aside from HP’s TouchSmart, they haven’t been worth much. With Lenovo’s new effort, that’s all changed. In a word, the 27-inch IdeaCentre A720 is impressive.

Lenovo has recently come out on top as the world’s largest computer manufacturer. Being first on the market with the IdeaCentre A720 shows that they’re one of the most innovative, too.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10

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#3 Apple iMac (2012)

Apple iMac 2012

It bears more than a passing resemblance to HP’s recent Spectre XT desktop, but as just about every technology expert would tell you, HP’s Spectre was so pretty mostly because it looked like an iMac. But that’s neither here nor there – let’s talk about the thin new iMac. And when we say thin, we mean thin.

The new Apple iMac takes tapering to an insane new level – the edge of the new all-in-one is just 5mm thick – an impressive achievement for something clad entirely in aluminum.

And let’s be honest here; we’d be impressed if this was just a new Thunderbolt Display – add in the fact that there’s a whole computer inside, as well, and the end result is, well, flabbergasting.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10

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#4 HP SpectreXT All-in-one

HP SpectreXT

The star of HP’s fall lineup is the STUNNING new Spectre ONE all-in-one. Packed full of incredible technology, the world’s thinnest all-in-one desktop will ship with an edge-to-edge glass display that measures just over 11mm thick. This unit offers users every bell and whistle out there – with the singular exception of an optical drive. USB 3.0, HDMI, SD cards, gorgeous keyboard, multitouch trackpad, multitouch mouse (unlike Apple, you get both with this unit), and even the new wireless darling, NFC technology. 

HP is including two NFC tags with the computer so that customers can immediately get started writing their own tags. Want to sign in to your computer just by setting your phone down? Now you can!

In addition to the dazzling 1080p display, you’ll also find options for high-end CPUs, lots of RAM, discrete GPUs and gigabytes upon gigabytes of flash storage. This is one of the computers to beat for 2012.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10

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#5 ASUS ET2300 All-in-one


Although we just found out about the ASUS ET2300 all-in-one when it appeared on our doorsteps this week, it’s fast becoming a new favorite. One of three touchscreen models on our performance desktop list this year, ASUS took a page from some of the other manufacturers and gave the new ET2300 a full-reclinable stand.

That means that it lays flat against the desk and lets you touch the screen to your heart’s content, all without getting fatigued.

Moreover, the ET2300 adds in ASUS’ first all-in-one with Thunderbolt, and includes Intel’s new Wi-Di technology for streaming video wirelessly to your HDTV. 


For more Best Picks check out our 2012 Holiday Buyer’s Guide (click above)

or DesktopReview Holiday Guide 2012

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