All-in-one vs. desktop: Which is right for you?

Choosing between a desktop vs. all-in-one computer requires you to really think about your days and evenings, as well as the kinds of tasks you perform. If you rely on a PC for process-intensive work projects that will need upgrades over time, a traditional desktop PC offers flexibility and durability.getintopc

On the other hand, if you want a plug-and-play solution that gives you a great all-around experience that’s also versatile, you may gravitate toward an AiO computer. Today’s AiOs are much more advanced than those of the past, and they’re often easier to upgrade and repair. Plus, they deliver brilliant audio-visual perks to match their space-saving aesthetics.

AiO computers are also a great fit for those who work from home or homeschool. You can easily fit these PCs into any area of the home. Plus, it’s a breeze to set up multiple users, so your child can use their login to finish homework before you log in later to respond to work emails. You also have fewer accessories to worry about, making for a cleaner, more streamlined workspace.

Of course, nothing says you have to choose one over the other. Large families and workplaces may choose one of each to suit the needs of the individual users.

About the Author: Linsey Knerl is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Linsey is a Midwest-based author, public speaker, and member of the ASJA. She has a passion for helping consumers and small business owners do more with their resources via the latest tech solutions.

Best all-in-one computers

The 27-inch HP Pavilion All-in-One is more than just a powerful AIO – it also comes with all the ports and perks you need. You can even upgrade it to include a touch screen, making for a beautiful and clutter-free work experience. Other perks include:
Intel Core i5-10400T processor
NVIDIA® GeForce® MX 350 graphics
Pop-up privacy camera
Bang & Olufsen speakers
27-inch display with up to 4K resolution


The 22-inch HP All-in-One is a thoughtfully designed PC with an easily removable panel, so you can perform repairs or upgrades in a snap. Additional benefits include:

  • 11th Generation Intel Core i3 processor
  • Intel UHD Graphics
  • 21.5-inch diagonal, anti-glare Full HD display
  • Pop-up privacy camera
  • 8GB memory, 1TB HDD storage, and 128GB storage


Google fans will love the HP Chromebase All-in-One, which feels like an HP Chromebook with a built-in, sharp 21.5-inch Full High Definition (FHD) display. Its top features include:

  • 10th Generation Intel Core i3 processor
  • 12GB memory and 256GB SSD storage
  • 90-degree pivoting display
  • Camera privacy switch
  • Parental controls built into the Chrome OS


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