The Best All-in-One Desktop Systems

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The mainstream desktop market has changed significantly over the past year or so. Systems are more compact and take up less desk space, and screens have become much larger and in many cases incorporate all of the elements of a desktop – processor, graphics card, drives and memory – into one single and stylish unit.

This new breed of desktops is commonly known as ‘all-in-ones’, since they are essentially a screen with lots of technology crammed inside. In many cases, the computers feature a touch-sensitive screen, taking advantage of the core user interface capabilities of Windows 8, and a few even feature gesture-aware technology, that eliminates traditional corded and wireless mice.

The following are TechnologyGuide ‘s picks for the best in all-in-one desktop systems, based on the reviews written by the experts from DesktopReview. This list will be periodically updated as newer systems and technologies are introduced and reviewed by the TechnologyGuide team.

Dell XPS One 271. Dell XPS One 27

The XPS One 27 puts a more refined spin on Dell’s popular but slightly industrial business systems lines by adding a front speaker bar and high-quality audio. This is really a very complete and attractive system, offering plenty of inputs and ports and some serious competition for Apple’s big-screen iMac .

Rating Average: 9 out of 10
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Lenovo IdeaCentre A7202. Lenovo IdeaCentre A720

This system features a really impressive 27-inch capacitive panel and a lightning fast touch-screen capability, all in a very slick and neat package. The system also sports a very ingenious tiltable stand that is designed to reduce arm fatigue, which is a major problem (and pain) with non-tablet desktop touch systems.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10
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Apple iMac3. Apple iMac (2012)

No ‘best of’ all-in-one desktop list would be complete without the Apple iMac, which doesn’t really stand out as much anymore since the design is now similar to a lot of other’s in the market – one of which is the HP’s Spectre XT desktop. But, this system is still very neat. It is extremely thin (about 5mm), which means it can fit into most any consumer or business space. And, it performs with maximum Mac efficiency and ‘cool factor’.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10
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HP Spectre4. HP Spectre XT All-in-One

Absolutely stunning and the flagship in HP’s fall lineup. It is packed with technology and features an edge-to-edge glass display that measures just over 11mm thick. Features include USB 3.0, HDMI, SD cards, a great keyboard, a multitouch trackpad and multitouch mouse, and near-field communications (NFC) technology – but, sadly, no optical drive.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10
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Asus ET 2700

5. ASUS ET2700 All-in-One

This 27-inch screen system borrows a trick from other manufacturers and features a fully-reclining stand that lets you lay the system down flat on your desk to the ultimate in touch-screen use and capabilities. It also includes Thunderbolt and includes Intel’s new Wi-Di technology for streaming video wirelessly to your HDTV.

Rating Average: 9 out of 10
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