Best All-in-One PC for the Money (Video)
First, let’s quickly talk about why you’d want an All-in-One in the first place.
The biggest reason is the screen size for the money. Most all-in-ones come with 23″ or higher (and sometimes much higher like the 34″ curved model from HP). A smaller sized screen laptop or desktop computer plus a separate monitor of that size would cost a decent amount more than an all-in-one usually. Besides that, newer ones save a lot of space and are even starting to look pretty darn sleek, too.
So if you tend to sit in one place to use the computer (or maybe want something for the family to all share in one place), have limited room at the table or just want the cleaner look of an all-in-one, and the 14″ laptop screen is a bit too cramped for your taste, an all-in-one isn’t a bad option to consider.
Now, there has been a recent boom in all-in-one computers lately and frankly, it’s been a great thing to see as manufacturers are getting sleeker with their designs, packing in more specs, and pushing each other to go further and further with both. The question I’d like to answer in this video is which All-in-One PC is the best for the money and I think I found it.
Allied Content: This Video was Sponsored by HP (but it is something I thought was interesting to talk about and all opinions are my actual ones or I wouldn’t have done the video 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!)
HP sent over their new HP Pavilion 24 All-in-One and for the money, it might just be the best all-in-one you can get.
It features a 23.8″ giant IPS display panel that has great viewing angles no matter where you’re sitting (as IPS panels usually do). The screen on this model is 1080P which I think is plenty for a mid-range PC.
Underneath it is a set of dual Bang & Olufsen speakers that definitely sound pretty clean.
Inside the computer is an AMD A12 quad-core processor, 8 GBs of RAM, a 1TB hard-drive, and an AMD Radeon R7 GPU.
Now, even though it is an all-in-one, you can easily upgrade the RAM and hard-drive if you wanted by undoing a few screws here and there (an extra 8GBs of RAM for the one empty slot this model has would bring it to the 16GB max it’ll support is only $90, by the way).
The computer also has a DVD reader/writer built into the side, and even though I don’t use any DVDs anymore (thanks, internet) it’s a nice addition thrown in.
All of this is encased in a slick looking dark gray frame with a metal base that I personally don’t mind sitting on a desk or even out in the open in a house.
The computer comes with Windows 10 and has a built-in camera for Windows Hello facial recognition to unlock the device with easily as well as be used as a webcam. There’s also a built-in mic for the webcam that can also be used for Cortana in Windows, as well.
Speaking of the software, I was pleasantly surprised by the limited bloatware on it. There are a few things like games and such but compared to a lot of other computers I’ve seen, there’s a decent amount less and when booting it but none of it is just running on startup which is a personal pet peeve of mine.
I ran a few benchmarks on it to see how the AMD processor and GPU faired and got a decent score of 3656 on the Sky Diver 3DMark test (you can use that to compare it to other computers you might be looking at to get an idea of what that translates to). Basically, though, it’s not going to run any super intense games so don’t buy it for that, but it’ll run your more mid-range ones at a playable frame rate.
Geekbench faired pretty expectedly as well with a score of 2229 on single-core and 5425 on multi-core (again feel free to use that to compare it against other computers you might be thinking about if that’s important to you).
Actual usage, I found it was able to handle plenty of Chrome tabs (and that extra 8GBs for $90 I mentioned would only help with that) as well as run Photoshop and other tasks without any issues.
HP also includes a mouse and keyboard, which is a rarity for most all-in-ones. While I’m not a fan of either the mouse or keyboard that came with it–the mouse feels a bit cheap and the buttons are a bit too far to the top of the mouse while the keyboard doesn’t have a lot of travel and for some reason that I can’t totally put my finger on is weird to type on for me–I do appreciate the idea that you can buy this, take it all out of the box, plug it in with one cable and you’re good to go.
Now, if you’re a spec junky none of this might sound particularly amazing, but the truth is that I managed to find this model, at the link below, for $680. And for that, it’s hard to beat. Even ConsumerReports agrees.
Now, personally, I might spend the extra $70 or so to get the edge-to-edge display model with similar specs but looks nicer and has a pop-up webcam and no DVD drive, but $70 is still $70 so up to you.
There you go, guys.