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What’s new with All-in-One PCs? A lot

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by Kevin Jacoby on 08/10/2020
Blog Category: devices

Do your customers need some help making the most of their home offices? Now that we’re in Month 6 of lockdown, working from home has become nearly as common as stealing a colleague’s yogurt from the communal office fridge.

Maybe it’s time for a fresh look at some compact and affordable All-in-One (AiO) desktop PCs.

AiOs offer your customers a chance to declutter their desk without sacrificing performance — as they must when buying a laptop. That’s because AiOs are built around desktop-class processors, motherboards and memory.

The bottom line: AiOs offer a great price/performance ratio, and without the clutter and complexity of a traditional desktop PC.

Look beneath the surface

Once upon a time, you might describe an AiO as a second-class PC. Those days are long gone.

However, you can’t tell that just by looking at today’s AiOs. In fact, it can be hard to see any difference between today’s AiOs and devices made 5 years ago. Can you even remember the last time Apple updated the visual design of its iconic iMac?

No, you have to look below the surface.

There, you’ll find, these sleek, efficient computers have taken on myriad new features. These include the latest multicore processors, AAA gaming-ready GPUs and high-end audio speakers.

iMac + Intel = beast mode

Case in point: Apple’s recently updated iMac. The company's announcement made it perfectly clear that the iMac has come to play. Hard.

Cupertino’s latest features 10th gen Intel Core processors configured with 6, 8 or 10 cores. Each core is capable of pushing speeds up to 5GHz via Turbo Boost.

Apple iMac

Apple's updated iMac: looks can be deceiving

Other insane-in-the-membrane tech specs include the capacity for up to 128GB of DDR4 memory; a 27-inch, 5K Retina display with Nano-texture glass; and a solid state drive (SSD) storing up to 8GB.

All this tech doesn’t come cheap. The new iMac starts at just under $1,800, which isn’t bad. But if your customers want all the bells and whistles, they should be prepared to pay upwards of $8,800.

Dell’s design

Apple isn’t the only one with design chops — Dell has come to play hard, too. And at a much nicer price.

Are your customers looking for a sleek, silver and affordable AiO running Windows 10? If so, then you might want to give them a glimpse of Dell’s new Inspiron 27 7000 Silver Touch.

Okay, Dell still hasn’t figured out how to name products with concision. But you don’t have to utter that mouthful to take advantage of its 4.9GHz Core i7-1051OU processor, NVMe solid-state drives, and impressive array of ports.

Dell 7000 Series AiO

Dell knows how to design an All-in-One that packs a wallop

The whole system is housed in a sleek, silver chassis perched atop either an Arch or A-Frame stand. And that bezel! It’s barely 8mm thick, surrounding a 27-inch, InifinityEdge FHD display with a pop-up webcam and forward-facing stereo speakers.

As always, Dell offers a ton of options to fit any situation. And pricing depends on everything from the color to the processor.

As far as Dell’s 7000 Series goes, your customers can jump in for less than $950. The high-end offering clocks in around $1,400, which is still $400 less than it costs to go home with even the most basic iMac.

The future of AiO: convergence

Take a look at the HP Pavilion All-in-One with touchscreen, shown below. What do you see?

HP Pavilion AiO with touchscreen

Yep, it’s a giant, 27-inch tablet. Sure, it comes with a keyboard and mouse. But quaint, 80s-era peripherals like that will eventually disappear.

As time wears on and tech moves forward, form factor and functionality will likely converge. The difference between the computer we sit in front of and the one we carry in our pocket will become simply a matter of screen size and location.

These AiOs give us a glimpse of a bold, new future of computing. We’re well on our way.


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