All in Ones: Redefining the World of Computing

All in Ones: Redefining the World of Computing

by October 11, 2020 0 comments

Desktops are known for their outstanding performance, but we can’t deny the hassles of dealing with so many messy wires. Laptops came out as a good solution, but they’re meant to be portable computing devices, and therefore can’t really act as a replacement for PCs. This is where All in One PCs come in. They are more compact and cause less clutter.

All popular manufacturers like HP have a wide range of All in One PCs. Compared to standard desktop PCs, All in Ones are convenient to use and transport. You carry a single unit along with keyboard and mouse, and if it is a touchscreen, you can also choose to forego carrying any peripherals.

You’ll probably have a lot of questions on why should you really consider buying an AiO PC, and would therefore like to understand its pros and cons. Here’s a quick overview of what to expect from an All in One and what not to.

One for Every Need: Whether you’re a consumer, business, or student, you’ll find the right All in One for your need. Consumers are gradually preferring to buy a more aesthetically pleasing, yet powerful system for their desks. All in One PCs fit the bill well here as they offer the best combination of convenience and performance. It’s the convenience of less wires, just like a laptop, and the performance of a regular PC.

Moreover, you can customise your PC’s configuration as per your requirement, meaning the same PC like performance in a more compact form factor. These PCs use more powerful processors than laptops, making them capable of executing intensive tasks more rapidly.

There are All in One PCs for business users as well, which come with additional reliability and security features. Some AiOs like the HP 200 Pro G4 22 All-in-One PC comes with Military Grade specs and security features.

Compact  Design: This one is a no-brainer because as we just mentioned, an All in One fits into the same form factor as that of an LCD screen. This makes the device very compact. Moreover, further innovations are happening to make them even slimmer.

If you’re hard-pressed for real-estate, and only have a small area to keep your desktop PC, then you can keep an All in One in a small area of your office or home. There’s no extra tower or messy cabling. There’s just one screen, so you get extra space for your books or files.

Easy to move and set up: By easy to carry, we don’t mean portability like laptops. An All in One is easy to carry because everything is inside a single box. So if you need to move it from one desk to another, then there are no worries. You can do it without taking your IT department’s help. Simply pick it up and shift it to another location, plug it in, connect the keyboard and mouse and hit the power button. All in Ones come with an inbuilt webcam, so there’s no need to attach any an external one.

In comparison, a normal desktop has several cables for the display, power, keyboard, mouse, and webcam.

Touchscreen capability: All in Ones comes in different screen sizes and resolutions, and there are even options with touchscreen support. You can choose screen size from 19-inches to 34-inches with screen resolutions from HD 1080p to UHD 1440p. The touchscreen All in Ones are a bit expensive but come in very handy if you work on design software, or have to place it in a public display area so that people can interact with it.

There a few apps on Windows 10 which work better with a touchscreen such as Autodesk Sketchbook, Drawboard PDF, and Paint 3D.

Consumes Less Power: All in Ones are more compact, they consume lesser power as compared to desktops. A desktop PC alone consumes around 170 Watts of power, and the monitor’s power consumption is separate. Plus, if there are other peripherals connected to it, they’ll consume their own power such as a printer, speakers, webcam, etc. A complete desktop uses an average of 200 Watt-hours (Wh), and a powerful PC can consume 250 Wh or higher depending upon the configuration and peripherals.

In All in Ones, since every part is integrated within the screen, it’s more power-efficient and can consume anywhere between 150-250W of power.

Lower power consumption means lesser heat generation, which means lesser air conditioning for cooling.

Limitations of All in Ones

While All in Ones have a lot of benefits, they also have some limitations, but they can either be easily overcome or affect a very niche requirement. Here are some of them.

Hardware and Display Upgradability: As they’re very compact, you’ll not find the same level of upgradability as regular desktops. You can, however, upgrade all the essential items in an All in One, like HDD and RAM, just as you can do it in a laptop. This is sufficient for most cases, as not everyone really upgrades the graphics card or adds a DVD-writer.

Similarly, you can’t really replace the display with a bigger monitor. This again is not something everyone needs to do. If you do need a bigger screen, then you can always connect a USB video adapter (available VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort output) to an All in One, and then connect a bigger monitor to it.


Overall, All in Ones have their own place in the desktop PC world. They are fairly compact and offer the same computing power as a regular desktop. Thanks to tech developments, now All in Ones such as HP EliteOne 1000 G1 give you the flexibility to configure it as well. You can buy a future-ready PC today and even if in future you want to upgrade, you get flexibility to upgrade PC base and display. In all, there’s an All in One available for every need. You can choose the one that can run your applications, and use it without cluttering your workspace.

If you’d like to know more about some of the HP AiO PCs we mentioned, then please visit their online store

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