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Best All-in-One Computer 2014
An all-in-one computer is a PC with a built-in monitor. The desktop components (CPU, hard drive, memory, and so on) may be hidden behind the flat-panel display or located in the base itself.
The reason many computer users prefer all-in-one computers is that they are very compact and sleek looking. If space is at a premium for you an all-in-one PC is the way to go.
The biggest drawback with all-in-one computers is that there isn't as much space to upgrade the hardware, as in a traditional desktop.
In best all-in-one computer 2014 I will shortly review 4 of the best-selling new all-in-one PCs, including the newest iMac.
HP Omni 100-5050 All-in-One Desktop PC
The Omni 100-5050 allows you comfort in your working space, freeing space on your desk for documents and stationary. Edit content easily on a 20 inch widescreen display, an one-stop multimedia and entertainment center with HP MediaSmart software exclusive to this unit. With the Omni 100-5050 you can create photo slideshows easily, play music or watch a DVD.
The integrated webcam and mike allows global live video chat. Connect wirelessly and transfer photos from your SD and burn labels onto DVD’s and CD’s with the DVD drive. This Omni 100-5050 is Energy Star certified. This HP desktop unit gives the user power, productivity and speed on any project with a very helpful 24/7 service center though a one-click desktop icon.
Of all the all-in-one desktops I looked at the Omni is the easiest to setup.
Apple iMac MC508LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop
The iMac’s Intel Core i3 processor sets new benchmarks for iMac performance through advanced architecture. Featuring standard fast Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics the 21.5 inch widescreen displays HD videos perfectly, like a television screen, with a luminous LED backlight and edge-to-edge glass display. With 1920 x 1080 pixel-resolutions it uses IPS technology to deliver flawless color across its 178 degree viewing angle. The graphics are improved though GDDR3 memory, a 500 GB hard drive and 4GB Ram.
It also comes standard with the Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system along with the iLife software suite including the latest versions of iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. User feedback indicates that the iMac offers better value, than Apples's notebooks making this a very attractive offering. The iMacs age well offering better reliability and longevity as they aren’t carried around.
Users have been pleased with its speed as its 3.06 GHZ i3 processor includes hyper threading giving users’ four ‘virtual’ cores. The 4GB memory is upgradeable to 8GB by buying two additional 2GB sticks. It has a convenient SD card slot right underneath the DVD drive allowing for easy picture uploads.
One of users' favorite features is the standard Bluetooth keyboard and mouse that work flawlessly. iMac novices may want to consider picking up the Student, Teacher or Home edition of Microsoft Office for the Mac.
Compaq Presario CQ1-1225 All-In-One Desktop PC
The Presario CQ1-1225 is my pick as best budget all-in-one computer of 2014.
This impressive Desktop unit from Compaq saves you space, money and energy with a slim 18.5 inch display. Setup is a breeze you just plug in one power cord. Built in Wi-Fi allows for effortless surfing and while you do that, you save energy as it’s Energy Star certified. Essentials like music playback, photo editing and DVD watching is of course possible and the integrated LightScribe Technology allows effortless burning of custom CDs and photo transfer directly from your memory card.
Featuring an integrated microphone and webcam, global video chat with family and friends is a breeze. Compaq offers it customers 24/7 online service support through one click of a desktop icon. Get power from your PC without custom building a bulky unit for your specific needs, you don’t need anything else than the CQ1-1225 desktop from Compaq. It has integrated Wi-Fi with exceptional signal reception.
HP TouchSmart 600-1350 All-in-One Desktop PC
The TouchSmart 600-1350 desktop has integrated Beats Audio playing music the way Bach and Mozart would have played it today. A diverse selection of touch apps keeps your family both entertained and organized. You are able to watch, pause and record live shows like a regular PVR decoder unit. 4GB of memory allows you to work on multiple applications at once.
It needs to be mentioned that this unit saves you a lot of space though the slim, all-in-one desktop which easier setup through one plugin of a power cord. No messy cables as the HP TouchSmart 600-1350 PC comes standard with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The HP desktop integrated webcam and mike allows for worldwide video chat, through built in Wi-Fi.
It also offers touch screen access to info, entertainment and social networks. Users mention the 23 inch screen allows numerous applications and files on the desktop at the same time with excellent picture and decent sound. Imagine you stretching your legs out and they reach to the wall where the tower used to be on the floor. The PC is easily transportable with one cord, wireless keyboard and mouse. Compared to other makes, the Compaq impresses with faster startup, being reliable and being exceptionally priced.