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The advantages and disadvantages of an all-in-one PC

In an all-in-one PC, the computer is fully incorporated into the monitor. This makes it an interesting alternative for the traditional combination of a separate desktop and screen. To find out if an all-in-one PC is the thing for you, we've listed the biggest pros and cons.

Choose an all-in-one PC

Woman works on all-in-one PC.

An all-in-one is a computer with a screen in one. To find out if this type of desktop suits you, it's a good idea to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you want a tidy desk?
  • Do you think easy setup and getting started are important?
  • Is hardware upgrade important or not?
  • Should broken parts be easily replaceable?

In short

Pros Cons
All parts are in tune Upgrading is more difficult
It looks stylish and organized Something broken? You have to replace everything
You need less space

It looks stylish and organized

All-in-one PC on desk with plant next to it.

An all-in-one has a sleek design, especially compared to the often bulkier and more boring computer cases. If you're looking for a computer to put in a central spot in your living room, an all-in-one PC is an interesting option because of its good looks. On top of that, you need fewer cables to connect an all-in-one PC. 1 or 2 cables are often enough, especially if you work with a wireless mouse and keyboard.

You need less space

Man with two children sitting at desk working behind his all-in-one computer.

Because you don't have to find a spot for a separate computer case, the all-in-one PC takes up a lot less space. That's handy if you're looking for a computer for a spot with little space, or if your desk isn't too big. You can also often find all-in-one PCs on kitchen tables. There is usually enough space there.

Upgrading is more difficult

All-in-one PC viewed from the side with keyboard and mouse.

If you notice that you need a little more RAM or storage space a year after purchase, a 'normal' desktop is usually very easy to upgrade. Most computer cases even have empty drawers that you can install an extra hard drive or SSD. Upgrading is a lot more difficult with an all-in-one. Parts are often soldered or there is no room for extra RAM or extra storage.

Did something break? Replace everything

Man carries folded all-in-one under his arm.

If a part of an all-in-one PC breaks, chances are that you can't replace the separate part, especially in case of the screen. You'll have to replace everything. With a separate PC and monitor, replacing a part is a lot easier. If your monitor breaks, you don't have to buy a new desktop right away.

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