The advantages and disadvantages of an all-in-one PC
Choose an 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?
|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
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
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
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
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.