Do not overlook All In One computers, or AIOs, because they may be under-powered for your application. For the small office/home office (SOHO), the main advantage maybe their small footprint. So right out of the gate, you’ve got a computer that takes up only as much space as a standard computer monitor. This form factor the reduces greatly the amount of cordage connections .
Advantages and Disadvantages
All In One Computers or AIOs do have a few advantages over conventional desktops computers. All In One Computers, or AIOs, represent desktop computers, only more compact. They computers perform poorly when used for intense gaming, engineering-level processing, or massive storage. Generally, gaming PCs, engineering workstations, and network storage devices, respectfully, perform these tasks better.
Instead of three main components-a monitor, a CPU or system unit, and input devices, an AIO computer usually places the CPU or system unit in the monitor or the keyboard. Most of the time they place it in the monitor, where space and cooling have less of an impact. In comparison to traditional desktop computers, they are easier to move and take up less space.
Using a wireless keyboard, mouse, and network connection you reduce the number of connecting wires to one-the power cable. This also adds to its ease of portability and installation. AIO does not necessarily have to suffer from low computing power due to CPU or RAM capacity, or low storage capacity. They are capable of holding 4 TB (terabyte) 3.5 inch hard drives or solid-state drives (SSDs) and multi-core CPUs. But you must ensure you get an AIO configured to your needs at the time of purchase, because, like laptops, later upgrades are difficult, if not impossible.
All-in-ones are at a disadvantage compared to conventional desktop computers because they’re manufactured thin, which means that there is less space for components and cooling. This results in the AIO market being full of AIOs that have low-power versions of desktop processors, or even mobile processors inside.
It also means that they have no room for add-on upgrades, such as an additional internal storage drive or an optical drive. Most AIOs have a sufficient number of USB ports so that aftermarket peripherals can be added. But adding external devices, in my opinion, defeats one of the purposes of getting an AIO in the first place – conservation of space.
Watch Performance Requirements
AIOs perform ideally for surfing the web, simple word processing, simple spreadsheet manipulating, managing e-mails, blogs, and other social media activities on a small budget. But they do not perform well for gaming, video editing, CAD/CAE, and other computational intensive activities unless you have the manufacturer perform an upgrade before purchase.
So if your budget is tight and you don’t require near supercomputer power, AIOs can fit the bill.