Do not overlook All In One computers, or AIOs, because they may be under-powered for your application.For the SOHO,the main advantage may be 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. And the amount of cordage connections is reduced greatly.
All In One Computers, or AIOs do have a few advantages over conventional desktops computers. All In One Computers, or AIOs, are just desktop computers, only more compact. They are not for intense gaming, engineering-level processing or massive storage.These tasks are suited more for gaming PCs, engineering workstations, and network storage devices, respectively. 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 it is placed in the monitor, where space and cooling are less of an issue.
Furthermore, they are easier to move around and occupy less space than the conventional desktop PC configuration. Using a wireless keyboard, mouse and network connection, the number of connecting wires are reduced to one-the power cable. This also adds to its ease of portability and installation. AIO do 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 built to be 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 there is no room for add-on upgrades, such as additional internal storage drive or an optical drive. Most AIOs have a sufficient number of USB ports so that after market 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.
AIOs are ideal 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 are not recommended 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 super computer power, AIOs can fit the bill.