Everything wrong with All-In-One computers

With the advent of smartphones and tablet computers, many people think that smaller is better. Why would you want a big piece of equipment cluttering up your desktop when you could have something small and sleek? Why have a separate monitor when you could get a machine that has everything you need in one tiny package?

Here’s why:

  • All-In-One’s have improper air flow. The components overheat and break prematurely
  • All-In-One’s use inferior laptop components, instead of standard full size desktop components
  • Laptop components have reduced power and speed from their desktop counterparts
  • When an All-In-One breaks, it is harder and more time consuming to fix it than a standard desktop, and is often more cost effective to just replace the whole computer outright
  • You can never upgrade an All-In-One, unlike a standard desktop which can accept add-on cards to improve performance later. You’re stuck with what you’ve got.
  • If the screen breaks, the whole unit is worthless as you cannot simply plug in a new monitor like with a standard desktop.

I worked on an All-In-One machine for a client this week. It is less than a year old, and already both the Motherboard and Hard Disk Drive have completely failed. Luckily the unit was still under warranty, so the manufacturer sent replacement parts for free, otherwise the cost of the repair would have exceeded the cost of the computer when it was brand new.

If you’re looking to buy a new computer, your best bet is to get a Workstation grade machine intended for enterprise computing in an office environment. If you want to play video games on it, build a custom gaming machine.

Of course, if you’re not comfortable building a computer from scratch, CALL US or EMAIL US to schedule a consultation today. And if you previously bought an All-In-One machine, just let us know. We can copy all your data to your new computer quickly and easily.