In the present article, we will cover why you should not buy an all-in-one computer. We will go over why this type of computer gives the worst of both worlds. It has all the disadvantages both of a laptop and a desktop. Also, we will explore some more suitable alternative to an all-in-one computer.
Let’s start by explaining all the similar disadvantages of a laptop and an all-in-one computer.
First, both those computers are harder to repair then a desktop. In a desktop, changing a defective part like a graphic card, power supply, ram bar… takes a few minutes. For a laptop or all-in-one computer, it is a much more complicated affair. You have to take out a couple dozen tiny screws and be very careful to not misplace them and remember their place.
You most also remember, that replacement parts for laptops and all-in-one computer must be design to fit in a fitted area. In consequence, they are harder to find and more expansive then desktop parts are pretty much all of standard fit.
So, maintenance will cost you more for a laptop or all-in-one computer and take longer.
Furthermore, because the screen is part of you computer. If it breaks, you can’t use your computer will being worked on. For a desktop you just plug in an other screen and you are back at work. Obviously, it’s harder to upgrade to a bigger screen.
Heath is one of the things that damage the most of a computer. Tower desktops are design so that the fan creates a vortex that helps cooling the parts inside. For laptops and all-in-one computers the space is limited, so it’s harder to an effective airflow to cool down the parts.
Now, there is only one major disadvantage that a desktop and the all-in-one computer share. But it’s a big one. Neither gives you to portability that a laptop gives you. Obviously, the portability of the laptop is what offset all the disadvantages mentioned before.
Let’s analyse the alternatives that you can take if you are interested in buying an all-in-one computer
The first and most evident solution, buy a laptop. For the same price, you’ll have computer of equal power that able to move around. If you don’t like typing on the small screen, it’s easy to plug a keyboard and mouse in your laptop. Think a laptop screen is too small, you can plug in a screen of your liking and use you laptop screen as a secondary screen. Once use two screens on a computer, you’ll never want to go back.
On the other hand, if you don’t plan on moving your computer around, you should buy a desktop. I know that many people are going for an all-in-one computer just for the look of it. But these days, you can buy flat screen monitors dutifully designed. Then you can place your nice monitor on your desk and hide your tower computer under or beside it. Be sure to give him some air. Like said before, heat is one of the things that damage the most of a computer.
As a result, you will have a computer as powerful you would have with an all-in-one computer, with a lot less disadvantages and with a much lower price tag. And if you dont mind paying the same price then for an all-in-one computer, you can buy bigger and nicer monitor. You could also buy two and you used them as split screens. Like aforementioned, once use two screens on a computer, you’ll never want to go back
Unfortunately, if you are a mac user, your only reasonable alternative is to go for a MacBook. The only desktop that Apple offers, the Mac Pro, will cost you a minimum of 3000$. Nevertheless, the MacBook remains a much better alternative then the iMac. Besides, even if largely over priced, the MacBook is very good machine, specially the MacBook pro.