All-in-ones have more to offer than ever: effective touchscreens with the UI to back them up (Windows 10, Apple OS X), high-def displays that can easily double as TV screens (thanks to HDMI and built-in TV tuners), and slimmer profiles for fitting just about anywhere. Before choosing which one is right for you, though, figure out just what it is you need. Whether that means sexy looks, entertainment heaven or a gamer’s sweaty-palmed fantasy, these seven picks are the best all-in-one desktops.
Best For Loyalist:
21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K – £1,299
The haters and naysayers want you to believe that the iMac, however pretty and shiny it may look, lacks fundamental computing power. They’re wrong. If you use a computer primarily for everyday tasks like checking email, surfing the internet, watching videos, running basic programs and so on, a base-level iMac has everything you need. And since June 2017, Apple’s line of iMacs have packed the latest and greatest hardware: The 21.5-inch iMac comes with a Retina display, Intel’s snappy new Kaby Lake processors, and more memory (8GB RAM) than in years past. It also comes with USB-A and USB-C ports, so it’ll play well with both your old and new devices.
Best Creative Touchscreen:
Microsoft Surface Studio – £2,999+