Written by Kasper

The advantages and disadvantages of an all-in-one PC

In an all-in-one PC, the computer is fully incorporated into the monitor. This makes it an interesting alternative for the traditional combination of a separate desktop and screen. To find out if an all-in-one PC is the thing for you, we've listed the biggest pros and cons.

In short

Pros Cons
All parts are in tune Upgrading is more difficult
It looks stylish and organized Did something break? Replace everything
You need less space

It looks stylish and organized

All-in-one PC on desk with plant next to it.

An all-in-one has a sleek design, especially compared to the often bulkier and more boring computer cases. If you're looking for a computer to put in a central spot in your living room, an all-in-one PC is an interesting option because of its good looks. On top of that, you need fewer cables to connect an all-in-one PC. 1 or 2 cables are often enough, especially if you work with a wireless mouse and keyboard.

You need less space

Man with two children sitting at desk working behind his all-in-one computer.

Because you don't have to find a spot for a separate computer case, the all-in-one PC takes up a lot less space. That's handy if you're looking for a computer for a spot with little space, or if your desk isn't too big. You can also often find all-in-one PCs on kitchen tables. There's usually less room here, and the chance that you spill something is larger. Because the parts of an all-in-one PC are in the monitor, you won't quickly spill a glass of water over delicate parts.

Upgrading is more difficult

All-in-one PC viewed from the side with keyboard and mouse.

If you notice that you need a little more RAM or storage space a year after purchase, a 'normal' desktop is usually very easy to upgrade. Most computer cases even have empty drawers that you can install a hard drive in, for example. Upgrading an all-in-one PC is a lot more difficult. The parts are a lot harder to reach, and you sometimes have to remove the glass plate from the screen to do so.

Did something break? Replace everything

Man carries folded all-in-one under his arm.

If a part of an all-in-one PC breaks, chances are that you can't replace the separate part, especially in case of the screen. You'll have to replace everything. With a separate PC and monitor, replacing a part is a lot easier. If your monitor breaks, you don't have to buy a new desktop right away.

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