The traditional computer consisted of the ‘CPU tower system’ which holds most of the processing/storage bits, the monitor which functions as a visual display, and the input controls (mouse and keyboard) that allows you to interact with the computer system. This has been a working, but bulky, setup. With the advent of LCD screens, which were much less bulky than the old CRT screens, computer developers started integrating part of the processing/storage components into the new super-slim LCD display systems.
All-in-one computers are computers that incorporate the ‘tower’ and monitor element into one single unit that you can easily place on a desk. It is similar to a traditional desktop but with all the elements together in a single casing. The only external units are the input controls that are attached to the computer. They differ from laptops in that they don’t have an internal power supply but depend on uninterrupted electricity like traditional desktop computers.
Why should you buy an all-in-one computer?
The most obvious problem that the all-in-one computer solves is the space issue vis-à-vis the traditional desktop computer setup. While modern variations of the desktop computer require less space for the ‘tower’, the all-in-one computer only require minimal desk space to set up with less wiring involved. They are also much more convenient to carry around than traditional ones (some models even come with a built-in handle) while very easy to operate, even for individuals who are not very skilled with computers. All you have to do is plug it in and turn it ‘ON’.
Most people argue that a laptop computer would require less desk space, while matching most of the performance metrics of the average all-in-one computer. In addition, a laptop offers mobility due to its internal battery power source. But laptops are generally limited, in terms of screen size, let’s say 17 inches. Most all-in-one computers have screen sizes ranging from 21 to 27 inches. If your work requires a larger screen (graphics design, video editing and such) or if you are an avid gamer, then the larger screen size that you can get with all-in-one computers can be more important than any of the benefits you may gain from the increased portability that comes with a laptop computer.
All-in-one computer is something you should consider in order to have a cleaner desk with less stuff and less cables going around your workspace. Also, there will be no need to shop for monitor and CPU tower separately. It may even come with touchscreen and other extra features to make user experience much more enjoyable. In fact, some already have built-in cameras, card readers, etc.
There has never been a better time to buy an all-in-one computer. Computer processing and storage components are becoming smaller and smaller while still retaining their performance levels. This means that most all-in-one computers include some components that were originally designed for laptop computers. When you buy an all-in-one computer, you get to experience the best of both worlds having a larger screen size similar to that of traditional desktop computers and minimal space requirements similar to a laptop computer.
As a trend, all-in-one computers have not yet achieved ‘true’ mainstream success. This means that they are still reasonably priced to incentivize consumers to adopt them. As time goes by, more and more people will prefer this type of computer and prices will undoubtedly increase. If you buy now, you will enjoy the early adopter discount.
Like all computer systems, the all-in-one computer is priced according to its processing power and storage space. As of today, most all-in-one computers fall within the Php50,000 and Php120,000 range.