An all-in-one computer is a business-owner's best friend. These computers aren't as clunky as full-featured laptops, and they don't take up as much space or cause as much cable clutter as traditional desktop computers. Some all-in-one computers are even tablet hybrids, giving business users ultimate control.
Typically ultrathin and connected to a stand, a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse, all-in-one computers offer the perfect compromise between laptops and desktop computers, with the added bonus of tablet functionality in some devices.
Whether you need power, portability or affordability, here are three of the best all-in-one computers for your business.
1. Slim and powerful: Apple iMac (OS X Mavericks)
Apple's iMac is a sleek, ultrathin, all-in-one computer that packs a punch. Equipped with fourth-generation Intel processors, the latest Intel Iris Pro or NVIDIA graphics and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the iMac is both fast and powerful.
The iMac runs on OS X Mavericks, Apple's new operating system, which efficiently works with the hardware to deliver the fastest performance possible. OS X Mavericks comes with business-ready, iOS-integrated apps like Calendar, Mail, Contacts, Notifications, iMessage and Facetime. It also comes with a slew of built-in productivity apps, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote — which are Apple's versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Security features include random password generator, device authorization and iCloud Keychain — which encrypts and stores passwords, credit cards, Wi-Fi authentication and other access information.
Tech Specs: The iMac is available in either the 21.5-inch (1920 x 1080) or 27-inch (2560 x 1440) display. All models come with a 1TB hard drive and 8GB (two 4GB) memory, and are configurable up to a 3.5Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9Ghz) processor.
Ports: SDXC card slot, four USB 3 (USB 2-compatible) ports, two thunderbolt ports, Mini DisplayPort, Gigabit Internet and Kensington lock slot
Peripherals: The iMac is shipped with Apple's full-size Wireless Keyboard and Multi-Touch Magic Mouse, which lets users click anywhere and supports simple gestures for scrolling and swiping.
Cost: The iMac starts at $1,299 for the 21.5-inch 2.7 GHz model.
2. On-the-go, all-in-one PC: Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Desktop with Touch (Windows 8)
Dubbed the world's thinnest and lightest portable, all-in-one computer, the Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One Desktop with Touch offers both mobility and touch screen capabilities. Though not quite as lightweight as tablets, at 4.9 lbs., the XPS 18 is portable enough that you can use the device as a tablet or for easy travel.
The XPS 18 runs on Windows 8 and can be upgraded to Windows 8.1 for increased productivity and capabilities. Its standout feature, however, is its flexibility. Need a tablet? The XPS 18 has a 5-hour battery life, outlasting other hybrid, all-in-one computers. Need a desktop device? Its built-in feet are just a snap away from being a kickstand; the optional adjustable stand also docks the device like a regular computer monitor, while the built-in adapter charges the computer. Either way, the touch screen offers fluid navigation, in which users can scroll, swipe, tap and pinch the display. Whether users are at home or in the office, the XPS 18 is a portable desktop fit for any environment.
Tech Specs: The XPS 18 has an 18.4-inch LED Backlit Touch Display with IPS/Truelife and FHD resolution (1920 x 1080) and Intel HD Graphics 4000. It is powered by a 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-3227U processor (3M Cache, 1.9 GHz) and comes with a 500GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive and 4GB Single Channel DDR3 1600MHz (4GBx1) memory.
Ports: Two USB 3.0, headphone/microphone combo jack, headphone jack and media card reader 8:1, which supports SDXC (SD3.0), Secure Digital (SD), Multi Media Card (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO, xD‐Picture Card, Hi Speed‐SD and Hi Capacity‐SD.
Peripherals: The XPS 18 ships with Dell's Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
Cost: The XPS 18 starts at $899.
3. Budget-friendly: Acer DA220HQL 21.5-Inch All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop (Android)
In a world where all-in-one desktops can run upwards of $1,000, the Acer DA220HQL 21.5-inch All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop will provoke a sigh of relief from business users on a budget. For less than $500, the Acer DA220HQL delivers a full HD, 21.5-inch (1920 x 1080) multi-touch display and the power of an Android tablet or PC.
The Acer DA220HQL offers hours of tablet use or desktop productivity. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, delivering the ease and features of the Android operating system: multitasking, notifications, customizable home screen, resizable widgets and more. It also includes Android's popular Google Now virtual personal assistant and access to over one million apps on the Google Play marketplace.
Tech Specs: The Acer DA220HQL is equipped with 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM memory, MicroSD memory slot (up to 32GB), 802.11b/g/n Wireless (802.11n 2.4GHz only) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. It also comes with a built-in 1.2MP, front-facing camera and two integrated speakers for easy videoconferencing and collaboration.
Ports: One micro-USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports and one micro HDMI port, to which users can plug in an external PC, notebook or tablet for added productivity.
Peripherals: The Acer DA220HQL ships with a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Cost: The Acer DA220HQL has a list price of $349.99 and is currently available for $335.96 on Amazon.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.