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Five Top All-in-One Desktops

So the 15-inch display on your laptop is starting to feel cramped, and you work mainly in one location. You could attach an additional screen to your notebook or opt for a desktop tower with a separate monitor, but you have another option: an all-in-one (AIO) desktop. For about the same amount of money you’d spend on a midrange-to-high-end laptop with a 17-inch screen (or more likely, less), you can get an AIO desktop PC with a 23-inch-or-larger screen. Here’s what to consider when shopping for an all-in-one PC. (Also, take a look at our review of the Microsoft Surface Studio AIO in this issue.).

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The first thing to look for in an all-in-one is the screen. Lower-priced AIO PCs come with 20-inch screens, but those are better suited to cramped spaces such as classroom labs or dorm rooms. What you really want is a display at least 23 inches on the diagonal—and larger is better, if you can manage it. (The biggest all-in-ones we’ve seen to date have had curved 34-inch screens.) You’re almost guaranteed a 1,920-by-1,080-resolution (full HD) screen at this size, and larger screens will go even higher—up to 4K in many cases, or 3,440 by 1,440 on an ultra-wide display.

That gives you the ability to view multiple windows side by side

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