All-in-One PCs have been around for quite some time. However, they’ve always been a fringe market ignored by most PC users.
In 2013, things might have changed for the All-in-One PC. Sales of All-in-One PCs increased despite an industry-wide decline in PC sales of 10.1%.
All-in-One PCs were basically the only category that did well this year. Shipments grew 15.8% in 2013 according to Digitimes Research. Shipments are also projected to continue growing over the next year as “global AIO PC shipments will grow nearly 5 percent in 2014.”
So what are AIO PCs? And should you really care? Here are the most important bullet points to know about All-in-One PCs:
-All of the hardware is hidden inside the monitor
-AIO PCs can come with screens anywhere from 15 inches to 30 inches
-Some AIO PCs feature the traditional mouse and keyboard peripherals, while others use touchscreens
Gamers and performance PC users tend to avoid AIO PCs because of the following disadvantages:
-They are difficult or impossible to upgrade
-They’re generally not very powerful
-Many models favor style and design over performance
While AIO PCs tend to be expensive, they’re not as prohibitively expensive as they once were. A quick look at Best Buy’s catalog reveals basic AIO PCs for as little as $500, while mid-range models with Core i5 processors, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drives, and 23 inch HD screens start at around $800. That’s not bad at all – it’s about what you would pay for a desktop PC with those specs.
Should you care?
AIO PCs aren’t for everybody. They’re designed for casual PC users who need basic computer functionality in a small and stylish form. If your apartment or house is cramped for space and you just need a simple desktop PC at a decent price, then there’s nothing wrong with the AIO PC market.
But if you want to upgrade your PC and perform more complex processing tasks – like gaming – then AIO PCs aren’t for you.
At the end of the day, AIO PC sales are projected to grow while traditional PC sales continue to decline. Look for more and more AIO PCs to appear on store shelves over the next year.