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  • Apple 24" iMac (2021)

  • HP Envy 32-inch All-in-One PC (2021)

  • HP Omen 25L (2021, NVidia RTX 3070)

  • MSI Pro AP 241

  • Apple Mac Mini (Late 2020)

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Apple 24" iMac (2021)

Apple’s 24-inch all-in-one PC is gorgeous, offering a variety of vibrant colors to choose from. The base model comes in blue, green, pink, and silver, while the more expensive version adds orange, purple, and yellow options to the mix. It’s got a 4.5K retina display, the powerful new M1 processor, and takes up minimal space on your desktop.

Our reviewer especially loved the two-minute setup time; you’ll have it out of the box and be logging into your Apple account in no time at all. It offers two USB-C slots, a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports, a headphone jack, and—if you want a wired internet connection—an Ethernet port built into the power brick.

Pros

  • Innovative design

  • Brilliant display

  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • No height adjustment

  • Not the best value for performance

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HP Envy 32-inch All-in-One PC (2021)

If you’re looking for a Windows desktop PC that’s on par with the iMac, HP’s Envy is the solution. It’s got a vibrant, 32-inch 4K display as well as a powerful graphics processor; our reviewer singled out the image quality as its big selling point. It offers a number of configuration options to get the picture how you want—for streaming, for gaming, and so on. That includes presets like a movie mode. Its audio output is incredible (and loud), too.

Pros

  • Huge and vibrant 4K display

  • Powerful graphics processor

  • Detailed and loud sound

Cons

  • Poor monitor adjustability

  • No touchscreen or pen support

  • Average peripherals

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HP Omen 25L (2021, NVidia RTX 3070)

This modular gaming PC has some compromises, but our tester found it a great way to get a 4K gaming rig in a time of ongoing supply shortages. Equipped with an Nvidia RTX 3070 graphics chip and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, the HP Omen 25L can handle high frame rates, ultra-high-def display modes, and ray tracing in the likes of Cyberpunk 2077. Its main drawback is subpar cooling; it gets very hot, which hurts performance.

Pros

  • Modular off-the-shelf components

  • Gorgeous aesthetic

  • Fast Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU

Cons

  • Terrible airflow and temperature management

  • Flimsy motherboard

  • Feature-starved case

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MSI Pro AP 241

MSI’s Pro AP 241 is a simple, no-frills PC. It looks plain and businesslike, and its performance doesn’t handle modern games well. Its display is unremarkable. But as an all-in-one package at an unbeatable price, it gives you everything you need for less than the price of a Mac Mini and the most basic peripherals. If you’re looking for a basic desktop computer that can handle Microsoft Office, Google Docs, YouTube, and everyday tasks like schoolwork, look no further.

Pros

  • Tight form-factor

  • Plenty of USB ports

Cons

  • All work, no fun

  • No upgrading

  • Design deficiencies

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Apple Mac Mini (Late 2020)

Apple’s M1 Mac Mini takes the same (very powerful) processor you find in the latest MacBooks and puts it into a minimalist, space-efficient desktop machine. It consumes very little power, has an impressive cooling system, and offers two USB-C ports as well as a pair of USB-A ones. If you don’t need a fancy laptop or full-featured desktop computer, this tiny powerhouse delivers incredible value and performance.

Just note that the Mac Mini doesn’t include a monitor or keyboard and mouse for its price; you’ll need to get those separately.

Pros

  • Powerful M1 processor

  • Efficient cooling and power

  • Compact, space-saving design

Cons

  • Doesn’t include a monitor or peripherals

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