Update March 2017: We've removed another older choice and introduced Dell's new barnstorming XPS 27.

Best Overall

Microsoft Surface Studio

Surface Studio

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The Surface Studio isn't just an all-in-one PC. It's perhaps the most innovative computer in recent memory. Not only do you get a full, powerful Windows 10 PC in the same box as a display, you get a stunning, sleek, slim form factor. Oh, and it also folds down flat like the biggest, most glorious sketch pad you've ever seen.

The Surface Studio is an amazing PC, but it comes alive when you're a creator. That massive display is all touch with pen support, so it's an incredible digital canvas. Throw on the Surface Dial and you've got a killer toolset at your fingertips. It isn't cheap, but at the upper levels you can get fairly capable dedicated graphics from NVIDIA that will even be OK for some modest gaming.

If this is the future of the PC, we're in for a treat.

Bottom line: The Surface Studio is the best all-in-one PC you can buy. Perhaps ever made.

One more thing: Initial supply is limited to the United States and won't begin shipping again until early 2017.

Why the Surface Studio is the best

Every so often a new, class-leading innovation comes along and changes the game. Late 2016 saw that with the Surface Studio. Microsoft's in-house hardware division has always been known for pushing out unique ideas, and the Surface Studio is its take on the all-in-one.

The Surface Studio is a class-leading innovation

Except the Surface Studio is more than an all-in-one. It's a creative hub, with a large, high-resolution touch display, a digital pen, and even the Surface Dial to bring added features to some of your favorite software. It's almost unbelievably thin, immensely eye-catching, and packing a party piece.

No other all-in-one PC can boast all of this, and then the Surface Studio throws in one more trick: it can fold down flat on your desk like a studio canvas. Drawing and writing on a screen isn't very comfortable when that screen is upright, so Microsoft devised a clever hinge to take it down closer to the table. It's an exquisite piece of engineering.

While the Surface Studio isn't exactly cheap, with prices starting at $3,000, it's the ultimate all-in-one PC. It can even do some modest gaming. There's honestly not a lot it won't do. Microsoft has shown us what is possible, and it makes for a very exciting future.

Best for Creators

Dell XPS 27

XPS 27

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Dell's newest XPS 27 is the company's take on the Surface Studio, but with a different target audience. While Microsoft's all-in-one is more geared towards artists, engineers, even folks fond of incredible design, the XPS 27 is the one to get if you're a photo, video or audio creator.

The XPS 27 has a whole bunch of hardware configurations, like a 4K InfinityEdge display, Skylake i7 processor and AMD Radeon graphics, but the speakers set the XPS 27 apart from the rest.

Because it has TEN. Something no other all-in-one PC can come close to. And it starts at $1,499, too, which is a lot less than the Surface Studio.

Bottom line: Well-priced and a great choice for creators focused on photo, video and audio.

One more thing: Ten speakers. The XPS 27 has TEN speakers.

For gamers

Lenovo IdeaCentre Y910

IdeaCentre Y910

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This might be an all-in-one PC by design, but underneath this is really a high-end desktop rig. Peel away the back cover and you'll find easy-to-upgrade parts, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, an Intel Core i7 processor and a graphics card all the way up to NVIDIA's incredible GTX 1080. Lenovo also worked magic by getting the power supply into the base of the unit, so there's no ugly power brick.

Around the front you're looking at an almost bezel-free 1440p IPS display that looks just terrific and will work well for both gaming and creative work. Despite all the power within, the Y910 is a fairly sleek, good looking unit, and you can get it with a big ol' 27-inch display, too.

Bottom line: If you're a space conscious gamer, this all-in-one PC has very few compromises.

One more thing: Upgrading is both tool-free and very easy to do.

Best Ultrawide

HP Envy 34

Envy 34

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If you're looking for something with an instant wow factor, the Envy 34 from HP has that in spades. It's boasting an incredible 34-inch curved 1440p display which is flanked by speakers with Bang and Olufsen tuning.

At the very highest end you can have an Envy 34 with an unlocked Skylake Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD storage, but you can spend less and still get lots of juicy hardware. Lower down the spectrum you can still get a Core i7 with 12GB of RAM and a combination of HDD and SSD storage.

Throw in an Intel RealSense camera array for Windows Hello and you've ticked pretty much every box with this incredible PC.

Bottom line: A stunning all-in-one PC with an added wow factor

One more thing: It won't be any use for gaming, but there's not a lot else it won't do.

Best Overall

Microsoft Surface Studio

Surface Studio

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The Surface Studio isn't just an all-in-one PC. It's perhaps the most innovative computer in recent memory. Not only do you get a full, powerful Windows 10 PC in the same box as a display, you get a stunning, sleek, slim form factor. Oh, and it also folds down flat like the biggest, most glorious sketch pad you've ever seen.

The Surface Studio is an amazing PC, but it comes alive when you're a creator. That massive display is all touch with pen support, so it's an incredible digital canvas. Throw on the Surface Dial and you've got a killer toolset at your fingertips. It isn't cheap, but at the upper levels you can get fairly capable dedicated graphics from NVIDIA that will even be OK for some modest gaming.

If this is the future of the PC, we're in for a treat.

Bottom line: The Surface Studio is the best all-in-one PC you can buy. Perhaps ever made.

One more thing: Initial supply is limited to the United States and won't begin shipping again until early 2017.