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.

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

One more thing: It is pretty expensive, with prices starting at $3,000. But the best things often are.

Why the Surface Studio is the best

Microsoft's first desktop PC is a winner in every way.

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

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 and immensely eye-catching.

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. 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 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. It has TEN of them, 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: It's 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 it 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. Prices start at a little over $1,300.

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 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 a seventh-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a combination of solid-state drive (SSD) and hard-disk drive (HDD) storage. You can also get dedicated graphics in the form of an AMD RX 460, making it solid for creators and for some light gaming.

The latest model of the Envy 34 is probably one of the finest looking all-in-one PCs ever made. Prices start around $1,700.

Bottom line: It's a stunning all-in-one PC with an added wow factor.

One more thing: Dedicated graphics are good for light gaming and creative work.

Conclusion

There are a lot of great all-in-one Windows PCs out there, but Microsoft has the top dog with the Surface Studio. It's a shining example of what an all-in-one can be. It is pricey, though, and if it's too much for you then the Dell XPS 27 or HP Envy 34 are great choices. And for gamers, Lenovo's easy to upgrade IdeaCentre is hard to beat, with a great starting price and mases of hardware potential.

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.

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

One more thing: It is pretty expensive, with prices starting at $3,000. But the best things often are.

Updated October 12, 2017: We added the latest version of the HP Envy 34 to our list.