All–in–one desktops aren’t new, but you can think again if you reckon it’s just Apple’s who’s bringing their A game to these super–sleek machines. Sony got in on the act yesterday, so we’re on hand to help you pick the right machine to replace that dusty old box you call your PC.
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Apple iMac www.apple.com
The iMac is (well, was), the daddy of all–in–one computers. It’s still a beast, with the top–end 24in model rocking 2GB of RAM, 500GB HDD and NVIDIA graphics. If you spend most of your day doing arty stuff, or just love Apple, this is where it’s at. £1,389
HP IQ500 Touchsmart www.hp.com
With a slick touchscreen and easy-as-you-like controls, HP’s IQ500 Touchsmart is what computers of the future will look like, and that’s what you first adopters love. Bypassing any Vista-based niggles with their own custom interface, it’s got a spec sheet to make Apple weep. £1,100
Eee Monitor eeepc.asus.com
Asus’s all-in-one cheapy hasn’t actually landed yet, but talk about the next addition to the ever-growing Eee family is rife. Asus has yet to say how much it’ll cost, but with full USB and Ethernet connectivity, this will be perfect for some basic web play and a few tunes and movies. Expect it to be no more than £400. £TBA
Sony Vaio RT www.sony.co.uk
Forget the iMac – if you want high-end entertainment, the RT is where you should be looking. Announced alongside the JS1, it packs in a Blu-Ray drive, HDMI input and an insanely big 25.5in screen. Plus it’s full HD and even has 1TB of storage. Only bankers with massive redundancy cheques need apply. £TBA
Diehard PC fan
Dell XPS One www.dell.com
We know that some folk just can’t stand Apple. And Dell is always there with its string of ultra-reliable PCs to fill the gap. The XPS One looks the business and will do everything you expect from a Vista-toting PC.