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Back To School 2013: All-in-One Desktop PCs Under $600

by Roy Choi | July 24, 2013July 24, 2013 12:00 pm PDT

Back to School 2013 - All in One PC

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Summer break is just too short and for some folks the school year is just a month away. The back to school shopping ritual is well underway and it is a daunting task to think about all the gadgets available for students. We’re going to do our best to help sift through the available options.

All-in-one desktops are more popular than ever, and it seems that traditional desktop PCs have ceded the ground for all-in-one units.  For good reason as they are great space savers and are typically cheaper than laptops configured with similar specs.  Seems like you can’t walk into a store without having your attention directed towards an all-in-one unit.

We’ve selected some of our favorite all-in-one PCs under $600.  While we’ll cover other price ranges ($600-$900 and $900+ units). Our selection includes units with 500GB hard drives all the way up to 1TB, RAM configurations from 4GB to 6GB and expandable up to 16GB and displays between 20 to 23-inches including one unit unit that sports a touch-screen display. Despite all these differing specs one thing is for certain: the units below are great deals.

Note: All prices listed are manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing, actual prices will vary.

Asus 21.5-inch all-in-one computer (ET2220IUKI-04)

$599.99

This Asus all-in-one sports USB 3.0 and is wall-mountable, making the device even more space friendly.  Though this model only supports 3 media card types, it supports the most popular.

Height 25.2 inches
Width 6.7 inches
Depth 23.5 inches
Weight 19.7 lbs
Processor Intel® Pentium® processor G645
System Memory (RAM) 4GB DDR3 RAM
Hard Drive Type 500GB SATA III (7200 rpm)
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 2500
Screen Size 21.5-inch LED-Backlit (1920 x1080)
Webcam Yes
Network Card Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Wireless Networking Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
Recordable DVD Drive DVD±RW/CD-RW
Media Card Reader 3-in-1 media reader: SD, SDHC, MMC
USB Ports 4 USB 3.0 (2 side, 2 rear); 1 USB 2.0 (rear)
Operating System Windows 8 64-Bit
HDMI Output Yes
Touch-screen No
Tilt No
Wall Mountable Yes

Lenovo – C440 Touch 21.5-inch Touch-Screen All-In-One Computer (C440 TOUCH – 57317004)

$589.99

This unit is the lone touch-screen in the budget all-in-one desktop PC class. Though you can get a larger display for a non-touch-screen variant, I personally prefer the Windows 8 experience better on a touch-screen as opposed to a mouse-click interface.

Height 17.2 inches
Width 21.8 inches
Depth 7.8 inches
Weight 17.6 lbs
Processor 3.0 GHz Intel® Pentium® processor G2030
System Memory (RAM) 4GB DDR3 RAM, expandable to 8GB
Hard Drive Type 1TB SATA (7200 rpm)
Graphics Intel Graphics
Screen Size 21.5-inch LED-backlit high-definition widescreen touch-screen display (1920 x 1080)
Webcam Built-in 720P webcam
Network Card Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Wireless Networking Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
Recordable DVD Drive DVD±RW/CD-RW
Media Card Reader 6-in-1 media reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, XD
USB Ports 6 USB 2.0 Ports (2 side, 4 rear)
Operating System Windows 8 64-Bit
HDMI Output Yes
Touch-screen Yes
Tilt Yes

Lenovo – 23-inch All-in-One Computer (C540 – 57315617)

$549.99

This model is a larger version version of the 21.5-inch touch-screen version above.  Between the Lenovo model above, you are swapping between size, touch-screen and price, otherwise very similar units.

Height 16.8 inches
Width 22.3 inches
Depth 7.75 inches
Weight 15.9 lbs
Processor 3.0 GHz Intel® Pentium® processor G2030
System Memory (RAM) 4GB DDR3 RAM, expandable to 8GB
Hard Drive Type 1TB SATA (7200 rpm)
Graphics Intel Graphics
Screen Size 23-inch display
Webcam Built-in 720P webcam
Network Card Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Wireless Networking Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
Recordable DVD Drive DVD±RW/CD-RW
Media Card Reader 6-in-1 media reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, XD
USB Ports 6 USB 2.0 Ports (2 side, 4 rear)
Operating System Windows 8 64-Bit
HDMI Output Yes
Touch-screen No
Tilt Yes

HP – Pavilion 20-inch All-In-One Computer (20-b014)

$499.99

The 20-inch HP Pavilion is one of the lightest in the bunch, but still manages to pack in 1TB of hard drive space, 4GB or ram (expandable up to 16GB), 6-in 1 card reader. Though you can expect to pay for the larger 23-inch model, this is a great unit if you’re looking to keep your budget under $500 (before tax) without sacrificing hard drive capacity.

Height 15.75 inches
Width 19.9 inches
Depth 4 inches
Weight 14.1 lbs
Processor 1.4 GHz AMD E1-1200 Accelerated Processor
System Memory (RAM) 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 16GB
Hard Drive Type 1TB SATA III (7200 rpm)
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7310 graphics
Screen Size 20-inch display
Webcam Built-in True Vision HD Webcam
Network Card Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Wireless Networking Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
Recordable DVD Drive DVD±RW/CD-RW
Media Card Reader 6-in-1 media reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, XD
USB Ports 4 USB 2.0 Ports
Operating System Windows 8 64-Bit
HDMI Output Yes
Touch-screen No
Tilt Yes

HP – Pavilion 23-inch All-In-One Computer (23-b010)

$599.99 

The HP Pavillion 23 has one of the largest displays, measuring in at 23-inches, and has the most RAM onboard out of the box, additionally, it can be configured up to 16GB. This unit also comes with USB 3.0 and 2.0, HDMI and wireless keyboard and mouse.  Those later configurations are usually found in slightly higher range models.

Height 17.3 inches
Width 22.5 inches
Depth 3.9 inches
Weight 14.6 lbs
Processor 1.7 GHz AMD E1-1800 Accelerated Processor
System Memory (RAM) 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 16GB
Hard Drive Type 500GB SATA (7200 rpm)
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics
Screen Size 23-inch display
Webcam Built-in 720p Webcam
Network Card Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Wireless Networking Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
Recordable DVD Drive Double-Layer, DVD±RW/CD-RW
Media Card Reader 6-in-1 media reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, XD
USB Ports 2 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0 Ports
Operating System Windows 8 64-Bit
HDMI Output Yes
Touch-screen No
Tilt Yes

 

Dell – Inspiron One 2020 20-inch All-In-One Computer (IO2020-3338BK)

$449.99

While one of cheapest in the budget all-in-one PC category, this unit still sports a 1TB hard drive and 4GB of RAM. The display is smaller than the others, but for less than $450 it’s hard to beat the price.

Height 12.7 inches
Width 20 inches
Depth 2.5 inches
Weight 20.1 lbs
Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Pentium Processor G202T
System Memory (RAM) 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB
Hard Drive Type 1TB SATA III (7200 rpm)
Graphics Intel HD
Screen Size 20-inch display
Webcam Built-in Webcam
Network Card Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN
Wireless Networking Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
Recordable DVD Drive Dual-Layer, DVD±RW/CD-RW
Media Card Reader 6-in-1 media reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, XD
USB Ports 5 USB 2.0 Ports
Operating System Windows 8 64-Bit
HDMI Output No
Touch-screen No
Tilt Yes


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Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...


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