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5 budget all-in-one PCs for college students: We name the best values

PCWorld all-in-one PC roundup

At a Glance

Undeniably good looking, the Acer Aspire U all-in-one delivers a classy desktop computing and multimedia experience.

Price when rated: $1000

Pros

  • Attractive industrial design
  • HDMI-in and -out
  • Well-designed mouse and keyboard

Cons

  • Somewhat slow hard drive
  • Integrated graphics
  • Boots only from UEFI media
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Acer's Aspire Z3-605-UR22 is an attractive machine, but its performance leaves us wanting.

Price when rated: $900
Lowest price: $792.00 via Office Depot

Pros

  • Comfortable mouse and keyboard
  • Slim, space-saving design
  • Quick startup

Cons

  • Weak performance
  • Oversaturated display
  • Poor price/performance ratio
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At a Glance

The Dell Inspiron One is a sturdy, non-nonsense all-in-one. But Dell's ho-hum component choices deliver equally ho-hum benchmark performance.

Price when rated: $699

Pros

  • Attractive, sturdy design
  • Accurate, smooth touchscreen
  • Minimalist bezel/face

Cons

  • Mediocre performance
  • Low-volume speakers with little depth
  • Very basic, wired peripherals
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At a Glance

HP resurrected the all-in-one concept many years ago, but there's nothing particularly great about this model. Here's hoping the company shakes the industry up again soon.

Price when rated: $800

Pros

  • Slim, space-saving design
  • Comfortable keyboard

Cons

  • Design looks clunky and dated
  • Mediocre performance
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At a Glance

Lenovo's C540 Touch isn't the sexiest all-in-one we've seen, but it is an exceptional value at just $719 (as of 8/30/13)

Price when rated: $719

Pros

  • 8GB of memory
  • Very good productivity benchmark scores
  • Great keyboard

Cons

  • Weak integrated graphics
  • Display recessed deep behind bezel
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At a Glance

The Toshiba PX35t-A2210 is a relatively powerful all-in-one desktop machine. While it is more expensive than the rest of this field, it delivers the performance and features to back up its price tag.

Price when rated: $930
Lowest price: $1,095.00 via antonline.com

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Good performance
  • Four USB 3.0 ports

Cons

  • Screen coloration slightly off
  • Uncomfortably angular mouse
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