8 PCs that get you more than the low-end iMac

There are plenty reasons to consider the new lower-priced iMac, but if raw specs are your primary concern, these eight all-in-ones from top PC makers are worth your attention.

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And it's only $1099!

On Wednesday, Apple released a new entry-level iMac. It has a 1.4GHz Core i5 CPU (with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz), 8GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, an Intel HD Integrated Graphics 5000 chipset, and a 21.5-inch, 1920x1080 display. The cost? A mere $1099.

That may be chump change in Mac-Land, but in our world, you can get a lot of PC for that amount of money. Here are eight all-in-one desktops that cost about the same as this "entry-level" machine.

(Note: For the sake of this slideshow, we are basing pricing off of the pre-tax, pre-shipping "take-home" price. This includes "instant savings," but excludes mail-in rebates. Prices as of June 19, 2014.)

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Dell Inspiron 23" Touch: $1109

Coming in at just a few dollars more than the iMac, the Dell Inspiron 23" Touch comes with a 23-inch, 1920x1080 touchscreen—larger than the iMac's, though not by much—12GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive, and an Intel Core i5 processor that runs up to 3.1GHz.

The slim all-in-one has a stand that lets you use it upright as a normal laptop, or at a low angle that's more conducive to touch input—a feature it shares with most of the other PC all-in-ones we found.

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HP Envy Recline 23-m210qd: $1099

Similar to the Dell model in the previous slide, this 23-inch, touch-friendly PC features a 1920x1080 display, a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, 1TB of storage space, and 8GB of memory. The Envy Recline also comes with integrated Beats Audio—a little awkward, perhaps, given Apple's recent acquisition of Beats.

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Lenovo C560 Touch: $929

Lenovo’s C560 is another all-in-one with a 23-inch, 1920x1080 screen. Like the HP Envy model we looked at, the C560 comes equipped with a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory.

The C560 also comes with gobs of storage space, thanks to its 2TB hard drive. Before Lenovo’s “instant savings,” the C560 Touch costs $1099, but its current price makes it one of the better values we found.

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Acer Aspire AU5-610-UB12: $1030

Another 23-inch touchscreen-equipped all-in-one, the Acer Aspire AU5-610-UB12 comes with a 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 (up to 3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost), 8GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive. 


Acer TA272HUL: $1100

Acer's TA272HUL all-in-one eschews Windows entirely for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Inside, a 1.6GHz Nvidia Tegra powers the works, alongside 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage, making the TA272HUL more of a giant tablet than a standard all-in-one PC. But in return, you get a 27-inch, 2560x1440-pixel touchscreen.

Worth the tradeoff? That’s up to you.

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Sony Vaio SVT21215CXB: $1030

With its 21.5-inch, 1920x1080 touchscreen, Sony’s Vaio SVT21215CXB sports the same screen size as the new iMac. Under the hood is a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor (up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost), 8GB of memory, a 750GB hard drive, and an Intel HD Graphics 4400 integrated GPU.

Its specs are somewhat limited compared to similarly priced PCs, but this model also comes with a battery, so you can use it just about anywhere. Like the iMac, the Vaio lacks an optical drive.

This model normally retails for $1100, but Best Buy has it on sale for $1030 .

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Asus ET2321INTH-09: $1200

Available from Best Buy, this Asus model comes with the customary 23-inch, 1920x1080 touchscreen and is powered by a 1.8GHz Core i7 processor that can reach speeds of up to 3GHz when Turbo Boost kicks in.

Also included is 8GB of memory, a generous 2TB hard drive, and an Nvidia 740M graphics chipset with 1GB of dedicated video memory.

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Toshiba PX30t: Pricier for a reason

Toshiba offers only one general-purpose, consumer-grade all-in-one PC through its online store: the PX30t. At $1499, it straddles the price and spec space between the entry-level iMac and the 27-inch iMac (which starts at $1799).

It’s expensive, but you can see why: It's packed with a quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor (Toshiba doesn’t list a clock speed for this machine, though), 8GB of memory, and a 2TB hard drive. An Nvidia GeForce GT740M graphics chipset with 2GB of video memory powers the 23-inch, 1920x1080 touchscreen.

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