Monday, 12 June 2017

5 Windows all-in-one PC alternatives to Apple's new iMac Pro



Apple recently announced a powerful all-in-one, the iMac Pro. But guess what? Apple wasn't first to that party.

Despite what marketing hype may try to make you believe, Apple isn't necessarily the pioneer in computing that it once was. The iMac for years was the best all-in-one computer you could buy, and it became an iconic part of the Mac lineup.


But times change. The Windows hardware ecosystem now arguably leads comfortably when it comes to many key factors: performance, price, and design in particular.

At WWDC 2017, Apple this week dropped the curtain on the iMac Pro, its most powerful computer ever. It is basically an iMac with much more powerful insides and a different color. Oh, and a high price tag. But it's also not the first time a company stuffed seriously high-end hardware into an all-in-one PC.

So, if you're a Windows user or just don't want to wait until December for the iMac Pro release, check out these great Windows 10 PCs that are available now.

Origin PC Omni

One thing you most likely can't do with the iMac Pro is open up the back and replace or upgrade its parts. Origin doesn't believe that an all-in-one should be sealed, and so you can whip off the Omni's back cover and make the upgrades you want.



Not that you necessarily need to. The great thing about Origin PCs is that you have a huge range of custom options to choose from when you have it built. So you can go up to a 10-core Intel Core i7 6950X, 32GB of RAM, RAID 0 or RAID 1 storage, and a full-size NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card. Or you can build something less powerful, and less pricey. Because you have the ultimate choice. But the upper limit for how much you can spend is very high, limited only by your desire and your wallet.

In the front, you're looking at a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 34-inch curved display. While in some areas the iMac Pro might boast some better specs, it's not nearly as customizable or easily accessible. It also doesn't have a clear panel option to see all the glorious hardware inside. Omni does.


Digital Storm Aura

The Digital Storm Aura is somewhat similar to the Origin Omni, namely because it's a glorious ultrawide all-in-one that's highly customizable. It, too, is a 34-inch curved ultrawide with a 3440 x 1440 resolution display.



Inside, you're able to choose from a variety of options that go up to a Core i7 6800K, 32GB of RAM, GTX 1080 graphics card, solid state drive (SSD) and hard disk drive (HDD) storage and liquid cooling to keep everything running nice and frosty.

It uses regular parts and lets you get inside and upgrade them as you see fit. We'll never turn our noses up at a PC maker that supports upgrades. It's not cheap, though, and you'll be looking to spend from $2,000 to $3,500, depending on exactly what you want.


Microsoft Surface Studio

While Microsoft may (for once) lose out on the raw power stakes, it wins in the innovation arena without breaking a sweat. While Apple is going after creatives who crave power (and probably macOS), if you want to draw on the Apple machine, you're out of luck.


The Surface Studio reset the bar for what an all-in-one PC can be with that unique hinge that allows it to fold down flat for drawing and writing. Throw in the Surface Dial, and you've got a digital art studio.

What you lose in raw power you make up for versatility, and in that glorious 28-inch, 4500 x 3000 resolution touch display. But it's still capable, with up to 32GB of RAM, Core i7 processor and an option for a 4GB NVIDIA GTX 980M GPU. The Studio is more about the display and what you can do with it than what's inside it.


Lenovo Ideacentre Y910

What if you just want a powerful, upgradeable all-in-one that doesn't have a crazy-wide screen or something that's as exotic as the Surface Studio? Enter the Lenovo Ideacentre Y910, a beefed-up version of the company's regular all-in-one.



The 27-inch display is 2560 x 1440 and matte, but it lacks touch, and inside you get options such as a full size NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card, Intel Core i7, 32GB of RAM and a combination of SSD and HDD storage.

It's an innovative design in its own right, too. The power supply is in the stand, leaving more space in the back for everything else. And you get better cooling. Compared to how much the iMac Pro is probably going to cost, this is a steal at around $2,000.


Dell XPS 27

The XPS 27 from Dell is unlike any other all-in-one PC on the market right now, mostly for the 10 speakers on it pointing at you. But it's not all about the sound, and the latest refresh keeps it towards the top of the power stakes.



You'll now find an 8GB AMD RX 570 GPU paired with an Intel Core i7-7700 processor, 32GB of RAM, up to 2TB of storage and a stunning 27-inch 4K display.

Dell hardware both looks great and is well built, and the XPS 27 can be had (minus dedicated graphics) from $1,549. The range topper comes in at $2,749, but you've one heck of a lot of PC for it.



Source: windows central

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