10 Best Desktop Computers for Personal Use

Kate Halse
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Gone are the days of loud and cumbersome desktop towers. Today's desktop computers range from stylish and functional all-in-ones to powerful gaming towers with loads of power and multitasking performance.

Although these computers aren't as portable as most laptops, they tend to come with larger screens and impressive specifications for the price. From family-friendly all-in-ones to the best desktops for budget shoppers, here are the best desktop computers for every person's needs.


Best Overall: HP Pavilion 23.8-inch Touch-Screen All-In-One

With specs such as a 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and 12GB memory, the HP Pavilion 23.8-inch Touch-Screen All-In-One can handle just about any task. If you're looking for a computer that's easy to set up and use, you'll appreciate the user-friendly nature of this desktop. A handful of owners find the lack of a CD-ROM drive to be inconvenient, but you can add an external drive easily.


Best Value: Dell Inspiron Desktop

This Dell Inspiron desktop shares similar features to pricier desktops, including a 256GB SSD and 12GB memory. Many users also appreciate the combination DVD/CD burner, which can be hard to find in today's desktops. An 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8400 processor is powerful enough for most typical computing tasks. However, you shouldn't expect to use this desktop for high-end gaming.


Best for Multitasking: Lenovo IdeaCentre 510A Desktop

A powerful 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 processor makes this desktop suitable for gaming, while its 1TB hard drive holds your favorite photos, high-definition (HD) videos, DVD-quality movies and more. The Lenovo IdeaCentre 510A has a DVD/CD burner. The fact that this desktop comes with a wired keyboard and mouse delights budget shoppers. While the desktop handles most tasks with ease, it's prone to period lags and freezes.


Best Display: Apple 27-inch iMac With Retina 5K Display

Instead of the 4,000 pixels of horizontal resolution found on a 4K Retina Display, the Apple iMac 5K Retina Display screen has 5,000 pixels of horizontal resolution. Not only does this innovative display earn praises for its crisp and detailed images, but it's also 27 inches across, so you won't have to squint to see the finest details as you work. The 8GB memory isn't much but suits most typical daily demands.


Best Budget Pick: Lenovo 510A-15ICB Desktop

At first glance, it's hard to believe the low price of the Lenovo 510A-15ICB desktop with features like a DVD/CD burner and 1TB hard drive. However, several users mention that the 8th Gen Intel Core i3 processor is best suited for lighter computing tasks. This desktop has 8GB of memory and makes transferring photos, media, and other content a breeze with Bluetooth 4.2 technology.


Best for Families: ASUS Zen AiO 23.8-inch Touch-Screen All-In-One

The ASUS Zen AiO 23.8-inch all-in-one has a powerful 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor for gaming along with 12GB system memory for multitasking. A 128GB SSD lets you quickly boot up the computer while minimizing heat and noise, even with heavy use. Staying in touch with loved ones is simple thanks to a built-in webcam with two microphones. However, the pop-up camera feature isn't always reliable.


Best for Light Gaming: iBUYPOWER Gaming Desktop

This iBUYPOWER Gaming Desktop has an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive. However, some experienced gamers find the 120GB solid-state drive (SSD) underwhelming. Many gamers find their favorite games run smoothly on the highest settings. With 3GB dedicated video memory, you'll enjoy high-quality videos and games.


Best for Heavy Gaming: HP OMEN Obelisk

The HP OMEN Obelisk is an appealing choice for your most intense games thanks to a powerful 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, a 256GB SSD, and a 1TB hard drive. Most dedicated gamers find the 16GB system memory to be plenty for running intense games. With so much power, it's not surprising that a common complaint about this desktop is that it isn't very quiet.


Best for Heavy Use: HP ENVY 27-inch Touch-Screen All-In-One

With its large 27-inch touchscreen and 256GB SSD, the HP ENVY 27-inch Touch-Screen All-In-One is truly a desktop computer for everyone. An 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor handles multitasking with ease, while the 16GB memory is plenty to store your favorite photos, videos, and other files. One common complaint is the awkwardly placed power switch, which is hidden in the back.


Best Compact Desktop: Apple Mac Mini

If you want to save on space, consider the Apple Mac Mini. Despite its compact size, this powerful desktop shares virtually the same specs as the larger towers. Fans of this compact desktop especially enjoy its 128GB SSD and 8GB memory, which is plenty of storage space for your favorite photos, movies, and more. However, the Intel Core i3 processor isn't the most impressive, especially given the price.

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