Best overall

Dell XPS 27

Dell's XPS 27 is the company's take on the Surface Studio, but with a different target audience. While Microsoft's all-in-one is more geared towards artists, engineers, even folks fond of incredible design, the XPS 27 is the one to get if you're a photo, video or audio creator.

The XPS 27 has a whole bunch of hardware configurations, like a 4K InfinityEdge display, Skylake i7 processor and AMD Radeon graphics, but the speakers set the XPS 27 apart from the rest. It has TEN of them, something no other all-in-one PC can come close to. The XPS 27 can be had as low as $1,700, which is a lot less than the Surface Studio.

Bottom line: It's well-priced and a great choice for anyone looking for a powerful all-in-one PC.

One more thing: Ten speakers. The XPS 27 has TEN speakers.

Why the Dell XPS 27 is the best

How many speakers do you have in your life? It probably isn't this many.

It's easy to get lost in the 10 speakers on the XPS 27, partly because they're one of the defining features, both technically and visually. But it's also something worth highlighting. No other all-in-one (AIO) PC has audio like this.

Past that, though, the XPS 27 has something for everyone. At the bottom end, it's very affordable for a large, high-end AIO, and when you add on the specs it becomes a glorious, powerful PC that can do all things.

It can game to a degree, it can be used for creative work with a fantastic looking 4K display and while it's not quite as striking as the Surface Studio, in its own way it stands out. The Dell Canvas exists for folks who want a giant, fold down panel to draw on, but for most people most of the time, the XPS 27 is the one to rule them all.

Best for creators

Microsoft Surface Studio

The Surface Studio isn't just an all-in-one PC. It's perhaps the most innovative computer in recent memory. Not only do you get a full, powerful Windows 10 PC in the same box as a display, you get a stunning, sleek, slim form factor. Oh, and it also folds down flat like the biggest, most glorious sketchpad you've ever seen.

The Surface Studio is an amazing PC, but it comes alive when you're a creator. That massive display is all-touch with pen support, so it's an incredible digital canvas. Throw on the Surface Dial, and you've got a killer toolset at your fingertips. It isn't cheap, but at the upper levels you can get fairly capable dedicated graphics from NVIDIA that will even be OK for some modest gaming.

Bottom line: The Surface Studio is a category-changing all-in-one PC.

One more thing: It is pretty expensive, with prices starting at $3,000. But the best things often are.

For gamers

CyberpowerPC Arcus 34

This might be an all-in-one PC by design, but underneath it is really a high-end desktop rig. Peel away the back cover and you'll find up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, an optional Intel Core i7-8700K processor and a graphics card all the way up to NVIDIA's incredible GTX 1080. The power supply is also integrated into the back of the PC, so there are no ugly power bricks.

Around front, you're looking at an ultrawide 34-inch 1440p curved display that looks just terrific and will work well for both gaming and creative work. Despite all the power within, the Arcus 34 is a fairly sleek, good-looking unit. Prices start at $1,829

Bottom line: If you're a space conscious gamer, this all-in-one PC has very few compromises.

One more thing: It uses standard parts so upgrading in the future is possible.

Best Ultrawide

HP Envy 34

If you're looking for something with instant wow factor, the Envy 34 from HP has that in spades. It's boasting an incredible 34-inch curved 1440p display which is flanked by speakers with Bang and Olufsen tuning.

At the very highest end, you can have an Envy 34 with a seventh-generation Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a combination of solid-state drive (SSD) and hard-disk drive (HDD) storage. You can also get dedicated graphics in the form of an AMD RX 460, making it solid for creators and for some light gaming.

The latest model of the Envy 34 is probably one of the finest looking all-in-one PCs ever made. Prices start around $1,650.

Bottom line: It's a stunning all-in-one PC with an added wow factor.

One more thing: Dedicated graphics are good for light gaming and creative work.

Conclusion

There are a lot of great AIO Windows PCs out there, but Dell has the top dog with the XPS 27. Its combination of power, design and value makes it hard to beat right now. If your needs are more targeted, there are excellent options from Microsoft, CyberpowerPC and HP that are all worth consideration.

Best overall

Dell XPS 27

Dell's XPS 27 is the company's take on the Surface Studio, but with a different target audience. While Microsoft's all-in-one is more geared towards artists, engineers, even folks fond of incredible design, the XPS 27 is the one to get if you're a photo, video or audio creator.

The XPS 27 has a whole bunch of hardware configurations, like a 4K InfinityEdge display, Skylake i7 processor and AMD Radeon graphics, but the speakers set the XPS 27 apart from the rest. It has TEN of them, something no other all-in-one PC can come close to. The XPS 27 can be had as low as $1,700, which is a lot less than the Surface Studio.

Bottom line: It's well-priced and a great choice for anyone looking for a powerful all-in-one PC.

One more thing: Ten speakers. The XPS 27 has TEN speakers.

Updated June 27, 2018:The CyberpowerPC Arcus 34 is our new top pick for gamers.