I just posted our best desktop picks to our Law Technology Buyer’s Guide. We’ve made top picks for Windows and Mac for all-in-ones as well as component systems.

If you are considering a new computer with Windows 8, by the way, you should be looking at an all-in-one. Windows 8 needs to be touched, and component systems are not generally configured with touchscreens. It’s the all-in-one systems that are best configured to take advantage of the new Windows 8 UI.

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  1. zeromein says:

    I see your point, but I think it is also important to consider another factor. The problem with All-in-One’s is that you can’t upgrade their RAM and over time without having that option, the impact is reduced performance. Stated explicitly, you will have to replace the computer faster to maintain a decent level of performance, b/c you have limited yourself in terms of what you can do to enhance its performance. Upgrading RAM and expanding it is the most impactful way to prolong the life of a PC, but the option just simply isn’t there with the all-in-one units.

    • Sam Glover says:

      Where did you get the idea that you can’t upgrade the RAM in all-in-one PCs?

      • zeromein says:

        I was advised so by a geeky friend. Perhaps I was duped?

        • Sam Glover says:

          Well, let’s go take a look. The Dell Inspiron One 20 says it has “options to upgrade your technology in the future.” I can’t imagine what that would mean besides user-upgradable RAM, so I’m checking the box for that unit. For the XPS 25, the manual makes it look doable.

          The Lenovo ThinkCentre M-series definitely allowed memory upgrades.

          The 21″ iMac does not have replaceable RAM, but you can replace the RAM on the 27″ iMac easily.

          In other words, I think your friend isn’t as tech-savvy as he or she may think. Sure, you need to do a little looking, but lots of AIO system allow memory upgrades.

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