1. Apple iMac Pro
After five years of repeated falls, in 2017 part of the computer market has recovered. Conventional computing is not going through its best moment as a result of the big explosion in sales of the star device of the last decade, the smart mobile phone.
While manufacturers explore new hybrid formulas such as convertible computers or “2 in 1”, the traditional concept of computer purely designed to be located in a particular place in the home or the work environment itself has been losing interest to the detriment of other ideas more transportable . Even so, it still has its audience. Data from consultants IDC and GfK established that during the year peaks of rise were reached: the sale of computers in the first quarter of 2017 rose by 0.6%, touching the 60.3 million units worldwide.
A small growth explained in the methodology used in which the stock dedicated by computer manufacturers is collected. Failing to close the year with the overall count, the HP and Lenovo firms have disputed the sellers’ ranking throne, followed by Dell and Apple. Precisely this last brand has renewed some of its products this year. One of them, the iMac, has introduced more power and a better screen in this “all in one” of high flights.
This model, one of the most interesting of the year, has several configurations and two versions differentiated by the size of the monitor. A recommended version is the model with 21.5 inches of screen capable of generating a 4K resolution, the image standard to pursue by the industry that has already become the sweet tooth of televisions. Under the hood there is a powerful motor designed to move all the springs with fluidity and solvency. The 27-inch model also surprises by offering what they have called 5K resolution, thus the screen is the main protagonist.
Since this team is designed for productivity, the idea is that it works perfectly in any task, from design to audiovisual editing. For this, it has been optimized with Intel i5 processors of seventh generation of four cores at a clock frequency of 3 GHz -exists another higher version, which moves at 3.4 GHz- accompanied by 8 GB of memory at 2,400 MH -amplifiable up to 16 GB according to needs-, which gives it an overwhelming performance on paper. It leaves airy without contemplations. The Radeon Pro 555 graphics card with 2 GB of video memory is included.
Pantalla27 pulgadasResolución4K (4,096 x 2,304 pixels) ProcessorIntel Core i5 to 3.4GHz (7th Generation Kaby Lake) GraphicsAMD Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB of VRAMMemory8GB of RAM DDR4 at 2,400MHzCapacidad1 TB
As for the rest of the technical specifications, the equipment supports up to 1TB of storage capacity and there are two UBS-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, that is, it allows speeds of up to 40 Gbps (faster and more versatile connection with any data replicator). ports, screen or data device). With aluminum finish, the device of the American firm has wanted to print design and creativity as two of its basic pillars in its proposals. Keep in mind that with the latest version of the operating system, MacOS High Sierra, the platform also supports virtual reality content. Price: 1,299 euros.
2. Microsoft Surface Studio
Another product that leaves this year and that will be important to keep track is the Surface Studio, especially, so it can inspire other manufacturers. A Microsoft proposal also defined for the most demanding public that, despite the interesting features, is still too expensive. Even so, it has aspects to take into account due to its capacity for disruption and the innovation proposed by the American firm, which has reversed its strategy with the increasing effort to manufacture hardware.
And the team surprises, but for good. It has a 28-inch monitor with touch screen that is able to be placed almost horizontally on the table, allowing drawing or taking notes on it as if it were a huge notebook. For this, it requires a round device called Surface Dial, a kind of button that sits on the screen and interacts with us, offering interesting tools in real time.
As if it were a roulette of those used to unlock safes, we can rotate the Surface Dial to, for example, change the colors we want to use while we paint on the screen. It almost exerts digital canvas. Also, clicking on it offers different options. An interesting peripheral that will have to be thoroughly tested to see its real usefulness. The idea is brilliant and can be crowned as the most innovative desktop PC of the year.
Screen28 inchesResolution3.840 x 2.160 pixelsProcessorIntel Core i5 / i7GraphicsNvidia Geforce 980MMemory8 / 16 / 32GB RAMA Storage1 / 2TB with hybrid configuration
In addition, virtually no component or technical aspect is scarce. Because the team has a marathon soul and perfectly supports the effort in each task. It can be configured with Intel i5 or i7 processors and up to 32 GB of RAM. On a visual level, the device is elegant and made of aluminum.
Also included is the Geforce 980M graphics card, although it lacks more power with superior Nvidia models, and houses up to four USB 3.0 ports, although other connections are missing. Surface Studio is also ready for voice interactions. Thanks to a series of microphones deployed in its chassis, the Cortana assistant can be invoked to perform several operations. Price: 2,999 euros.
3. HP Envy Curved «All in one»
Powerful, competent and balanced. This is the Envy Curved All in One, a high performance team from the HP firm, which stands out especially for its 32-inch curved monitor and resolution 3,440 x 1,440. But its great asset is its 21: 9 ratio that makes it ultra-panoramic. An ideal work area, then, for certain design activities. It is missing that the panel is tactile.
This PC is not relegated to a second level at the technical level, since it offers several technical configurations that start from seventh generation Intel i5 processors and 8 GB of memory. These figures promise a solvent performance, especially in its version of i7 chips and 16 GB of memory that, it is supposed, there is nothing that can resist it.
Screen34 inch WLEDR resolution3.440 x 1.440 pixel ratio 21: 9Intel Core i7 processorMemory8GB DDR4GraphicsNvidia GTX 960AStorage128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive
Inside, the device comes with Nvidia 950M graphics cards and 1 TB of capacity, more than enough space to store many projects, and 256 GB SSD. Special mention is its powerful audio equipment (composed of six front speakers) as well as its whole, thanks to its supplier Bang & Olufsen, a prestigious firm in the field of sound. Works with Windows 10 Home. Everything is well integrated inside the screen so it is discreet. Price: 2,999 euros.
4. Asus Zen AIO Pro z240ie
Another “all in one” to take into account and that summarizes practically what the year has brought is this model from the Asian firm Asus. The first thing that stands out is its screen, IPS type and multitouch with 10 points to reach 4K resolutions (3.840 x 2.160) that not only shows the smallest details, but also offers vivid and realistic colors and wide viewing angles. 178 degrees.
Screen23.8 inchesResolution3.840×2.160Intel processor i3 / i5 / i7Nvidia graphics GeForce GTX960Memory4GB Up to 32GB DDR4Storage4128 GB SSD and up to 2TB hard drive
Inside are the most modern Intel Core i7 processors – there is a not recommended version, the truth, which starts with i3 chips, cutting-edge DDR4 memory, up to 512 GB SSD storage, graphics cards for games up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M, a perfect combination of features to offer a response capacity of spectacular fluency.
So power is not lacking, in fact it is considered the most powerful of the year. The equipment incorporates six audio channels that give you up to 16 watts of sound. Scarce compared to a loudspeaker in an audio chain but enough to listen with decency. Price: 1,299 euros.
5. Acer Aspire S24
Sober, thin and austere is this other desktop PC, which serves to remember the year 2017. The screen, almost without borders, gives it a sweeping look at the same time elegant. Being ultra-flat (frames of only 2.7 mm), the whole set gives a sense of minimalism within the reach of very few.
Screen23.8 inchesResolutionFull HDProcessorIntel Core eighth generationGraphicsIntelStorageUp to 256GB of SSD and 2TB of hard disk
The most powerful nerves and veins in the market travel through your gut. Because his commitment to hardware is evident.
With eighth-generation i7 chips, the team moves with guarantees. It does not disgust other sections where it has made an effort to innovate as the possibility of charging wirelessly thanks to its charging system type Qi, the most widespread standard in the industry.
It has a 23.8-inch screen and Full HD resolution – certainly questionable in these times – and an audio team consisting of two speakers and a subwoofer that support Dolby Audio technology. It has not yet gone on sale, but is expected to arrive at the beginning of next year for about 1,000 euros.
6. Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 520 s
Another of the major manufacturers in the sector that continues to defend its desktop area is Lenovo. One of its models is this, which stands out for being very compact and light as elegant. It incorporates a 23-inch multi-touch screen without edges and wide adjustment with an improved processing power. If we add an independent graphics card and an enveloping stereo sound, you will discover in this all-in-one the perfect solution for uncomplicated entertainment.
Screen23 inchProceasdori7Memory up to 16GB DDR4SSD storage up to 256GB and hard drive up to 1TB
It also bets on an almost borderless design, although without achieving maximum expression. This multimedia center comes equipped with seventh generation Intel Core i7 processors and an independent Nvidia GeForce GT930 graphics card. In addition, it is equipped with Dolby Home Theater, which offers noise reduction, speaker optimization and surround stereo sound, and four USB 3.0 ports. Price, exceeds 900 euros.
7. Dell All in One Inspiron 27 7000
He could not miss another classic of the sector with his contribution this season with a robust team that, without innovating in many of its looks, more than meets its promise. Prepared even to manage immersive contents in virtual reality, it comes with AMD Ryzen 5 1400 chips at 3.4 GHz and 8 GB memory, as well as an AMD Radeon RX 500 series graphics card with GDDR5 memory.
Its IPS-type screen, 27 inches, withstands 4K resolutions and stands out, in turn, for its surround sound thanks to a subwoofer and high performance speakers. The Waves MaxxAudio Pro audio setting offers unparalleled sound quality that provides even more entertainment. Price: