A Brief Overview of Branded PC Desktops and All-in-Ones

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A Brief Overview of Branded PC Desktops and All-in-Ones

Branded PC desktops and all-In-ones include any computer put together by a computer manufacturer. Popular computer brands are Dell, HP, Sony, Acer, and more. There are more than 88 listed computer manufacturers in the world, all of which produce branded PC desktops and all-in-ones. These computers can be purchased as an alternative to computers that do not have a brand, which are usually assembled PCs, which means that the buyers purchase parts and put them together or have a specialist put them together into a complete PC.

Branded PCs have their own pros and cons so buyers can choose between the branded and the assembled or non-branded computers according to preferences. Choosing a computer based on budget, features, options, and style can all be beneficial as well, especially to anyone who has specific preferences regarding the computer's specifications. An overview of branded PC desktops and all-in-ones can be used to compare, decide, and choose a computer. As a special note, the Apple Macintosh is not included in this information. Although the Mac is technically a personal computer, most people use PC to refer to a Windows computer instead.

Branded vs. Assembled PC Desktops and All-in-Ones

Assembled PCs are any personal computer that is purchased in parts and then put together. The idea behind purchasing parts and assembling them is that typically most if not all computers have about the same parts inside. Although there are different models, they all have different specs, meaning that by choosing the parts, buyers can fully customise their computer experience. The second point is that it is often much cheaper to build a computer rather than to purchase a branded one. However, there are pros and cons to each, and building a computer is not for everyone.

Assembled PCs

Assembled PCs are the least popular of the two options, mainly because they require more work and more time. Many people are also not aware that it is possible to purchase the parts to a computer and build it, which limits the purchase audience for these computers. Some of the benefits to assembled PCs include that the buyer can purchase everything needed to construct a PC and then choose exactly the specifications including screen, graphics, video card, motherboard, processing power, hard drive space, and more. The cons include that it requires technical knowledge to choose and put together these computers.

Branded PCs

Branded PCs are more common, and are the main focus of this information. They are often chosen over assembled PCs because they are widely available, easy to purchase and use, and do not necessarily require that the buyer know anything about computers before purchasing. Branded PCs are easy to purchase, which is one of the reasons they are so popular. Another reason is that branded PCs require little thought and zero technical skill, and are guaranteed to work because the parts have been selected to work together for optimal use. For most consumers, branded PCs are an excellent choice, although they are more expensive than assembled PCs.

Choosing a PC Brand

There are more than eighty eight different brands of branded PCs,, and these are known as computer manufacturers. There are around ten very popular brands, and many computer manufacturers only make interior parts. Different brands have their own pros and cons, usually relating to price, specs, and value for the money. For example, Dell computers that own Alienware and Wyse Technology sell mid-budget computers under their main brand name 'Dell'. Under Alienware,, the same manufacturer sells high performance gamer-designed computers, which are extremely powerful and a great deal more expensive than their original brand. Choosing a brand should involve researching the quality, price, and specifications for the brand. Most buyers are recommended to choose a computer based on specifications and performance capabilities rather than by the brand.

PC Desktops and All-in-Ones Specifications and Functions

Specifications, functions, performance, and more should also be considered by anyone looking for a branded personal computer. Specifications include the RAM (Random Access Memory) or DDR3 memory, the hard drive space, which is usually listed as 'HD or Hard Drive', the power of the graphic chip, the processors, and more. Buyers can compare these options to the price and the budget. Importantly, the higher the specifications, the more powerful the computer, but in some cases, a user might not actually use all of the power on a computer.

For example, many desktop computers are released with 2 to 8 gigabytes of built-in DDR3 memory or RAM. Two gigabytes is about the minimum required to run some programs, and is not suitable for anyone who multi-tasks or plays games. Eight gigabytes support a casual gamer, while 16 or more gigabytes support an avid gamer or graphics editor. Buyers should keep in mind that while better specifications, including more powerful cores and processors, can be a good thing, it might be pointless to spend the money if the extra computing power is not going to be used.

Computer Specifications



Typically one to seven cores; cores control power and operating speed of the computer


Also labelled as video card; can be dedicated or integrated, and popular options include AMD and Intel


DDR3 or RAM usually available from 1 to 32 gigabytes but less for second-hand computers


Typically none to upwards of 1 terabytes,, depending on the computer; storage is literal storage space on the computer

Ports or Connectivity

Any ports including USB, FireWire, HDMI, or other

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing computer specifications, but for the most part, buyers can make a decision based on their needs. Many computer users can do with less storage by utilising cloud storage. Anyone who does not heavily use games or watch videos can choose a lower amount of RAM, and anyone who does not need a powerful graphics card can choose a less expensive computer with a lower powered option. Processors affect actual speed and performance of the computer, but once again, are built for a variety of different uses.

PC Desktops and All-in-Ones Sizes and Styles

Branded PC desktops and all-in-ones typically come in set sizes, although this often depends directly upon the manufacturer. Styles also vary per manufacturer and different options can include anything from the very small to the very large. All-in-ones and desktops also vary greatly from each other as one comes with a built-in screen while the other requires a computer monitor or television screen to be connected. Styles also include colours, shape, dimensions, and more.


All-in-ones are typically a box or screen with built-in computer. Size can vary but typically they range from 17 to 23 inches. Usually, all-in-ones must simply be plugged into a wall power socket for use. Optical drives, if included, are built into the side of the PC, and people can use the all-in-one similarly to a desktop and monitor. These computers come in a range of colours but black, silver, and grey are common. Different types of stands, mouse connections, and screen mounts can also change the look and feel of these computers. Connectivity options are usually located on the side of the computer as well.


Desktops are the classic computer tower and monitor setup and require a computer box and a TV screen. Importantly, many desktop computers are not sold with the screen, although some are. Buyers purchasing from online sites should keep this in mind and check the exact specifications of what they are buying. Desktop towers can range from less than ten centimetres in height to upwards of thirty. Usually, the later the desktop was produced, the smaller it is, although this does not hold true in all cases. Popular colours for desktops include white, black, silver, and grey. Optical drives are usually located at the front and centre along with any ports available on the PC.

Purchasing Branded PC Desktops and All-In-Ones on eBay

eBay is an excellent place to purchase a computer of any sort, including branded PC desktops and all-in-ones.. These computers can be purchased in new or used condition on eBay, and from almost any model. eBay also allows buyers to purchase their branded PCs at excellent prices. Buyers can choose from new models, computers sold by factory outlet sellers who sell as 'eBay Authorised Sellers', used options, and refurbished models. Typically, only the authorised sellers offer viable factory warranties.

Buyers can consider searching eBay for an exact brand or model as well as for computer specifications. Searching for '17 inch all-in-one' is a good way to get 17 inches all-in-ones, while searching for the exact model, such as 'Dell GX280&', is a good way to get that specific model. Buyers should read the full description, ask the seller any questions, and then make a purchase from eBay.. Importantly, local sellers deliver the product more quickly and charge less for postage than international sellers.


Branded PC desktops and all-in-ones are common types of personal computers. Choosing a computer involves deciding on a brand, computer type, as well as specifications including processors, memory, hard drive or storage, graphics, screen size if applicable, and any ports or connectivity options. The physical size and style of the computer matters to many consumers as well, so it might be a good idea to research sizes and styles based on personal needs.

Buyers should compare multiple computers, compare value vs. price, and set a budget before purchasing a computer. Computers can be purchased in nearly any electronics store, directly from some manufacturers, and online in stores such as eBay.. Options include new and used purchases, although refurbished is also a choice. Finally, taking the time to research computer needs, considering what the computer is being used for, and determining an appropriate budget are all very important for anyone making a computer purchase.

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