Your Guide to Buying a Box Computer

Computers have changed the way we live today

With the rise of the personal computer, an incredible range of things has become possible. Itís now a simple matter to run a publishing business without the need for specialty equipment, for instance. It has enabled small businesses to be more successful and for many companies to spread their reach around the world.

Of course, computers have evolved considerably since their early days. Once upon a time, they were little more than glorified calculators. Today, they come in an impressive range of shapes, sizes and configurations. The most common option for a personal computer today is a tower that houses the CPU, RAM, motherboard and other components with a monitor attached via cabling. However, many people are finding that this doesnít work for their needs.

As technology has improved, computer components have gotten smaller, slimmer and more streamlined. Itís no longer necessary to have a massive tower taking up a significant amount of space on top of or under a desk. In fact, box computers (also known as all-in-one units), have become widely available from a range of different manufacturers. These offer all the power and performance of a traditional desktop setup but packaged neatly into a single unit. All the components that were once housed in the computerís tower have now been integrated into the box that houses the computer monitor.

Because monitor technology has also evolved, youíll find that these options are much slimmer than you might think, often no more than a couple of inches thick at the most.

What Is a Box Computer?

In essence, a box computer is very similar to a laptop. It combines all the components that make up a computer into a single object. However, where a laptop is often lower powered and features a movable monitor/lid configuration, a box computer does not.

These systems pack everything into the same frame that holds the computer monitor and are designed to stand on top of a desk, rather than being located beneath it or within a cabinet designed to hold a computer tower. Another difference here is that box computers can offer very large monitor sizes, many of which exceed 22 or 23 inches (which would be entirely too cumbersome in a laptop configuration) to foster a better viewing experience.