Your Guide to Buying a Box Computer

The History of Box Computers

Interestingly, box computers or all-in-one units are really nothing new. The design actually dates back to the early 1980s. Apple was one of the first computer manufacturers to produce box computers – the original Macintosh was such a machine. Since that time, Apple has continued to produce box computers and they have come to comprise a significant percentage of the company’s offerings.

Another early box computer was the Commodore, one of the most iconic machines of the 1980s. After Commodore and Apple, Cybernet also pioneered this particular configuration, though this manufacturer focused on providing computing solutions for industrial needs, rather than on the home computer market.

Since the 1980s, technology has continued to evolve. With the standardization of desktop computer components, box computers fell in popularity for some time. This was largely due to the fact that desktops were easier to customize and could be upgraded over time. Box computers, on the other hand, suffered the same drawbacks as laptops in that it was difficult (or even impossible) to upgrade the internal hardware. That has begun changing, and today, many box computers can be upgraded via removable slots in the back of the machine. Most modern all-in-one computers allow users to upgrade the RAM by adding or removing memory modules. However, modifying or upgrading other components is still difficult at best.