All In One Computers Posted on February 4, 2011 by Super You may not be familiar with the term All In One (AIO) computer. Printers have been using this term for years to refer to a printer that prints, scans, copies, and faxes. It does it all. When it comes to an AIO computer, however, it doesn’t refer to what the computer can do like it means for a printer. What it means is that the computer and the monitor (and often the speakers) are in one device. But you still have to connect a keyboard and a mouse. These devices really aren’t all in one’s. The real all in one computer is the laptop. It’s got everything you need to use a computer built-in. Nothing to plug in or add except for charging the battery. You can plug in other stuff to make computing easier, but you don’t have to. The advantage to these so called all in one computers is that they take up less space. The disadvantage, however, is that they cost more to purchase. They are also harder and more expensive to repair than a desktop because it’s harder to get to parts and it’s also harder to get many replacement parts for these models. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t purchase one. They do have a place in this world. If you don’t really have space for a desktop and don’t need the portability of a laptop, then an all in one may be right for you. Remember, however, that you can purchase small form factor desktops that don’t take up much space either. They are easier to work on, and thus, cheaper to repair, than the all in ones are.