An all-in-one computer takes all of a desktop computer's internal hardware components and builds them into the same case that houses the monitor. The overall effect is a smaller computer footprint and often, a cleaner appearance as there are fewer wires showing. Today, the most popular brands that manufacture all-in-one computers include Acer, Apple, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
All-in-one computers often have larger monitor sizes in the 21-inch to 27-inch range. They come with a keyboard and mouse but do not include a printer. They may also feature a touch screen display, like that found on many laptop computers and mobile devices.
In the 1980s, all-in-one computers started appearing with the introduction of the Apple Macintosh computer, Compaq Portable, the Osborne I, and the TRS-80 Model II. It was Apple who widely popularized the all-in-one with the introduction of the iMac in the late 1990s.