May 13, 2021

What are the best pre-built PCs for basic tasks? | Ask an expert

Q: What are the best options for a pre-built desktop PC? My parents need a new computer, but building them one isn’t an option, as I don’t live in the same state. All they do is surf the web and play an ancient card game, so I don’t need to bu...

Q: What are the best options for a pre-built desktop PC? My parents need a new computer, but building them one isn’t an option, as I don’t live in the same state. All they do is surf the web and play an ancient card game, so I don’t need to buy them much.

A: Since this question can be interpreted as either one about best form factors or best vendors, I’ll tackle both topics. 

In regards to the best types of pre-built PCs, the easiest option is an all-in-one computer. Having the system components housed within the monitor simplifies setup and thus any potential technical woes that come up when trying to help troubleshoot from afar. (“What do you mean by an input? What’s an input? No, I don’t have an HDMI.�) Some now come with built-in webcams, too, which means your parents would only need to plug in the keyboard and mouse.

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