The best desktops: buying guide 2021

Despite the advent of laptops, the desktop PC market is still flourishing. In this buying guide, we’ve handpicked the best desktops available at retail today for you.

The best desktops

The office computer is by definition sedentary. And for good reason, it is made up of elements that cannot be moved once installed (central unit, screen, other peripherals). It can also be associated with a printer, speakers or even a scanner. And contrary to popular belief, it is far from being the preserve of tech-savvy hackers. A desktop computer is indeed quite suitable for every member of the household.

Especially in the age of teleworking, owning a fixed computer offers appreciable ease of use. Both graphically and in terms of handling. Some people still prefer the laptop that they can take everywhere. Gamers generally opt for a gaming PC, specifically designed to run games. It is also possible to set your sights on an all-in-one computer. Which is much less bulky than its peers, the central unit being integrated into the screen.

Processor, graphics card, RAM, internal memory, connections… These are the elements that will have to be closely scrutinized before making your choice. Which will depend on how you plan to use your desktop computer. To guide you, discover our guide to buying the best desktop computers in 2021. And there will be something for all budgets!

Best desktops: our 2021 pick

Le Megaport Super Mega Pack Atlas

The PC Megaport Super mega pack atlas

Very quiet, this PC will be perfect for all members of the family. Built around an Athlon AMD 3000G processor with a speed of 3100 MHz, it embeds an AMD Radeon Vega 3 graphics chip. The whole being supported by 8 GB of RAM. Comes with a 24 inch Full HD LED screen, keyboard and screen, it is quite suitable for basic office use but also for streaming and surfing the Internet.

It is even possible to run some games (like CS: Go and Fortnite) and multitasking smoothly. Ultimately, however, do not expect dantesque performance with this computer but it is still very suitable given its attractive price.

  • Processor : AMD Athlon 3000G processor
  • RAM : 8 Go DDR4-SDRAM
  • Storage : 1 To HDD
  • Graphic card : AMD Radeon Vega 3
  • Screen size : 24 inches
  • Screen definition :  1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Price : 569 euros

The Lenovo Ideacentre 3i

The Lenovo IdeaCentre 3i

This all-in-one computer will save you space in your office without sacrificing power. It notably embeds a tenth generation Intel Core i3 processor (3GHz) assisted by 8 GB of RAM. At the graphics level, it incorporates an Intel UHD Graphics 600 GPU which will animate a very large 27-inch Full HD screen virtually devoid of borders. The latter is also adjustable at will to benefit from the best viewing angle.

Moreover, it can count on a 512 GB SSD storage and full connectivity, namely Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. A wired keyboard and mouse are included in the package of this PC running Windows 10.

  • Processor : Intel Core i3 Family
  • RAM : 8 Go
  • Storage : 512 Go SSD
  • Graphic card : Intel UHD Graphics 600
  • Screen size : 27 inches
  • Screen definition : Full HD 1920 × 1080 pixels
  • Price : 849 euros

The Dell Inspiron AIO 7700

Le DELL INSPIRON AIO 7700

It is also an all-in-one model that might appeal to you. And for good reason, this Dell PC has a large 27-inch Full HD screen with almost invisible edges. You will also benefit from iPS technology which allows you to widen the viewing angles while enhancing the colors. Under the hood, there is an eleventh generation Intel Core i7 processor, synonymous with increased fluidity, even when multitasking. The whole being processed by 8 GB of RAM which will allow you to launch your applications more quickly.

Let us also point out its consequent storage space materialized by a 1 TB HDD and a 512 GB SSD. Compatible with Bluetooth 5.1 and Wi-FI 6, it works under Windows 10 and has a very complete connection (1 USB 3.1 Type port). C, 1 USB 2.0 port, 3 USB 3.1 ports, 1 3-in-1 memory card reader).

  • Processor : Intel Core i7
  • RAM : 8 Go (DDR4)
  • Storage : SSD 512 Go + HDD 1 To
  • Graphic card : Intel Iris Xe
  • Screen size : 27 inches
  • Screen definition : 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Price : 1021 euros

Le Acer Predator Orion 3000

Le Acer Predator Orion

We are now moving up the ranks with this very powerful Acer computer. Its great power comes from its 8-core Intel Core i7-10700F processor (whose frequency can reach up to 4.80 GHz) and its 16 GB of RAM. What’s more, this PC integrates a GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card from NVIDIA which will allow you to benefit from the very high resolution. But also the famous ray-tracing dear to video game enthusiasts with luscious graphics. You will understand, this computer is quite suitable for gaming.

In terms of connectivity, you will be well supplied since you will find an HDMI input, three DisplayPort, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (type A) as well as a USB 2.0 port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port (type A) and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port (type C). You will also have a lot of space at your disposal thanks to its large SDD of more than one TB. Finally, note that the screen is not provided in the box.

  • Processor : Intel Core i7-10700F
  • RAM : 16 Go (GDDR6)
  • Storage : 1024 Go SSD
  • Graphic card : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
  • Price : 2462 euros

L’iMac M1

L'iMac 2021

Finally, we suggest you opt for the latest desktop computer from the apple company. The iMac M1 has the particularity of benefiting from an Apple Silicon M1 chip (8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine). Concretely, it offers high-end performance both in processing speed and graphics performance. Moreover, we also appreciate its 24-inch Retina 4.5K screen diffusing vibrant colors and displaying a brightness of 500 nits.

It also has a microphone, two USB-C ports, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Touch ID keyboard. In addition to its 256 GB SSD (which can go up to 512 GB on the most expensive model), it has two subwoofers and six speakers allowing to benefit from the very high quality Spatial Audio.

  • Processor : puce Apple M1 (CPU + GPU)
  • RAM : 8 Go
  • Storage : SSD de 256 Go
  • Screen size : 24 inches
  • Screen definition : 4480 x 2520 pixels
  • Price : 1449 euros

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