All-in-one computers drove the convergence of display and computer as a space-saving advantage, but with a dark side of high replacement cost when a PC component fails irreparably or becomes obsolete. Screens generally last far longer than PC components as far as technical relevancy, so why trash the screen for no good reason?
Tower designs naturally started shrinking down to mini and micro sizes. Ultimately, standards were thrown by the wayside and proprietary boards and case sizes slimmed even further. Intel’s NUC platform is a pinnacle example of the form—a tiny PC with the power of a high-performance laptop or Ultrabook that can be mounted to the back of a monitor or built into a custom chassis. These tiny PCs meet the needs of most productivity workers, but don’t expect the flexibility of tower systems. Yes, you can upgrade the RAM and the storage, but that’s about it.
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