All-in-one PC's good for buisness use?

Posted on 2012-08-23
Last Modified: 2012-09-13
We have a small cramped work area that need three computers by a nurses station. We're thinking about getting all-in-one PC's like this: LINK

Are these decent for business use? Am I paranoid for thinking that these computer look like they will get too hot or may be junk? It would fit our situation perfectly, but I don't want to get something that will break down after a year. Does anyone have experience with these?
Question by:Pancake_Effect
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    A client of ours bought an All-in-one PC a year ago and he's really happy about it (probably because it's a touchscreen). He placed it into his warehouse so his customers can 'play' with it.
    It's used a lot and he doesn't have any issues with it.
    Lenovo is a good brand, so you don't have to worry about the quality. I would however never buy an all-in-one PC. But that depends on person to person.

    For business use it will be good depending on what you want to do on it. It's not a PC the render videos, etc. . But for a nurses station it will do what if has to do.

    So buying these won't be a mistake for the nurses station.
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    by:John Hurst
    I am an IBM / Lenovo customer and have been for a long time. That looks like a decent unit. It has what you need in terms of hard drive and memory.

    PLEASE, however, do NOT buy Windows Home. Get them upgraded to Windows Pro. You will not regret it.

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    I personally never go with all-in-ones / small-form-factor machines because they're difficult to work in and if you want to replace a part, like the power supply, you're stuck purchasing one from the manufacturer, having to wait for shipping, and they're still comparatively junk next to what after-market manufacturers like Antec make for power supplies, which is a very realistic replacement you'll be looking at.

    So, for business use?  Never.  I don't even recommend my home users use these for said reasons.  Yes, they look cool and save space, but they're expensive not only in upfront costs but also in terms of their replacement costs.  You should really try to make some room (underneath the desk, extension cords) since buying a mini tower instead will save you headache down the line.
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    by:John Hurst
    Consider getting an extended warranty with them. Price it out and see. I am just now out of warranty with my aging (but fast and serviceable) Thinkpad T61p.  

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    I would not consider all-in-ones as reliable - they are basically laptop designs with a touch screen, and when you cram that much into a small space, you will have heat buildup problems, and using them 24x7 will not help (even laptops do not function well as 24x7 machines).  Replacing parts on them is difficult, and they are never the top performers for the money.

    Look at storing the system unit in another location and placing the keyboard, monitor, and mouse at the desired location, perhaps on a sliding tray or keyboard drawer.  It will be easier to maintain and will last longer.
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    They look perfect for such a position. i3 is low temp, so a good choice. The usual argument is if a component fails, you lose the unit, but this is really a furphy, as a component failure will stop any PC. I use similar units attached to gaming tables in a casino and they perform very well.

    Chris B
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    Thanks for the advice everyone, this gives me a lot to think about, and will also give me a good start to lay out the options for management for both the weaknesses and strengths. Thanks!
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    by:John Hurst
    @Pancake_Effect  -  Thanks, and I was happy to assist you. ... Thinkpads_User

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