There was a time when only Apple could build a decent All-in-One, but those days are well and truly over. The miniaturisation of components for laptops has meant we can now have Windows-based AIOs that don’t overheat, aren’t ridiculously fat, or insanely priced. This 32-incher from Pioneer shows how far AIOs have come in recent years, but also highlights a few issues that they still need to work on.
The large 32-inch screen means this is the perfect size for your office desktop or even bedside table, but we should point out just how fat it is. It’s approximately 15cm deep, so mounting it on a wall isn’t possible, especially as the venting system would be blocked. Given the large number of vents on the rear, it’s not surprising to see that this machine is basically silent during our gaming tests, but there is one bug-bear – there’s a high-pitched whine that comes from within. We’re not sure if it’s from a fan or coil noise, but it’s always noticeable.
The large size of the screen is appreciated, but it’s rather low resolution, at just 1920 x 1080, making the pixel structure extremely obvious. We’d have much preferred a higher resolution for a few hundred dollars more. At least it’s IPS though, so the colour, clarity and viewing angle are all very respectable. Unfortunately there’s no way to change the angle of the screen, as the two feet it’s mounted on aren’t flexible at all. One feature that would have really doubled the versatility of the screen is a TV tuner, but there isn’t one included. It’s a strange oversight as many AIOs include this feature, though there’s always the option of buying a USB tuner.
Unfortunately most of the USB ports are hard to reach though. They’re on the bottom, which means you have to lift it up every time you want to plug something in, along with the video outputs. There’s four USB 3.0 Type-A, Ethernet, three 3.5mm minijacks for twin speakers and a microphone, DVI-I, VGA and two old school keyboard/mouse connections. Thankfully there are two more USB 3.0 Type-A connections on the front along with two more 3.5mm minijacks, but there’s no sign of any USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 connection. A two mega-pixel camera is included, but it’s on the bottom, so when used in a normal desktop setup your viewer will see your chest and neck; there’s no way to change the angle.
Packed away inside the large plastic boxes on the rear is a decently specced up PC. Intel’s Core i5-7600 four cores boost all the way up to 4.1GHz under load, while a decent amount of DDR4 memory is included, at 16GB. An Asus Prime H270 Plus motherboard is included; at this price we’d have preferred a Z270 based motherboard, but in reality there’s no performance difference, just fewer PCIe lanes. A hefty 512GB Intel 600p Series M.2 SSD is included, which supports NVMe though only 476GB of the space is usable. This is backed up by a mechanical WD 1TB HDD. Rounding out the technical goodies is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB of dedicated memory.
As a result, this machine turned out some decent results in our benchmarks. However, it’s worth considering that it costs close to three grand – it’s possible to build a machine twice as fast for the same price, but it won’t be an All-in-One. There’s also the issue of the low-resolution display and lack of TV tuner. Yet as far as AIO’s go, Pioneer has delivered a solid overall build.