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The Best Stationary Computer Design for your Needs

A desktop computer doesn't have to be desk-bound.

Stationary computers do not always come in the guise of metal boxes; they run the gamut from tiny to mighty. To help determine which design suits you best, I've created a short quiz for you:

Do you like spending time at a desk?
Are you running out of desk space?
From all those rooms, where do you spend most of your time?
How do you feel about performance?
How do you feel about repairs and upgrades?
Do you have to relocate often?


Tried and tested, the computer tower is the pinnacle of comfort, cost-effectiveness and durability.

50Compact Tower

Not venturing too far from the original, the compact tower sacrifices only a little to save you a bit of space. Some of them can even be used horizontally and placed under the monitor as a monitor riser to save some space.


Shrink the stationary computer as far as it will go and you get a device smaller than a box of tissues. Great option to plug to a TV set or on a desk where there isn't space for a tower at all and high performance is not needed.


Monitor and computer all rolled into one. This is the best-looking option in exposed spaces where you want to keep the wiring to a minimum. The single-device approach is also a boon for the frequent mover.

Of course, those recommendations are based on what's typical of each of those designs; there are exceptions. Those exceptions could however be hard to find and expensive in comparison.

For more details about stationary computers and more reasons why they're still relevant, I recommend taking a look at last week's tech profile. I hope this helps you see the potential of other computer designs.