In any company, the best technology is more about enabling people than being fascinated by some new gadget or device. Startups are under pressure in particular to deliver on a product or a service quickly, and if the technology is more about bells and whistles then it will be distracting and maybe even not worth the investment.

I like it when a computer is easy to setup and configure, and when employees in a company can get to work without a lot of fuss.

That's why I'm partial to an all-in-one computer myself (when I am in the office) because there are fewer cables laying around. The computer is built-in to the display, so even the initial install is faster: Take it out of the box, plug it in, and power up.

Interestingly, a new desktop I'm testing called the Dell Inspiron 27 7000 AIO meets all of those needs and happens to use a design that looks more like a television.

It's all white with silver and gray accents, a front speaker that sounded great during Skype calls, and a small pop-up webcam on the top that provides some added security. (When you don't want to make a video call, you can push the webcam down into a slot.) It's designed for ease-of-use.

I was also surprised by the speed.

My test computer an Intel Core i5-10210U processor with a 6-megabyte cache. I'm telling you this because it feels snappy and the apps I've tested doing seem to suffer from the lag you might experience on a slower, older desktop or laptop. In Chrome, I tend to run dozens of tabs at the same time, but the AIO kept up nicely.

The Inspirion 27 I tested has 8GB of RAM, which is not what I expected. For a desktop to run fast with my apps and Chrome, I usually need 16GB of RAM. There's also a 256GB solid-state drive and a 1TB SATA drive. Nothing fancy there, but I suspect the solid-state drive makes the AIO run fast, especially for booting up. My test system also uses an NVIDIA GeForce MX110 graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 of memory.

Again, these specs are important to mention because I'm impressed with the speed for a computer that costs $930.99 as configured above.

I liked how clear the display looks, even when the sun was shining in my office. It runs at 1920 x 1080 resolution (or FHD), so not 4K like many recent monitors and not quite as stunningly crisp as the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 (but then again, the Dell Inspiron 27 costs much less). I watched several Netflix movies as well and they looked colorful, but of course, didn't match the quality of an amazing home television with an OLED display. 

What is amazing is how solid the desktop performed over a few weeks. I liked how fast it was to install this, configure settings, and start working. For any company wanting to help employees be productive, it doesn't have all of the bells and whistles (it's not a gaming system, for example) but that might be the best feature. It just works great in an office.