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CRN’s 2020 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach

CRN editors compiled the top partner-friendly products and services that launched over the past year, then turned to solution providers to choose the winners.




With many workers continuing to operate out of a home environment, workspace is at a premium. Lenovo is seeking to address the issue with its ThinkCentre M75n, a “nano”-sized PC the company says is the smallest desktop in its ThinkCentre lineup—with a volume of just 21 cubic inches and a weight of 1.1 pounds. The compact ThinkCentre M75n doesn’t compromise on performance and connectivity, however, with the desktop featuring AMD Ryzen Pro 3000 processors and a range of ports (including both USB-C and USB-A). Mounting the desktop behind a monitor or under a tabletop is also an option with compatible accessories, saving even more desk space.

Subcategory Winner—Technology, Customer Demand: Apple iMac 2020

For the refreshed version of its 27-inch iMac all-in-one, Apple added the latest 10th-generation Intel Core processors—including a 10-core processor option for the first time. The 27-inch iMac also can be configured with up to 128 GB of RAM (double the previous max) and comes with AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics.

Finalist: Acer Aspire C 24 AIO

Acer’s Aspire C 24 is an all-in-one featuring a 23.8-inch FHD display, up to 2 TB of storage and up to 32 GB of RAM, in a slim, space-saving form factor. The display offers thin bezels with a screen-to-body ratio of 88 percent, while the desktop’s strong performance is powered by 11th-generation Intel Core processors and Nvidia GeForce MX 450 graphics.

Finalist: Dell OptiPlex 7780 AIO

With the OptiPlex 7780 AIO, Dell offers an all-in-one PC with a sizable 27-inch display and optional touch screen; up to a 10th-generation Intel Core i9 with 10 cores; Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics; and up to 64 GB of 2933 MHz DDR4 memory. The OptiPlex 7780 AIO is also equipped with AI-powered features such as ExpressResponse, which assesses user preferences and taps machine learning to more quickly launch frequently used applications.

Finalist: HP EliteOne 800 AIO G6

HP has touted its EliteOne 800 AIO G6 as “the world’s first commercial VR capable all-in-one,” thanks to its 10th-generation Intel Core processors and optional Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER graphics. The EliteOne 800 AIO G6 comes with choices of two screen sizes, 23.8-inch or 27-inch, which offer low blue light and anti-glare technologies as well as micro-edge bezels on three sides.

Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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