Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in desktops.

Alienware Alpha R2 review

The initial Alienware Alpha impressed by packing gaming hardware into a tiny box, but left much to be desired. Now the dry run is over, and the revised version of the compact gaming PC is ready to prove there’s still… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Alienware X51 Review

  • Beautifully compact design
  • Lots of power for the price
  • USB 3.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi beat you to the…
  • Easy access interior, part-swapping
  • Minimally flexible for future upgrades
  • More complex than a standalone console
  • Hefty power brick will need to be hidden away…
Our Score 8.5

Gateway FMC-901X Review

  • Clean system design
  • easy to use
  • powerful components
  • There is no room for expansion
  • can be loud while watching movies
Our Score 8

Dell XPS 625 Review

  • Respectable performance; sleek shell and AlienFX…
  • Few perks; optional upgrades can really boost the…
Our Score 8

Gateway FX540XT Review

  • Great gaming performance; overclocked processor;…
  • Fans are too loud; overclocked CPU was not stable;…
Our Score 5.5

Gateway Media Center XL Review

  • Good overall performance
  • No surround sound setup
  • confusing software configuration
Our Score 7

AVADirect X99 Gaming System Review

  • Top-tier performance
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Comparatively low price point
  • Off the shelf parts
  • Humongous case
  • Tough to access hard drive bays
Our Score 7

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Review

  • Excellent touch-optimized software
  • Quality peripherals
  • Display offers good image quality
  • Works well as a table PC
  • Lack of third-party software support
  • Display needs more pixels
  • Poor performance
  • Not a good value
Our Score 6.5

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q150 Review

  • Small footprint and several mounting options
  • Great looks
  • Smooth 1080p video playback
  • Affordable
  • Quiet
  • Convenient OS recovery should disaster strike
  • Poor multitasking and encoding performance
  • Lacks good backlit remote
  • No TV tuner
Our Score 7