Editors' Choice

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

Falcon Northwest Mach V (2016) review

Falcon’s flagship, the Mach V, isn’t the biggest desktop on the market, or the most extravagant – but it is the end result of decades of work. Can this refined, old-school rig defeat up-and-comers from Digital… See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 Review

  • Small and attractive
  • Numerous ports
  • Ships with useful peripherals
  • Inadequate processor performance
  • Can’t handle many HD video sources
  • More powerful systems are priced the same
Our Score 6

HP Omni 27 Review

  • Attractive design
  • Large display
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Resolution is too low for the display’s size
  • Limited video connectivity
  • Poor performance
  • Not a great value
Our Score 7

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

Maingear Shift Super Stock X79 Review

  • Attractive enclosure
  • Surprisingly quiet
  • Incredible CPU and GPU performance
  • 3-year hardware warranty with lifetime support
  • Enclosure is less intuitive than it looks
  • Ports are difficult to access
  • Expensive
Our Score 8.5

HP TouchSmart 520-1070 Review

  • Robust build quality
  • Excellent 1080p display
  • Great sound quality
  • Well-designed touch software
  • Expensive as tested
  • Poor discrete graphics performance
  • No HDMI out
Our Score 8

HP Phoenix HPE h9 Review

  • Small enclosure
  • Affordable price of entry
  • Agreeable aesthetics
  • Quiet operation even when gaming
  • Video card options are limited
  • Processor is over-kill for gaming
  • Replacing components is difficult
  • Limited space for expansion
Our Score 8

Acer Aspire M3970 Review

  • Small, attractive enclosure
  • Plenty of USB ports
  • Extremely Quiet
  • Affordable
  • Some ports could be more accessible
  • Little room for expansion
  • Disappointing discrete graphics performance
Our Score 7

Maingear Vybe Review

  • Simple and functional design
  • Solid performance for the price
  • No bloatware
  • Runs cool and (relatively) quiet
  • No stand-out features
  • Dull enclosure
Our Score 8