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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HP SpectreOne Review

  • Attractive, thin exterior
  • Stand design conceals hardware
  • Good processor performance
  • Poor connectivity
  • Lackluster audio quality
  • Cheap peripherals
  • No solid-state drive
  • Expensive
Our Score 6

HP Envy 23 Review

  • Beautiful 1080p display
  • Good all-round performance
  • Helpful Beats Audio software
  • Runs cool
  • Uninspiring design
  • Vibrations sour sound quality
  • Annoying pop-ups and bloatware
  • Doesn’t excel in any area
Our Score 7

Velocity Micro Vector Campus Edition Review

  • Attractive enclosure
  • Small and light
  • Easy to upgrade or repair
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Good value
  • Needs more USB 3.0 ports
  • Poorly located headphone/microphone jacks
  • Only three hard drive bays
Our Score 9

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 Review

  • Beautiful design
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good peripherals
  • Lacking critical connectivity
  • Display resolution is too low
  • Poor audio quality
  • Below average performance
  • Not a good value
Our Score 7

Dell XPS One 27 Review

  • Good design
  • Beautiful 2560 x 1440 display
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Useful connectivity
  • Respectable performance
  • Stand does not swivel or adjust for height
  • Extremely glossy display finish
  • Graphics processing unit can’t handle modern…
Our Score 9

Acer Aspire M3985 Review

  • Attractive enclosure
  • Plenty of connectivity
  • Lots of RAM and large hard drive
  • Inexpensive
  • Terrible 3D performance
  • Poorly located power and optical drive buttons
Our Score 7.5

Maingear F131 Review

  • Attractive and unique exterior
  • Reasonably useful interior layout
  • Excellent performance
  • Amazing bang-for-the-buck
  • Exterior plastics could be better
  • Most ports are a pain to access
  • Loud fan noise sounds at load
Our Score 8.5

Falcon Northwest Tiki Review

  • Small and attractive
  • Good interior layout
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Quiet operation
  • Standard 3-year warranty
  • Size restricts hardware upgrades
Our Score 9.5