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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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

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