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 Alpha R2 Review

  • Solid 1080p performance
  • Compact, sturdy design
  • Decent price point
  • Highly upgradable
  • No more SteamOS
  • Runs hot and loud
  • SSD upgrade is a must
Our Score 9

HP Envy Rove 20 Review

  • Quality display
  • Decent bundled peripherals
  • Less expensive than similar competition
  • Mundane design
  • Too heavy and bulky for tablet use
  • Short battery life
  • Disappointing performance
  • Not a good value
Our Score 5

Sony VAIO PCV-RS220 Review

  • The RS220 comes with a DVD-RW/CD-RW writer
  • No AGP port
  • limited expansion
  • weak speakers
Our Score 6

HP Envy 23xt Beats Special Edition Review

  • Bold, red exterior
  • Impressive 1080p touchscreen
  • Loud, clear Beats speakers
  • Numerous media connectivity options
  • Display is too reflective
  • Wired keyboard and mouse come standard
  • Lackluster gaming and hard drive performance
  • Expensive compared to competition
Our Score 7

Acer Aspire Z3-605 Review

  • Simple but functional design
  • Excellent display
  • Good sound quality
  • Silent operation and low power draw
  • Plain exterior lacks style
  • Performance is far below average
  • No optional solid-state drive
  • Competitors provide better value
Our Score 6.5

Acer TA272HUL Review

  • Can be used as a Windows touchscreen monitor
  • Solid audio quality
  • Limited connectivity
  • Design doesn’t match the price
  • Unimpressive display quality
  • Android isn’t ready for the desktop
  • Poor value
Our Score 4

Gateway FX7020 Review

  • Quiet; solid performance for the price; affordable
  • Not as flashy as other gaming systems; airflow…
Our Score 8

Origin Chronos Review

  • Very compact
  • RAM and hard drives are easy to upgrade
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • 840 EVO 1TB hard drive is lightning quick
  • Less expensive than similarly equipped competitors
  • Looks dull
  • Video card and optical drive are difficult to…
  • Runs loud in games, chugs power
Our Score 8